Riva expands to large yachts, with the ambitious target of going 300 feet

It’s named Full Custom: it’s the new line of superyachts 50 to 100 meters, built in steel

There’s a famous line from Carlo Riva, in the 60s: “Building with fiberglass is undoubtedly easier than in wood. What’s not easy, is to do that properly”. Prophetic words from the founder of this historical yet futuristic shipyard: five decades after, you can simply replace the term “fiberglass” with “steel”, and the sentence is absolutely topical.

With the new Full Custom line, Riva starts building megayachts. The first project is for a 50 mt (165 ft) unit, that will be built in Ferretti Group facility in Ancona. To follow, a 68 mt (230 ft) then larger ones, up to reaching and trespassing the limit of 100 mt (330 feet). All the projects will be designed by the man who, after the founder, created the actual generation of Riva, i.e. Mauro Micheli from Officina Italiana Design. This is a most important challenge for him, as in this segment of the market his creativity will have to cope with the requests from single owners, spacing from dècor to internal layout, with an almost infinite range of possibilities. Micheli, co-founder with Sergio Beretta of OID, says he’s “electrified by this challenge, I’m looking forward to dive into the design of this new range. Riva is probably the only brand in boating that’s been able to create real icons, recognizable everywhere. This aim to perfection is a continuous incentive for us, since we’ve been passed the baton of Riva tradition”.

About the new Riva 50 meters

The new megayacht, almost 50 mt long and 9 wide (165 by 30 ft), will be a four-deck, full displacement unit for 12 passengers and 9 crew. The large outdoor living on the foredeck will grant guests total privacy, with a garage for a second tender and two jet skis abow. To stern, the main deck cockpit will feature a lounge with two facing couches, while on the sun bridge a large Jacuzzi in the front will be surrounded by sun beds. By opening the transom gate, a private beach with bar and indoor lounge will offer the chance to live the sea even from the lower deck.
The main garage will be located on the port side, featuring a flooding area so it will be possible to launch and haul a floating tender.

Inside, the peculiar space of the main deck will be the owner’s stateroom, which will occupy all the front area with four distinct spaces: private living, walk-in closet, double bedroom, and a huge bathroom with double fixtures and a double basin with elegant countertop. On both sides, part of the walls will tilt to open two terraces on the sea. On the lower deck, there will be four VIP cabins for the guests, all similar in size with a double bed, vanity corner-desk, large bathroom. Upon request, one or more of the cabins can be replaced with different spaces for the owner and his guests, such as a gym or a spa.

The new Riva 50 meters will be powered by two CAT C32 or two MAN D2862, for a top speed of 15 knots and a cruise around 14 knots. Slowing down to 11, the shipyard reckons a range of 3800 nm, similar to a transatlantic ship.

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