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Riva, the name represents the finest of Italian style and craftsmanship. With a tradition of boatbuilding , spanning over 170 years, the brand has a heritage like no other.
In the 1950’s Carlo Riva set about to build series produced boats, manufactured in a state of the art factory. Nothing was compromised in the quality of their construction. Perhaps the crowning achievement of this effort was the production of the iconic Aquarama. First produced in 1962, they are the most collected and prized of any mahogany boat. These boats are often compared with Rolls Royce and Ferrari due to their high quality.
Carlo always looked for the finest materials available, which included America built marine engines and German made gauges. New designs were subject to rigorous testing, often by Carlo personally.
To this day, nothing quite performs, rides or handles quite like a Riva. They are extremely well-built and reliable. And no other mahogany boat appreciates in value like these boats do.
Sierra Boat has been importing, maintaining and restoring Riva boats since the late 70’s. Perhaps no other company in North America has as much experience with these boats as we do.
The Ariston model enjoyed a long run, with the first prototypes being built in 1950 to the last boat built in 1974. According to records a total of 1004 hulls were produced. This example is hull no. 970. It is classified as a series four hull and the last hull type of the super Ariston series, which were longer and had the best riding hull. “Super” Ariston’s account for only 181 of the total hulls produced. The super designation was assigned to boats with larger engines, in this case the big block Chevrolet marinized by Crusader Marine and Riva.
Renegade III (original name) is a 1971 Series 4 23-foot Riva Super Ariston. It was sold new to Edmond Safra, a billionaire banker who resided in Monaco. He was tragically killed in 1999 when his waterfront estate on Monaco harbor burned.
This boat is the last Super Ariston to be built while Carlo Riva was still in charge of Cantiere Riva and the last one with the traditional black face VDO instruments. The current owner imported the boat to California 20 years ago. It has just recently been the subject of a comprehensive multiple year refurbishment.
The bottom has been professionally replaced with a West System bottom by Northwest Classic Boats. The transom was also replaced. All of the rest of the wood on the boat is original. The boat only has 600 hours on it since new and less than 1 hour since its refurbishment.
It is powered by the original Riva Crusader 320 horsepower, 427 cubic inch engine. The upholstery and flooring are new. The boat has an original Riva factory cover and comes on a custom tandem axle trailer.
In September 2021 it was awarded Overall Best of Show – Preserved and International Boat of the Year-Preserved at the annual Antique and Classic Boat Society’s International Boat Show in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, with a near perfect score.
In the 1950’s, under the leadership of Carlo Riva, the company known as Riva Yachts began to cultivate a very prestigious reputation. Because of their dedication to excellence, Riva became the epitome of elegance, craftsmanship and style in the boating world. Using only the finest materials assembled by the most skilled and experienced craftsmen, Carlo Riva built boats for kings and queens, sportsmen, and movie stars.
A direct descendant of the most celebrated Riva of all, the mahogany Aquarama, the Aquariva carries on a boatbuilding tradition which began 168 years ago. It’s a flawless evolution of style, as the Aquariva retains that gorgeous stem-to-stern undulation of its predecessors. From the stainless-steel bow fairlead with integrated hawse to the mahogany and maple foredeck to the teak toe rails and swept windshield, it is hands down one of the world’s most elegant runabouts.
Currently there are four versions of the Riva Aquariva 33 available; the standard Riva version, the Aquariva Super, the Aquariva Gucci, and the Aquariva by Marc Newson. All four boats are essentially the same but differ slightly in styling and details. All models come equipped with an electronically controlled two-speed gearbox which maximizes the sporting potential of the twin 380-hp Yanmar diesel engines. The engines on this vessel have less than 110.0 engine hours, which add up to a mere 10 hours per year. The agility and responsiveness of the Riva Aquariva is what makes this boat truly special, delivering fast acceleration and a top speed of up to 42 knots with a cruising speed at 36 knots. With twin engines and a bow thruster, the captain can dock this 33ft boat with ease. See http://www.riva-yacht.com
The standard navy-blue hull sets off the dark brightwork and contrasts beautifully with the cockpit’s creamy leather and U-shaped aft bench seating. For the captain, a leather helm chair with flip-up bolster provides standing or seated comfort. The Riva Aquariva 33 features a large double berth and a discreet toilet below. For entertaining, there is a pod-style mahogany table, and a wet bar and refrigerator/ice maker. Sun worshipers will appreciate the large transom sun pad, and her swim platform has a ladder for easy water access. Another feature is the electronically activated canopy, which works like a sports car’s cabriolet top. Flip a switch and the clever Bimini top shades the helm area and U-shaped seating area.
This Riva has been inspected and serviced by Sierra Boat, a certified Riva dealer. The exterior mahogany wood was refinished in the fall of 2018. This boat comes on a 2004 Magic Tilt triple axle trailer.
This is a great opportunity to own an Aquariva at the fraction of the cost of a new one!