200th Aquariva motor yacht launched by Riva

September 16, 2011

Written by Chelsea Smith


The historical Riva model, Aquariva, has reached the momentous target of 200 units – success lasting over a decade.

Aquariva, the historical Riva 33 footer motor yacht developed in the year 2000 by the designers at Officina Italiana Design, the exclusive designer of all the yachts in the Riva range, AYT – Advanced Yacht Technology – Ferretti Group’s naval research and design centre, and the team of architects and designers of Centro Stile Ferrettigroup, reached the prestigious goal of 200 units, a success that testifies the great value of Riva yachts.

200th Aquariva motor yacht launched by Riva

200th Aquariva motor yacht launched by Riva

Designed as the heir of the legendary Aquarama, Aquariva has become a symbol of elegance and timeless style and is now one of the most famous, best loved yachts in the world. From her predecessor, she has inherited the success which continues nonstop, season after season. Over the past eleven years, Aquariva has established herself as an out and out classic of the nautical world, going far beyond fleeting fashion and becoming, thanks to the perfection of her details, a model adored by the international jet-set.

The soft, elegant lines of her 33 feet carry the flavour of tradition, and the valuable woods used for the deck – mahogany inlaid in maple – are beautifully processed. The exclusive leather finishes of the elegant dashboard and helm enhance the pleasure of cruising, offering both excitement and unparalleled comfort.

Over the years, Aquariva has become one of the most evocative images of Italian style, a first class symbol of craftsmanship and exclusive quality, but also of the Dolce Vita and all- Italian glamour. These are the reasons why Gucci approached the nautical world, and particularly Riva. On occasion of the 90th anniversary of the fashion house, in fact, Frida Giannini, Creative Director at Gucci, and Officina Italiana Design created a personalized model of Aquariva, the Aquariva Gucci. The project is a perfect balance between past and modernity and reflects the long tradition of design excellence and craftsmanship the two brands share.

Last year, Aquariva entered the art world, too, with the reinterpretation of well-known Australian designer Marc Newson, who, in association with Officina Italiana Design, developed Aquariva by Marc Newson, launched as a limited edition of just 22 units and sold throughout the world by the Gagosian Gallery in New York.

The Aquariva was the very first project produced after the shipyard was purchased by the Ferretti Group, and has celebrated the achievement of two important targets in just eleven years. In 2006, on occasion of the production of the 100th yacht, a limited edition called Aquariva Cento was created, just ten units, all of which were sold before they even entered production. Moreover, hull no. 100 was auctioned during a charity auction in London in favour of the Prince’s Trust, the charitable association founded by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales to help disadvantaged young people in the United Kingdom.

Aquariva 200 will be on display at 51st Genoa International Boat Show, from the 1st to the 9th October 2011.

“I am particularly fond of the Aquariva and proud that this model, which more than any of the others represents the link between the past and present of the shipyard, has achieved this important aim,” declared Norberto Ferretti, Founder and Chairman of the Group which bears his name.

“For us, production of the two hundredth unit confirms the success of one of our most popular models, adored by Clients throughout the world,” commented Alberto Perrone Da Zara, Riva Sales Manager, “and a sign that the market continues to award the Riva style and elegance which Aquariva so perfectly epitomizes.”

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