Close to perfection… down to the finest details
Yacht Class n°5 (June-july-august 2016)
Ferretti Group - Riva
Following the success of the Domino 86’ launched in 2009, Riva introduced at the end of 2015 her evolution, the 88’ Domino Super. Changes and improvements are numerous against the backdrop of a high level of finishing. Undisputably, the prestige of the brand is still well entrenched.
Text : Franck Van Espen - Photos : Alberto Cocchi
A Riva is undoubtedly like no other boat. Similar to Rolls Royce or Bentley in the automotive sector, Riva offers to sail differently in a luxury and refined universe. This starts with the outward appearance and the design of the yacht, with her beautiful glossy metallic lacquer, called "London Grey", especially conceived to dress Rivas. Thick and resistant, this colour subtly blends with the transparent black panels running along the hull and replacing the small portholes of the 86'. Slightly more difficult to implement, this new feature has many advantages: more natural light on board, a reduced feeling of confinement and a largest sea view. At first sight, the difference with the 86' is not obvious, but a small logo with this new name reminds us that we are on her upgrade. The sale of 26 yachts of the previous models allowed the shipyard to study the captains and clients many feedbacks to improve this new version, both regarding comfort or technical specifications. Thus, part of the bathing platform, in the garage, lowers into the water to facilitate the launch and hauling of both the 3,80m tender and the jetski.
The location of some equipment was modified to facilitate access to two large MTU V12, 2 638 hp engines. Immaculate, the place displays a meticulous electrical installation, and to optimize the habitable volumes of the hull, the engines have a V-drive transmission. As usual on Riva, a massive soundproofing work was carried out on this space. It can be reached either by a hatch, located in the middle of the cockpit, or by a watertight door in the adjoining crew area designed to accommodate two persons. A discreet entrance is located in the cockpit, in front of the mini-kitchen endowed with a sink and an ice-maker, and perfectly fits in the hull structure.
In this universe, everything was intended to be beautiful and comfortable, be it the soft curves of the furniture or the selected materials. As in the 86', the Riva 88' is based on Ferretti's concept of the bay windows rising up towards the flybridge, to allow the indoor saloon occupants to converse with the ones around the outdoor table. Interestingly, the support of the latter is large enough to store foldable chairs that can accommodate 6 additional guests. A sign of refinement, the center of this table features an inlaid stainless steel Riva logo. Aft, a slightly elevated couch enable to make the best out of navigation, and can even become a solarium with an extra cushion on its center. As an option, to facilitate maneuvering, a small third helm station can be fitted near the staircase leading to the fly. The latter also underwent a substantial transformation, and the outdoor pilot station was moved from the front to the centre. If the aft sun pad remains untouched, the sundeck now offers a large sofa running along the perfectly profiled bow but no protection against the wind. No doubt that this type of accessory was hard to combine with the elegant and sophisticated curves of the boat. A third living area is also particularly appreciated at anchor: the foredeck. Endowed with a immense sun pad and a bench with a table for lunch, it offers a 180-degree sea view. And when the sun is too intense, an electrically bimini can be deployed to protect the passengers. The main saloon also underwent a full remodeling. With its helm station slightly offset to starboard and its windscreen with only one central support, priority was given to the view and to an open plan with first a lounge and three sofas and then a dining area. With its white lacquered ceiling and indirect LED lighting, but also thanks to its partitions covered in smart oak and the stainless steel and leather furniture, the decoration reflects a refined but discreet luxury. The helm monitors are concealed from the saloon by a TV screen, that can be electrically oriented towards the passengers. The staircase leading to the kitchen is independent of the one to the four double cabins.
The originality of the full-beam master is its bed slightly set off of the portside wall to give enough room on the other side for Madame's wardrobe and dressing table. In phase with this spirit of luxury, the blinds are electrical. The walking-in closet is fautless, so is the bathroom with its two "Capannoli" washbasins integrated in a Corian plan and its beautiful shower nturally/ with of course an incredible sea view. The VIP in the forepeak enjoys a double wardrobe. With their large bathroom, their independent shower room but also their high level of finishing, the two guest cabins are also extremely comfortable. The owner can either opt for a queen or two single beds. But the value of a Riva also expresses itself during navigation. The freshness of the morning combined to a light easterly force 3 breeze led us to accompany the pilot to the main station. Even with the bay window open, the engines start is barely audible. Fortunatly, the monitors were there to tell us that they are already running at 500 rounds per minute, in slow motion. Engaging the forward gear is not too rough but the tremendous engine torque is perceptible at the slightest throttle input. This modele is fitted with the most powerful engine, perfect to fully enjoy the sporty character of the boat. Every hundred revolutions count and represent a rapid progression without any lift-off phase. In less than 20 seconds, the yacht reaches 31 knots, operating at 2000 rpm with a consumption of 720 l per hour. Besides some stray squeaks, caused by the frontal impacts with 80 cm-high waves, the great tranquility on board even makes it possible to hold a conversation without raising the voice. Same goes when the yacht is pushed to her limits, and reaches her maximum speed of 38.6 knots, without the slightest vibration. In the cockpit, the impressive wake and aerodynamic disturbances created by movements make the speed obvious. On the flybridge, this feeling is even stronger, and it will be more difficult to stay there at this speed.
With her distinctive aesthetic and her very high level of finishing, a Riva is always an extraordinary unit, different from everything else on the market. Sailing aboard this jewel remains unfortunately a privilege that comes at a high price. But we all know the saying: when one loves, one does not keep count.
- Overall length : 26,84 m
- Max beam : 6,29 m
- Draft : 1,82 m
- Fuel : 7 500 l
- Water : 990 l
- Weight lège : 64,5 t
- Engine : 2 x MTU 16V2000 M94
- Power : 2 x 2 638 ch (1 790 kW)
- Max speed : 38 knots
- Cruising speed : 34 knots
- Cruising range: 330 milles
- Price : 5 988 000 € HT
- Navals architects : Mauro Micheli & Sergio Beretta
- Exteriors designers : Mauro Micheli & Sergio Beretta
- Interior designer : Mauro Micheli
- Builder : Ferretti Group (La Spezia-Italie)
- Importer : Monaco Boat Service (Monaco)