Mario Amati, founder of Cantieri Navali Itama, which he established in Rome in 1969, has died. He was 83.
The Ferretti Group issued a statement in remembrance of the boatbuilding icon, who was hailed as a brilliant designer and the inventor of a unique style and of iconic motoryachts that held the motto: “Open yachts designed by those who love the sea for those who love the sea.”
Itama motoryachts — the brand recalls the surname of the founder, read backward — immediately became popular as cult objects, owing to their elegance of lines, the reliability of their technologies, their strong character and their precise stylistic imprint.
“The Itama motoryachts do not change every year to follow trends,” Amati was quoted as saying. “I make boats for those who live well and want to live even better. These boats are symbols of happiness.”
“On behalf of the Ferretti Group, and of those who love the sea and the Itama style, I thank a man whose vision, intelligence and work have left their red-letter mark on international yachting,” Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi said in a statement.
“Mario Amati was a designer of unrivaled talent. A great Italian has left us. Proud to continue his work, the Ferretti Group gives its heartfelt thanks to Mr. Amati and his genius and bids him farewell.”