Elegant, sporty looking, traditional but also innovative, in a nutshell these are the features the Riva 110’ Dolcevita clearly possesses while enjoying the status of flagship of this historical Italian shipyard’s GRP fleet.
In the course of the past few years Riva has worked closely with Officina Italiana Design studio their team work produced notable changes without forsaking aesthetical exclusive styling which has been distinguishing the brand for scores of years.
Riva can now be proud of offering a model for every niche segment; with the launching of this 50 metre. If in times gone Riva was famous for sporty, speed boats and exclusive runabouts, today the yard is offering a remarkably ample range which starts with small open boats in GRP like the 27’Iseo up to the above mentioned 50 metre built in steel and lightweight aluminium alloy which was recently presented in Venice.
Gruppo Ferretti which acquired Riva back in 2000 rightly deserves credit for this notable enterprise by providing much needed solidity in financial terms as well as ensuring continuity to Riva’s production by expanding further building capacity to La Spezia rather than exploiting only the historic head quarters of the yard in Sarnico. Today Riva brand is once again among the leading brands the world over. Albeit, Officina Italiana Design studio owned by Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta successfully drew up project design work for Bahamas Riva’s 58’ in 2001 which premiered at the International Boat Show in Genoa that same year maintaining the brand’s traditional family feeling in spite of the innovative design work involved.
All of this and more is offered on the Riva 110’ Dolcevita, with 34 metres of pure sporty elegance blended with stylistic and technical solutions which enhance the yacht’s dynamic looking silhouette. Cut glass and GRP lateral flaring catch your eye just as much as the bow exterior areas up along the fly-bridge which enhance a sense of continuity as they seem to flow into one another generating an “infinity deck” which translates into a surface area of 34 square metres. The fly-bridge is accessed via a steel and solid teak stairway, it sports three diverse zones. The stern one is more versatile than the other two, it can be furnished with free standing furniture. The second the middle one has a lounge area in which to taste drinks served by a corner wet bar cabinet which can double; as an informal dining spot and a second helm controls station which is shielded by an asymmetric innovative hardtop containing a tinted glass skylight, with polished stainless inserts.
The deck connects to another lounge area in which to relax toward the bow where a welcoming “C” shaped large sofa invites you to sit down or make the most of a sun pad or two. One of these lifts up to reveal space enough for a supplementary tender/service boat, or a Jacuzzi. Just like the term Dolcevita was coined at the end of the fifties to represent the swinging,carefree lifestyle of wealthy Roman youth at the time. Likewise Riva’s 110 Dolcevita wishes to recall and offer those carefree, mundane times and ‘clubby’ lifestyle which can be savoured best along the yacht’s main deck with cocktails and brilliant conversation in the comfortable saloon area inside. In fact both the saloon and dining area share a bright considerable open space area with a 2.30 metre headroom and floor to ceiling cut glass window like ports. Two panoramic terraces can be installed on each side of the dining area on request.
Further forward, a 32 square metre owner suite; one of the largest in the category sports a lobby/study area which separates it from the owner’s private living room. Below deck there’s comfortable accommodation for guests in four VIP cabins with bathrooms en suite. One of the four is furnished with twin beds and a foldaway bed which can be installed on request. This Riva 110’ Dolcevita offers an alternative layout where instead of four VIP cabins, a three cabin version with a 30 square metre VIP is also available. The crew’s quarters are situated in the bow area and they comprise three cabins, a mess room, dinette, galley and laundry room. Aft in the stern area a beach club featuring a submersible hatch opens out just inches above the water and can be immersed accordingly offering a variety of options as how to best enjoy surrounding waters.
The submersible hatch makes launching and recovering of the yacht’s tenders easy: a Williams 505 and a jet ski, or a Williams 565 and a jet ski.
A pair of MTU 16V 2000 M96L with an output of 2.638 HP x 2 translate into a top speed of 26 knots. Zero speed and underway stabiliser fins are offered as standard equipment while a Seakeeper Gyroscope stabiliser plant can be installed on request. Everything is monitored and controlled at the helm controls station thanks to an innovative Smart Bridge System, while a specific digital interactive manual specially developed by Ferretti Group facilitates all service/maintenance work on the yacht.
For further information www.riva-yacht.com
Text by Fabiano Maresca – Photos by Alberto Cocchi
The sea trial was pubblished in Superyacht 63 -- Autumn 2019