the man who gave his name to one of the most beautiful woodenboat brands on the worlds waters.
Giuliano started his nautical experience as a teenager on the Lake Iseo together with Serafino Riva.
He moved to Switserland to start his career at cantieri Pedrazinni, that’s where he learned the profession.
He returned to Italy and did work for almost two years at the cantieri Riva.
Giuliano starts to build motorboats in his own shed in Sarnico at Lago d'Iseo.
In the same year he started the boat-construction-company called Arcangeli & C
with his friend Giovanni Besenzoni. in a little yard
Giuliano Arcangeli did the woodwork and Giovanni Besenzoni was
responsible for the technical parts.
They built a new shipyard in Sarnico. They've had round about 60 employees at this time.
In the early years about 70 boats left the yard in a year, later they built
at least 120 ships a year in their successful period.
At first they built the model Jolly with an outboard engine.
It was followed open runabouts like Super Jolly, Labrador, Commander and Enrico I
they also did build cabin cruisers like the Sebino.
Only five years after foundation they've had representations in Germany and France and they
exhibited on the leading fairs in Europe like Milan, Genoa, France and Germany.
The cooperation with other yards runs successful. In those years there are totally approximately
1500 Arcangelis build of which only about a hundred are left worldwide.
Arcangelistand at the IBO, boatshow at the Bodenlake
in Germany 1962
in Germany 1962
exclusive pictures of the Arcangeli stand... taken at the Dutch boatshow HISWA in 1966
from left to the right;
(on the right a Rio)
from left to the right;
(on the right a Rio)
Due to national economic crises the Arcangeli shipyard was forever closed..
He moved to Salo in the seat of the city and began with the childcare work and started a yard
where he began with a reference point on Lake Garda to restore Riva's for their owners..
During the late 70's early 80's his son Alberto joined the yard and is in these days leading the
Arcangeli "Centro Nautico Salo".
Giuliano Arcangeli died at the age of 90 in Sarnico on 18-8-2018.
His son Alberto runs in Salo at the Lake Garda the Arcangeli "Centro Nautico Salo" (see link below)
A yard where they offer Riva's for rent, do the maintenance and restore them.
Among the Riva's in the boathouse there is a Arcangeli Super Jolly owned by the whole family. (see pic below)
There are no remains left of the Arcangeli shipyard unfortunately,
also no documentation, drawings or whatsoever at all.
The story tells that Giuliano Arcangeli himself destroyed all plans, pictures and what was left in the yard
because of his dissapointment of closing down his business.
So the boats are all there is left, approximately 80 to 100 worldwide.
The Arcangeli Super Jolly owned by the Arcangeli family
at the lakefront of the Arcangeli yard.
at the lakefront of the Arcangeli yard.
Commercial pictures from the beginning of the yard at the early 60's
Pictures at the late 60's
Arcangeli advertisements, 1967
An older picture of a Dutch Arcangeli owner
If you own an Arcangeli, know you got a collectors item.
Be gentle with her, treat her with love and affection, restore her if possible.
Especially the Riviera and Brazil are very rare, unknown is or even a few of these
types are left worldwide or not!
And specially to be named, the Arcangeli Florida, a two cockpit boat!!
Only one made and still excisting!!
Un Arcangeli è come una donna, il suo amore con tutto il cuorearagraph.
The Arcangeli family with.......... their own Arcangeli Super Jolly #37
Via Pietro Da Salo', 85
25087 Salo' (BS), Italy
"www.Arcangeliboats.com" and the "Arcangeli Centro Nautico Salo" are two different companies and only share the "Arcangeli" name!
Other Italian wooden boat brands of this period with simular boats.
Riva’s history dates back to 1842, when Pietro Riva began building boats at Sarnico, a small northern Italian town on the shores of Lago d’Iseo.
By the 1930s, by which time the business was managed by Pietro’s grandson, Serafino, the company was a leading manufacturer of small racing boats,
many of which he raced himself. At the same time, it began building pleasure boats. In the 1950s Serafino’s son Carlo transformed the business.
After a considerable struggle with his father to realise his ambitions, he created wooden boats of such exceptional style and elegance that they
surpassed anything his competitors produced.
Through a great deal of hard work, and some very clever marketing, the Riva brand became a worldwide legend courted by screen stars, royalty and
businessmen alike. Famous owners included Brigitte Bardot, pictured here on her Super Florida, Sophia Loren, Peter Sellers and many more besides.
Those extraordinary 60’s: life scenarios and “dolce vita” playing on air along with the background music of the English folk bands across the Channel, fashion designers launching mini cars and mini-skirts, non-conventional models and the beat generation born on the road….Following the echo of the economic boom, great dreams are shaping up.
On their honeymoon on the French Riviera the young entrepreneur Luigi Scarani and his wife Anna see boats, visit harbours, returning home with a project: setting up family and shop (shipyard) on the banks of the Sebino lake. The intuition is correct: it’s the right time to dare! If it’s true that wisdom comes with age, proof is within RIO’s brand which was born along with the nautical concept.
