Part of the Ferretti Group of luxury yacht brands, superyacht builder CRN manufactures custom yachts ranging from 40 to 90 metres in Ancona, Italy.
History of CRN
Luxury yacht builder CRN, an acronym for Costruzioni e Riparazioni Navali, was founded by Italian entrepreneur Sanzio Nicolini in 1963 in the Adriatic seaport of Ancona. Instead of building wooden yachts like his competitors, Nicolini built upscale luxury yachts from aluminium and steel right from the start, and soon developed a reputation as a high-end builder. The shipyard’s Super Conero yacht series is an example of an early success.
In 1970, Nicolini formed an artistic collaboration with Italian luxury yacht builder Carlo Riva, which lasted eight years and yielded eight yachts built by superyacht builder CRN for Riva Yachts that helped to set the CRN “family” styling. Throughout the rest of the 20th century, CRN built custom superyachts for experienced owners, including Fiat head Gianni Agnelli. The 32.80m superyacht F100, designed by Gerhard Gilgenast and constructed by luxury yacht builder CRN for Agnelli in 1983 helped to launch the “minimalist” movement in contemporary yacht design.
In 1999, luxury yacht builder CRN was acquired by the Ferretti Group, joining well-known yacht brands Ferretti Yachts, Riva, Mochi Yachts, Itama, Pershing and Customline. In 2001, Ferretti Group merged its superyacht shipyards, CRN and Customline.
Notable CRN yachts
The first superyacht to launch from the CRN shipyard following the Ferretti Group acquisition was the 43m Motor Yacht Magnifica (now Magenta M), designed by noted Italian yacht designers Nuvolari Lenard, and delivered in 2001. Recent award-winning launches from superyacht builder CRN include the 2013, 80m Chopi-Chopi, and the 61m Saramour.
Specialisations of CRN
Superyacht builder CRN manufactures custom aluminium and steel luxury yachts up to 90 metres in length at its 80,000sqm shipyard in Ancona. The shipyard also operates a large private marina.