Fipa Group, builder of AB Yachts and Maiora Yachts, was founded in 1981 by Francesco Guidetti and his wife Mirna Santucci on a property handed down over time from the Gudetti family. In 1985, Fipa purchased the Mairoa brand of yachts, founded at the start of the 1970s. Mairoa’s yachts were well known to Fipa due to a collaboration dating back many years. In 1989, FIPA expanded its original Massarosa facilities to the Viareggio harbor when they purchased the historic Intermare Naval Shipyard, allowing them to increase the size of Maiora yachts up to 105'. In 2001 more facilities were developed in Massa, North of Viareggio, where FIPA now produces motor yachts between 96' and 150'. This new line of unique, open-style sport cruisers is AB Yachts, a worldwide leader of large jet yachts, with a line ranging between 55' and 140'. AB Yachts produces “open” style boats ranging from 56’ to 140’. This choice to venture into the open boat sector was not by chance. Fipa’s policy of specialization with youthful, dynamic and sporting lines, where speed and technology are key factors, is an important factor in setting them apart from the competition. In 2007, AB launched their largest high speed, open yacht to date; the AB-140 with was met with great enthusiasm by the world’s yachting press and elevated the AB Yachts name into the new millennium. Today, the Fipa Group one of the most active yards in the Viareggio area, producing over 30 yachts per year and recovering or servicing boats up to 150'.
The first AB145 hull has been officially launched by Italian yacht builder AB Yachts. This first hull now represents the largest model in AB's line-up at 44-meters LOA. No worries for the general public if you want to see this yacht in the flesh. She will make her first official appearance and debut to the public at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September.
AB Yachts launched a brand new AB100 performance luxury yacht recently. The two-toned metallic grey yacht appears to be the first AB100 to be launched for the year 2016 so far from the Italian yacht manufacturer. This yacht does not play, there is serious power below-decks to propel the 30-meter vessel to an astounding 52-knots. Of course, in typical AB style, three engines are linked to three waterjets to produce this blistering performance.
In a few months Italian builder of very fast open-style luxury yachts AB Yachts is expected to launch the first AB 100, their 30-meter yacht. All AB Yachts are characterized by two aspects, speed and style. Performance of the AB 100 will be similar to some of their other models offering her owner a blistering 52-knot top speed using triple CAT Acert marine engines linked to three MJP waterjets. If that's too fast for you, the yacht can be dialed-back to her very high cruising speed of 44-knots.
The latest and newest AB140 express yacht has been successfully launched by the FIPA Group shipyard in Marina di Carrara. The use of advanced composites such as kevlar and carbon fiber, the application of structural bonding agents derived from the aerospace industry and the use of lightweight materials are just a few innovations introduced by AB Yachts.