Timber construction

The approximate construction time for a Rio crafted from mahogany was one year and the wooden boats were handmade in small quantities. All hull parts — sides, bottom and mirrors — were made in one piece from multi-bonded mahogany wood and then attached to the frames. This increased the strength enormously. In contrast to their competitors, Rio incorporated one additional layer of wood, resulting in side walls and floors which were thicker and more durable.

The task of restoring the classics, which may date back 60 years, is complex and also time-consuming. If the whole wood is reworked, practically everything else has to be dismantled: all chrome parts, upholstery, lights, the siren and the window. Any convertible top, as well as the engine, tank, fittings and electronics are taken out of the boat for at least half a year.

This is the absolute minimum time needed for restoration.
The existing varnish is heated and then removed with painstaking attention to detail.

If entire wooden sections need to be replaced due to moisture damage and subsequent instability, construction practically starts anew.

Varnish residues can then finally be removed by hand with lubricating gel paper.
Many hours elapse before the wood is returned to its original state.

Only then does the varnishing begin in a hermetically sealed room.
Varnish will then be reapplied up to 22 times, with light sanding five days after each application and drying time. This is all done by hand before it is painted again. Hence, paint work on the deck and sides alone, can take up to four months.

Then it is finally time for all the individual parts to be reassembled.
Whilst this process is underway, all the chrome parts are usually overhauled by specialists.

The before and after effect is remarkable —

Finally, a Rio legend from the 60/70s shines like new.