Style For The Ages
The 33 Aquariva Super with the bow tip is stainless steel with an integrated hawse.
As a result of the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show, I am able to escape the cold Northeast and view the finest boatbuilders in the world. Riva will showcase its latest, as well as an impeccably restored 1950 Riva Tritone with a mahogany hull, the company's crown jewel.
There have been 173 years of excellence at the Aquariva.
There is a pod-style mahogany table on the tender that converts into a larger table.
In the words of Giuseppe Meneghetti, Riva U.S. brand sales manager, the Tritone represents “Riva’s tradition, expertise, and passion that have been handed down from father to son.” Carlo Riva, the third generation of Riva men, transformed the boutique builder into the epitome of la dolce vita. Rivas were owned by Hollywood elite and royalty during the 1950s and '60s.
From the Tritone evolved the Aquarama, which became today's fiberglass 33 Aquariva Super. The Aquariva retains the beautiful undulation of her predecessors stem-to-stern. One of the world's most elegant runabouts, she features stainless steel bow fairleads with integrated hawses, mahogany and maple foredecks, teak toerails, and a swept windshield.
A pair of Yanmar diesels provide her with 370 horsepower. Courtesy Riva Yachts
There are mahogany and maple inlays on the 33 Aquariva Super, and leather accents on the interior. Courtesy Riva Yachts
The standard navy-blue hull sets off the dark brightwork and contrasts beautifully with the creamy leather, U-shaped settee abaft the portside helm. Aquariva steering wheels are designed by Meneghetti to be “a [solid] block of aluminum carved on a control numeric machine.” They are covered in fine-grained leather. Captains enjoy standing or sitting comfortably in a leather helm chair with a flip-up bolster.
In addition to the wet bar and refrigerator, there is an ice maker as well.