At the London Boat Show in 1959, Freddy Heineken convinced Carlo Riva that if he wanted to design larger yachts than the typical runabouts that Riva was and remains famous for, he should only cooperate with Feadship. The name for the limited series of Riva-designed, Feadship-built yachts ‘Caravelle’ was unanimously decided by both parties after their admiration for the new French civil transport aircraft. At the time, this aircraft was the symbol of innovative luxury and evident modernity, which perfectly embodied the values upheld by the two shipyards. The results where stunning.
Here’s a fun video circa 1959, courtesy of Serena‘s builder, Feadship, which shows an earlier Caravelle headed to a local boat show in The Netherlands. Click the image to watch the video.