The Co­bra CatCher

Yachts International - - Sternlines -

Giuseppe Bal­ducci set up Man­gusta in the mid-’80s, as part of his Over­ma­rine Group to chal­lenge the su­per-fast Co­bra power­boats by ri­val Tec­no­ma­rine. He brazenly chose the name Man­gusta, Ital­ian for mon­goose, af­ter the small but feisty car­ni­vore that in­cludes co­bras in its diet. Tec­no­ma­rine even­tu­ally went out of busi­ness, whereas Man­gusta went on to be­come a by­word for fast, open sport boats.

The Oceano range of dis­place­ment yachts rep­re­sents a de­par­ture from th­ese origins, but the brand DNA re­mains in terms of sporty styling and ef­fi­cient per­for­mance. Work­ing with de­signer Al­berto Mancini, the com­pany has also de­vel­oped a GranS­port range. Fall­ing be­tween the full-dis­place­ment and plan­ing mod­els, th­ese yachts com­bine ef­fi­cient low-speed cruis­ing with a top speed of 29 knots. The first 177-foot (54-me­ter) GranS­port 54 has been sold and is un­der con­struc­tion.

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