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Boot Dusseldorf 2017: The Riva 56, a masterpiece unveiled

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Riva 56
Riva 56

lt only happens at Riva, the only yachting  brand to have left its mark on both  the social scene and the world  of design: every new yacht is an event that  leaves owners and enthusiasts with  bated breath until the magical moment ofits unveiling.


Those who just couldn't  wait and simply had to be the first to discover the secrets and latest features of the new Riva 56', this magnificent open yacht was revealed during BOOT 2017 in Dusseldorf.

The new vessel is already in build at the Sarnico yard and will make its debut before the end of the spring, joining  the fleet that includes some icons of the yachting world, from the Aquariva Su per to the more recent Rivamare. The yacht has a completely  new hull form  and brings the most popular technical  and design choices on board, as well as innovative  features and elements offering  even higher  levels of comfort  than those that have highlighted the success of Riva yachts over the last three yea rs.

The Riva 56' is the result of the joint  efforts of Officina Italiana  Design - the  studio founded  by Mauro   Micheli  and  Sergio  Beretta  - Ferretti   Group's  Product  Strategy  Committee   and Engineering Department. The result is a stylish  combination of the most prestigious materials and attention to  detail  that  has always  been  the  hallmark  of  the  Riva world: from  the  high  gloss mahogany of the interiors to the natural teak of the exteriors, the lacquered finishes and stainless steel, mirrors, glass and leather.


The sleek look of the  new 56' inherits  and expands the stylistic traits that  cha racterised the latest generation  of opens and coupés by Riva. So you will find large glazed windows running  a ong the hull with flush portholes, aggressive metallic colours on the exteriors (the first vessel will be in Shark Grey) and opulent  detailing  in  stainless steel  and wood.

The seamless windshield  protecting the
superstructure completes the aerodynamic profile, a true masterpiece of engineering and design.

In the stern, the Riva 56' introduces an important new development in the system used to move the swimming platform. As you walk down  to the swimming platform, the steps continue  under  water to reveal additional  steps built into the hull. This new feature makes it possible to go directly up into the cockpit without having to use the steelladder, although  this is also available for use. The aft area features a garage accommodating a Williams 325 tender behind the carbon fibre hatch.

In the cockpit, the mooring gear is housed in a compartment in the bulwark, covered by a stainless steel grille, as in other recent models. Even the fairleads are made entirely of stainless steel.

The living space has been cleverly organised with a generous sundeck in the extreme stern that feels almost suspended over the waves and leads into the lounge on the main deck.

Underneath the roll bar, the comfortable  forward-facing  sofa combines  with the L-shaped sofa and teak dining  table to form a pleasant area to enjoy lunch, with a slightly raised dormeuse, next to the bridge. To starboard, the cabinet  unit can accommodate  a fridge, ice-maker, grill, sink and storage compartments, and stretches as far as the bridge  seating and is integrated  into its base. The roll bar not only adds a finishing touch to the profile, it also acts as a support for the antennas. In case of bad weather, or if the owner  simply wants some shade, the electro-hydraulicall y operated bimini top can
be opened, as can the clear side shields, offering excellent protection for the area.

Access to the engine room will be possible through  two hatches on the bridge, one in the centre of the cockpit and the other on the left aide aft.

The foredeck has a sun pad that can be protected  with a top, and there is a glazed floor area with  a special non-slip  surface set into  a stainless steel frame, completed  by the  ship's horn  fitted  in  a marvellous vintage case in high-gloss  stainless steel- a tribute  to Riva's glorious  past. The technical mooring  space in the bow completes the area.


The sta ndard layout offers two  guest cabins and three bathrooms, with  a dinette, galley and crew cabin with  separate access. The master cabin amidships has an en-suite bathroom on the left side. The L-shaped dinette and galley are just as you go below  deck, featuring mirrored surfaces and a vast amount  of  storage  compartments,  plus  fridge and 1V. The glass hatch  cover  increases the naturallight in the dinette.

Forward is the VIP cabin and its many storage areas. The addition  of a day head accessed directly from the dinette  is an important benefit, as it makes it possible to exploit the full  potential  of the open for day cruises with severa l guests who can use this facility without having to enter the master or guest cabins. The crew cabin has a  single bunk and head, with  separate access from  a hatch in the cockpit, concealed by the dormeuse. lt can be substituted with a third guest cabin on request.


The Riva 56' will  be fitted with twin  1000 HP MAN  engines, or twin 1200  HP MAN engines on request. Both configurations feature  a V-Drive propulsion system and, again on request, a Seakeeper stabiliser can be fitted to m1n1m1se roll  when underway and at anchor.

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