Giorgio Mussini was born in Portofino – one of the last people to be born precisely in the village – from a family of fishermen. The sea is his life and his natural home: his father was a skipper for businessmen such as Riva, who had in Portofino their large offshore yachts.
Since a very young age, however, Giorgio shows a peculiar entrepreneurial spirit, and starts to put to good use and then to increase the family’s berths to rent moorings and hire small rowing dinghies. When Piaggio boat engines come around, after training himself as a mechanic to be able to operate them, Giorgio expands his fleet with larger, motorised launches and opens for them the storage yard in Rapallo.
In 1980, another bold leap: after experiencing as a captain the English style launches which a boat builder in Chiavari had made in the Fifties, whilst everyone else is making fibreglass gozzi
, Giorgio chooses to go against the tide and makes his first boat: Utility Portofino
, entirely made of wood, inspired by the English launch but with significant structural changes. A boat with a unique personality that proves to be an enormous success, purchased by boatowners worldwide.