A tribute to excellence

A tribute to excellence

For its final port-of-call in Italy, the Alpine Vision paid a visit to the workshops of Riva-Ram where speeds boats made by the celebrated brand Riva are carefully restored by a team of experienced specialists. We were treated to a guided tour by director Anselmo Vigani who makes sure that the time-honoured know-how that went into the original boats is respected.

Instantly recognisable by its timeless, fluid lines, not only does the famous Aquarama epitomise the Riva brand but it also stands for Italian luxury. Designed at the beginning of the 1960s by visionary Carlo Riva, this jewel of marine craftsmanship lost no time becoming an icon, a process that was accelerated by the publication of photos of the likes of actress Brigitte Bardot and Monaco’s Prince Rainier on-board.
Carlo Riva saw his creation as a work of art and every component was meticulously selected to guarantee absolute perfection.

Everything that went into it was of the very highest quality and every part was designed individually. Nothing was off-the-shelf. Even the marine instruments were made especially for us. It is a pure marvel.

Anselmo Vigani

The extreme attention paid that was to the tiniest of its details, its build quality, its reliability and its sleek forms combined to produce a boat that was particularly innovative for its day, with a sublime mahogany hull as its tell-tale hallmark. “The wood selected by Carlo Riva was the best available. We purchased it years in advance and let it age before using it,” notes Anselmo Vigani. The boat has lost nothing of its aura or appeal during the five decades that have elapsed since its creation. “In true Dolce Vita fashion, it symbolises and elegance and the art of living,” he adds. “Some people buy it for its lines, others for the sound of its engine.”

“Rebuilding and restoring mahogany boats isn’t easy but we are the leading specialists in the field,” continues Anselmo Vigani proudly. “Some boats require up to nine months and more than 2,500

hours of work. It takes four or five years to master all the steps.” The skills of the firm’s craftsmen are passed on from one generation to the next to ensure that the tradition is perpetuated under the

watchful eye of the workshop’s director. Today, he has his sights on resuming production of the famous Aquarama which was halted 20 years ago.