One extra degree - A beautifully uncomplicated metaphor that ideally should feed our every endeavour – consistently pushing us to make the extra effort in every task, action and effort we undertake. Subscribe to our newsletter and get exclusive deals you wont find anywhere else straight to your inbox! A new Bertram 31 built in Italy, at first, is the news for the re-opening of this valued brand. The new business owner is a boater and has a proven track record of investing in boat building and storied brand names in the marine industry. The second model to be made is currently scheduled to be either the 25 or the 28 foot hull sizes. Seabuddy spent a fair amount of time aboard a Bertram 28 just off the Pacific ocean California coast. Quick facts- there are some heavy hitters in the boat business in bring this boat to market.
Here is a quote…The AM37 combines the highest degree of technology and innovation in a genuinely unique manner that is sure to delight those who understand the Aston Martin credo of ‘power, beauty and soul’. Aston Martin is a 103 year old car company that won Le Mans outright with Carroll Shelby in 1959. They are a small car company, but they have $312 million in new funds to expand from investors. The AM37 will be made in the UK is seabuddy’s current understanding, but not inside the Aston Martin Gaydon, Warwickshire UK headquarters. The 1960 film It Started in Naples with Clark Gable seems to bring out another side of her acting skill while still being unsophisticated and lovable.
Laminated (or plywood) hull sides were then used for the balance of the production run of these boats. There at least four minor hull side, bottom shapes and length changes over the years of the boat’s production run.
A great book on the company’s history, the boat models, and boat owners of Riva Boats is Riva by Roberto Franzoni. Got a wooden boat owner in the family and stuck on finding a different but memorable Christmas gift?
A six brush Epifanes Brush Keeper metal box is the correct way and professional way to store valuable varnish brushes. No one who gets one of these Brush Boxes for their fine varnish work will ever forget this thoughtful gift.
This runabout is so very much original and, in addition, it holds a special place in history that she is a major marker in Riva Boats history in the USA.
She is a classic wood straight shaft inboard runabout with its engine in the center of the cockpit.
This 15th built boat represents the Riva Junior model line that was made from 1966 to 1972.
Using all of her 7,200 horsepower, Monokini  is a fast mega-yacht with her top is 34.5 MPH. Wood Rivas seem to seabuddy to reflect Italian passion, smart boat building, and a vision about what a good boat should be.
In one of my articles on Riva wood boats, I posted some photos and that started our current discussion. Some boat model name choices are Tritone, Ariston, Super Ariston, Aquarama, Super Aquarama, and Long Super Aquarama. I went to print with my model name thoughts in the link I have put into this posting, but I now I believe my I.D. An Ariston and the Super Ariston are the single engine style of the Riva Aquarama classic wood boat. Windshield glass, screws, the metal for the boat’s hardware, and much of the material used in the seating was out sourced from other counties. A great book on the history, boats, and boat owners of Riva Boats is Riva by Roberto Franzoni.
The bottom shape was changed from the prototype model for all boats, starting with boat 34.
Aquarama Riva model boats came in several hull lengths from 26’ 3’, 27’, 27’ 3”, 27’ 7”, and 27’ 9” but are routinely called as around 28 feet long or almost 29 feet in Length over all (LOA). The sky was grey, the lake vast, eerily still but the mood was decidedly upbeat as it is not often I get to drive a superyacht owner’s tender built entirely of solid mahogany at 30 knots with barely a hair out of place!
Needless to say, the 9 meter ‘Riva’-like runabout was dwarfed by the other two boats, one a 1960s lake cruiser, the other a noughties glass monstrosity which looked as though it should at least be a solar boat but is in fact just the latest model of lake cruiser, available for use as a party boat from the Swiss port of Romanshorn near St.
But back to the Ipanema which would be the perfect accessory for glamorous sun worshippers of the eponymous Rio beach… myself, Martin Smith writing for Classic Boat magazine and Fabian Graf, the boatbuilder, zoomed around Lake Constance with our voices barely raised as the hp diesel engine strutted its stuff with the calm serenity of a superbly built German machine. Meet the only production boat builder seabuddy knows that made boats out of wood, fiberglass, and steel (each of these different matieral boat building companies were at different times in his life) over a lifetime of messing with boats. The prototypes were tested in 1954 with a 20 horsepower outboard, but most Sea Mac wooden boats used a 40 Hp. Real Ships, which was given its company name by Etta, started up around 1993, after several years of living and cruising aboard a yacht by the McCarthys. If this boat was a nice but not the best restored copy and perhaps re-powered with a more modern engine she seems to be able to bring around a $50,000 price today.
