PRESS

18 NOV

Feb. 13-17, 2014

HANDCRAFTED ITALIAN HERITAGE

Ft. Lauderdale, FL -- RIO YACHTS, with 53 years of boatbuilding experience, has crossed the Atlantic for the first time and is debuting their most ambitious project to date at the Miami Boat Show in February 2014.

The RIO 56 Granturismo (GT) is a unique blend of the best in Italian design and American engineering.

Back in 1961, RIO was the very first Italian company to build what was then called a "yacht" which in those early days was a 27' polished mahogany cruiser with a large sunpad in the stern. In RIO's yard in northern Italy, the company was famous for strong, agile, and fuel-efficient boats built in the time-honored way; handcrafted, one vessel at a time.

Last year, under the direction of Marc-Udo Broich (President & CEO of Rio Yachts, LLC) and Massimo Jannone (International Sales Director of Rio Italia, S.r.L.) they decided to take the company global and to create a new and unique customization concept for the yachting industry. The company's mission statement now is to bring that high degree of craftsmanship and customization to America.

Each customer, working with RIO's American design team, will be able to choose not only the floor plan, but also from a wide range of materials to truly customize each and every yacht to the specific desires of its owners. This is unheard of in the world of mass production boats.

The design of the new 56 GT is pure Italian but the functionality is ALL-American. The 56 GT is not the typical Italian boat which needed to be converted from use in the Med, but is designed specifically for ease of operation and flexibility for the American consumer.

With a wide open floor plan starting with the carbon fiber helm and a salon which can be either completely open or closed, the boat is filled with light and fresh air. The galley is by far the most spacious and usable in its class, open to the helm above and rivals that of much larger boats. The bow-to-bow master suite also boasts a bow-to-bow master bath. Design and function are blended seamlessly throughout the vessel.

RIO YACHTS' success in Europe was based on the Italian concept of family; creating lifelong relationships with their customers. Purchasing a RIO in America will be no different. With one of the most comprehensive warranties on the market, the customer is assured from the beginning that buying a RIO YACHT will also be joining the RIO family of satisfied buyers. Not only have we set up a 24-hour hotline in which any problem big or small can be quickly attended to by our technicians, we also have a 24-hour service call guarantee anywhere in North America! We are dedicated to you. From the customization of your yacht to the maintenance-free enjoyment of the RIO EXPERIENCE.