Carlo Riva passes away age 95

Written by Charl van Rooy

It is with great sadness that the yachting world bids farewell to a legend of the industry. Mr Carlo Riva passed away in his hometown of Sarnico, Italy on the morning of Monday, 10th April 2017.

“The world has lost a brilliant creator of boats, a master of style, giant in Italy’s industrial and business history. To me, this is a personal loss of a master, an example of brilliance, of commitment and dedication to work,” commented Ferretti Group CEO, Alberto Galassi.

Carlo Riva transformed the Italian boating brand known simply as Riva into an iconic product through models such as Florida, Aquarama, and Ariston. The company, which was founded in 1842 by Riva’s great-grandfather Pietro, changed people’s view of the boat as simply a means of transport into an object of desire.

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