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We found this rare 1978 Cantiere Motonautico Serenella up for auction. She just went through a complete restoration and is being sold by the original owner’s estate. This piece of floating artwork was built and shipped to the USA in 1978 to its Newport Beach California owner as his private water limousine.

This boat has had zero engine hours and has been garaged since its restoration. The full history documentation and pictures since new including being built are available. Bids are being taken until July 13 with a buy now asking price of $105K. Winning bid includes a 2001 custom built trailer.

A bit of history

In 1975 Elio Salvagno, together with two other partners, founded Cantiere Motonautico Serenella and began building splendid mahogany motor boats, one of the symbols of Venice.


The first orders came from corporations, tourism companies, and important Venetian hotels. Serenella motor boats were used as ambulances, launches for the military police and local police, and “water limousines” for luxury hotels. More importantly, they were used as taxis, the fastest method for getting around Venice and the islands in the lagoon. In 1977, the owners of the Motonautico International Company in Newport Beach, California, visited the shipyard and acquired the exclusive right to import the boats to the United States. 

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