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Riva Aquarama

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L’Aquarama Ã¨ un motoscafo prodotto dal costruttore italiano di imbarcazioni di lusso Riva per oltre un trentennio fino al 1996. Il primo modello di Aquarama fu lanciato nel 1962 dall’ingegner Carlo Riva, che per progettarlo prese spunto dal Tritone, un altro motoscafo prodotto da Riva a sua volta ispirato all’americana Hacker-Craft. Per prestazioni, bellezza e cura artigianale con cui era costruito, l’Aquarama è ancor oggi ritenuto un simbolo di esclusività nella nautica. 

Lo scafo dell’Aquarama, lungo dagli 8.02 agli 8.78 m, era lavorato in mogano, che veniva poi verniciato e lucidato facendone risaltare la bellezza naturale delle venature. Tutte le versioni dell’Aquarama erano spinte da due propulsori. Venivano utilizzati motori di derivazione Chrysler e Cadillac, la cui potenza variava dai 185CV ai 400CV consentendo all’Aquarama di poter raggiungere velocità superiori ai 45/50 nodi in base alle varie potenze. Il vano motore era coperto da una seduta rivestita, la barca era inoltre dotata di un tetto rimovibile che scompariva dietro i sedili posteriori. Una scaletta era montata a poppa.

La più famosa tra le creazioni di Carlo Riva, L’Aquarama divenne, col tempo, più di una semplice barca. Essa era ed è tutt'oggi celebrata in tutto il mondo come una vera e propria leggenda; in virtù della velocità, della bellezza delle forme e della fama di molti fra i proprietari di tali motoscafi, il modello fu indicato come uno dei più bei motoscafi al mondo e definito "la Ferrari del mare", "lo Stradivari delle barche", o "la regina della Costa Azzurra"[1].

Il nome evocativo, che ne ha in parte assicurato il successo, derivava dal formato cinematografico Cinerama, assai popolare negli anni ’60 e di cui il largo parabrezza ricordava la forma. Anche la solida tradizione del costruttore contribuì al suo successo: la società fu fondata nel 1842.

Numerosi furono i personaggi famosi proprietari di un "Aquarama": il motoscafo divenne dunque celebre grazie all'immagine glamour data da armatori del jet set e stelle del cinema[2]; dai grandi industriali alle famiglie reali; fra essi si ricordano Anita Ekberg, che acquistò un Tritone, Brigitte Bardot, che possedeva un "Florida", Elisabeth Taylor e Richard Burton che usavano uno Junior come tender del loro yacht, Sofia LorenRe Hussein di Giordania, che ormeggiava a Santa Margherita Ligure il suo Super Aquarama, Gunter Sachs, che ormeggiava a St. Tropez il suo Aquarama, lo Scià di Persia, il Principe Ranieri, Aristotele OnassisIngrid Bergman, fino a George Clooney ed Elle Macpherson

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The Riva Aquarama was a luxury wooden runabout built by Italian yachtbuilder Riva. Production of it and its derivatives (the Lungo, Super, and Special) ran from 1962 until 1996. The hull was based on the Riva Tritone, an earlier model speedboat by Riva, which in turn was inspired by the American mahogany Chris-Craft runabouts. The boat's speed, beauty, and craftsmanship earned it praise as the Ferrari of the boat world.[1] The company was founded by Pietro Riva in 1842, and run by Carlo Riva through its 1969 sale to the American Whittaker Corporation.

 The bows of several Riva Aquaramas and Aristans, an Aquarama in center

The most famous of Carlo Riva’s designs, the Aquarama has become over the decades a nautical legend. Its evocative name, derived in part from the widescreen Cinerama movie format popular in the early 1960s, echoed in its sweeping wrap-around windshield, conjures images from another time.

The Riva Aquarama's 8.02 - 8.78 metre[2] hull was sheathed in mahogany and varnished to accentuate the beauty of its natural wood grain. All versions were twin engined, with top speeds of 45/50 knots depending on engine choice. Power varied from 185 hp to 400 hp per engine,[3] delivered by Riva 'tuned' Cadillac and Chrysler models, among others. On top of the engine compartment was a cushioned sundeck. The boats also carried a convertible roof which retracted behind the rear seat and cockpit. A swim ladder was often mounted in the stern.

Legacy

The Aquarama is mentioned in Jeremy Clarkson's book I Know You Got Soul. The actress Charlize Theron drove an Aquarama Super in 1993 in a spot for Martini & Rossi. Another Special driven by Xenia Onatopp appears in the movieGoldenEye, and a Special is driven by Vincent Cassel in the movie Ocean's Twelve. In 2011 the actor Jude Law drove an Aquarama Special for the Dior 2011 campaign.

1980s and 1990s – Monte Carlo Offshorer 27, 30, 32, 300

After selling the Riva yard, Carlo Riva took part in the creation of the "Monte Carlo Offshorer" brand.

The goal was to develop runabouts with the same strengths as the Super Aquarama in build quality, power and livability on board while handling better at sea.

The Monte Carlo Superfast Offshorer 27 (1970s), 30 (1980s) and 32 (early 1990s) was built out of fibre glass and was the first production runabout with a "stepped" hull to improve ride and stability. Its engines were centreline mounted with heavy duty chain drives transmitting torque to port or starboard mounted marine gearboxes. The V drives were mounted well forward and powered shallow angle propeller shafts using Radice props. This drive arrangement helped keep the boat's centre of gravity much lower than conventional side by side mounted engines, which contributed to its handling efficiency. Cal Connell was responsible for this system's engineering, and Bob Hobbs developed the hull form with assistance from Connell. The engines and fittings were mostly by Crusader, the same as those used on Rivas at the time. Most of the Monte Carlo 30 Offshorer used 2 Crusader 454s, which allowed them to reach 55 knots in standard configuration. The boats were built by RAM – the maintenance operation of the former Riva company, still owned by the Riva family.

About 400 Monte Carlo 30s were built—they mostly replaced Aquarama Specials on the Riviera or were used as yacht tenders.

A Monte Carlo 30 Offshorer driven by James Bond appears in the movie GoldenEye.

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