European Editor Alan Harper tests the fast, glamorous Riva 88 and finds a yacht that’s nearly impossible not to fall in love with.
The Riva 88 Florida debut at the 2015 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show.
Named one of the prettiest boats of all time by Power & Motoryacht.
Power & Motoryacht's first look at the Riva 88 Florida.
When it comes to making an impression at the docks, it’s hard to beat the new Riva 88 Florida. With stiletto-slick lines and massive MTUs in her engine room, this boat makes an impression that’s hard to forget.
The Aquarama was an ideal runabout at about 26 feet, and today enjoys iconic status particularly as a tender. All told there were 768 Aquaramas built, however it’s less clear how many of those are still around.
Power & Motoryacht's Boat Test of the Riva 63 Virtus
The wind in your hair has always been a critical part of the Riva experience. Enter the Riva 63 Virtus, a big, bold, gleaming statement of an open boat in all her bronze glory. Learn more about her here.
Power & Motoryacht's first look at the Riva 122 Mythos.
Prometheus may have been the fire bringer and Hercules may have slain the Nemean lion and turned it into a fancy hat, but here’s something those mythic heroes never did: Build a 122-foot planing megayacht out of aluminum. That’s exactly the formidable task the mortals at Riva are now undertaking, with their upcoming launch, Mythos. The yacht will be the new flagship of this iconic Ferretti brand, and should well live up to her ambitious name.
Riva 63 Virtus
The 63 Virtus is the new flagship for Riva’s open line, a build-type steeped in glamorous history. In the past Riva owners have included movie stars and royalty, so it’s with some excitement that those who follow that sort of thing anticipate exactly who will spring for this largest of the Riva opens. Whoever does open up their
The Domino Effect
An import geared for those with champagne taste and a thirst for performance.
It isn’t easy being Riva. There’s all that heritage to live up to: pictures of Brigitte Bardot in her little Florida runabout, and an endless succession of magazine articles proclaiming the Aquarama to be the most beautiful boat ever built. Then there is the need for
When you live in a relatively northern European latitude, as I do in the U.K., it’s often tempting to assume that the grass is browner on the shores of the Mediterranean. But while that might be true in summer, winter is another matter. Italy’s Riviera di Levante is not Florida. The marble peaks that stand sentinel just inland can be thick with ice and snow, lending a dramatic backdrop to Riva’s
As an encore to the 2005 debut of its 115-foot flagship, Athena, the Italian builder Riva introduces its newest offering, the 92-foot Duchessa Fly. Filling a gap between Athena and the 85 Opera Super, she's arguably the sleekest and most stylish of Riva's decidedly upscale large offerings.
Even after all these years, a new Riva is an event. All that iconic imagery—so carefully cultivated by the Ferretti Group's marketing people—of the 1960's jet set aboard its classic mahogany runabouts has given the shipyard a priceless cachet, one that to this day remains unique among boatbuilders. And even though Riva has endured its share of strife over the last 20 years or so, it
You don’t get to ride in a Riva every day. It’s not that they’re scarce, exactly. In the six years since the first of the “new” Rivas, the Aquariva runabout, came out, the company has launched no fewer than eight other new models. But demand appears to be outstripping supply to such a degree that few boats hang around long enough for mere journalists to get a hold of them.
So to turn up at
The real mind-boggler was the finish. It was gorgeous, even a little mystifying, like somebody’d taken ten blocks of modern, high-end Milanese decor, inexplicably refined it into the essence of all things Italian, then poured the result into the hull of a sexy, souped-up speedboat. I blinked, allowing my eyes to wander across the aviation-style cabinets that circumscribed the interior.
Boats that bring efficiency over a range of speeds are appealing to today’s coastal cruiser. Those with style and a bit of panache are sure to have their own admirers. The Absolute 52 Navetta will certainly fall into both categories. See what we’re talking about here. ▶
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