Our Company

Persico Marine builds custom sailing yachts for the world's most renowned racing teams and private owners. We have worked on racing yachts for the America's Cup, the Volvo Ocean Race, the Maxi 72 class and many others.
In the performance sailing yacht sector, we are currently working on the new Wally 145 and Felci 65.

"At Persico we focus on performance and use the most advanced technology to develop faster high-quality yachts."


Persico Marine is part of Persico Group and has two production sites in Italy, in Nembro and Massa Carrara.
Founded in 1976, the Group is a well-regarded Italian multinational primarily engaged in the Automotive, Industrial and Marine industries as a provider of a full range of services: from concept to design, engineering and manufacturing of prototypes, models, moulds and automation systems.
Persico Group also operates in other industries, including Aerospace and Architecture.
With its headquarters and main production facilities in Italy, Persico Group has key production and sales units in the USA and México to serve its customers worldwide.
 
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Timeline

2021

Building flying monohulls: Luna Rossa Challenge
2021 America's Cup

Persico will build Luna Rossa Challenge's two 75-ft boats for the next America's Cup in Auckland.

2018

Supplying three more TP52s:
Luna Rossa, Phoenix and Provezza

Persico delivered three TP52s: Luna Rossa and Phoenix, designed by Botin Partners, and Provezza, designed by Judel/Vrolijk.

2018

Repairing the bow: Vestas 11th Hour Racing
2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race

Persico helped repair the Vestas 11th Hour Racing yacht following a collision with a fishing boat off Hong Kong during the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race.
Persico constructed a replacement bow section and shipped it to Auckland for installation.

2017

Building another Volvo Ocean 65: Team AkzoNobel
2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race

Persico Marine built the Team AkzoNobel Volvo Ocean 65 yacht, as well as rudders for other VO65s, for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race.
Moreover, the company provided staff for assistance at stopovers.

2017

Teaming up with a British contender:
Land Rover BAR
2017 America's Cup

Persico built the wings, platform and foils for the Land Rover BAR catamarans for the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda.

2016

Gearing up for a solo race: IMOCA 60 No Way Back
Vendée Globe 2016-17

Persico built the 60-ft foiler No Way Back (formerly Vento di Sardegna, skippered by Andrea Mura) for the around-the-world solo Vendée Globe 2016-17.
Designed by the innovative Guillaume Verdier, the advanced monohull enabled skipper Pieter Heerema to take on racing's ultimate challenge.

2015

Building almost twin TP52s:
Rán and Gladiator

Persico was commissioned to build both the Rán and Gladiator TP52s for the 2015 season.
This led to significant savings for the teams, who split the primary tooling costs.
Nevertheless, each boat was given its own identity with substantial differences in onboard systems, as well as subtle changes in deck geometry.

2015

Salvaging a competitor: Team Vestas Wind
2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race

Persico repaired the Vestas Wind in record time after the boat ran aground on the Cargados Carajos Shoals in the Indian Ocean during the Volvo Ocean Race.
Thanks to the Herculean efforts of Persico and its collaborators, the boat was able to rejoin the race in Lisbon for the last few legs.

2014

Building better mini maxis:
Proteus and Momo

Persico expanded its racing yacht building service with two new projects, the 72-foot sister ship mini maxis Proteus (formerly Rán V) and Momo.

2014

Developing a new 60-ft One Design

Persico started working on a new Frers 60-ft day sailer.
The project attracted the attention of owners interested in creating a fast one-design class.

2012

Collaborating on innovation: Volvo One Design
2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race

Persico was chosen to manufacture the moulds, hulls, structural bulkheads, keel boxes and other key parts for the new 65-foot class of monohulls for the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. Persico was part of a consortium of shipbuilders that produced seven One Design boats according to a design by Farr Yacht Design.
By building the boats in sub-assemblies with tight tolerances, the race organizers aimed to trim production time and costs, as well as increase the number of competitors.

2011

Backing two challengers:
Artemis Racing and Luna Rossa Challenge
2013 America’s Cup

Persico provided key catamaran components for these two well-known competitors in the 34th America’s Cup.
It built the hull and foils for the Luna Rossa AC72 and manufactured the plugs and infused carbon moulds for the Artemis AC72 wingsails.
The 40-m wings were moulded in Valencia, Spain, at partner Future Fibres’ facility.

2010

Going global: Abu Dhabi’s Azzam
2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race

The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority selected Persico to build a state-of-the-art VO70 racing yacht for the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race.
The boat Azzam – created together with the eminent American design firm, Farr Yacht Design – was the winner of the 2011 Fastnet Race, before competing in the Volvo Race.

2010

Partnering with a rigging specialist:
Future Fibres

Persico Marine and Future Fibres Rigging Systems, based in Valencia, Spain, teamed up to share know-how and produce moulds, boats, rigging and carbon masts in the high-end turnkey yacht market.

2004

The turning point: Luna Rossa Challenge
2007 America’s Cup

This project marked the establishment of Persico's Marine Business Area as a full-fledged racing yacht builder.
Persico's involvement in the Luna Rossa Challenge began with a phone call from Claudio Maletto, at that time the head of the Luna Rossa technical department.
Mr. Maletto knew about Persico's high-tech capabilities because he had also been part of the Il Moro di Venezia team.
Persico developed most of the necessary construction equipment, including four-part moulds, and handled the building of the two carbon-fibre Luna Rossa boats (ITA86 and ITA94) for the 32nd America's Cup.
Moreover, it backed the sailing team for all its technical and production needs.

2002

Building know-how: Russell Coutts' RC44

Persico constructed the moulds for the hull, deck and helm of the RC44 designed by Russell Coutts. This was a fundamental step at both design and production levels, allowing Persico to develop know-how that would be used on future projects.

1990

Setting sail: Il Moro di Venezia
1992 America’s Cup

Persico began its venture in the marine industry when an unexpected visitor came calling.
One day after the installation of Persico's CNC 5-axis miller, Mr. Caglieris, an engineer working for the prominent industrialist Raul Gardini, showed up to have a look at the innovative machine.
Mr. Gardini was the head of the Il Moro Challenge syndicate, which was about to build the five Il Moro di Venezia boats for the 28th America's Cup.
Other notable members of the team were the skipper, Paul Cayard, and the designer, Germán Frers.
Persico took on the challenge to be the first to mill the new-generation International America's Cup Class (IACC) shells and keels – unique components that were technologically advanced for the time.

1990

Precision moulding: CNC 5-axis milling

Persico introduced the first computer numerical control (CNC) 5-axis miller in Italy, which was also among the first in Europe.
At that time, 5-axis milling was revolutionary compared to the older 3-axis process and enabled Persico to provide its customers with previously unattainable solutions.

1976

Founding: Persico Group

Persico was established as a wood-moulding factory in Nembro, Italy.
Through the years, the company has expanded to become a leading worldwide manufacturer of moulds and equipment for the auto, rotomoulding, aerospace and marine industries.