Fully immersed in this passion for our profession we have continued to present new ideas in a perennial search for the highest quality so we, too, are quite surprised at the amount of work we have created.
I believe this passion will also serve as further incentive for e challenges and the creation of yet more projects that are innovative but at the same time remain true to our origins as sailors and yacht designers.
If today we can proudly display such a wide and heterogeneous range of models this is due to the technical know-how and the cultural meeting,
Due to a deep nautical culture common to the designers in Felci Yachts, which is the key element in a profession that is often, quite rightly, considered an art form.
Arch. Umberto Felci
Umberto Felci was born in Milan in 1964. His overwhelming passion for sailing developed on Lake Garda. He took part in his first regattas in 1978, in 1980 he was invited to be a part of the national 420 youth team.
Right from the outset his interest went beyond the purely competitive aspect of yachting and his attention began to focalize on the technical-constructive aspects.
During his last years in high school he took part in the construction of several racing yachts built in lamellar and carbon fiber and he built some scaled sailing models.
In 1985 he became a member of the 470 high specialization team, racing in both national and International competitions and always finishing among the first positions, whilst continuing to develop a multitude of ideas and projects, all aimed at improving the performance of his 470. But it was at the Milan Polytechnic where Umberto deepened the study of the physics of sails and started off on the research into the technical-construction aspects and. This extremely intense activity reached its apex in 1989 with his participation in a final Olympic quadriennium and his university degree with honours in architecture: his thesis was based on the application of composite materials in the nautical sector.
Thanks to this specialization and his abilities as a helmsman and technician Umberto formed part of the team of “Il Moro di Venezia” team’s challenge for the America’s Cup, a challenge which saw them finalists 1991.
Having concluded this important experience he decided to continue his design activity autonomously.
In the early phase of his career he designed several boats in lamellar wood, to returning totally to the most advanced applications of composite technology.
In 1993 he designed and built the first Italian Mini Transat, Te’ Salt, sponsored among others by Montedison, which was placed third at her debut in the French Championship.
He was involved as designer, builder and sailor in his first yachts because he wanted to examine every detail in depth, since he was fully aware of the importance of a correct set up and team management if one wanted to get results.
Along side his design activities, he has been collaborating with Milan Polytechnic in the fields of yacht design, since 1997. He met Lorenzo Giovannozzi in 1998 and together in 2001 they founded FELCI YACHTS, a design and engineering firm which, right from the outset, has continually developed an incredible quantity of designs in the different yacht categories.
Ing. Lorenzo Giovannozzi
He was born in Milan in 1969. He started sailing in racing dinghies as a child and became fascinated with everything nautical, from the boats themselves to navigation. After obtaining his high school diploma he decided to enrol in the Faculty of Aeronautical Engineering at Milan Politechnic so that he would be able to study in depth the world of both aero and fluid dynamics, as well as structural planning using composite materials.
He continued his racing activities both in dinghies and catamarans side by side with ever more challenging offshore navigation, taking advantage of every opportunity to weigh anchor.
He graduated in 1994 with a thesis about thermal stress and the viscous-elastic effects on composite materials.
He started collaborating straight away with various naval architectural firms as a hydro-dynamic structures and appendices designer; he also worked in the research departments of firms producing components in plastic materials.
In 1998 he was invited to attend a specialization course in yacht design at the Università degli Studi in Florence and here he met the naval architect Umberto Felci, with whom he began an intense and fruitful cooperation, leading to the founding of FELCI YACHTS.
Since then he has dealt with all aspects of planning, tackling them with his usual rigour and scrupulousness, whether it be hydro-dynamics, structural and production planning or composite and formal development.
Dott.ssa Elda Cortinovis
She graduated in Economics and Commerce with business address, after a few years in Auditing Financial Statements in Kpmg, she worked in administration at the mechanical metal company of her family and she starts in parallel the designer activity with Umberto Felci.
In 2001, she founded with Felci and Giovannozzi the Felci Yacht srl, inside of which she is charge of administration, media and web management.
Ing. Guillaume Petit
After the high school in ’98 he takes part in the course of sail in Les Glénans, fell in love and chooses to steer his training as an engineer to the naval architecture. In 2003, he graduated in Naval Engineering by ENSTA in Paris, integrating his studies with new sailing experiences and participating in regattas.
During his studies, he attends a specialization stage at the Research Center of Fluid Dynamics CRAIN in La Rochelle.
Since 2004, he is part of the technical team of the Felci Yachts Design. Today he is a Senior designer, he deals with design and modeling, in particular related to the development of interiors, deck plans and construction details.
Arch. Gabriel Treddenti
In 2001 he graduated in Naval Architecture at the National University of Quilmes in Argentina.
During his University studies, he attended some courses at the Naval shipyard Oceantech and later in Salvador de Bahia in Brazil, he contributed to the design and to the construction of the 72 foot catamaran “Pure Adrenalina”, gaining valuable experience in the practical field.
Since 2003, he is part of the technical team of the Felci Yacht Design. Today is a Senior designer, he deals with design and modeling, in particular related to the development of interiors, deck plans and construction details.
Ing. Giulia Manfrin
Sea lover and windsurfer, after three years as an instructor at the Utopia sailing school and a diploma in Education Sciences at the high school, decides to make her passion a motive for study and work. In 2015 she graduated in Nautical Engineering from the University of Genoa and completed her academic career in 2018 with a master’s degree in Yacht Design, class of the L.M. in Naval Engineering.
