CLASSIC BOAT STYLE
Daydream yourself away to Saint-Tropez, Le Club 55 and the coastline of the French Riviera. Maritime jewels glitter in the sun as they glide through the crystal-clear water. Few get the chance to experience this luxurious life on the waves. With a splendid miniature yacht from Newport, you can “live the dream” on a slightly smaller scale.
Newport’s maritime miniatures, many of which are replicas of legendary vintage models, have the same timeless design, unique grace and fantastic craftsmanship of a real Italian or American speedboat. Classic floating beauties that never go out of style.
Riva Yachts has a star-studded history. In the 1960s, the actors and real-life couple Peter Sellers and Britt Ekland were often seen in their Riva yacht, including in the port of Monaco. The legendary actress Brigitte Bardot (b. 1934) is another celebrity who enjoyed posing on the deck of this sleek and stunning boat.
Flawless design. Personal, elegant and speedy. A sport boat from Riva Yachts is the pinnacle of Italian craftsmanship. Riva’s history starts in 1842, when the carpenter Pietro Riva left his home on Lake Como to travel to Sarnico in the hopes of a better life. There he was approached by so many customers in need of various boat repairs that he started his own boat yard. The business was passed down to his heirs, and in the 1920s his son Serafino Riva began building motorboats.
Riva Yachts’ golden age began when Serafino’s son, the boat designer Carlo Riva, established a cutting-edge shipyard for building his streamlined and sublime mahogany designs. Before long, a Riva boat became a symbol of good taste, confident style and discerning luxury. Many associate Riva with the world-famous Aquarama boats built between 1962 and 1996. It was these floating wooden jewels that gained the company international prestige.
Riva ceased production of its wooden boats in 1996, a bittersweet milestone in the company’s history. It is now part of the Ferretti Group, which also includes many other major shipyards. It now primarily produces larger plastic boats. Although Riva no longer fashions boats made of precious mahogany, these historic maritime gems are cherished by their proud owners and enthusiasts in every corner of the globe.