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Apr 19, 2011, 04:23 PM
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best place to buy riva aquarama or dumas chris craft

hi all, where's the best place to get a riva aquarama or dumas chris craft (or other wooden speedboat like that). i'm nervous about the vietnam ones, but also don't want tt spend 600 bucks on some of the others ive seen on the 'bay.
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Apr 19, 2011, 08:29 PM
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First try the LHS.
Second - one of the established mail order companies like Tower Hobbies, MACK Products, etc.
Third evil-bay.
Apr 22, 2011, 08:36 AM
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The Amati kit produces excellent results and has AWESOME fittings. Dashboard detail is so good you expect the guages to work. I would not recommend the Amati running gear, though. It is way underpowered, and as soon as I win the lottery I plan to change out the power plant. Model Expo and other mail order vendors carry the Amati line.
Apr 22, 2011, 08:56 AM
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At the price level you are quoting, it sounds as if you are looking for ready built. A well made Dumas with a properly fiberglassed hull is your best bet for longevity and durability. If you shop EBay, contact the seller and ask how the model was constructed.

Once you do have a boat, you can still check with M.A.C.K. for accessories and trim They have an excellent line that is still growing. For advice on upgrading the driveline components (or finishing a new-build project), M.A.C.K. is also your best source.

For building your own runabout , this forum has dozens of threads you may want to read through first.
Apr 22, 2011, 10:30 AM
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For what you get the ProBoat classic runabout is a good buy. It's really a 1940 C/C barrelback runabout. Mine has been very dependable for the 4 or 5 years I've had it. I did change the plastic wheel to an Octra bronze one and changed to an ESC with reverse as the original had only forward. But still use the original radio system that comes with it. It is a fiberglass hull with thin mahogany strips overlay.
Apr 22, 2011, 02:10 PM
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RIVA AQUARAMA Wood Model Ship Kit AM1608 $599.99
Historic Scale Wooden Model Ship Kit by Amati Model
gorgeous boat, but looks to be a static display, also at 600 it's a little expensive..

Classic Runabout EP RTR by Pro Boat
List: $499.99
Item is discontinued.
look good, pretty good price, but discontinued (

i wonder how the wood/fiberglass bod holds up, do you have to do any preventative maintenance (a coat of varnish every year or something) so water doesn't get behind the planking

thanks for the heads up on mack marine, the dumas barrelback for 224 looks good, and the accessories are insane!
Apr 22, 2011, 04:40 PM
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Bought this discontinued IMEX "Michigan" at the Toledo show this year for less than $200...included radio, esc, everything but batteries. Fiberglass hull with veneer outside.
Last edited by Swift16; Apr 22, 2011 at 04:42 PM. Reason: Correct fat-fingered spelling. ARRG!
Apr 22, 2011, 07:41 PM
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right here is the place to get a riva.. from the mfr authorized rep themselves

jaw dropping 'n beautiful

price is beautiful too.. i can't find it now, but i think on the order of 1100 bucks!
Apr 24, 2011, 07:02 AM
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Yer its a beauty..

Ill' do the Amati kit when im done with my Smith Rotterdam. aka. Maersk Rotterdam.

Did a Maersk paintjob on it, thinking its nicer in baby blue
Apr 24, 2011, 07:03 AM
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Or maybe il make the Standard flex on my avetar picture, i got the kit ready. BUT... loves the Riva maghogny planks so it probaly gonna be that one...
Apr 24, 2011, 11:41 AM
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Aquacraft has discontinued the runabout but dont forget about the replacement "Riva" they now offer...
Aug 02, 2014, 12:38 AM
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we produce boat from solid wood, and testified by those activities, check our facebook page:

here is the links:


Boat hull:

especially this bare wood hull is on free shipping promotion to US, Europe:
Aug 02, 2014, 09:18 AM
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since it's been brought up again, i'll chime in in because i'm the op. i did buy one of the ones from vietnam and the thing about self destructed the second i took a dremel to it to make it rc.

then i found an original amati riva that had never been run

Aug 02, 2014, 09:19 AM
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I like to use Tower Hobbies,with the discounts they offer you can get about $15 and free shipping

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