Carlo Riva, Yacht World Legend, Dies at 95

The legendary yacht builder created some of the most famous boat models in nautical history.

Carlo Riva, Riva Yachts
Carlo Riva opened the Riva shipyard in 1954.Courtesy Riva

We are saddened to report that yachting legend Carlo Riva passed away today, April 10, 2017, in his hometown of Sarnico, Italy.

Ferretti’s CEO Alberto Galassi said of Riva, “The world has lost a brilliant creator of boats, a master of style, a giant in Italy’s industrial and business history.”

Carlo Riva is famous for leading the Riva brand into a golden age. He was responsible for launching such classic models as the Riva Tritone, Riva Florida and Riva Sebino. Although his name will perhaps always be most closely associated with the Riva Aquarama, which launched in 1962, and would become one of the most iconic boats of all time — a vessel for kings and movie stars.

The loss of Riva will reverberate in the Ferretti Group and beyond. And his near-incomparable contributions to the marine industry will not soon be forgotten.

He was 95.