Possibly the most famous wooden boat worldwide, the Aquarama was an intricate design with a ground breaking approach to both comfort and quality. She was designed with a bizarre frame set up ranging from 6 inches and up, most likely to accommodate the running gear of the time.
This version has all frames spaced at 18″ and the double stringers for twin V8 installation! Builders may also scale down the plans to create a proportionally smaller craft, even down to model size, say 1:10.
Floors and cockpits are full defined as is the anchor well, rear sun lounge, transom and rear deck skid. It’s a very seaworthy and proven hull for those looking to build a large offshore boat for friends and family.
This iconic racing boat was originally designed by George Crouch in 1924 and went on to win the 1924 and 1925 APBA Gold Cup.
It has been said that the 16 foot Gar Wood speedster is, pound for pound, the most valuable classic production speed boat in the world. There are some 15 frames, 2 keels, twin hatch assembly, vertical cleats, gas tank fixing, drivers bench seat, breast hook, front and rear stems with knees etc.
Location: UK I'm afraid you've missed the point Please excuse me if I have misunderstood you, but the point I was making was that the plans for the Aquarama - whatever the source - appear to be effectively in the public domain and the building of a boat using these plans - whatever the source - is unlikely to meet any legal obstacles short of an attempt to pass the boat off on resale as the genuine article. This is not a legal opininion; in fact, it was I who was asking for guidance, not giving it. I can appreciate boat designers having an acute interest in the legitimacy of boat designs; that is why I posted on this forum, to try and understand and respect these sensitivities. The only firm guidance I have found is not to call it a Riva, probably best not to call it an Aquarama, and to be honest if you ever come to sell it. Location: UK This viewpoint is not sustainable, else Noah would be claiming royalties for every large boat bearing a similar name - notably a sequence of Royal Navy aircraft carriers.
In closing, as a layman I am unable to comment on the quality of the plans, and to be fair that was not the underlying question at the start of this thread, nor the point which I raised about the legality of the affair.
However, the seller of these plans appears to be bona fide and, if I may presume that it is he who started this thread, not nearly as dismissive of the legal rights issues as many designers appear towards his plans. Location: UK An addendum As I read through the other string, the following article by a US law firm was referred to. The comments in that article relating to the intellectual property in the Ford GT-40 confirms that the branding is a key issue; DON'T call it a Riva Aquarama, no matter how like one it is. This is entirely consistent with my interpretation of the comments made by Riva Revival - don't call it a Riva, maybe not an Aquarama, don't seek to deceive anyone if you sell it, and it is unlikely that there will be any legal problems. A further quote from that thread neatly encpsulates this viewpoint - Quote: I'll start with the legal issues. If my reply of last evening sounded bad tempered, I apologize, there are a number of thorny questions here and I thank you for raising them. I also believe that many countries are signatories to an international copyright agreement.
As a creator of intellectual property I would like to know when my control over this property runs out?
In my opinion it would be far better if the original plans were readily available from a recognized source, rather than widely available from shoddy sources.
Finally Andrew, please find a competent yacht designer to re-create your copy of an Aquarama. The key to the enforceability of copyright is established use and defence of the right, which is presumed to be waived if the would-be owner becomes aware of a potential infirngement and does not assert the right.


