History of the C.A.R.M. Boatyard

History of C.A.R.M.


The history of the C.A.R.M. Boatyard began during the late 1960's, when the pleasure boats plying the waters of our Tigullio were mainly small motorboats.

The customers began to feel the need for greater comfort and, as a consequence, the sizes of hulls back then began to increase.


Facilities capable of accommodating the ever-increasing demands of customers were very limited in those days: those who have worked in the marine sector for a few years will still be able to remember how operators were forced to follow tide movements to make hauling and launching operations easier.


Back then, the C.A.R.M. boatyard was already based in Lavagna , founded by Guido Prina, the sailing pioneer, who entrusted the management of his business to another future nautical pioneer, Mr Roberto Poirino. Over the course of several years the establishment was subjected to significant improvements and, in a relatively short time, it became a reference centre for pleasure boat storage in Tigullio.


In 1972, the yard was fitted with a lift, which is still in operation, which allowed boats to be moved in a way that was faster and safer than traditional methods.

Thanks to the support of highly-skilled staff, the boatyard, which had since been re-named 'C.A.R.M.', (in Italian, an acronym for 'Motor yacht Maintenance Service Centre'), began to assist the legendary Baglietto yachts: Ischia, Elba, Minorca, Majorca. Collaboration with engineer Pietro Baglietto in particular, became more intense, and the boatyard undertook its first major work on hulls from the Varazze boatyards.


Since then, the path followed by C.A.R.M., always aimed to the customers' total satisfaction, has become ever more diverse and rewarding from a professional perspective: changing sides on 18 and 20 metre boats, hull makeovers with relevant structural reinforcements, partial and complete mechanical revisions, engine refits, complete coating treatments and complete interventions on electrical systems.


In the 1990s, when wooden boats gradually gave way to fibreglass vessels, the boatyard adapted rapidly to the new demands of its customers and specialised in processing the new material, adding to the ever-present motor boat refits , also the newer, but not less challenging sailing boats.

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