PERLITA TOO, hull no. 3, has a number of firsts to her credit; she was the first series-production Tritone, built in 1953, the first Riva sold to the USA, indeed the first Riva sold outside of Italy, in over 100 years! PERLITA is the oldest Tritone remaining; #2 and #’s 4-10 no longer exist. (#9 has been extensively modified and no longer is a Tritone, and #11 has been modified in restoration).

Hull no. 3 (first series-production Tritone) (total production: 258 hulls)
Length: 7,92 m
Beam: 2,76 m
Draft: 0,55 m
Weight: 2,700 kg
Construction: plank on frame/multi layer plywood bottom
Material: African Mahogany; frames: sipo, topsides: sapele, bottom:
Fastening: silicon bronze screws, copper rivets, adhesives, epoxy plywood bottom
Engines: 1x Scripps Model 302 V12, displ. (894) 14,650 cmc.
Power: 350 HP @ 2600 RPM
Speed: 75,126 Km/h (UIM World Record Speed, 1954)
Export price 1953: $11,360 usd
Options: lifting cables, copper exhaust mufflers, bilge hand pump, windshield-mounted spotlight, docking
lights, Sparton horn, full custom triple-axle show trailer.


RESTORATION The restoration has required over 4 years and thousands of hours, in addition to 20 years of research. The hull has been substantially rebuilt due to age and deterioration. Chris Casparis of Sea Sonic Boats Ltd. Kelowna, BC, Canada, did all the woodworking. The rare Scripps V12 motor was totally rebuilt by Jim McNeilly of Seattle, WA. The myriad of mechanical and final assembly details have been overseen by Dennison Motorsports. At all times the project has been managed 'hands-on' by Lake Tahoe Classic Boats.