The story of Filippi
Lido SRL traces back to 1953 when a young Filippi Lido started
at Donoratico Racing Boats, a boat yard taking its namesake from
the small town 250 kms north of Rome. Donoratico Racing Boats
produced very fine racing boats and were used extensively in the
1950s and 60s at World and Olympic events.
By 1980 Filippi Lido
had learnt his trade and left the Donoratico boat yard to start
Filippi Lido company producing wooden boats and the now familiar
white and blue Filippi Racing Boat.
Success followed with
gold medals in the 1986 and 1987 World Championships and 1988 Seoul
Olympics. Over this period the traditional wooden construction
was phased out and the new composite boats were produced using
a carbon fibre sandwich subjected to a heat curing, vacuum mould
construction process. Such an approach produced strong, durable
craft, while ensuring a comfortable feel while rowing or sculling,
this range continues today as the Italia 2. In a bid to ensure
lighter, FISA weight boats, the Italia S range was developed in
the 1990s, this continued to use the same construction process,
but honeycomb was used rather than Termanto as the core material.
The honeycomb - in conjunction with the heat cure, vacuum mould
construction process, delivered a very light, very strong, responsive
As demand for the boats
increased during the 1990s, Filippi's Donoratico site grew. 1997
was a key year for the boat yard, a new building was opened at
the site, but more particularly Filippi Lido SRL was awarded the
ISO 9002 quality certification. Filippi considered this of absolute
importance since it ensured the high quality of the boats was maintained
throughout the manufacturing process. Today every boat which leaves
the factory has been personally signed off at 26 points in the
manufacturing process by the individual technician working at that
step of the process .
The yard continues to
seek innovation in design; 'movie' configurations (where the slides
are built into the saxboards), tubular carbon and reverse wing rigging
are all offered on today's boat ranges. Smaller changes such as
one piece internal decking, shoulder reinforcement, and rigger
design also occur as a result of continuous improvement initiatives.
Development is undertaken in conjunction with athletes, National
Rowing Federations and in 2002 the Research & Development centre
was opened at the yard under the supervision of a full time ship
scientist, the new wing boat released in July was as a result of
the centre's innovative designs.
Today, the running of the boatyard is undertaken by Filippi's son David, the yard employs 86 technicians and produces just over 1,200 boats each year which supply Federations worldwide. In the previous 20 years crews in Filippi boats have achieved over 500 medals in World Championships and Olympic games.
At the start of 2013, Filippi opened their new workshops providing more space to raise production. The site also boasts offices, R&D labs and a museum!
The front of the Filippi boatyard, to left and
right of the central office are two of the four manufacturing facilities.
Part of the finishing shop, all boats must be completed
and signed off here before the final quality stamp can be issued.
The Research and Development Centre where computer
aided design (CAD) helps test the innovations prior to physical