Hacker-Craft is the name given to boats built by The Hacker Boat Co., the oldest builder of wooden motorboats in the world. It is an American company, founded in Detroit, Michigan in 1908 by John Ludwig Hacker (known as John L. Hacker or just “John L.”)
The Tritone was the most important model in the Riva stable, the largest and most expensive boat, and the only to be equipped with twin engines. Its size, power and long range (thanks to large fuel tanks) made it an ideal boat for sea-cruising, and it did much to forge Riva’s reputation in the Mediterranean. Evolving from the BQ 69 designed in 1950 it was given its name in 1953. Its hull design drew on the Corsaro, with the addition of a second row of seats in the cockpit, behind which the stern area was completely decked and used as a sun bed.
The Corsaro, based on the AR Sport motorboat designed by Carlo Riva in 1946, entered production in 1950. Although only forty were built, it set the scene for later Riva models with its elegant lines and tapering stern. Ranging in length from 4.8 to 5.65 metres, the two-seat boat was fitted with a range of different engines over its lifetime. Only one is known to survive