The history of the Bellini shipyard starts at the beginning of the sixties when Batiste Bellini begins with the production of a range of motorboats made of high quality mahogany and cedar.
The commercial success in those years was a direct legacy to the high quality of the boats and their presence at important nautical fairs in Genova, Paris, Zurich, Hamburg and Milan.
Bellini runabouts were manufactured at the old yard at Clusane D’Iseo until 1967 when a new boat centre was inaugurated.
The Bellini models that were most successful are the Condor, Jonic, Atlantic, Astor and the Iseo.
Most models were fitted with an inboard motor or with an outboard motor.
The engines used for this came from different brands such as the Chris-Craft 238 V-8, the Volvo Penta Aquamatic or the Ford Interceptor V8.
|Jonic||5.2 meter, mahogany laminated construction||Ford Interceptor V8, 100 BHP||?|
|Atlantic||5.65 meter, mahogany laminated construction||Chris Craft 283 V8, 185 BHP||?|
|Astor||6.6 meter, double cockpit with closed deck||Chris Craft 283 V8, 185 BHP||?|
|Iseo Super||8.2 meter, sports cruiser||Twin V8 Chris Craft 185 BHP||?|
Bellini boats today
In 1967 the manufacturing of boats was stopped. Today Cantieri Bellini, owned by Romano Bellini servicing and selling modern yachts. This marina is situated at Lake Iseo in Northern Itay.
Bellini is also for 50% shareholder of the Riva restoration centre called B&C. Its main specialisation is on the restoration and maintenance of Riva boats.
Classic Bellini boats themselves are in general looked after very well. This proofs that numerous owners consider them as true works of art.