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686 Lido Edizione Dino Feltrinelli limited edition
Mio, Tuo, Suo, El Ninin, Rumba, Tango, Estroso, Lupo and Miss Garda - the series of boats piloted by noted ace Dino Feltrinelli. These names will once again be seen on the nine examples of the 686 Lido Dino Feltrinelli Edition produced in a strictly limited edition by the Austrian yard Frauscher Boats, a tribute to the great powerboat champion. His grandchildren, brothers Mauro, Sergio and Dino, are the current owners of the Feltrinelli yard in Gargnagno (www.nauticafeltrinelli.it) on Lake Garda, which is handling importation from Austria of these unique, elegant craft.
The 686 Lido Dino Feltrinelli Edition, presented at the 40th Düsseldorf Boat Show, is the product of the strong partnership and friendship that’s existed between the Frauscher and Feltrinelli families for 25 years. The Austrian yard was founded in 1927 in Vienna by Engelbert Frauscher, and in 1945 it moved to is current site at Gmunden on the Traunsee lake. It was here that the first electrically powered craft appeared in the 1950s. The company’s fortunes are also linked to the titles gained by its craft - Hans and Stefan Frauscher won the world sail championship on H-Boot, built by the family’s yard. At the moment electrical and sail Frauscher craft are distributed throughout the world by a network of 14 dealers.
The Feltrinelli name dates back to the late fifteenth century, and was linked to boat building at the very start, although the first family member to be recorded as a shipbuilder in Gargnano was Bernardo, born in 1793. Dino Feltrinelli was born in 1903, and learnt the trade from his father Egidio. He became a skilful mechanic, and between 1922 and 1935 he won many competitions, including the Pavia-Venice Raid, the Gardone Coppa dell’Oltranza and the Outboard Day on Lake Como, as well as a number of Italian and European championships in Rome, Paris, Sarnico and Milan. During Dino’s career he faced competition from illustrious constructors like Riva, Baglietto, Haker-Craft, Chris-Craft, Timossi, Picchiotti and Savoia-Marchetti, but he more than held his own and now the Feltrinelli yard offers some of Italy’s finest mechanical, repair and refit services.
To translate the idea of 686 Lido Dino Feltrinelli Edition into reality, Frauscher and the Arge Ateliers studio, a long-term partner of the yard, brought in the Austrian designer Annette Hinterwirth. Brought up on the shores of Traunsee lake, the location of the Frauscher yard, Annette Hinterwirth’s international experience meant she integrated smoothly with the team - she has worked in New York and Los Angeles and her CV includes collaborations with Swarovski, Minotti and Neuen Wiener Werkstätten.
The hull was developed by designer George Niessen, who was already involved with the 686 Lido, which has been in production since 2006 - now over 40 examples have been sold. The boat is 7.15 metres long, including the bathing platform, and has a dry weight of 1.5 tonnes. It’s built of glass fibre with Kevlar reinforcement, and is powered by a 424hp Volvo Penta providing outstanding performance with a top speed of 60 knots - but Feltrinelli also offers three other configurations to satisfy even the most enthusiastic speed freaks among its clientele.
It offers many technology and design solutions - the table, for example, is electrically operated, and retracts into the forward deck to integrate with the sunbathing area. The seats revolve through 360 degrees and are upholstered in genuine water-repellent leather. The windshield lifts automatically at high speeds to offer superior protection. Teak is the material of choice for the forward deck and cockpit, with carbon fibre laminate for the transom and dashboard. All the deck accessories, from handrail to cleats, are handmade by an Austrian metal carving company especially for Frauscher.
Every 686 Lido Dino Feltrinelli Edition will be handed over personally by the Feltrinelli family in Gargnano after the engine and transmission have been checked and tuned and the new owner has been given a special training course. The prototype will remain the property of the Frauscher yard, which will preserve it in the company museum. The first craft was delivered in early June to an owner who will sail it on the Swiss lakes, and another two units are already under construction. All that remains is to join the queue for one of the six remaining examples. One thing is sure - there’ll only be this one chance!
(Yacht Digest, n. 153)