Riva Yachts’ History

Riva Yachts’ History

Riva Yachts’ history dates back to 1842, when young craftsman Pietro Riva arrived on the shores of Lake d’Iseo to repair fishing boats damaged in a storm. Commissions to build boats quickly followed, and the Italian boatbuilding dynasty that would become Riva Yachts was established. From that tiny shipyard in the town of Sarnico, Italy, Riva Yachts has risen to international prominence as a builder of stylish, elegant vessels that feature state-of-the-art design and advanced performance capabilities. Over the years, Riva Yachts’ exclusive customer list has included kings, sultans, emperors, entrepreneurs, and celebrities from around the world. Riva currently flourishes as part of the Ferretti Group’s portfolio of prestigious luxury motor yachts builders, specializing in open and flybridge motor yachts ranging from a 27-ft. runabout to a luxurious 122-ft. megayacht.

Riva Yachts
Riva Yachts

Ernesto Riva succeeded his father Pietro, moving the shipyard forward by introducing internal combustion engines on Riva boats. Ernesto’s son Serafino switched the company to building speedboats for the newly popular sport of motorboat racing. Serafino Riva built Riva boats’ reputation as outstanding racing boats by piloting Riva boats to success in many of the top motorboat races of the nineteen twenties and thirties. Riva boats’ reign as the most famous mahogany runabouts in the world was well-established by the mid-thirties, before the looming Second World War stopped Italian motorboat racing and slowed production of Riva’s elegant racers.

Serafino Riva’s son Carlos took over the yard in 1949, transforming the family firm into a renowned builder of exceptional luxury motor yachts. He worked tirelessly to turn the company into the beloved nautical icon it is today, becoming the unquestioned chief architect of Riva Yacht’s success by serving as chief designer, engineer, salesman, and other company roles as needed. Carlos’ uncompromising commitment to quality infused the firm as he built the Riva brand into the yacht of choice for the elite of the world, including royalty, business executives, and screen stars. Over 170 years have passed since a simple carpenter named Riva began building boats in a tiny wooden hut on the shores of Lake d’Iseo. In that time Riva Yachts has become the celebrated iconic brand of the Ferretti Group, shining as an enduring symbol of excellence that represents the best traditions of yachting.

Discover the thrill of owning the unmatchable quality of a Riva Yacht. Atlantic Yacht & Ship has several Riva Yachts from which to choose, including Ego, a 68’ preowned Riva Yacht for sale. This 2008 beauty is in excellent condition, with only 600 hours on her MANs 1550Hp motors. Featuring 3 staterooms and the classic Riva Cream Hull, this preowned Riva yacht is loaded with accessories and extras including underwater lights. An Avon 320 Tender Hydrojet is included in the sale, at the asking price of 1 650 000 € EUR. For more information, call Mark Meyer at 305-677-9137 or email him at mmeyer@atlanticyachtandship.com.

Preowned 68’  Riva Yacht
Preowned 68’ Riva Yacht for sale

Feed your need for speed with Dana, a 68’ Riva Ego Super for sale. Launched in 2012, this vessel cuts through the waves at 35 knots, topping out at 39 knots. With a sexy profile that turns heads everywhere she goes, Dana offers all the comforts of home in her luxurious 3-stateroom layout. Bring all offers for this 2012 68’ Riva Yacht priced to sell with an asking price of 2 000 000 € EUR. Contact Joe Marino at 954-328-2059 or email him at joe@ayssales.com for more information.

68’ Riva Ego Super
68’ Riva Ego Super for sale

If you are looking at yachts for sale, or thinking about selling your yacht, it is always wise to have an experienced broker representing your interests throughout the deal. Contact Atlantic Yacht & Ship at 954.921.1500 or click here.