Aicon Yachts 85' FlybridgeCiao Bella! Review by Capt. Chuck Gnaegy A gleaming, precious new flagship, Aicon’s 85 Fly is its grandest yet; a brand new, bella-elegante holiday yacht just introduced to compete in the ever- growing mid-size yacht market. The Sicilian-Italian builder also features seven other sizes: the Open series from 62 to 82, and its Flybridge series from 54 to 75. Its two production bases: the Flybridge series built in Italy’s historic Giamorro; the Open series built in Villafranca Tirrena, a few miles east. Both open to the Mediterranean through the Tyrrhenian Sea and/or the Strait of Messina, at the toe of Italy’s boot on the northeast coast of Sicily. Its 300,000 sq.ft. production facility in Giamorro now has in-house equipment for the production of wooden furnishings and steel components for construction of its 54 and 64 motoryachts, and plans to invest $3.7 million in this yard alone. Yet its development plans call for further investment of $15.9 million, centering on this and other production facilities in Villafranca, plus an additional yard in Augusta-Siracusa for larger yachts – 100 and 130-ft. From its Giamorro headquarters, its staff is focused on customer service; with specialty headquarters in the Sicilian ports of Messina and Palermo, near the center of the Mediterranean’s key ports.