That of Ranieri International at the last Boot Düsseldorf was a significant presence for a form of “Made in Italy” without compromise.
The shipyard based in Soverato, Italy, was born in ’60s thanks to the passion of the forefather Pietro. In the ’70s Pietro Ranieri built his first motorboats where he could apply his mechanical skills. The growth of this family-run business was slow but unstoppable in Italy and abroad and, between ’80s and ’90s, the shipyard established itself as a leading company in the sector of boats up to 10 metres, especially thanks to the extraordinary quality of its creations and the excellent materials used.
Today, the production of about 44 different fiberglass boats and 10 ribs involve about 50 people and Pietro’s sons, Antonio and Salvatore.
“ Our presence at this Boat Show, as well as in Cannes, Genoa and Paris – told us Salvatore Ranieri – is a great source of satisfaction for us. Our results are evident. Here we’ve brought 6 boats: the Cayman 21 sport, the Voyager 21s; the Shadow 22 and 26; and, of course, the two novelties of 2017: the Cayman 18 Sport and our new flagship, the Next 370SH.
“Our dealer – continued Ranieri – has significantly increased the number of its contacts and we’re working on many negotiations. But I’m a little nationalist since I really miss the time when the Genoa Boat Show was the most important European nautical event. I love Genoa but today things are completely different, we should admit it. Now the most important boat shows are those held in Dusseldorf and Cannes, as shown by the massive presence of the transatlantic shipyards at these events”.
The real strength of the Calabrian shipyard lies in the choice to maintain the whole production chain in Soverato. And the two novelties of 2017 follows this great tradition.
In particular, the Cayman 18 Sport is the entry-level model in the range of ribs, which Salvatore Ranieri has decided to put alongside the fiberglass boats. The “smallest” in the Cayman range is pushed by a 40 HP engine which requires no nautical license even though it is approved up to 115 HP.
Fast and with and easy handling, it is one among the few boats of its category to offer two sun pads: one is comfortable and protected by the fore tubulars, while the other can be obtained by folding the pilot’s seat back. The pilot’s seat can host a person and the black-and-white colouring is very elegant. The small swimming platforms next to the engine are comfortable and functional. The hull is counter-moulded, which shows the care extended by Ranieri International to its smallest boats, while the electric trim maximizes engine and propeller’s performances reaching about 30 knots.
The other novelty is the 37-foot Next 370 SH. The new flagship is a sumptuous walk-around model which exceeds the traditional 10-metre limit of the shipyard. With sporty and elegant lines, the Next 370SH has more than one single strength. First of all, the deck. Gangways are wide and feature a series of stairs which lead to the high bow. The teak in the beam makes each space appear larger. An astern sofa surrounds the solid hardwood table while a practical toilet cabinet is located just behind the console. The large water-resistant fore sun pad is fixed through a system of bands for a greater stability even at high speed.
The helm station is wide and the windshield is surrounded by a practical handrail, very useful while sailing in rough sea. The pilot’s seat is comfortable. An extensive use of eco-leather, even for the handrail upholstery, gives the boat a practical elegant style. Below deck, a passageway leads to three doors. One of them gives access to the fore master cabin, equipped with a 2×2 metre bed which can be easily converted into a lounge, while the other two doors lead to the shower and the bathroom, respectively. An additional master cabin is below the cockpit. Two Mercury 400 HP engines allow to reach 45 knots.