FRANCHINI shipyard was founded in 1946 in Riccione by the shipwright Michele Franchini. The shipyard first produced work boats, but as from the beginning of the ‘50s the first pleasure wooden “one-offs” were built. In the ’60, Franchini shipyard entered the high-end segment of pleasure boating. The most famous boats of this time if the “Falco nero” (Black Hawk), a schooner built with traditional planking that is still sailing nowadays and it is considered on the most beautiful wooden boats manufactured in Italy. We need to wait for the ‘70s for the first “Italian motorsailer”, the MS 10 or Mediterraneo, that proposed a more “Mediterranean” concept of sail cruising, as an alternative to the Scandinavian models. Massimo Franchini took the lead of the company in the ‘80s, and he introduced the vacuum infusion technique, as well as several functional and stylistic innovations (such as stern sun deck, deck house, etc.). The Custom line dates back to the ‘90s, and it was designed by Doug Peterson. The first motor yacht, the Emozione 55, was launched in 2003 and it was inspired by lobster boats, while the Emozione 74 was launched the following year.
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