The CRN shipyard was founded in Ancona in 1963 by entrepreneur Sanzio Nicolini, under the name "Costruzioni e Riparazioni Navali," which led to the acronym CRN. CRN is the name under which the Shipyard has gradually established itself at a worldwide level, and is still considered as an icon of Italian excellence, style and elegance.

From the very beginning, the Shipyard achieved immediate success and established itself at the high-end of the market, dealing with a very exclusive clientele. At the end of the 1960s the size of CRN’s yachts ranged from 15 to 20 meters. The brand's design was immediately recognizable. It was then that the shipyard built its first series of 23-meter crafts, the SuperConero, which was later followed by increasingly large vessels. The vessels were built in cooperation with well known designers, which contributed to establishing CRN’s international reputation. In 1999 CRN joined the Ferretti Group and joined Custom Line to form Ferretti Group's Ancona-based megayacht operation.