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.
Chris Craft Boats: Chris Smith built his first wooden boat in 1874 at the age of 13. His friends liked the way he built them, and they asked him to build them one. This was technically the start of the Chris Craft Boat Co. He soon began to build more boats and joined his brother Hank in 1881 to begin producing boats full-time. In 1922, the brothers joined with other partners to form the Smith and Sons Boat Company. The company name was changed to Chris-Craft in 1930.
The Detroit area company became well known for their sleek racing boats in the 1910s and 1920s. Chris-Craft sold high end powerboats to wealthy patrons such as Henry Ford and William Randolph Hearst . In the late 1920s, Chris-Craft extended its market into the middle class when it became one of the first mass producers of civilian pleasure boats.
The company continued to be independent until it was acquired by Shields & Company's NAFI Corporation in 1960 and merged with NAFI. They renamed the company Chris-Craft Industries, Incorporated in 1962.
The classics 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.
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Information above is referenced to Wikipedia.