Flippo’s Wife Katrin Keeps His Legacy Alive Through Magnum Marine.
Katrin was in terrible grief as she mourned the lose of her husband Filippo. She appeared at the Genoa Boat Show to present Magnum to other buyers, but surprisingly she found that the only way to keep her husbands legacy alive was through Magnum.
When, in 1990, Filippo died, Katrin was devastated. “I had lost the person I loved and worked and lived with for the past twenty years.” Katrin loved Magnum, because she felt an enormous responsibility towards all those who had been working at Magnum—after so many years, Magnum was as much an extended family to her as a business—and lastly, because she was irked and challenged by being told that no woman could ever run a boat company, she decided not to sell Magnum Marine. In spite of the odds stacked against her, less than a month after Filippo’s death, Katrin represented Magnum at the Genoa boat show. Rumors were rampant that she was there to find a buyer for the company, but the opposite was true. She had discovered that Magnum had become her life and her passion, and she was going to keep her husband’s legacy alive.
Realizing that the success of the company was directly related to the amount of confidence clients had in her abilities, within six months she gained the skills she had been lacking. She learned how to drive a boat and sat for hours in the engine room until she understood everything that had been foreign to her. That summer, for the first time without Filippo, she built a new Magnum. It was a Magnum 40, and when it was completed, she took it to the Mediterranean, as she had always done with Filippo, and navigated around the Mediterranean. Everything became easier after that. “Clients accepted me and respected my knowledge, just as they had respected Filippo.”
As the next two decades demonstrated, Katrin was not to be underestimated. “She was a moving force behind the company from the beginning,” says Howard Arneson. “She and Ted complemented each other. It’s no surprise that, after Ted died, she was able to continue on with the business. In some ways, she has taken the company farther.”