Rivamare: the new Riva icon
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 4:42 PM
Rivamare is born. The new work of art created by the most famous nautical brand in the world.
The magnificent new Riva is a design icon that rewrites the rulebook of timeless elegance once again.
“The conception, design and construction of the new and remarkable Rivamare has been a very exciting experience for us” - comments Mr. Alberto Galassi, Chief Executive Officer of the Ferretti Group. "A masterpiece created in our magnificent, completely renovated boatyard in Sarnico, with a production line exclusively dedicated to the new model, taking forward Carlo Riva's dream to always build the most beautiful boat. The new speedboat is the worthy successor of masterworks like Aquariva Super and, before that, Aquarama: it combines the style and charm of these legendary models with the most cutting edge technologies, and offers the greatest care for every detail, together with a level of comfort and spaces never seen before in boats of this size. Rivamare is a leap into the future, forged in the Riva tradition: a motorboat born to be memorable.”
Born from the collaboration between Officina Italiana Design, the firm headed by Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta, sole designers of the entire Riva fleet, the Ferretti Group Engineering Department and Strategic Product Committee, Rivamare is 11.88 metres (39 ft) long, with a full beam of 3.5 metres (11.6 ft).
With its sinuous and sleek lines, the new model looks seductive and sporty as soon as you set your eyes on it. Proposed by in Ice White gel coat, Rivamare is available in all the colours of the Riva range, including in stunning London Grey, the exclusive metallic version much-loved by Riva owners.
Its side view reveals the striking angles of the keel and bow, ready to fly across the water.
Fitted at the sides of the anchor and stainless steel prow is a pair of night-time mooring lights: this is just one of the many details borrowed from previous models and a tribute to the Riva tradition.
The boat’s profile has a distinctive double-curved laminated crystal window at the level of the cabin. The most eye-catching feature on the deck is the windscreen, consisting of 5 double-curved laminated crystal glass sections set in a stainless steel frame, fitted with a rail for the cockpit cover.
The deck, in gloss varnished mahogany panelling, is enhanced by a central glass pane - set in a stainless steel frame - that boosts the natural light in the interiors.
A striking feature at the centre of the deck is the casing in chrome plated aluminium alloy supporting the signal horn, yet another stylistic element inherited from the Sarnico boatyard tradition.
This magnificent object, with its timeless look, completed by a mahogany shaft for hanging the Riva banner, is reminiscent of the fittings found on the speedboats of the past and is bound to become the distinctive hallmark of the new model. At the stern, both bulwarks feature striking grilles in polished stainless steel: a choice of style that displays a family feeling with the most recent coupés, like 76’ Perseo.
The stern features a major innovation, offering the luxury of a beach area.
The hatch, with inbuilt mahogany steps, in fact swings open to reveal a large surface. Using the inclination of the stern and the level surface of the beach area, two specially designed ergonomic sun pads can be positioned over the hatch, offering the opportunity to experience the sea in a unique style.
With the hatch still open, more steps appear, complete with two storage compartments at the sides.
Upon request, the compartment on the starboard side can be enlarged in order to store a Seabob.
The beach platform is completed by the fender bar with a mahogany top. The stainless steel boarding ladder is housed beside the hatch. An underwater lighting system can be installed upon request. Past the two sundecks separated by a central walkway, we reach the cockpit.
It is furnished with a large C-shaped sofa set around the folding table in mahogany and stainless steel. This space, featuring numerous technical compartments as well as storage compartments for guests, can be protected by a retractable electro-hydraulic bimini top.
Situated behind the helm station are two furniture units which, in addition to holding the structure of the pilot and co-pilot seats, can also be used as a cocktail preparation area. Both have an upper hatch with a mahogany top and stainless steel frame. Inside them, we find a washbasin, a Corian cutting board, a pull-out drawer for the bar set and glasses and a drawer refrigerator in the left hand cabinet, and in the unit on the starboard side an ice dispenser as well as two useful baskets for separate waste collection.
The pilothouse design draws inspiration from the driver's cabin in sports cars: the entire control panel is in carbon fibre with the frame lined in technical fabric. In addition to two handle bars in polished stainless steel and mahogany, it is embellished by other rich details, including the name of the model and serial number, both in chrome plated steel.
The helm station is worthy of a yacht: as well as the pilot and co-pilot seats, there is a third seat on the starboard side. Custom-designed for Rivamare by Officina Italiana Design, these seats feature a boat-coloured frame, upholstery in technical fabric and other refined details also found in the most recent Riva models.
Finally, on the left side of the windscreen is once again the search light, a hallmark of the Aquarama and Aquariva Super models, showing the close continuity between Rivamare and these past and present icons.
In terms of the use of interior spaces, the engineers and designers have created a masterpiece: a luxurious open space consisting of a kitchen, a bathroom with separate shower, and a living area in the bow that converts into a double bed.
Moreover, two of the three steps leading down from the cockpit fold back towards the stern and align with the top step, so that the whole area can be used to the best advantage. The standard wood finish proposed by the boatyard is rift cut white veneer, but the first six boats have been realized in gloss varnished mahogany in order to celebrate this unique event.
The kitchen has a Corian worktop, a sink, a refrigerator and a microwave oven. An ice maker can be added on request. Wall cabinets with leather-lined doors complete the interior design of an elegant and functional kitchen.
Two skylights, in the kitchen and bathroom ceilings respectively, provide perfect air circulation.
Crockery, glasses and the coffee maker are stored in a tall cabinet with pull-out mahogany shelves, positioned opposite the kitchen. Situated in the lower compartment is the boat's electrical switchboard.
The design of the dinette is dominated by a large sofa moulded around the shape of the bow. Stored inside a central locker is a pull-out board which turns it into a double bed. A TV can be installed on the bulkhead of the bow upon request. To complete the furnishings, it is possible to add an instant refrigerator for Magnum bottles, hidden by a top, while the double blind - daytime and blackout - provides a screen over the large skylight.
The entire lighting system, run on LED lights, is controlled through chrome-plated switch covers, personalized with the Riva logo.
There are also plenty of lockers, finished in polished fibreglass, located in the bilges.
CUTTING-EDGE PROPULSION SYSTEMS, ENHANCED PERFORMANCE AND ADVANCED FUNCTIONS
Rivamare is equipped with a pair of D6 400 DPH Volvo Penta engines (stern driven propulsion), each generating 400 Mhp at 3,500 rpm, with integrated trim control provided by a stern drive and interceptor management system. In terms of performance, the boat can reach a cruising speed of 31 knots and a maximum speed of 40 knots (preliminary data). The integrated control system, inclusive of Joystick and docking mode functions, makes it extremely easy to manoeuvre in narrow waters, as in sideways-mooring for example, thanks to the movement achieved by the combined use of the propellers. The driving mode function, available on request, enables Rivamare to be piloted exclusively through the joystick. The advanced autotrim function optimizes the trim while accelerating and steering, with combined action on the stern drives and interceptors.
The interface is a 7 inch or - on request - up to 16 inch 16:9 display touch screen, which operates alongside the traditional analogue instrumentation, combining the engine monitoring and navigation functions.
Performance also means comfort: upon request, it is possible to install an air-conditioning system in the lower deck and helm station and, for the first time on a boat this size, a Seakeeper NG5 stabiliser to minimize rolling motion when at anchor.