„Avionautica Rio“ was then founded in 1961: building gliders and beautiful motorboats in mahogany with Chris Craft and Rolls-Royce engines along with striking names such as Colorado, Paranà, Bonito, Espera.
In the 70’s the shipyard, already a household name, perceives before others „a boat for all“, deciding to change from handcraft made to industrial, thus creating the boat in ABS, plastic heat-formed material. With a joint co-operation with Anic-Eni, an innovation and a success. Research and innovation continued with the launch of the first Jet, with co-operation from Piaggio. Among others , RIO 310 is born: a symbol of an era change, with more than 50.000 models produced.
In the following decade the shipyard RIO, opens branches in Spain, and in France, developing the division „work boats“, with over 200 patrol vessels supplying the Italian Carabinieri armed forces, by completing a shipyard’s concept at 360°.