For the first ever blog entry on Retro Runabout we will cover a classic 1980's Century, the Riviera 5-Meter. This boat is the smaller cousin of the Riviera 6-Meter that came with a Mercury 470 and Alpha 1 outdrive. They came in either red, navy blue, or purple and were built between 1981 and 1988 from what we have been able to determine. According to the 1983 brochure the 5-Meter is 16' 4.5" with a 27 gallon fuel tank. That tank paired with the 470 should give you a whole afternoon's worth of cruising around.
The purple example we have here today hails from Wisconsin and looks like it needs a bit of interior TLC.