The Cobra CatCher
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.