Riva Launches : Restoration
Our knowledge of the Riva marque is extensive in the extreme, and this together with the quality of our workmanship, attention to detail and the most helpful backing we get from Riva themselves in the supply of original fittings, materials and fabrics etc, has led to our reputation as one of the premier restorers of these beautiful launches.
Our reputation for excellence has brought owners of neglected and damaged Rivas - Aquaramas, Aristons, Olympics & Super Floridas - to send their boats to us from as far a field as Kuwait and the USA.
A classic Riva boat is a design icon, a moving sculpture in wood, chrome and glass that commands attention wherever it goes. Add to this a long list of famous owners and an association with exotic Mediterranean locations such as Monaco and San Tropez, and it is no wonder that the Riva name has, over time, become a legend.
Today a classic Riva is not only an object of desire but a unique slice of nautical heritage, encapsulating as it does the style, wealth and extravagance of the fifties and sixties jet-set a time when most could still only dream of owning a car, let alone foreign travel and expensive boats. Nobody is sure how many of the 4,000 or so wooden boats built survive, although the Riva Historical Society is the custodian of the International Riva Historical Registry which aims to catalogue surviving boats.
Rivas history dates back to 1842, when Pietro Riva began building boats at Sarnico, a small northern Italian town on the shores of Lago dIseo.
By the 1930s, by which time the business was managed by Pietros grandson, Serafino, the company was a leading manufacturer of small racing boats, many of which he raced himself. At the same time, it began building pleasure boats.
In the 1950s Serafinos son Carlo transformed the business. After a considerable struggle with his father to realise his ambitions, he created wooden boats of such exceptional style and elegance that they surpassed anything his competitors produced. In due course the Riva brand became a worldwide legend courted by screen stars, royalty and businessmen alike. Famous owners included Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Peter Sellers and many more besides.
A succession of owners have owned the company since Carlo Riva sold it in the early 1970s, and today the firm is owned by the Ferretti Group.
Riva Super Aquarama
Riva Super Aquarama No.466
Riva Ariston No.137, built 1966
Riva Ariston No.786, built 1967
Riva Aquarama No. 274
Riva Ariston No.844, built 1968
Riva Aquarama Special No.519, built 1971
Riva Aquarama Special No.565, built 1971
Riva Olympic No.186
Riva Olympic No.239, built 1977
Riva Super Florida No.701, built 1963
20' Pseudo Riva Built 1950's
Riva Super Aquarama No. 220
Riva Super Ariston No.905, built 1969
Riva Super Ariston No.614
Riva Super Florida No.861
Riva Super Aquarama No.256
Riva Aquarama No. 61
Riva Aquarama No. 77
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Riva Aquarama & Ariston
A pair of Riva launches restored by us in 2008.
Clarkson's Extreme Machines
Jeremy Clarkson shows what makes a Riva Aquarama so special and meets Carlo Riva.