The dash board of this Classic Owens outboard was saved by George Hazzard and his crew as much of it can be cleaned, stripped, stained, and finished with many coats of varnish. The steering wheel and its assembly are to get their own separate attention for a proper total classic boat restoration. Stauter-Built boats is a classic wood boat that often has used the same design as they have for many years. She is intended for the waters around Dauphin Island in the Gulf of Mexico, which is roughly 40 miles south of Mobile, AL. This outboard Lyman boat seems to have been updated with a painted finish rather than a varnished, but not stained, boat hull interior. By the way, get a Lyman model a little older than this model year and you will see a dimpled finish in the planking on the outside of the hull. Streblow Custom Boats are mahogany wooden runabouts built since the early nineteen fifties that set a standard of quality of design and workmanship for wood boats. The boat builder is located in Walworth, WI, (262-728-6898) near the shoreline of Geneva Lake where they are a boat builder, restoration shop, and a marine boat dealer. While they do several millions of dollars of business each year, expect to wait up to three years in good times for a new boat. Specs on the boat is 18’ 11” in length and she has a beam of 6’ 1”. Her overall weight runs in the 2,100 to 2,400 lbs. She is not a bow rider and one must change which cockpit to sit in at dockside, as this power boat is a true runabout and not a utility. I got a ride on a Pennsylvania Lake in a similar boat that belongs to a friend that was also lovingly restored and its ride and handling during that fresh water cruise was really a terrific experience.
Chris Craft offered this wood power boat model in either a natural wood stained and highly varnished hull and deck or as a painted red and white finished powerboat. Miss Canada II, the Gold Cup class race boat, was designed by Hacker for the Wilsons, at their request.


The following racing season, the Greavette boat, Miller engine, and the racing Wilsons did get some competition laps in, but did not win a race as pieces of the boat interior broke up, and the boat, while fast, was found to be too lightly built to stay together long enough finish a race. After more work over the following winter on both the engine and boat, she started her 3rd racing season.
The yacht charters, boat rentals, boats for sale and their particulars are displayed by 212 YACHTS in good faith and whilst believed to be correct are not guaranteed.
The name 212 yachts has been selected to represent our company mindset – always giving the extra degree. The 25’ boat was made in Italy before by Riva (with some Riva styling touches) in the 1970s. The investors and management want to company to expand, particularly with its influence with women. Mercedes may have Aston Martin make their very limited production Mayback models, as it is believed that Aston is better suited for limited production, than a big company like M B.. Currently the thought is to power the gas engine closed deck sport cuddy cabin boats for a 60 MPH WOT top speed and the Diesels for a 50 MPH top speed. These sheets were different from what was being used by higher volume (and lower priced) production boat builders.
They then seasoned all of that lumber that went into the boats themselves, and then  they decided when it was ready for boat building. That is an approximant 50% increase in sales price for that model Ferrari since another one sold roughly six months ago. Your rarest model Chris Craft (they made 4 of this one over the two years of 1929 and 1930) for $250,000? Rumor has it that Bob Bondurant sold his Cobra Daytona coupe to fund the start of his high performance driving school.
Made by Riva in Italy, she was displayed in the New York Riva Showroom to example the luxury of Riva boats to all of the tourists that visit Manhattan.
Other interior parts that needed freshening were replaced with what is properly titled “New, Old Stock” pieces. This 44-meter yacht uses an aluminum hull and deckhouse with all of her naval architecture and engineering done in-house by Baglietto. The first two memorable boats were the 1906 boat for Pope Leo XIII at 74’ in length (Giuseppina), and the 44’ motorboat for Giacomo Pucini, the composer of Madame Butterfly, in 1911 (Cio—Cio-San).
The powerboat competition hull shape was developed into an effective anti-submarine naval craft.
First they built planked wooden yachts and then they switched to marine plywood constructed wood yachts, much the same path as fellow Italian boat builder Riva followed.
These are some additional Riva boat photo images taken by me on the same day of the same boat.
These are single and twin engine boat models and perhaps the first point would be to decide if this classic has one or two engines.
She is unusal in that she has hatches on her aft deck, not the main stream for this model, sun lounge pad that Ted Kennedy once made infamous. These runabout boats are considered the top classic mahogany, cedar, and oak wood boats that used only the best wood, hardware, glass, and marine parts from Italy, France, Switzerland, England, Belgium and other countries to give a wooden boat owner simply the best product that the Riva Factory could build. They seasoned that lumber that went into the boats themselves; they decided when it was ready for boat building, where on the boat it had its best use, and how it was to be used with screws, glue, and then finished.
