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Building on a legend

1842. Lake d’Iseo. A sudden storm wreaks what appears to be irreparable havoc: damaged boats, disheartened fishermen with no means with which to work. But a skilled young carpenter, newly arrived in the area from Laglio on Lake Como, accomplishes a miracle, managing to repair most of the boats, earning himself the esteem and admiration of the people of the town.

This is how the Riva story began - from a man who became the master of his own destiny. The skilled carpenter was Pietro Riva, who had just arrived in Sarnico. Pietro opened his shipyard here, where it all began. This is where the very first Riva creations were built, yachts like nobody had ever seen before. Riva quickly became a well-known, highly esteemed company and the shipyard’s work continued to prosper under the management of Ernesto Riva, who succeeded his father. Ernesto introduced technical innovations which raised the quality of what was still artisan production.

He was also the person whose intuition led him to fit internal-combustion engines on the yachts. This was the period during which Riva produced large boats for transporting people and goods over the lake.

After the Great War, Serafino Riva made his mark on how the company would continue to be organised, transforming the shipyard’s esteemed products into a true brand, one which would go down in history. Resolutely putting the tiller hard over, production veered away from transportation towards motorboating, still at its very beginnings at that time. Spanning the 20s and 30s, the Riva family broke a number of records, winning several victories with its speedboats too, in both national and international competitions.

The 50s were Carlo Riva’s years, and those of pleasure boating, of the brand which had become a synonym for elegance, status and perfection. Materials chosen only from the very best available, painstaking care taken over detail, decades worth of artisan experience. Riva creations are an object of desire for kings and queens from all countries, as well as actors and actresses, sports champions, businesspeople and celebrities of all kinds. Still today, these jewels hold the glamour of that time in the past, with its paparazzi, scarved, sunglassed divas, romantic escapades on the water, cover love affairs, timeless luxury and elegance. Because Riva is passion and creation. As it was yesterday, it will be forever.

Published in Navis April / May 2013

Riva has a history of making some of the world's best open yachts. The 63 Virtus stays true to that tradition with a sporty design, economical use of space, and cutting-edge technology. This new flagship model for the brand not only pushes aesthetic and technological barriers. She is also the largest open yacht ever built by Riva.

Published in Yacht Design

The Ferretti Group iconic brand, Riva, launches the 122' Mythos, it's latest flagship. Riva 122' Mythos is the largest aluminum planning luxury yacht produced by the shipyard and it transfers perfectly the flair and the clean, elegant lines of all Riva models belonging to a new line made entirely in light aluminum alloy.

Published in Motor Yachts
The Riva Iseo, a 27 foot runabout, is destined to become a must-have for those who love cruising on both lakes and the sea, and, most importantly, design enthusiasts. She is also perfect for anyone wishing to enhance their yacht with an exclusive tender that will never go unnoticed.

Published in Motor Yachts
Curved, racy lines harmoniously design the profile of this yacht which encloses all the elegance of Riva style in her 28 metres, as always in a solution featuring its unique, original design created by Officina Italiana Design, the exclusive designer of all the yachts in the Riva range, AYT - Advanced Yacht Technology - Ferretti Group's naval research and design centre, and the team of architects and designers of Centro Stile Ferrettigroup.

Published in Motor Yachts
Sarnico, May 20th 2010 - In a highly anticipated collaboration, Marc Newson has partnered with Riva and their official designers, Officina Italiana Design, to reinterpret the 'Aquariva' speedboat. 'Aquariva by Marc Newson' will be launched as a limited edition of 22 units in September 2010, available worldwide through Gagosian Gallery. 
 "As a kid obsessed with designing and making things, post-war Italian design was a huge source of inspiration. I was amazed by the seamless ability of designers and industry to produce every conceivable type of industrial product, from furniture to automobiles. My own career has undoubtedly been influenced by the Italians' ability to impact so many areas of design," says Marc Newson. "That influence is fully evident in 'Aquariva by Marc Newson', my first nautical design project for the iconic Italian brand."

Published in Motor Yachts
Elegance, harmony, style. These are the most suitable adjectives for describing the Open 63' Vertigo.

Once again, Riva and Officina Italiana Design accepted the challenge of reinterpreting the "Open" concept. The resulting yacht features the style of all the yard's products. Innovative and different to its predecessors, this yacht features elegance and design. 63' Vertigo's aristocratic lines barely conceal its spirited character.

Published in Motor Yachts

Legend has it that in 1842, Pietro Riva set out on a journey from the banks of Lake Como, in Laglio, to Lake Iseo, in Sarnico, to repair some storm damaged boats that had been given up for lost. Faced with this sea of adversities, Pietro got on board his ship of optimism and traveled towards the impossible. And he got there. Thus, this talented young man attracted glances as a nauticalmiracle worker, but he decided to go even further: in addition to refurbishing, he resolved to invent ships that no other human being had ever imagined. It was only a matter of time before the Riva Yachts enterprise was officially recognized. In the 1880s, Ernesto Riva, one of his heirs, took over the shipyard, keeping its manufacturing tradition and incorporating into its ships the innovative piston engines. Years later, it was Serafino Riva’s turn to take the helm and launch the company to the incipient racing yacht scene. It is easy to conjure up the image of Serafino standing on the deck of his ship, which achieved 24 km/h in 1912. Almost a hundred years later, the yacht he had dreamt of became the most outstanding craft built by the shipyard. Lying on the calm waters of St. Tropez, the Riva Domino awaits her official presentation, where guests will be offered cocktails, champagne and a trip to enjoy an unforgettable experience. As the mooring ropes are cast off, the metallic-ice colored hull will blend with the futuristic scene folded by the sea and snow capped mountains. This will certainly be a brave and anachronistic launching that challenges times of economic recession.