Riva Yachts, founded in 1842, in Sarnico, a small northern Italian town on the banks of the Iseo Lake, Riva is one of the world's oldest most renowned shipyards. Pietro Riva, a young fisherman and boat builder carried out repairs to storm-damaged boats, which no one else could do; he built boats of exceptional quality and craftsmanship and thereby earned a reputation, which laid the foundations from generation to generation. In the 1880's Ernesto Riva, one of Pietro's sons, took over the Riva yard. While maintaining the tradition of impeccable quality and craftsmanship, Ernesto added another dimension to the Riva product: innovation. He began by fitting piston engines to his boats for the first time, and built larger boats to carry passengers and cargo. Serafino succeeded his father and stopped the production of larger boats and had the great idea of launching Riva in a field entirely dedicated to outboard engine boats. In 1912 Serafino was able, on board of his racing boat, to achieve a speed of 24 km per hour. The development of Riva shipyard in between the first and second world wars was marked by a series of successes in national and international motor boating competitions. Alongside racing, the production of pleasure boats was developed and, from the outset, they became immensely popular not only for their quality but also for luxury and elegance. In the 1950's Carlo Riva inherited experience and prestige and took over the yard and created a range of wooden boats with such exceptionally quality, style and elegance that the Riva brand became a worldwide legend destined to triumph season after season on all the markets. Subsequently, Riva has broadened its range of yachts. In May 2000, with the entry of Riva in the Ferretti Group, a new era started. The Ferretti Group is one of the world leaders in the engineering, manufacturing and selling of luxury motor yachts. Headed by its president Norberto Ferretti, Riva joins the following brands: Ferretti Yachts, Riva, Apreamare, Mochi Craft, Custom Line and CRN. The Ferretti Group, with about 2500 employees and a surface area of over 488,000 square meters (indoor and outdoor), operates sixteen shipyards in Italy and one in the United States. During the last four years, since Riva became part of the Ferretti Group, its production has grown from 22 to 49 units per year. Riva’s range of models increased to include lengths from 33’ to 115’. During the past year, three new models went into production: the Riva SunRiva 33’, The Riva Rivale 52’, and the Riva Opera 85’. Three brand new models will be introduced in 2005: the Riva Ego 68’, the Riva Venere 75’ and the Riva Athena 115’. Customers of Riva yachts through the years have included kings, sultans, emperors, actors, and entrepreneurs, making Riva a worldwide name for yacht beauty and high status.
Ferretti group member Riva just announced the unveiling of their newest model, the Riva 76 coupé. Literally just yesterday Riva unveiled what the new craft will look like and allowed the world to know that the first hull is already under construction to debut at marine shows Cannes Yachting Festival. The coupé styled yacht is a blend of sporty and style which shouldn't be surprising, it's a Riva! Despite her shape and lines which are sport oriented she is a sophisticated vessel even from just the external. However, the interior is where any sport ceases. The interior tends to reflect the idea of ‘simple complexity’, the interior décor of motor yacht Riva 76’ coupé is extremely refined and boasts original furnishing solutions, mixing up the brand’s traditional materials – wood, lacquered surfaces, leather, and stainless steels – with mirrored surfaces and marble. It is a stately affair. Plenty glazing is evident on the coupé too, from the main saloon to the master suite there is generous window offerings.
News is that the first Riva 100 'Corsaro' has been delivered to Asia which is where the customer is based. It is stated that they will officially hand over the yacht in April via a ceremony but the craft has been shipped to Asian waters already. Remember this yacht was launched last year in November and successfully completed its sea trials. Before renders of the yacht were available but the craft had a photoshoot before delivery and now some real photos of the Corsaro are available.
The Riva 56 model has been revealed ahead of time by the Italian manufacturer Riva at the BOOT Dusseldorf. The yacht is actually planned to be launched in late Spring by Riva but the design got an early showing to the public at the 2017 edition of the BOOT. 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 Super 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 years.
Italian brand Riva keeps diversifying its product offering to the world by creating new models. The latest addition to the Riva portfolio is the 110 Flybridge of which renders were made available this week. The design is done in-house at the Ferretti Group in collaboration with Officina Italiana. This next generation yacht is about maximizing the use of glass to give guests an open and clear interpretation and feel for their exterior environment.
The Riva 100 'Corsaro', have you heard of it? Maybe not! It is a new model from the famed Italian yacht manufacturer and they have only recently started releasing information on it. Meanwhile, quietly behind closed doors, the first hull in the line is under construction. That's right, the first unit is being built and has an owner as well! The owner hails from Asia and will have possession of their new model new yacht this year. In fact, Riva is expected to display this yacht at a Riva meeting in Monaco and then at the Cannes Yachting Festival, later this year.