By hull #178, built around 1967, the bottom shape was changed again to give a better ride at cruising speeds. Figure on from about 370 total horsepower on the low side to most having about 640 total Horsepower with one boat showing as having 800 combined horsepower.
Not a great deal other than they were all cruising on Lake Constance on the day I visited in early May 2009. I am reassured that it has been worth the effort of 7am flights to Zurich and feel increasingly confident that once the secret is out there will be other discerning boat lovers willing to part with 400,000 euros to own a gem of this calibre. The deck of the Aquariva is famously composed of carefully grain-matched maple, which then undergoes a 20 layer varnishing, sanding and polishing process, giving the boat one of the most iconic and beautiful decks money can buy.Both Sean Connery and Sophia Loren own Rivas, not to mention countless other millionaires and billionaires with slightly less famous names or glamourous careers. Here are (left to right) Fred McCarthy, Etta McCarthy, and seabuddy in front of a Sea Mac wooden classic boat at Tuckerton Seaport, NJ in 2012. She is one of only 28 boats made in this model in 1932 by the famous Gar Wood boat building company. This one; with its very high level of a truly total restoration, all correct parts, it’s level of fit and finish that must be seem to be fully appreciated, may very well bring more along the lines of a $250,000 price if it was to be a classic wooden boat for sale.
Those sections that are still good pieces will be the beginning of defining a runabout deck, side rails, motor well, and cockpit for this Owens wooden boat restoration. Wooden Boat Restoration, LLC has a very complete paint booth on site to best achieve that high level of finish that makes for a boat that fellow boaters look at with admiration. I have seen George’s work on these types of somewhat side issues and must say that his inventiveness and attention to detail is outstanding. She maybe a classic in design, but it is too new in its date of manufacture to be an antique boat. Each plank edge overlaps the other and are clinched nailed to the ribs and screwed to the frames such that an edge is shown at each plank its full length along the hull side that helps soften the ride, and they are flexible boats that can twist over the waves somewhat to give a better ride than a classic boat person would expect. Lyman used a duck billed clinch nail for better holding strength and sometime (in the mid-50s?) began to completely fair over both the screws and the duck billed nails for a smooth exterior finish. Get a collector grade copy of the vinyl covered hardback book titled Classic Powercraft volume I. These are wood runabouts that are doubled planked on their bottoms and batten seamed planked mahogany hull sides. She is almost all deck, engine room, two rows of seats and little, if any, walking around room in the cockpit areas.
That one had an extremely special Chris Craft engine rebuild by an out of state noted engine builder of classic engines. Most came with the seating areas finished in a Chinese red or red hue, but blue was a choice, as I understand it, but not in all of the model years the Racing Runabout was built post WWII. Great workmanship and attention to detail is shown in the work coming from Moores you can see.
The next summer, it was found out that the boat strengthening work done by the boat builder had changed the handling balance of Miss Canada II and she was deemed too hard to handle to win races and allow her driver and mechanic to stay alive while doing so. He is quoted as saying “You can trust that I will treat Bertram with great, great, great respect — the same as I’m doing with Baglietto.” Note, he owns other businesses and the boating companies seem to be something he wants to get deeply involved with.
While she won a Best Actress Oscar for her role in the movie Two Women in 1962, seabuddy remembers her first for being in Houseboat with Cary Grant in 1958.
Others are Arabesque with Gregory Peck, El Cid with Charlton Heston, The Fall Of The Roman Empire with Stephen Boyd, Christopher Plummer, an Alec Guiness, and  Man Of La Mancha with Peter O’ Toole..
A limited production boat that stands close up inspection as one would do with a custom boat. Clean each brush with mineral spirits, clip their handles into the holding plate and lower the brushes into a bath of diesel or kerosene for long term storage. Seabuddy has seen and heard her run and she quietly fills my expectations for Riva luxury in a fast sport boat.
The unique cockpit sun bed takes one’s mind off mundane things and off to dreaming about lovely Italian women, Champaign, and some decadent Pate.


She has had two owners in her history and shows rather low hours for 50 plus year old boat. Look for more info and photos from this RIVA book… and seabuddy thanks them for their photos. Plus, here is a link back to the other write-up and pictures of the same Classic Wood Riva Boat taken the same day as these were.
Almost all of a boat was sprayed several time and then hand brushed several more times to a high gloss polished varnish bright finish.
