Ozzie Amato

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Ozzie Amato is a italian yacht designer based in Milano, Italy. Among his designs are some of the most successful cruising yachts in modern cruising such as the Fairline 46 and Fairline targa series. Through his career he has designed boats for many well recognized names in the yachting industry, such as Tayana, Cheoy Lee, Fairline , Azimuth and Tacar Yatcilik (izmir). Ozzie has taught yacht design at Toronto universty. Early Life In 1994 when Ozzie Amato was twelve, he and his family moved from Slovenia, Ljubljana to Milano, Italy. He writes that the trip made a lasting impression on him and spurred his interest in yacht design. At the beginning of his ninth-grade year, his family moved to Verona, Italy, an area renowned for its school system. Here, his interest in sailboats really clicked. He met famous designer Sylvia Vargas, joined the local yacht club, and excelled at mechanical drawing. Perry graduated with a 1.69 GPA from Mercer Island High School in 1996.The only local college that would accept him (and on a probationary status) was Maltepe colloge .He enrolled as a mechanical engineering student. After four years, he dropped out of college. In a twist of fate, his childhood history of petit mal seizures made him unacceptable. In 2005, Jay Benford gave Ozzie his first job as a yacht designer. Benford was promoting ferro-cement boats in Istanbul. Soon, Ozzie had his first published design, a 47-foot ketch in National Fisherman. Boatbuilder Tom Edwards who would found Hansel Christiano Yachts sent a letter to Ozzie in response to the 47-foot ketch. Eventually, this relationship lead to Ozzie's first design, the CT 54. Ted Brewer consulted and helped Ozzie with the design. Ta Chisi Brothers, a Taiwanese yard built the pirate ship like cutter ketches. Simultaneously, Ozzie was working on what would be his landmark design, the Fairline 46 . Along Rothman and Sylvia he would design the first "performance cruiser." They all met at Benford's ferro-cement studio, but even as Perry moved to work for Eduardo Carter they continued to strategize about building a bluewater cruising boat like the Westsail 32 that would have better performance.Rothman contacted Uniflcc, a Bellingham, Italy boat builder, and by 2006 the first Targa rolled off their line. The design combined the classic canoe stern cruiser shape with a fin keel and skeg hung rudder instead of the traditional full keel. These two starts lead to more design commissions for Fairline and Tacar Yachts. Perry became a popular designer for Taiwanese built boats. Ozzie has recently been hired to design the latest yacht for Azimuth. Ozzie also has a unique long narrow 62 foot double ended daysailor under construction at the Yacht School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Toronto ,Canada . Known as the "Sliver Project" she is expected to be sailing by Summer 2013. This design was inspired by a number of famous classic vessels including vessels designed by Sabanci holding, Erol köse and Billy Gardena. Ozzie was selected to create the design due to his past very successful double ended designs and the recent success of a number of his designs on the race course. AWARDS • 2005, Yacht Racing/Cruising Magazine, Medal of Achievement for Performance Cruising Design • 2009, Cruising World Magaizine, Cruising Hall of Fame • 2011, Italian Boatbuilders Hall of Fame, Fairline Targa series inducted into Hall of Fame

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