Fort Lauderdale yacht interior installer merges with Italian shipyard


Genesis Interiors said it has merged with the Cantiere Viareggio shipyard in Viareggio, Italy. Terms were not disclosed.

Fort Lauderdale-based Genesis builds and installs custom interiors for luxury yachts and private residences. The shipyard is now part of the Genesis Yachts Group and will serve as Genesis Interiors’ European headquarters.

“Thanks to this new partnership, Genesis now is able to provide our clients with the same superior level of service on both sides of the Atlantic,” said Genesis founder and president Roberto Lottini in a statement.

Lottini said that he started his career in the yachting industry at Cantiere Viareggio in the 1980s. “The shipyard’s principals at the time, Antonio Francesconi and Giulio Pellegrini, were masters of their trade and helped me to gain the skills and experience that allowed me to start Genesis 25 years ago,” he said. “Now, I am delighted to come full circle and bring Cantiere Viareggio into the Genesis Yachts Group.”

The shipyard does new-build and interior fitting-out services for Italian yacht brands like Benetti. It was founded in the 1960s.

“This new step represents for us the continuation of our family tradition of providing shipbuilding and interiors for the yachts industry, joining forces to take on new challenges,” said general manager Alessio Favilla, a member of the shipyard’s family management team in the statement.