The major pitfall waiting the unwary is - in common law countries as well as, I believe, in the US (in situations not covered by explicit legislation, patent or trademark) is passing off. I am grateful for your patience and kind guidance, but this thread has now reached a natural conclusion and I will be signing off now.
I luckily live in South Florida and have access to Florida Atlantic University Ocean Engineering Dept. As to the legality of reproducing a version of the Aquarama I think that considering that Colombo has copied and modified the design, as well as Cometti, the aforementioned boys from the Netherlands goes to show what a beautiful design it is.
I feel if you are going to build a boat with similar scantlings that as long as the craft is truly sea worthy and meets good overall construction, I’m all for it.
In reality arguable Riva copied the barrel back from Chris Craft; in fact they copied each other in many respects as did all the early boat designers. Carlos Riva, Chris Smith, Gar Wood, Don Mortrude, Bill MacKerer, Charles Raymond HuntJohn Hacker, George Crouch and even Dick Bertram all at one time made this classic hull. Klaas van der Woude in Groningen is describing his build of a 30 feet long cold moulded beauty and what a fine craft he is completing. I have designed a replica that is close to the Rive Aquarama Special and the Chris Craft as seen below.
When making potentially dangerous or financial decisions, always employ and consult appropriate professionals. The yacht building company Riva launched the runabout speedboat under the Aquarama name in 1962 and quickly became known as the Ferrari of the boating world and production lasted over three decades until the production ended in 1996.
The 8.5m Hull was made from Mahogany hardwood and was varnished so the wood grain was still visable. UK Specialist In Detailed,hand Crafted Model Ships and Nautical Oil Paintings Riva Aquarama 26" replica model ship is fully assembled and in stock.
I can’t see any advantage in trying to replicate the vessel historically as fittings and hardware if sourced would be overly priced and ill-fitting. However, unless someone can tell me otherwise, this is what I understand the position to be, based on a single telephone call with Riva Revival (who certainly appear to know what they are talking about when it comes to the Aquarama). It would be unfortunate if the only response was that, without the explicit written consent of the original designer, any replica would be theft, and this certainly does not appear to be the case with the Aquarama - otherwise someone would have nailed the builders of the Xtravaganza. Classic" has no clue about boatbuilding, surface fairing, naval architecture, or structural engineering.
I conced that the design which I have purchased and which is supplied on CD does not cover all aspects of fitting out, nor indeed areas such as the potential sheathing of the hull or the achievement of the CE plate which is a legal requirement on all new-build boats in Europe.
May I therefore pose this challenge to those who take issue with his proposition - who amongst you is going to commence legal proceedings against him, and on what basis, alleging what loss? However, unless someone else can prove ownership of the design (rather than the brand name) there is no obvious impediment to mimicking a classic but unregistered design. I'm absolutely in favor of recognizing the legal rights to a designer's work, regardless of whether the designer is living or dead. However, the legal concept of copyright is quite well defined, and is not at all as many laymen imagine it to be.
Wierdly enough, this can be traced right back to the Roman ceremony of Mancipatio whereby legal title to goods was transferred, and this itself was almost certainly based on a religious ritual.
If the re-seller of designs claims that these are authentic originals sourced from Riva, then, unless they are, he committing both a civil tort and, potentially, a criminal offence of deception. I have purchased the plans being sold via ebay as 1970 Riva Aquarama Special only there is no such thing.
A full size AutoCad drawing file of the real Aquarama is included in the plan set for reference.


At 27 feet a single Mercruiser coupled to a Bravo II should be ample to launch and power this proven hull. It is also true that the photos of the boat apparently under construction in Thailand are uninspiring.
However, whatever CCSB's agreement with Herreshoff may have been, I seriously doubt they bought anything other than the patterns, the right to use the Herreshoff name, and Herreshoff's good will. Similarly, were I to build a boat and then try to resell it as a Riva Aquarama, the same would apply; the boat is not a Riva Aquarama, no matter how much like one it may look. This version is from the original sheet plans and a full size building jig is also included. However, this does by and large appear to be the same starting point as suggested to me by Riva Revival. Amati Riva, The Riva Aquarama appeared on the market in 1963 as a development of the twin engine Tritone. Scale Boats The Riva Aquarama is undisputedly the about popular and famous of Carlo Riva’s designs. They contain no information with regards to the decking king plank or any truly reliable information. The most famous Carlo Riva?s designs, the Aquarama was become, over time, more than just a boat. I sure I receive been selling plans over the last few months for Chris foxiness Riva Gar Wood etc. To suggest that their comments reflected commercial interests is therefore misguided and unnecessary. In the circumstances, and whilst I am grateful for the informative references embedded in the other thread to the United States Copyright Office, I cannot see that these are relevant in the present case.
Riva of Italy, the world-renowned boat manufacturer, known for producing the most luxurious and elegant wooden boats, introduced the infamous Aquarama series in 1962.
Riva Aquarama twenty-seven perchance the most famous wooden boat cosmopolitan the Aquarama was an intricate design with group A ground breaking glide slope to both riva plans.
On the other hand, the existence of a documented Patent or Trademark would support a legal action; in the case of the Riva Aquarama there does not appear to be any such instrument. This flagship of the range is celebrated as a superlative in beauty and performance being the supreme of Carlo Rivas many. The most famous of Carlo Riva?s designs, the Aquarama has become, over time, more than just a boat. 1965 29 Riva Super Aquarama Classic Riva Super Aquarama for sale in excellent restored condition. New hull sides and transom skin ready to be installed on a Riva super Aquarama X Sign up to TheYachtMarket newsletter. Capture classic European luxury with our masterfully handcrafted Riva Aquarama speedboat models. The infamous speedboat that filled the world of boating with a model of possibilities of what a speedboat truly could be was the extremely elegant and unique Riva.



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