Riva Rivarama

The Legend Returns
By Capt. Bill Pike — January 2003

Here's something to look forward to! Remember the Aquarama? The ultimate Italian motorboat, first created during the 1950's by a guy called Carlo Riva who was almost as famous as the folks he sold his boats to? People like Sean Connery, Peter Sellers, Brigitte Bardot, Dino de Laurentiis, and Richard Burton.

Well, Riva's back! With all the class and pizzazz new owner, the Ferretti Group, can muster. Capt. Bill Pike spent a few days in Italy just before Christmas, test-driving the new Rivarama, a 44-foot speedster with a level of detailing and finish he describes as "transcendent." Riva’s PR person, Petra Proksch (shown above, left), went along for the ride.

Performance wasn't bad, either, thanks to a matched set of 700-hp MAN diesels, a couple of dual-speed ZF transmissions, and sporty temperatures that prompted Floridian Pike to comment, "The Alps'r kinda chilly `round Christmas time, ain't they."

Look for Pike's story on the frost-bite test of the Rivarama in the April issue of Power & Motoryacht.

This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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