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CARAVELLE RIVA - DE VRIES

Seven examples of this elegant deep-sea motor yacht were built in Holland to Riva design and specification, plus an eighth built to order after it had been decided to end production. The first two examples, of 1961 and 1962, were 21,80m. long. The Caravelle built in 1963 was called First Series ''A'' because it had a longer hull, 22,50m., and deckhouse.

The redesign of the second series had more effect on both outside and inside. As well as a further lengthening of the hull to 22,80m., the deckhouse was given more modern lines: the vents on the sides of the deckhouse were changed. A deckhouse that was also provided with more panoramic glazing, in the Riva style, thanks to the angled windows in the steering compartment and the curved ones in the eating area. Below decks the three aft cabins each now had its own head, so there was an additional porthole in the port bulwark. Thus the portholes became symmetrical on the two sides with a changed design.


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