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FB Design is a company established in 1971 by Fabio Buzzi, mechanical engineer and offshore pilot, with the purpose of studying and building high performance motor boats as well as marine transmissions known as Trimax drives, now produced in partnership with the German ZF Corporation. After 30 years in business the boatyard and its R&D department have grown together and the firm continues to develop more and more sophisticated new products.

For years the main activity of the company was the competition. In more than 40 years of activity FB Design has won a total of 52 World Championships, the Harmsworth Trophy 7 times (1989, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2003, 2004, 2010) and have set 56 world speed records established in all existing classes, both UIM and APBA in US.

Due to the decline of the competitive powerboat field, the company took advantage of the experience made in making fast racing boats and began to extend the production also to the military field. In the last 15 years, FB Design has developed a full range of military boats, adopted by the top Military and Coast Guard Organisations worldwide, based on an impressive series of patents, related to hulls, drives, propellers, gearboxes, waterjets and gas turbines.

Even if FB Design production is now mainly oriented to the military, the company is still making very fast leisure boats for very demanding customers that want at the same time very high performances and reliability.

Nowadays the company occupies a 12000 sqm site, complete with modern workshops for all phases of production where 40 technicians look after the production of prototypes, racing, and high performance patrol crafts.

company2.jpg FB Design develops new crafts and submits them to the stress cycle of offshore racing and winning without charging experimental design costs to the customer.

All the hulls, drives and fittings are always tested in the top racing and endurance contests, which are a demanding proving ground that ensures the highest quality.

FB Design is the only yard in the world whose craft have set world endurance and speed records in every existing class, with all types of hulls.

At present the main thrust of FB Design’s activity is devoted to the construction of high speed patrol boats on behalf of many naval organisations all over the world, such as the Italian "Guardia di Finanza" and Coast Guard, as well as the South African and Greek special forces, the Turkish Customs and the Hong Kong anti terrorism Police and Custom units.


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