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Winter 2007

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Corradino Corbò


There was once a time when the status symbol of refined wealth was incarnated by a super yacht that used as a tender a Riva "Aquarama". The proportions are noteworthy in as much as the super yacht symbolised quantity, whereas the "runabout" par excellence, quality. A sort of revenge of detail over general, of elegance over richness. Probably aware of its prestige, Riva is about to assign a new gem to the task of ferrying VIPs ashore, to solitary bays for a swim or indeed in waters where the mother yacht could never get into because of its size. The brand's name is "Riva shuttle" unequivocally intended to confirm its use as a tender albeit a very special one.

A glance at the boat from above or even with just a look at its drawings, is sufficient to detect the magical silhouette of its forefather. As often happens though between grandfathers and grandsons, resemblance is more a matter of atmosphere than of physical details. It's understandable therefore that by examining all of its facets, the "shuttle" displays all its force of character and is far from giving into nostalgic anachronistic evocations. It has, in fact, been developed to meet every single aspect that a super yacht's service boat has to live up to. Hoisted at mid-ship near the stringers special footboards allow for secure and easy boarding. Along its bows there is a seating area around an adjustable table which is like a small saloon protected if required by an easily retractable awning. The steering console, which conveniently hides a small but complete toilet, has a pop up windscreen so as not to make a difference in the boat's overall height but also to facilitate hauling and launching manoeuvres. At its stern a spacious sunbathing area covers the access to the Stern Drive Duo prop - Volvo Penta D-6 350 HP engine. The Riva shuttle's top speed with an average load is of 35 knots and of 32 knots at cruising speed with a 230 nautical mile range.

For further information please contact: Riva, via Predore 30, 24067 Sarnico (Bg). Tel: +39 035 910202, Fax: +39 035 911059. Web page:, E-mail

Material GRP
Hull type: deep V shaped.15° of deadrise with spray rails.
LOA:. 9.25 m
Max beam: 2.80 m
Draught: 1.04 m
Engine: Single Stern drive Duo prop Volvo Penta D-6 350 HP
Fuel tank: 400 litres
Water tank: 120 litres
unladen displacement: 3.85 tons
max number of persons onboard: 8.