Riva Yachts History
Beauty. Brains. Brawn. For 178 years Riva Yachts have been coveted for their style, intelligent onboard features and unparalleled performance. Ranging in length from 27 to 164 feet, these luxury yachts are as legendary as the mythical heroes for whom some are named. Founded in 1842 by Pietro Riva and family-owned until 1989, Riva yachts are famous worldwide for their craftsmanship, avant-garde design and unmatched quality.
Riva yachts’ original shipyard was 118,000+ square feet and located in Sarnico on Lake Iseo near Bergamo, Italy. The first boats built there were commercial. By 1920, the yard switched gears and began constructing pleasure yachts and racing boats. In the ‘50s, a series of wood-based designs turned the Riva Yacht brand into a status symbol for the affluent and celebrities. The Sarnico yard produced 27 to 66-foot models. Over the decades, Riva Yachts added two more shipyards: The 42,650-square-foot La Spezia (2004) for yachts ranging from 76 to 110 feet; and Ancona (2018), a 465,000-square-foot yard that launched Riva Race – a 164-foot super-yacht.
In 1962, Carlo Riva in collaboration with designer/architect Giorgio Barilani launched Aquarama – the instant classic that would go on to become the face of the company. It was also in the late ‘60s that Riva Yachts began constructing fiberglass vessels, starting with the day cruiser Bahia Mar 20 and the cabin cruiser Sport Fisherman 25.
As popular as the Riva Yacht composite models were, the company continued to build wooden runabouts until 1996. In 1989, the British Vickers Group bought Riva Yachts, and in 2000, Ferretti Group, an Italian multinational shipbuilding company headquartered in Forlì, took over the Riva brand.
Some of the more memorable Riva Yachts for sale and their launch dates include:
- Tritone first twin-engine classic range Riva yacht (1950)
- Tritone Special one-off runabout, the longest, fastest, most powerful of its time (1960) Riva Junior, which replaced
- Riva Florida (1960)
- Aquarama (1962)
- Super Aquarama, the iconic wooden classic sports yacht (1962)
- Rivamare speedboat (2016)
- Aquariva classic speedboat (2001)
Today, the fleet of used Riva Yachts for sale consists of more than 60 models, including:
- 27′ Iseo (2011)
- 33′ Aquariva Super (2012)
- 39′ Rivamare (2016)
- 56′ Rivale (2017)
- 63′ Virtus (2011)
- 66′ Ribelle (2018)
- 76′ Bahamas (2017)
- 76′ Perseo (2015)
- 88′ Domino Super (2015)
- 88′ Florida (2014)
- 88′ Folgore (2020)
- 90′ Argo (2019)
- 100′ Corsaro (2016)
- 110′ Dolcevita (2018)
Here are highlights from five flagship series:
The 66′ Ribelle, which means “Rebel” in Italian, is the entry level model in the Riva Yacht range that includes the 76′ Perseo and 88′ Domino Super. Ultra sleek with a deep blue hull and shiny stainless steel rails and hardware outside, and rich mahogany woodwork, high-end leather and light-hued upholstery inside, the Riva Ribelle yachts for sale convey an unrivaled attention to detail and comfort. Laid out with cruising families in mind, the Riva Ribelle has three staterooms and three heads, and a transom garage that accommodates a five-seat tender. Powered by twin MAN 1,550 hp V-12 engines, this luxurious Riva flybridge yacht, with a cruising speed of 33 knots and a top speed of 37, glides seamlessly through the water even when conditions are stormy.
Folgore is Italian for lightning or thunderbolt. But, no matter what you call it, this lavishly appointed, yet sporty power yacht, is a force of nature. Equipped with the latest technology, constructed from composite with carbon fiber reinforcements, and detailed with the brand’s iconic mahogany inlays, leather and decorative stainless steel, the 88′ Folgore built by Riva Yachts is a kick to drive. Two MTU 16V 2000 M96 engines deliver a cruising speed of 30 knots and a top speed of 36 knots. Electro-hydraulic steering systems make handling and turning easy, and the high-tech integrated dashboard system combines navigation and maneuvering instruments.
Just like the pirates or buccaneers of old, the Riva Yacht 100 CORSARO has a certain amount of mystery about her. It could be the eye-catching black slit running from bow to stern or the aerodynamic wedge-shaped body that belies her elegant, comfortable interiors. Launched in 2016, the Riva Corsaro yachts for sale provide panoramic views from the salon, spacious areas for entertaining and a sundeck with an abundance of comfy seating for cocktails, dinner or quiet conversation. Riva Corsaro yachts come in two layouts: One caters to the Asian market and the other is designed with the rest of the world in mind. There are five cabins, including a master suite, three double suites and a twin.
Riva 100′ Corsaro comes with two engine options: a twin 2,435hp and a twin 2,638hp. A full tank of fuel will take you 320 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 25 knots, which is ideal for fast short-range cruising. Plus, with only a seven-foot draft, this Riva Yacht can go where larger yachts can’t.
Seafarers can’t help but live the “sweet life” when they’re aboard one of Riva Yacht’s fiberglass flybridge masterpieces. Used 110′ Dolcevita Riva yachts for sale combine the Ferretti Group’s engineering genius with the ultimate in Italian interior design. The salon is an open plan with magnificent floor-to-ceiling windows. There is a master suite and four staterooms. Crew quarters include two staterooms, a galley and lounge. With plenty of room for dining, sunbathing and entertaining, this 110-foot Riva superyacht accommodates up to 20 guests. Used Riva Dolcevita yachts are powered by twin 16V 2000 MTU diesel engines and have a top speed of 26 knots. At a cruise speed of 23 knots, the Riva Dolcevita superyacht has a range of 430 nautical miles.
Imagine how much faster Jason and his Argonauts would have found the golden fleece if they’d set sail in the 90′ Argo built by Riva Yachts. All the cutting-edge technological innovations including electro-hydraulic steering system and an integrated LOOP bridge developed in conjunction with NAVIOP-SIMRAD would have saved them months. Plus, the twin MTU 12V 2000 M96L engines with a power of 1948 MHP each would have let them cruise in style at a maximum 26 knots.
It would have been more comfortable, too, with double master cabins, huge hull windows and impressive interior spaces accented with English walnut wood. You don’t have to be on a mission from the gods to appreciate the style and stability of the 90′ Argo Riva Yacht. Especially when you realize it combines the strengths and enhances the character, power and beauty of the two Riva Yachts that preceded it – the 100′ Corsaro and 110′ Dolcevita.
- Founder: Pietro Riva
- Parent company: Ferretti Group
- Size: 27 to 164 feet
- Type: Classic pleasure yachts, racers, flybridge, superyachts
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|Model Name||Production Year||LOA||Beam||Draft|
|56 Rivale||17.27m (56' 8")||4.74m (15' 7")||1.45m (4' 10")|
|Dolceriva||14.92m (49')||4.26m (14')||1.48m (4' 11")|