Pure Genius: Giuseppe Carnevali

Find your position at the flip of a switch? Unthinkable! Not to Giuseppe Carnevali.

The next time you glance at the screen of your plotter or multifunction display to confirm your position on an electronic chart, say a quiet “thank you” for the creative mind of Giuseppe Carnevali. Like many of us, Carnevali was born with the water gene, but he was also blessed with an analytical mind. A highly trained naval architect and engineer, Carnevali did a stint with the Italian Navy, where he ­mastered advanced navigation techniques. In 1984, he brought the first commercially successful chart plotter, the Geonav, to market under the auspices of his company, Navionics. The brand remains a leader in marine electronic charting today.

Giuseppe Carnevali Courtesy Navionics

Carnevali is just one of five creative thinkers that Yachting profiled in its December, Spirit of Innovation, issue. You can read the other four here:

Rybovich Family


Ole Evinrude

Frank Pembroke Huckins

Nathanael Herreshoff


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