For James Ferris & Caroline Di Diego, September 2010 is an important date. Three years ago, in September 2007, they decided it was finally time to move forward with the extensive restoration of “Perlita Too” a rare 1953 Riva Tritone speedboat.
Chris Casparis from Sea Sonic Boat Company was chosen for the project, arrived at James & Caroline’s home on Lopez Island, north of Seattle and delivered the boat back to his work shop in British Columbia, Canada to begin the restoration process.
In 2009 James and Caroline developed a web site named Perlita Too – The Barn Find Riva which details the Discovery, History & Restoration of the Riva Tritone. If you are a regular reader of WoodyBoater you have probably been following the restoration, and if your not a regular reader you can follow the project by clicking on the Perlita Too link on the right of the home page here at WoodyBoater.
The most recent restoration update titled “Making Mr. Riva Proud” marks a significant milestone in the overall project – the beginning of the stain and varnish application, or as some would call it, the beginning of the end! Here’s a few images of the amazing progress…
Nearly 700 linear feet of painstakingly hand-laid spruce inserts on the decks.