skip to Main Content

Technical sheet

Design: eng. Carlo Riva e arc. Giorgio Barilani

Name: Aquarama Special
Year of Construction:
Type of Hull:
Overall Length: 8.78 m – Beam: 2.60 m – Draft: 0,83 m
Crusader Riva – V8 6997 cc 350 HP at 4000 rpm
Net Weight: 3200 kg
Maximum Speed: 46/47 mph – 88 km/h
Fuel tank: 480 l in two stainless steal tanks
Consumption: 68l/h at 2500 rpm
Range: 7 h


Beautiful Aquarama Special built in 1973 actually on restoration at Giacomo Lazzari’s lab. Ready to navigate Summer 2023.

Fasi generali del restauro

ENGINES: The engines of the Riva Aquarama Special are one of the most important parts of the boat: before proceeding with the restoration of the hull it is necessary to remove the engines from their compartment for a complete overhaul on the bench. They will be re-inserted once all the work for the test in and out of the water has been completed.

WOODS: the Riva Aquarama Special is completely disassembled in all its parts. The paint is then completely removed and scraped down to living wood. Hull sides (internal and external parts) hull and deck are the most significant areas of intervention.

CHROME AND STEEL: the Riva Aquarama Special and its steel parts are disassembled and, depending on the state, are subjected to chrome plating or polishing. From the single screw up to the larger parts such as the bow defense roller or the adjustable beacon are coated with 30 microns of nickel that protect all the steels from the sun and salt.

PAINTING: the hull of the Riva Aquarama Special is first treated with a light coat of stain and then, depending on the state of the boat, 16 to 20 coats of water-sanding paint are applied. Between one hand and another must pass as much time as possible in order to avoid marks where the wood moves. The last coat is sprayed. This phase is the longest of the restoration work and is the reason why a well done restoration takes 8 to 9 months of work.

ASSEMBLY OF ACCESSORIES AND UPHOLSTERY: this is the last phase of the restoration of the Riva Aquarama Special before it is put into the water and delivered to the owner. Every single accessory is reassembled according to a precise order. From the dashboards to the bollards passing through all the accessories and lastly the name of the boat. Subsequently the upholstery (reconditioned or remade exactly identical to the original) are delivered covered with cellophane to prevent them from being dirty or dusty.

Back To Top