“Avionautica Rio” was then founded in 1961: building gliders and beautiful motorboats in mahogany with Chris Craft and Rolls-Royce engines along with striking names such as Colorado, Paranà, Bonito, Espera.
Check this awesome website of Rio boats www.rioclassicboats.com
Bellini started in 1960 with the construction of pleasure boats on the Lago d`Iseo, the owner was Battista Bellini.
nboard boats and outboard motor boats were built. Engines were used by Penta Aquamatic, Interceptor and Chris Craft V8.
The nice sounding names of the boat types were: Condor, Jonic, Atlantic, Atlantic Super, Astor and Iseo.
Aldo Cadenazzi was based on Lake Como in Tremezzo, he has built pleasure boats.
Now and then Cadenazzi boats are offered for sale. The type designations were Lasco, Gran Lasco, Lasco 500
Colombo is a historic brand with timeless characteristics. Our intent is to create boats that withstand time in terms of quality and style. Craftsmanship, elegance and the pursuit of perfection come together in the boats of the Cantiere Nautico Colombo, a historic Italian shipyard founded in 1956.
Eugenio Molinari built racing boats from 1950 and was extremely successful.
During his career as a racing boat pilot, he has a world title in inboard F1, was 4 times Italian champion, 4 times European champion and is the only racing boat driver with 66 records ... an amazing man.
His last popular appearance was in 2007 - his shipyard built a special boat to be equipped with a Ferrari F430 engine -
Eugenio did not miss the opportunity to drive the boat himself. Http://www.eugeniomolinari.it/youtube.htm In the late 50s,
Molinari started building pleasure boats. Very popular were the types Carezza and Super Carezza. Very lightweight constructions with some design details from racing.
The Carrezza has a very flat hull, no V in the rear, but 2 guide fins on the underbody - an extraordinary construction.
n the early 1970s, the new materials (fiberglass and carbon fiber composite materials) were discovered for racing boat construction.
Almost at the same time, the construction of mahogany boats was discontinued at Molinari.
How many wooden boats left the shipyard on Lake Como is not exactly documented - Molinari boats are very rare !!
The points of Cantiere Nautico Cranchi are different and find their origin in the industrial philosophy that Tullio Monzino and Aldo Cranchi have adopted since they founded their shipyard in 1970, whose history originated in 1870 on Lake Como. The two entrepreneurs, aware of the greatness of their challenge, have given themselves a strict rule: to invest the profits to improve the quality of the work environments and the products. Today it can be said that the objectives have been widely achieved and in the years of the crisis have not stopped either the development of technologies within the construction site or the renewal of the range. To achieve this result it was essential to create a relationship of trust between company and employees, regardless of their job. The other key elements were the search for total quality, aware that there should be no defects in the product thanks to the controls that follow the entire production process, and the search for innovation. In the years of maximum productivity Cranchi has arrived to complete a new yacht every 2 hours and 42 minutes. In its production facilities there is absolute organization, equipment, components and men realize a production cycle whose precision is comparable to a Swiss chronograph.
The Moretti shipyard was founded in the 1950's by Gianni Moretti, a very popular racing boat driver.
In 1960, the company moved to Desenzano on Lake Garda and achieved world renown within a very short time, as Moretti was involved in many events and fairs.
Within a short time he had representations throughout Europe. In the 60s, up to 150 boats were built each year.
An order was made at the Milan Fair in 1964. Fidel Castro ordered several boats for delivery to Cuba.
The founder Otello Salani was born on 1 January 1924 in Montignoso (MS) in Versilia. The landing in the world of boats takes place at 13 years, following the transfer with the family to Limite sull'Arno, a place well known for the production of wooden boats.
Othello will work at Limite for about 3 years at the Arno Shipyard, until, when nostalgiaed, he decides to return to Versilia and more precisely to Cinquale to work at the Picchiotti Shipyard in Viareggio. Otello's passions were motor boats and in general, working wood. His skill was such as to allow him to claim increases from his owner, punctually "forced" to satisfy him. Remained in Viareggio for a few years, the adventure began around Tuscany, along with other fellow workers.
First Stefano Porto Stanto to make fishing boats, then in order Orbetello and Donoratico, where he had heard around that there was a need for "smart people".
In fact, Count Gaddo della Gherardesca had started producing rowing boats, beautiful hulls in Spanish cedar. So Othello passed to his court, carving the boats that reigned on the race fields all over the world. After a fight with the construction manager, he resigned despite the Count's wishes. On the other hand, the nature of Otello was to manage alone, he knew he could do his job well and it was time to start his own business.
In 1950, it was time to return to Limite sull'Arno, where the family of his new bride comes from. He began to work together with his father-in-law, producing the first rowing boats: skiffs, canoes, yolts, double canoes, especially for the Canottieri Limite and the Canottieri Firenze.
