Italian boat builder enters U.S. market

COMO, Italy – Italian boat builder Comitti Yacht sol. recently expanded its operations and will introduce two new powerboats into the North American market this summer, followed by a yacht tender this fall and a twin-engine runabout in 2005, the company said in a press release this morning.

The 8-meter Portofino and 6.5-meter Sanremo mahogany powerboats will have their North American debut on New York’s Lake George at The Sagamore Resort in July 2004, and will also be on display at several other boat shows this summer and fall, including the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show.

The company plans to bring its Alassio, a 5-meter yacht tender, to North America later this year, and a 10-meter, twin-engine runabout to the market in 2005, Comitti said.

“The North American market represents an important stage in our long-term business development,” said Raimondo Reiner, Comitti’s managing director. “In recent years the company has matured from a small artisan shop to a fully staffed production operation. With production capacity grown and quality standards established, we have targeted the U.S. market for growth.”

The Turner Marine Group will be Comitti’s exclusive importer, according to the company.

“A new construction wood boat of this caliber is very rare in the North American market today,” said Michael Turner, of Turner Marine Group. “I am very impressed with the craftsmanship and quality of these boats. We are excited and honored to be an integral part of the Comitti business.”

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