When Sanzio Nicolini founded the CRN yard in Ancona in 1963, wood was still the most popular building material for yachts. Despite this longstanding tradition, CRN constructed their yachts solely out of steel and aluminum, a practice that continued within the yard until 2004. CRN’s early successes caught the attention of Carlo Riva and in 1970 a partnership between the two yards formed. During these years, the size of the builds CRN undertook also grew, up to and including the 1978 launch of Fath Al Khair, a 155-foot (47.2 meter) yacht for the Emir of Qatar, Al-Thani. From there, CRN’s builds only expanded. By 1986, the yard had launched its first 200-foot (61-meter) yacht and it was followed quickly by a 65-meter launch in 1990. Although the Gulf War in the Middle East, where many of their major clients were based, slowed down the production and expansion of CRN’s builds, the yard reached in other directions for business, concentrating instead on refit and service. But that doesn’t mean they left growth behind.
At the turn of the century, the yard formed a partnership with the Ferretti Group, began working with composite materials for their builds and expanded their production space, giving themselves the ability to produce up to fifteen megayachts a year. In 2010 they broke their own records with the launch of the 236-foot (72-meter) Azteca and then did it again in 2013 when they splashed the 262-foot (80-meter)Chopi Chopi, their two-hundredth launch. Their numerous successes and their ever-popular launches make CRN an in-demand brand on the charter and sales market.