A leading shipyard for over 60 years

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Comar is one of the historic brands in Italian boating, born in the 1960s in Forlì for the production of sailboats.

It was the first shipyard to produce a fiberglass boat: innovation was in its DNA.

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In 1998 Massimo Guardigli and Flavia Proietti acquired the Comar brand and technology, which already had over five thousand boats sailing in the Mediterranean. The first boat that marked the new era of Comar, based in Rome, was the Genesis 43, and soon a new generation of sailboats with groundbreaking features was created, where modern and fast hull and deck lines blend with extremely comfortable interiors for long cruises.

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From the collaboration with Studio Vallicelli and Alessandro Nazareth, the Comet 51S was born, a successful and appreciated model from which the entire line developed, which includes 11 models from the 35S to the 125RS, while the Comet Smart range was born from Sergio Lupoli's pencil: 21OD, 26S and 31S to complete the entire range of monohulls. The line is completed with 14 models from 21 to 125 feet, from the most sporty to the most spacious.

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Comet boats are known and appreciated worldwide as cruising boats, comfortable, safe, and able to sail in any sea, but also fast.

Some owners start to attend regattas and the results are not long in coming. Comets become very popular on regatta fields all over the world, successfully competing in all the most important championships and the most challenging races in the world, while still being comfortable and suitable for sailing in any sea.

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The Comet 100 RS is launched. The flagship of the Comar production. It is an ocean cruiser that sails between the Mediterranean and the Caribbean offering the maximum in terms of onboard hospitality and navigation quality. Like all Comets, it has a high degree of customization in the interiors and even today, after many years, it remains a boat with an unmistakable style.

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The crisis and a rapidly changing scenario led the ownership of Comar to give another boost to their product range.

The adventure in the production of multihulls began with the goal of creating catamarans that add maneuverability and speed to the spacious interiors and exteriors.

With the collaboration of Marc Lombard, the C-Cat 37 was launched, and later the C-Cat 48, the C-Cat 64, and even larger models were developed, with the collaboration of Enrico Contreas, Francois Perus, and the Amadio Studio.

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Comar continues production, gaining the approval of owners who continue to sail on monohulls and those who have chosen catamarans for their cruises, thus paving the way for the new generation.

As the first C-Cat 65 is about to be launched, Amerigo Guardigli becomes increasingly present in the shipyard, personally overseeing all construction phases and managerial aspects of the entire operation.

From 1961

​Comar began its activities in Forlì, Italy in 1961 (then called Sipla), with the production of fiberglass Flying Juniors. In those years, plastic constructions were in their infancy, and the enterprise had a pioneering flavor.

Growing rapidly, Sipla laid the foundation for popular boating in Italy: the Van de Stadt Meteor, a fast and habitable boat, provided Italians with an easy-to-handle vessel.

But the revolution came in 1971 with the Comet 910. Designed by Van de Stadt and Finot, the 910 was so innovative and unique that on the eve of its launch, with the boat registered for the Middle Sea Race, the two designers, without prior agreement between them, called Sipla on the same day to disown the paternity of that revolutionary object. We all know how it went: the 910 won the race overwhelmingly, humiliating much larger and more prestigious boats.

The commercial success was surprising and long-lasting: the new boat remained in production for more than fifteen years and was produced in almost a thousand units. Thanks to it, Sipla was able to build new, state-of-the-art facilities and lay the foundations for the subsequent growth of the models.

Meanwhile, after ten years of experience, the company changed its name to Comar: with Finot, they formed a highly successful duo, as in the case of the Comet 801 or the Comet 11, 13, and 14, characterized by unprecedented choices even for the interiors, where the salon was located at the extreme stern. On the water, they were fast and comfortable boats, with daring deck equipment for the time, such as roller-furling jibs and mainsails, and the selling prices were very competitive.

In the 1980s, Comar added other great designers such as Doug Peterson and Andrea Vallicelli. Comfortable and fast boats were born, with more traditional lines but always up-to-date.

In the nineties, Comar introduced two new models, the thirteen-meter Genesi and the fifteen-meter Phoenix, boats that are still sought after in the used market today. With them, a radical change in production policy was initiated, aimed at improving quality in all areas. It began with the adoption of new, futuristic construction techniques: balsa or termanto sandwich, vacuum lamination.

Comar also ventured into the production of regatta one-offs, such as the Stradivario, a free class boat designed by Vallicelli, which won the Centomiglia del Garda four times. With the economic crisis at the beginning of the nineties, many companies in the nautical sector found themselves in difficulty. Comar, despite the good success of its latest models, went through a dark period due to problems with its then ownership.

The new course of Comar began in 1998 when Massimo and Flavia Guardigli acquired its name and technology. With the current management, the company sets new goals. The market, in fact, has undergone an unforeseeable evolution in recent years, which has led some shipyards to organize themselves to produce boats in thousands of copies, with a fierce price war.

However, this process leads to a progressive decline in the final product quality due to excessive simplification of production criteria. It is precisely in this that the renewed Comar identifies a new sector of the nautical market where, alongside the rejection of an excessively standardized offer, there is a search for a personalized and quality product.

The first models resumed where they left off: the 43 Genesi, which confirms market approval, is accompanied by other successful models such as the 38, 50, 54, and 65, the latter on a Bruce Farr hull, the first maxi in Comar's history.

Later, the Neapolitan designer Sergio Lupoli designed two new models, the 33 and 36, sporty and elegant boats that behave honorably in numerous international regattas. But the style and quality level of the Comets are about to undergo a sudden change. Andrea Vallicelli, the historic designer of many previous Comets, presents a design so advanced as to seem almost a gamble: it is the Comet 51 Sport, an aggressive cruiser-racer with an unprecedented and captivating design.

The public and critical success is immediate, encouraging Comar to make new significant investments. The range is completely renewed with the advent of the 45, 41, and 38 Sport models, designed in the spirit of the 51, all boats appreciated by customers for their design and quality, which in recent years have confirmed their excellent performance with the winning of prestigious international trophies.

In recent years, there has also been an increasing liking among the public for the "deck saloon" type, namely boats with panoramic cabins that, through large windows, make the interior particularly bright. As usual, Comar approaches the topic with an original vision: the Raised Saloon, or how to combine the functionality of a luminous deck house with truly sporty shapes. The 52 and 62, still designed by the Vallicelli studio, represent the first two models of a line destined to grow in size and production numbers.

In these years, the shipyard develops new construction technologies but always with the aim of maintaining a high degree of craftsmanship, in order to allow the possibility of customizing its models according to the most varied needs of each owner, an approach that makes Comar Yachts an elastic structure capable of satisfying its customers and always ready to successfully face the challenges of the future, now represented by the new 100rs and 85rs.

For an overview of Comar's historic boats, visit the website www.comaryacht.com.

COMAR Yachts
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00054 Fiumicino
Roma - Italy
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