(LOCATION: Italy) This Riva Aquariva Super is a direct descendent of the legendary Riva Aquarama. The Riva Aquarama is a speedboat model built by Italian yacht builder Riva. Production ran for over three decades from Aquarama's introduction in 1962 until 1996. Carlo Riva launched the Aquarama runabout series in 1962. The Aquarama's hull was based on the Riva Tritone – an earlier model speedboat by Riva, which in turn was inspired by the American mahogany Hacker-Craft runabouts. Because of the boat's speed, beauty and the craftsmanship behind it, the Aquarama was praised as the Ferrari of the boat world. The company was founded by Pietro Riva in 1842.
This is what BoatTest.com says about the Aquariva Super.
If you doubt that Riva speedboats are objects of worship among the yachting cognoscenti, here's something that might change your mind: The Aquariva Super, just 33' 0" (10.07 m) long, costs upwards of $1,000,000, but after her debut in 2000 it took Riva just six years to sell 100 boats; the company celebrated with a special edition, the Aquariva Cento, in 2006. (In the past couple of months, two more special editions of the boat have been introduced, one created by Gucci, the other by designer Marc Newson.) A direct descendant of maybe the most famous Riva of all, the mahogany Aquarama, the Aquariva carries on a boatbuilding tradition started 168 years ago, when Pietro Riva arrived in Sarnico, on the shores of Lake d'Iseo in northern Italy.
The Aquariva Super is built in the same shipyard that Pietro Riva founded in 1842. Riva, the man, was a carpenter and joiner who traveled from his home on Lake Como to Sarnico to earn a few lire repairing boats in the wake of a fierce storm that destroyed much of the lake's fishing fleet. (Sarnico is about 70 km northeast of Milan.) He never left, but opened his own shipyard building not yachts, but ferries, cargo boats and fishing craft. The business passed down, father to son, for generations. In the 1920s Serafino Riva started building motorboats, and by World War II, Rivas had set many speed records and won many trophies.
Speedboat performance is provided by twin 380-hp Yanmar 6LY3/UTP diesels linked to two-speed electronic gearboxes. Top speed is between 41.5 and 42 knots, according to a Riva spokesman; we haven't tested any of the boats ourselves. Cruising speed is 36 knots, and you can expect approximately 150 nm of range at that speed.
The standard layout is simple: A U-shaped lounge in the cockpit with a small table to hold drinks and snacks; a helm station; a head and a couple of V-berths below. We doubt many owners sleep aboard their Aquariva Supers.
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- The 33' Aquariva is the boat that, may be more than any others, represents the natural conjunction point between the past Riva and the one of the future. His elegant and sinuous lines, the presence of precious woods made at art, the absolute details care, come together with unique comfort, reliability and performances for a motorboat like this. Own symbol of Riva style and elegance, Aquariva has confirmed his own presence and his own success on all the continents, exactly like the legendary Aquarama did a few decades ago, today a cult boat for the worldwide collectors.
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