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© Jerome Kelagopian

If you ask old Riva aficionados, ‘Which part of the boat says the most to you?’ it would be the transom, so it was a slightly dangerous element to take on – akin to a plastic surgeon changing the eyes or nose of a famous beauty.   Marc Newson, Industrial Designer

Marc Newson’s redesigned, 33-foot Aquariva is the sexiest speedboat on the planet! It is on display as part of Newson’s Transport exhibit at the Gagosian Gallery in New York until October 16, 2010.

The boat has a special attraction for me in that it is reminiscent of the antique Greavette Ditchburn, Duke, and Chris Craft mahogany boats that toured the Muskoka Lakes in Ontario, Canada where my family owned a cottage for over thirty-five years. A limited edition of 22 Aquarivas will be built in the original Italian Riva boatyards in Sarnico on Iseo Lake at a price of $1.28 million each. The first action item on my Top Ten List is now to drive one!