Because what’s happened is that a wealthy customer, who could easily afford to buy himself a superyacht, decided he wants to go for a small boat. But not just a small boat, but a fully custom one, like he were ordering a superyacht.
So, after some research, his choice went on Rio Yachts and the Paranà 38: 12.30 meters overall, 10 meters LH. This is the starting point for a fully custom boat. Considering what happened with the Gran Turismo 56 (our story here), Rio Yachts has already one foot in the custom yachts segment, where the yard gives you an empty hull and the client has the choice to fill it according to his taste.
About this very 38, we still have no indications of her owner’s picks: we have too wait “not much”, according to Rio.
Meanwhile, the designer of Paranà Marino Alfani will have to perform some extra work: who could have thought that just one year after her launch, the 38 needed to be re-imagined…and just for one customer.
A good test for his own creativity, but also a possible benchmark for future evolution of this market segment: maybe after the ground-breaking approach from Rio Yachts, the full customization of yachts will become popular for small yachts. We’ll see.
Rio Paranà 38 in numbers
|Length overall||12.30 mt (40ft 4in)|
|Length hull LH||9.98 mt (32ft 9in)|
|Beam||3.65 mt (11ft 11in)|
|Draft||0.64 mt (25in)|
|Dry displacement||7000 Kg|
|Engines||2×260/300 HP, sterndrives|
|Fuel tank||780 lt (206 US gal)|
|Water tank||300 lt (79 US gal)|