The first three wood boats were carvel planked, but then laminated hull sides were used from all the hulls from then on. By 1969, the hull shape above the waterline, the stem, and a different bow cap were instituted. All the boats are twin engine boats and feature wood framing as well as planking of the hull and deck of these classics. This photo was taken at the Philadelphia Chapter of the ACBS Antique and Classic Boat Show in this past summer.
Then; forward steering, remote controls, a windshield, and two rows of vinyl covered padded seating made for a Bill Deed designed water sports boat that handled lake, bay, inlet, and ocean waters very well.
This boat was tuff and many boats outlasted more than one motor’s life span on its transom.
Besides changing over from a wood boat builder to manufacturing fiberglass boats, Fred took his new company from single outboards to twin inboards for power. The photos show the loving attention to keeping an old boat, a good, useful boat that is an antique and classic boat show standout. The book is full of color pictures of antique and classic boats taken at the highest quality level for wooden boat photography. A special finish technique and secret rot resistant construction techniques make these floating art works different from a regular wood boat. Heck, it has been said that just selecting the wood for a boat takes weeks of combing through the choices of planking on hand. The cover is even a full color photograph of a Streblow set into a lovely vinyl cover or binding. With a big flathead Chris Craft she gives a great ride at normal antique and classic boat speeds and a real thrill when the throttle is opened up even more. BTW, the Riva Windshield is outstanding with the lines of this Bertram model, as is all of their hardware on the Bertram boat that they built in this length.
The fly bridge was not to my taste based on its seating and how the skipper had to handle to the controls. And that sheet of plywood was molded off the boat to the same sweep as the designed hull’s curve. Almost all of a boat was sprayed several times and then hand brushed several more times to a high gloss polished varnish finish. Riva sold examples of these 18.5 ‘boats to Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Seller, and Bridget Bardot. Some interior boards were called out on every model for a paint finish, however, and lesser quality wood was used there. These laminated boat construction pieces proved to make for a better looking boat, especially as the classic boat ages. Once, this sporty runabout was a prize on the TV show, “The Price is Right, in the 1961 show season.
They are light and easy to power as they use a shallow draft, almost flat bottom hull design to get performance from low horsepower outboards.
This classic outboard runabout is said to be a boat for sale and at a very attractive price.
Lyman was also known for its use of ribbon striped (sometimes called tiger striped) mahogany veneered marine-grade plywood in its decks.
I know of several prior owners of carvel, hard chine classic wood boats that marvel at the ride that they get in their Lyman compared to what they are used to.
It is sold out of print, so a used book or a copy from a personal collection is the way to go for this great book. They seemed to be misplaced in relation to the seating bases and not enough room for my guests. If he had just waxed that car, rather working daily at showing movie stars and rich folks how to drive fast and safe in the hot Arizona sun for all these years, HE WOULD HAVE MORE MONEY. Think about areas like the seat frames, under the bow, side, and aft decks for a painted finish. I think of Fred McCarthy’s Jersey Yachts fiberglass boat building business as alive from 1964 to 1988. Most Antique and Classic Boat Society boat owners like to be reviewed or judged by experts against a very exacting set of standards. It is a Vee shaped bow to cut through the chop coupled with a fairly flat deadrise across the transom boat design. Give them a telephone call if this is something that you need for this upcoming summer boating adventure season. The engine never did run at Greavette and it and the race boat were shipped off to Lake George, NY, which was the race site. These boats were sold world-wide and seabuddy understands that one size had a multi-year run of something like 43 units. And I do not have the coin in my jeans for a top shelf boat that is a classic wood Riva power boat.
Then the raised toe rail at the outside edge of the foredeck and the presence of a siren are clues.
For that and other reasons, this classic outboard powered runabout needs to be restored to the highest level of fit and finish.
Most restorers use a different style of mahogany plywood if they replace the deck on a Lyman runabout.
That is Hp that is rated at the power head, not rated at the prop shaft as outboards are rated today.
After repairs, the engine did work for three laps at a later in the season race, before it broke again.
A limited production boat that stands close inspect up to the standard of a custom boat is a show stopper. Thus, that year’s racing season went  past without Miss Canada II ever finishing any race, let alone winning a race.
That small almost custom boat building shop was supplemented by a bigger plant in Marysville, MI. The Baby Gar thirty three foot runabout was still being made in Algonac along with a 40’ cruiser. It was in 1932 that this 18’ twin cockpit (or split cockpit) runabout shown here was introduced.



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