The Riva Boat Company was founded in 1842 by Pietro Riva. By the late 1940's Carlo Riva emerged from the family as the creative force that would propel their wooden boats into European prominence from the 1950's through the early 1970's. Carlo Riva's vision was to create beautiful works of nautical art utilizing the finest materials and building techniques available in the world at the time. To this end, he visited the United States in the early 1950's and met with a company he much admired, Chris Craft Corporation, purchasing a number of engines and instruments to install in his boats, because of their proven reliability. He also used Chrysler marine engines for a time in the early 1960's, and then Crusader marine engines through the rest of production.
Riva boats became known as the "Rolls-Royce of the Sea" and were owned by European royalty, heads of state, movie stars and industrialists.
Riva produced a number of different models but the best known is the "Aquarama", a 27' twin engined boat with a sun bathing platform recessed into the rear deck above the engines. Yachting Magazine named Riva Aquarama the #1 Boat of the top 100 boats in the World and they continue to be considered the ultimate collectable classic wooden boat. With much international demand, they have proven to be good investments, maintaining their values through turbulent financial times.
The boats on this website are offered for sale by their individual owners, who will assist with surveys and shipping as required. They will cooperate with brokers and have priced the boats at fair market values, as well as utilizing the Hagerty Wooden Boat Price Guide. All reasonable offers will be considered.
Please note that individual sellers may have additional items for sale on their individual links.