The Florida design,
first penned in 1952, was another enduring classic in the Riva
range, as well as the most popular of the wooden boats to be
produced on the shores of Lago d’Iseo. Between 1952 and 1969
1,137 boats were built, comprising 426 normal Floridas and 711
super Florida slightly larger and more powerful.
Named after the American state most closely associated with
water-skiing, the Florida design features a cockpit and a large
sun-bed astern, divided by a bridge of mahogany deck, filleted
with maple. Early models were fitted with Chris Craft engines,
followed by Chrysler and latterly Riva’s own 220 hp unit, built
around a Crusader V8.