Rio Yachts is one of the historical brands of the Italian nautical sector. Founded in 1961, it is able to bring thousands of pleasure boaters to sea (and on the lakes). The shipyard is synonymous with Made in Italy and has always been linked to other noble names in the Italian industry and creativity, as in the case of Roberta di Camerino…
It was exactly 1979 and the Lombard shipyard had just launched its Rio Yachts , when righy away came the idea of twinning its latest creation with one of the most important fashion brands in the country, Roberta di Camerino.
The boat, designed by Carlo Scarani, was 5.85 metres long, 2.30 metres wide and could be powered by both outboard and inboard engines, with a maximum power of 140 hp. At its launch at the Genoa Boat Show in 1979 it was proposed with a bright red hull. The Venetian designer intervened on all the aesthetic aspects of the boat, interior, exterior and above all the colours. A real operation of “brand on brand” that was a great success on the market (in the opening photo, the boat and the designer at the Genoa Boat Show).
The Rio 580 Cabin was a typical product of the 70s, a day cruiser with angular shapes and great liveability both on the upper and on the lower deck. In fact, there was also room for a small but comfortable double cabin. In its version with a single efb Volvo Penta 120 hp, it reached 31 knots maximum speed (as evidenced by the tests of the time) and it was made of fiberglass and ABS. Rio Yacht invested a lot in the materials, suffice to say that Rio 310, built in ABS in those years, was launched in more than 70,000 units.
(Rio Yachts, yachting (as always) in the name of Made in Italy – Barchemagazine.com – January 2019)