CANAV - Cantieri Navaltecnica Settimo Velo

Salomé - Unique Specimen
  • Year of manufacture 
  • Boat type 
  • Condition 
  • Engines 
  • Cabins 
  • Boat category 
  • Hull material 
  • Exterior colour 
  • Interior designer 
    Renato Sonny Levy
  • Beam 
    2.62 m / 8.60 ft
  • Displacement 
    6.64 t / 14 638.69 lb
  • Location
  • Overall length 
    7.60 m / 24.93 ft
  • Performance 
    500 PS / 368 kW / 494 BHP
  • Max speed 
  • Cruising speed 
  • Engine Model 
    2x Volvo Penta 501A V8 -(2X252 Hp) - Petrol
  • Fuel tankage 
  • Water tankage 


Canav - Cantieri Navaltecnica - "Settimo Velo" - Salomé.
Unique specimen built in 1970 by the Navaltecnica shipyard in Anzio (CANAV), based on a design by Renato "Sonny" Levi.
Construction in triple mahogany planking crossed and glued with resorcinol resins, which gives the hull, characterized by a deep V with longitudinal support skids, a solidity and extraordinary performances. This is the reason why this type of hulls designed by Levi and built by Navaltecnica, was adopted by the Italian Coast Guard scouts engaged in fast patrolling operations. A hull identical to this one won the prestigious Offshore Viareggio-Bastia-Viareggio race in 1972 and this type of boat participated in the legendary Cowes-Torquay Offshore race. The same Renato "Sonny" Levi designed 2 boats for Avv. Gianni Agnelli, the "Ultima Dea" an offshore built by the same Navaltecnica equipped with triple Maserati 450S engines with which the latter raced a couple of Offshore competitions and the G50, a fast commuter that recently sold at an auction for a staggering price. The sporting results obtained confirmed the exceptional seaworthiness of these hulls: a legendary seaworthiness even at high speed, which can be maintained even in the tightest turns, even in rough sea conditions.
The first owner of this boat was Leopoldo Rodriquez, son of the owner of the famous Rodriquez shipyards from Messina, inventors of hydrofoils, who at the time had taken over the Navaltecnica Shipyards.
The boat is a unique model and differs from all the other models for a more streamlined line and a more spacious cockpit.

Year of construction: 1970
Hull length: 7.60 m
Hull beam: 2.62 m
Construction height 1.38 m
Gross tonnage: 6.64 T
2x250 HP Volvo Penta V8 petrol engine with submerged and therefore silent exhausts up to cruising speed.
Transmissions: stern drives with double counter-rotating propeller type "Duo-Prop"
Cruising speed: 25-27 kn.
Maximum speed: about 45 kn.
Number of passengers: 6
Berths: 2 in the V-berth in the forward cabin
Nautical toilet in separate cabin with sink
Sound system
Navigation lights
Courtesy lights in the cockpit
Electric windlass with Danforth anchor and 30 meters of chain
Complete safety equipment for navigation within 12 nm from the coast purchased in 2019 and currently valid.
350 liter stainless steel fuel tank.
100 lt fresh water tank overhauled and sanitized.

Always maintained with no expense spared, after thirty years of ownership by the current owners, the boat, which had remained dry for a few years, between the end of 2017 and the middle of 2019 has been subjected to a total refit maintaining absolute originality.
Upon request it is possible to provide ample documentation relating to the expenses incurred (over € 50,000 of demonstrable expenses) and photographic documentation of all the steps relating to the restoration that involved every detail of the boat, from the maintenance of the hull with epoxy resins, to the refurbishment of all the systems and equipment, the re-chroming of the original and unobtainable and specific deck accessories and the remaking of all the cushions and upholstery of the boat. The sundeck cushions were made with closed cell padding. During the restoration phase, the engines and transmissions were disembarked and completely overhauled, the trim reservoirs, the trim pistons and relative oil seals were replaced, latest generation remote control cables were installed, which improved sensitivity by reducing the effort of operation.
All the sea cocks have been replaced while maintaining the visible parts both below deck and in the original hull.
The teak of the deck has been completely replaced and all the flooring of the cabin and all the bilges have been restored in the smallest details according to absolute originality.
All the wooden parts of the topsides were repainted with numerous coats of flatting and the hull was completely repainted by hand, according to the tradition and technology used at the time at Navaltecnica.
The restoration was completed in July 2019 and the boat was subjected to several sea trials to test it after the restoration; the technical and aesthetic conditions are absolutely perfect, the boat itself is able to withstand any distance in absolute simplicity and is presented in Concours d'Elegance conditions.
The boat is currently being registered in the historical register of the Levi hulls.
The boat can be viewed and tested by appointment in Messina (Italy).

It costs a fraction of a Riva, may be considered less charming (even if this is is a unique specimen so it's absolutely an uncommon object) but way more comfortable, efficient and the marine performances are still unmatched, after 50 years.
One of Renato "Sonny" Levi masterpieces (motorboat's enthusiasts know this name very well!).

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Brief history of Canav - Cantieri Navaltecnica - Anzio
The founder of the Navaltecnica Shipyard of Anzio was the Commander Attilio Petroni; in the 50s he built the ships for the Cleopatra movie and built some boats for the Navy. At that time Commander Petroni and a friend, the father of "Sonny" Levi, owner of a shipyard for the construction for the English Navy in Karachi, developed the project of fast patrolling boats. The crossed lamellar system dates back to the English and American Clippers and in the Second World War, hundreds of even large patrol boats were built with this system. With the birth of Aerodux resin, Sonny Levi had the idea of ​​using the lamellar system with gluing instead of riveting. "A’ Speranziella " was the first pleasure craft built with this system, designed by Sonny Levi, which later became one of the best and most winning yacht designer in the world, its hulls won hundreds of competitions. In fact the lines and the strength of the hull allowed to win the most important race for motorboats of the time, the Cowes-Torquay of 1963. The fame of the shipyard induced the lawyer Vincenzo Balestrieri, fond of offshore, to enter as partner giving further impulse to the productivity of the yard and bringing it in a short time among the first in the world.
The Navaltecnica Shipyard has been later acquired by Rodriquez Shipyard (World famous for building Hydrofoils), who provided for about two decades the Italian Coast Guard and Navy with fast patrolling boats based on the hulls designed by Sonny Levi.