QUEEN OF THE RIVAS
This boat is modelled on the Aquarama – the most famous of Carlo Riva’s designs and the undisputed flagship of the beauties that rolled from his factory. She followed an extensive line-up of smaller models. They included the: Corsaro (1946 – 1955) Tritone (1950 – 1966) Ariston (1950 – 1974) Scoiattolo (1950 – 1957) Sebino (1952 – 1957) Florida (1952 – 1969) Aquarama (1962 – 1996) Around 769 Aquaramas were built after the model debuted (November 1962) at the third Milan International Boat Show. The widescreen ‘cinerama’ movie format, popular in the early 1960s, is commonly-acknowledged as the source of the ‘Aquarama’ name – most noticeably reflected in the boat’s wide, distinctive windscreen.
But the Riva legend actually dates back to 1842, with Pietro Riva building boats at Sarnico, a small town on the shores of Italy’s Lago d’iseo. The company passed on to his grandson, Serafino, and then, in the 1950s, to Serafino’s son Carlo. Carlo was the master magician.
Sadly, it all came to an end in the early 1970s when various factors conspired against Carlo’s artistic sensibilities – chief among them rampant unionisation in Italy, the availability/sustainability of the high-quality timber and the advent of fibreglass, which was the final death knell.