The Junior was
conceived to replace the basic Florida model and, as its name
suggests, was designed to be the baby of the Riva range, a
multi-purpose small motorboat that could used be as a tender or
equally for water-skiing.
Its distinctive features include the open design of the cockpit
and sundeck and the white painted sides for ease of maintenance
– a clue to its principal target market, the USA, where owners
tended to take care of boats themselves. In 1972, by which time
626 had been built, it was replaced by the Rudy, exactly the
same design except that it was made of fibreglass.