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1961 Riva Super Florida

US$ 125,000*
Interested in this boat? Tel: (954) 525-5111
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1961 Riva Super Florida

Engine/Fuel Type:
Single / Gas/Petrol
Located In:
New Orleans, LA
Hull Material:
Current Price:
US$ 125,000 Tax Paid 

For more details, contact:

Todd Weider P: +1.954.525.5111 M: +1.954.610.5573

Immaculately maintained by a classic yacht specialist, this iconic, award-winning Riva Super Florida is not only a rare find here in the U.S., she is the finest example of perfection. Named after the American state and equipped with a powerful, original 185hp engine to be used for water skiing, the Super Florida is a cornerstone of boating history. The layout features a bench seat helm and convertible cockpit that can either be set up as a sun pad or provide additional bench seating.

This garage-kept yacht still has her original mahogany hull. Her fully restored engine has a max speed of 35 knots, and she comes with a brand new aluminum Rocket trailer.


The Florida was created by lengthening the design of the Sebino, with decking of solid Honduras filleted with maple at the seams, with a two-part glass windscreen, with seats and side panels made of padded green Vipla and a quilted green fabric sunbed. The instruments were American (S.W./Chris-Craft) with black faces. The side pockets were made of chrome-plated brass netting. With the 1953 series, the single-piece windscreen starts (series production starts in the autumn prior to the year of reference).

In 1955, the same modifications mentioned for the Sebino were adopted (timbers at 16 cm, planking fastened with the aid of adhesives, new steering box, Phillips screws for the bottom and Monel shaft). The upholstery was now of leatherette and Saran with a green tartan pattern. With the 1957 series, the deck was made of Honduras ply with maple fillets.

With the 1958 series, Riva was first in the world to use three-layer diagonal planking for the hull sides shaped in a single piece. The windscreen was now panoramic and made of Visaterm glass. The 1959 series presented a new dashboard design that used new instruments (S.W./Chris-Craft) from #288 of 1958, shaped wood side pockets and upholstery of yellow Vipla and black and white check Saran in place of the green tartan. The sunbed was made with yellow Makò fabric.

In 1960, the Florida was fitted with the new deep-center wheel, already fitted to the other models, and the fuel tank was now stainless steel with a capacity of 100 liters instead of 90. The text ''Florida'' appeared on the dashboard instead of ''Riva Chris-Craft''. Starting in 1960, Phillips screws were also used on all models for fixing the chrome-plated deck fittings.

In 1961, with the adoption of the new Chris-Craft V8 engine, with power reduced from 185hp at 4000rpm to 160hp at 3600rpm, the gear lever was moved to the wheel. The electrical system was also changed from 6 volts to 12 volts.

The hull bottom was slightly modified at the midship section to soften impact with the wave, and the hull was lengthened 9 cm. The transom was now made of three-layer diagonal planking and was curved. An electric siren was now standard. In the 1963 model, the rake of the bow was increased 7 cm and the chrome-plated cutwater was lengthened 25 cm.

For more details, contact:

Todd Weider P: +1.954.525.5111 M: +1.954.610.5573 



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