In 2018 she became part of the technical team of Felci Yacht Design. She deals with design and modeling, particularly in relation to interior development.
In every new project we look for its soul and spirit. This is the philosophy from which we start to create our projects. We work by separating every single part of the entire project, aiming for its core, in a constant attempt to move away from the futility and speed of trends and fashions.
Designing a boat means analyzing, studying, and deepening all of the aspects to achieve a 360° vision.
From naval architecture, to the structural engineering of composites, to interior design; with the help of complete three-dimensional modelling and all the technologies available today.
Through constant research and analytical work we try to define a project which always meets the needs of our customers.
When all this is completed, the result speaks for itself. A long list of boats, linked by the same approach that matches two fundamental aspects: the functional and the emotional.
It is a process that involves various design and architectural fields, because the finished result is intended for the person who seeks in its objects functionality and emotion. The functionality of a boat summarizes the search for the appropriate technology, safety, its seaworthiness, and the comfort of the spaces. The emotion is what the boat transmits to you without filter: an immediate message, because the drawing and the essential lines are the identifying force of its stylistic signature.
A creative and intuitive act that bases its roots in a nautical culture, built on the experience and synergy work of our architects and engineers.
Throughout this design process there is no lack of innovation, which for us is not the invention of the new, but the evolution that makes the product grow.
To innovate, to allow the creative act to emerge is necessary; along with a fundamental ingredient too: a great passion.
Nomination for “European Yacht of the Year 2022” award – ICE 62 Targa and Dufour 37
Winner of “Best Boat 2022” award – (cat. Over 50ft) – Sail Magazine – Dufour 61
Winner of “Best Boat 2021” award – (cat. Large Monohull 50ft) – Sail Magazine – Dufour 530
Nomination for the “European Yahct of the Year 2020” award, Cruising World – ESSE330
Nomination for the “Best Boat 2020” award – Sail magazine – Dufour 390 & Dufour 430
Nomination for the “British Yachting” award – Dufour 430
Nomination for “The International Yacht & Aviation award 2018” (Concept under 40 m.) – Felci 65 by Persico Marine
Winner of “Boat of the year” award (cat. Best Full Sized Cruiser 50 to 54 ft) – Dufour 520 Grand Large
Winner of “Best Sailing Yacht ” award (cat. Over 45ft) – Shangai Boat Show – ICE 52
Winner of “Boat of the Year” award – Vela e Motore, Edisport – Grand Soleil 58
Winner of “Boat of the Year” award – Cruising World Magazine – Dufour 382 Grand Large (Best Midsize Cruiser)
Nomination for “European Yacht of the year 2015” – Dufour 460 Grand Large
Nomination for “European Yacht of the year 2015” – ICE 52
Winner of “Boat of the Year” award – Gothenburg Boat Show Sweden – Dufour 310 Grand Large “Super Family Boat”
Winner of “Boat of the Year” award for Cruising World Magazine – Dufour 560 Grand Large (Cruiser over 50ft category)
Winner of “Italia per la vela 2014” award – Accademia Navale di Livorno – Dufour 310 – Best Project for Sailing
Nomination of “European Yacht of the Year 2014” for Dufour 410 and Ice 62
Publication of Dufour 310 on ADI Design Index 2014 book – Best Product of Italian Design
Winner of the “European Yacht of the Year 2013” award – Dufour 36 Performance.
Winner of “Best Crossover” award in the Sailing World Magazine – Dufour 36 Performance
Winner Boat of the Year at “Salone Nautico di Genova 2012” – Dufour 500 Grand Large.
Winner “Italia per la vela” award with the boat Esse 750 – Tutto Vela e Accademia Navale di Livorno.
Winner of the “European Yacht of the Year 2011”- Esse 750.
Winner of the “European Yacht of the Year 2010” – Dufour 405 Grand Large.
Nomination for “Audi Designer of the Year” award – GP42 AIRIS design.
Winner of the “Boat of the Year” Vela e Motore award – FY61design.
Winner of the MYDA “Millennium Yacht Design” award – FY61 Yacht 2000 and FY45 Starmarine HT.
Nomination for “Audi” Designer of the Year award – Dufour 44 design and FY45 design.
Winner of the “Boat of the Year” award in the USA – ESSE 850 design.
Nomination for “Audi Designer of the Year” award – Dufour 40 design.
Winner of the “European Yacht of the Year 2005” award in the over 10 m category – ESSE 850 design.
Winner of the “Boat of the Year” Voile Magazine award – Dufour 365 GL design.
Nomination for “Audi Designer of the Year” award – Dufour 34 design and ESSE 850.
Winner of the “Boat of the Year” Vela e Motore award – Adria FY49 design.
Winner of the “European Yacht of the Year 2004” award (cat. under 12 m.) – Dufour 34 design.
Winner of the “Audi Designer of the Year” award – Clandesteam design.
Nomination for the “Oscar of Sail” award by Livorno Naval Academy.
Finalist at the “Compasso d’oro” award 2002 – Clandesteam design.
Nomination for the “Oscar of Sail” award by Livorno Naval Academy.
Nomination for the “Audi Designer of the Year” award.
Finalist at the “Compasso d’oro” award 2000 – VIS design.
Nomination for the “Rothmans Designer of the Year” award – Ufo 22 design.
Nomination for the “Compasso d’oro” award 1997 – Ufo One design.
Winner of the “Rothmans Designer of the Year” award – TèSalt design.