Rare Riviera, Damaged But Worthy. Aren’t We All Though?


Cruising ebay again as the temp drops. I gotta get in my classic boat fix one way or another. This 20′ Riviera is a beautiful boat for sure. I always say that the Riviera styling is the most iconic look. And a 20 is amazing. But for 19K with a 5200 bottom?

Could be a very good deal, or a good deal of work.

Well if you read a little closer, it did have some damage, and in there lies the test of price. I am sure many of you have an opinion. So today, I shall let thy peanut gallery decide. And or, someone looking for a project and knows what to look for, might just have found a perfect boat. And Happy Header Day!  You know what to do


12 replies
  1. Captain Nemo
    Captain Nemo says:

    No pictures representing the damage at all? Six pictures of a boat covered under a tarp isn’t helpful either.

  2. Frank@Falmouth
    Frank@Falmouth says:

    He couldnt uncover the boat to show the “damage”?!
    The hull numbers of the 20′ started at R20-501 in 1950. I have R20515 that was my first wood boat, but unfortunatly it still sits awaiting refinishing with its original bottom and wood.

    If the 5200 bottom was done right thats $20k right there..Rebuilt engine and all the hardware, …. hmmm NOPE! dont need another project for my collection,…I already have twin 1957 CC 17′ Sportsman Utilities… 🙂

  3. RH In Indy
    RH In Indy says:

    If I want to boat on Saturday, I usually start taking the cover off on Wednesday. Takes awhile. Totally understand.

  4. Matt
    Matt says:

    I wonder if this being sold cause it was totaled by insurance and they don’t want to pay storage anymore. Seems like if you want a 20 riviera and know it’s gonna need some work. Here is one and I bet it’s very very negotiable. Or will be.

  5. Dave Juergens
    Dave Juergens says:

    Lots of contradictions in the description. Why is the hull damaged? Frozen water damaged the frames. Interior is in great shape. How can that be? Middleman ugh!!!

  6. John Rothert
    John Rothert says:

    Matt could be on to something about the insurance write off…?
    One of us out that way need to stick his head and camera under that tarp and post.

    John in VA.

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