of the species
AN ITALIAN STORY
The Leopard brand story rests on distant roots, dating back to 1600s, when the Picchiotti family began building boats in Limite sull’Arno, until 1935, when the Arno Shipyard was born. The war destroyed everything, but with patience and willpower they started over again.
Here the first wooden Leopard was designed by Paolo Caliari in 1973, the beginning of a long series production that allowed the construction of about 150 yachts up to 24 meters from 1984 to 2000. In that year the new shipyard was born on the Navicelli Canal (Pisa), where the new models designed by Andre Bacigalupo, a pupil of Caliari, took shape. A path that has made it possible to produce about 300 boats of different sizes and models.
A LONG TRADITION OF CONSTRUCTIVE EXCELLENCE
The area on the Tyrrhenian coast that goes from Viareggio to Livorno passing through Pisa with the Medicean canal of Navicelli, has a long tradition in the construction of the best yachts of all sizes and types that still sail the world today, contributing significantly to making Italy's largest producer in the world.
Since the days of the best "shipwrights" many things have changed, but the great skill and craftsmanship that are behind the work of a shipyard and allow you to have results of the highest excellence in these parts can be breathed in the air.
A STORY THAT CONTINUES
When Davide Mugnaini, Chief Executive Officer of Seven Stars, had the opportunity to acquire the Tombolo Shipyard, he spoke with the Picchiotti family about the possibility of reviving the Leopard brand that has always fascinated him. Then the meeting with Andre Bacigalupo who was able to show his drawings for a new 36m and the decision was made. The story of Leopard, never truly interrupted, continues today thanks to Seven Stars.
A story that comes from afar
Here are some of the Leopards who have made the history of boating
The new Leopard Yachts have their foundations on the historical pillars of the brand: Italian design, constructive excellence, speed and reliability. The story of Leopards has roots dating back to 1600, when the Picchiotti family began building boats. The first Leopard was designed in 1973 by Paolo Caliari. Since then approx. 300 Leopards have sailed the seas of the world. And now Leopards are back thanks to Seven Stars Marina & Shipyard.