OLYMPIC RIBS and CORTO MALTESE® join forces to redefine seafaring experience

Legendary fantasy graphic novel hero CORTO MALTESE® will inspire OLYMPIC RIBS’ ultra-premium OLR line customization


Aegean archipelago. The Med. The World. A literary myth, from the pen of Hugo Pratt, and a product line celebrating passion for sea, travel, freedom & speed. Bringing the spirit of the iconic sailor onboard, OLYMPIC RIBS is excited to announce a long-term, global partnership with CONG S.A., Switzerland, the guardians of the CORTO MALTESE® eminent heritage.

Unleashing the full potential of bespoke customization for luxury RIBs, this synergy will allow for a uniquely creative incorporation of the CORTO MALTESE® traits into the OLR line up.

The CORTO MALTESE® upgrade will be available for the OLR 30SR, 40SR, 45SRC and 45SRC STERN DRIVES models, elevating the OLR model of choice to an exclusive asset: First Class onboard experience, outstanding offshore performance and – now – inclusive of the mesmerizing atmosphere of the classiest graphic novel ever written.

The Corto Maltese® OLR3OSR

Inspired by the iconic CORTO MALTESE® Greek Fisherman’s Hat, the bespoke OLR30SR is the first Corto Maltese® customized boat, encapsulating the spirit of the legendary Captain.
Crafted with a keen eye for detail and a deep respect for the Corto Maltese saga, the 30ft long Rigid Inflatable Boat is a nautical tribute to the emblematic sailor’s hat, a symbol steeped in the lore of the beloved seafarer. The hat, more than just an accessory, represents the spirit of adventure, the mystery of the seas, and the timeless elegance that Corto Maltese embodies.

Its distinctive design elements are thoughtfully integrated into the boat’s aesthetics: a pristine white front, echoing the hat’s crown, while parts of the helm area, located at the center of the boat, are adorned in luxurious gold, mirroring the hat’s distinguished gold badge. The rear seating, in a similar gold hue, pays homage to the hat’s band, while the boat’s sleek black finish is reminiscent of the hat’s body and brim. Adding a unique touch, a golden ring adorns one side of the boat’s balloon, reflecting Corto Maltese’s iconic earring, a symbol of his adventurous and free-spirited nature.


Commenting on the OLYMPIC RIBS x CORTO MALTESE® partnership, Christos Karyofyllis, OLYMPIC RIBS Director, stated: “Always ready to defend the principles of liberty and independence, CORTO MALTESE® personifies indefatigable exploration; a perfect match for our DNA. We are excited to embrace the CORTO MALTESE® philosophy and look forward to opening new seaways together. The OLR30SR is a vessel that transcends the ordinary, much like the hat of Corto Maltese. It’s a symbol of freedom, a nod to the enigmatic and adventurous spirit that Corto Maltese represents. We are thrilled to present this unique creation at Boot Düsseldorf 2024.”

Patrizia Zanotti, Managing Director for CONG S.A., added: “The unveiling of the OLR30SR is a testament to the enduring legacy of Corto Maltese. This collaboration goes beyond mere branding; it’s an artistic and spiritual fusion that captures the essence of Hugo Pratt’s creation. We are delighted to see Corto Maltese’s spirit navigate in such a magnificent form.”

Maurizio Distefano, president of Maurizio Distefano Licensing agency managing the CORTO MALTESE® rights, added: “When a brand and a licensee share the same values, a licensing project can truly make history. This makes us extremely eager to see the outcome of this pioneering and one-of-a-kind partnership between OLYMPIC RIBS and CORTO MALTESE®. The OLR30SR customized version is a perfect example of how a creative vision can transform into a tangible and breathtaking reality. It’s a tribute to the classiest graphic novel ever written and proof of the innovative spirit shared by OLYMPIC RIBS.”

Sokratis Sarafidis, speaking for FMC S.A., the strategy consulting firm driving the synergy, stated: “Selecting the OLR30SR Corto Maltese edition transcends traditional boat ownership, serving as an investment in a dynamic example of innovation and cross-industry collaboration. This vessel, holding the intrinsic value of a breakthrough momentum, emerges as a key strategic asset in the hero licensing industry, underscoring the substantial benefits from the fusion of diverse sectors.”


Opening seaways since 1985. Inspired by freedom, crafted with passion and driven by excellence, every single one of the 4,000 OLYMPIC RIBS produced so far are individually and precisely planed with top design ergonomics and industry leading talent. Infusing the millennia old Greek maritime tradition with world- wide cutting-edge technologies, the OLYMPIC RIBS’ OLR line stands at the forefront of the global race for an elevated onboard experience. Aesthetics, performance, consistency and reliability are exquisitely blended to celebrate our Captains’ and their Guests’ heydays.


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