In 1957, the base of the current Salani shed was born, and Leonardo, Otello's son. In the yard the work continues on rowing boats but in the meantime Otello becomes Maestro d'Ascia to be able to dedicate himself also to the pleasure boating.
Thus, 15 years of intense activity in the nautical production field, which sees the construction of motorboats from 4 to 17 meters in Riva style, cabins and not, and then also of boats for passenger transport. One of these, the Goddess 17.5 meters, still navigates in the waters of Sardinia. All wooden sailing boats, baptized with the names of the stars. In these years, Otello receives the Cavaliere del Lavoro award.
The shipyard was founded in 1957 and is still located in Solcio di Lesa on Lake Maggiore.
Founder of the company is Giorgio Bezzi together with two friends. In the still small company first canoes are made of wood, shortly after also sport boats - of course also made of wood.
The industry is booming, the company too. The new material GfK comes on the market, and Solcio immediately completes the production line.
An enormous output of various boat types is the result: Tempest, Super Tempest, Calimero, Tobias, Mini Tobias, Typhon,
Mini Typhon and Super Typhon are the most common models.
The Taroni shipyard is one of the oldest shipyards in Italy. It was founded in 1860 by Giorgio Taroni.
Company headquarters is still Stresa on Lake Maggiore. In 1905 Taroni started producing motorboats.
Taroni is considered one of the founders of the Italian motorboat industry. The boat of the type Corsa was presented at various exhibitions in 1906 and
caused a stir. It was equipped with a Fiat engine and reached 28 km / h - for then standard almost a racing boat.
In World War I, Taroni was an armaments company. In 1934 he achieved with a modified version of the Corsa a new world record at over 70 km / h.
Sport boats were built in the 70s, unfortunately, so far no documents or catalogs have been found. Taroni maintained a ferry service to the islands
and at times also a line operation on the Lago. It is likely that the boats used were probably also from his shipyard.
Small passenger boats of the kind are still to be found today on the Lago - beautiful mahogany classics !!
Carlo Timossi was chief designer at Riva and started his own business in the early 1950s.
There are only a few sports boats under the label Timossi and they see the Rivas of course similar to confused.
The most famous boat from his shipyard is a racing boat: In 1953, the Italian millionaire Achille Castoldi of Timossi had this racing boat built, which he called "Arno XI".
The hull consisted of a sturdy frame made of boat-plywood and a planking of mahogany veneer and the ferrarrirot painted aluminum structure.
The heart of the boat was initially a machine with 4.5 l displacement and dual ignition, with its 385 hp, it reached a top speed of 200 km / h.
However, this record was soon outbid and the engine revised.
With two compressors and two Weber carburettors, the machine now produced 600 hp and was able to set the world record at over 240 km / h! In 1954,
Castoldi retired from racing and sold the boat to Nando dell`Orto, who visually altered the structure of the air intake and the vertical fin.
Today's prominence of the boat results from various models that exist, and the design that provides an extreme way for the connection
of the myth Ferrari with the water sports.
The shipyard was based in Venice, has built pleasure boats and racing boats.
Founded in 1951, the shipyard grew so fast that a move was made in 1959. Then you had to enlarge three times to get to today's size of 30,000 square meters.
Posillipo was founded in 1942 in the caves of the Neapolitan Posillipo hill near Naples and began construction of racing boats.
From 1958, beautiful mahogany runa boats were built. As early as 1960, the shipyard was relocated to Sabaudia.
Co-founder of the shipyard is Gianfranco Rizzardi. Rizzardi founded in 1978 the own shipyard Rizzardi with the brand CR and Posillipo.
Today, the shipyard, under the leadership of Damiano Rizzardi (son of Gianfranco), builds comfortable sport cruisers and flybridge motor yachts up to 105 feet.
In 1916 Franco and Pino Guernati moved to Bardolino where the Guarnati shipyard was founded.
At this time, the shipyard is housed in the Barchessa, a building that is located at the beginning of Via San Martino in Bardolino.
Today, however, the rooms with the colonnades house a distinguished restaurant. Francesco designs and builds workboats, the highlight of the production at that time is the famous sailing ship San Nicolò, which is launched on December 8, 1925 in Bardolino opposite the Villa Carrara Bottagisio and at the place where washing takes place. It is currently the oldest ship to sail on Lake Garda. Excursions on the San Nicolò on Lake Garda can still be booked today.
Francesco Guarnati dies in 1946 after many years of work and after his death, the shipyard Guarnati in the building Barchessa their activity.
At the beginning of the fifties, his sons Franco and Giuseppe (Pino) reopen the shipyard on the lake promenade Cipriani.
The shipyard Guarnati, as we know it today, arises on the shores of Lake Garda, of course again in Bardolino.
Over the next thirty years, numerous wooden vessels will be built, still floating on the lake and designed and built by the brothers Franco and Pino.
Especially dinghy, paddle boats and outboard motor stand out.
Unfortunately Pino dies at the beginning of the eighties and with his death the production is stopped at the shipyard.