If someone asks you to choose the most stylish speed boat to drive your loved one in it, drink wine with her on it and after that take her for a speed ride bonanza, what would it be?
We would definitely choose Riva yachts.
The Story of Riva Yachts
The Riva boatyard has a long history dating back to 1842. It was established on Lake Iseo, in Sarnico, Italy, when Pietro Riva began building boats at Sarnico, a small northern Italian town on the shores of Lago d’Iseo.
By the 1930s, at which time the business was managed by Serafino Riva, Pietro’s grandson, the company was a leading manufacturer of small racing boats. He was a racer himself. At the same time, Riva began building pleasure boats.
The 1950s were the years of Carlo Riva, who had been driven by the boundless passion for boats and the family business since he was a child. Riva had by then become widely regarded as the synonym of elegance, status and perfection. Select materials of the highest quality, painstaking care for the tiniest details, unparalleled, long-standing expertise and craftsmanship. Riva’s creations became the object of desire for the aristocracy, award-winning athletes, successful businessmen and movie stars.
In November 1962 the myth was born: it was named Aquarama!
Since its presentation, at the third Milan International Boat Show, the Aquarama became the symbol of Riva par excellence, almost "a brand within the brand”. The name of the yacht drew inspiration from the Cinerama system, the American experimental wide screens technique that revolutionized film making. The slogan the yacht was launched with contained several key-words: “Sun, sea, joie de vivre!”
The year 1969 was another milestone in the history of the legendary brand: it was then that fiberglass production started. The first two Riva models in composite material were born: the day cruiser Bahia Mar 20’ and the cabin cruiser Sport Fisherman 25’.
Between the 1970s and the 1990s, more yachts were created, including the St. Tropez, which was produced until 1992, and the Superamerica, the first large cabin cruiser which was available on the market for more than 20 years.
Riva Yacht - Today
In May 2000 the Ferretti Group took over the Riva boatyard, which could thus go back to flying the Italian flag. The Group had a strong will to relaunch Riva products and the brand by focusing on quality, design, and uniqueness. Riva celebrated the turn of the millennium with the largest rally of period boats in history: more than one hundred yachts, representing all Riva models, paraded on Lake Iseo on 10 September 2000, led by the Aquarama carrying onboard Carlo Riva and Norberto Ferretti, bonded by friendship and mutual esteem.
Following the acquisition by Ferretti Group, a new era began for Riva yachts, characterized by a strong focus on innovation, perfectly in harmony with the philosophy that had always driven the shipyard since it was established. The historic brand, blending technology and tradition, reinvents a contemporary, modern, and unique style, in collaboration with Officina Italiana Design.