An exclusive presentation of the Riva 122’ Mythos motor yacht SOL took place during the official opening of the new premises of the Yacht Club de Monaco, which was held in the lovely Monaco yacht holiday destination over the weekend. Measuring 37 meters in length, luxury motor yacht SOL represents the largest Riva ever built.
Superyacht SOL is the first yacht by Riva completely built in light aluminum alloy, as well as the largest yacht in the world ever produced by the historical Italian brand, an icon of the world yachting industry.
Riva’s new flagship, luxury yacht SOL represents an over 35 ton aluminum construction, of 37 meter overall length and 7.60 meter beam. About 100,000 man/hours have been required to build it, with 50 people working on average for 18 months. These few but very meaningful figures bear witness to how the Riva brand, which became globally known due to its legendary wooden motor yachts – symbols of the Dolce Vita and icons of truly unforgettable times – is now marking a new milestone in its history.
From mahogany to fiberglass, from fiberglass to aluminum, the Riva brand keeps evolving, in terms of both yacht size and applied technology, and can now boast one of the widest and diversified ranges worldwide, featuring as many as 12 different models between 27 and 122 feet, including open, coupé, and flybridge yachts.
“We are both proud and amazed – commented Alberto Galassi, Ferretti Group’s CEO – , every day I feel how important it is to meet the highly demanding task assigned to me by Weichai Shareholders to take care and re-launch this leading brand of the world boating industry. As an Owner of a Riva yacht myself, it is as if a new child or a new travel companion had joined our Riva family. A family which would well fit in a novel by Garcia Marquez: with a more than a century old history made up of a multitude of different lives and experiences, disseminated all over the world throughout all these years. Celebrating the new ‘Heir’ of this history, namely the 122’ Mythos – the brand’s flagship as well as its most futuristic product – is simply extraordinary. We believe that with everybody’s efforts within the Ferretti Group, we will succeed in taking this ‘newborn’ and the Riva brand as a whole to even higher goals, while getting stronger in all our loyal markets and penetrating new emerging ones. Indeed, while Riva is an icon of Made in Italy production, ingenious design, production excellence, and much appreciated style, from now on the 122’ Mythos will be its standard-bearer.”
CONCEPT & DESIGN
The 122’ super yacht SOL draws inspiration from the 86’ motor yacht Domino – a real long seller of Riva coupe yacht range – whose main stylistic features have been taken up and revamped on this almost 38 meter long yacht. The 122’ Mythos yacht is the outcome of the collaboration between yacht Designer Mauro Micheli – the founder, together with Sergio Beretta, of Officina Italiana Design (which designs Riva’s entire range), AYT&D – Advanced Yacht Technology & Design, Ferretti Group’s research, style and product development centre, and the Interior Design and Technical Department of CRN, which was in charge of the interior and naval project development. This flagship is a ‘100% Riva’ model, as confirmed by its clean lines, a painstaking care for details, the selection of traditional and yet ‘evergreen’ materials – like steel, wood and leather -, which give every Riva yacht a unique, timeless flair.
“Talking about a boat is always more difficult than designing it. The concept and lines of the 122’ were conceived in about 10 minutes; what really makes a difference and makes this model truly unique is the time devoted to defining its details. The 122’ Mythos stems from pure instinct – this is why I am convinced it will be successful for a long time, just like the Aquariva, the Rivarama and the Rivale, which are still being produced after so many years.” This was one of Designer Mauro Micheli’s first statements on the new flagship yacht. ”I saw it a few days ago in Ancona and I am increasingly sure of this. This is Riva’s flagship, which I believe to be absolutely worthy of being part of this great brand”.
The 122’ yacht SOL, with its stunningly balanced and refined outer lines and essential interiors, is presented in “Regal Silver” color, a brand new light gray hue, specially designed for this model to further highlight its dynamic and sleek profile. Some “Bright Black” superstructure details provide additional contrast to the yacht’s aesthetic presence, and contribute to its uniquely sleek and elegant style.
LAYOUT & DECOR
The first 122’ superyacht SOL features the optional 3-cabin version, specially requested by its Owner for its true luxury lies in its spaciousness and privacy. The standard version proposed by the shipyard has 4 cabins, and an additional optional layout with 5 cabins is also available.
The main materials used on this yacht include Canaletto walnut, in a light, softer shade – and specially selected by the Owner for all the yacht interiors – leather and chromium-plated steel, in line with Riva’s traditional style. Every detail is characterized by essential, clean lines, which result in a timeless, extremely natural and yet elegant style.
The large uninterrupted glazing, which runs along the entire main deck, offers a breathtaking panoramic view and lets in plenty of light into the day area, connected to the raised pilot station and to the forward galley.
The salon and the dining area have been conceived as an open space; the living area features 3 white leather sofas and 2 armchairs in a contrasting brown shade all signed by Cappellini. The 55″ TV, which can be completely concealed in the ceiling, is placed inside one of the two – starboard and port – lacquered and steel panels at the entrance to the salon when coming through the glass door from the cockpit.
The living area also features a large coffee table designed by OID and lined with dark brown leather, a carpet by Bottega Conticelli, and a couple of “Atollo” lamps by Oluce, also to be found in the Owner’s suite.
The dining area is furnished with a large steel and glass table with 10 dark brown leather Minotti chairs, in pleasant contrast with the steel and white lacquered details. At the end of the open space, a white niche with its top lighting hosts a walnut and lacquered cabinet. On both starboard and port sides there are two doors: the right door leads to the lobby with a head and the stairs leading below deck, while the left door opens into a spacious, comfortable full-beam galley, entirely furnished with white lacquered furniture and, considering the great number of electric appliances available, reflecting the Owner’s love for cooking and for practical solutions. Thanks to the dinette, featuring a table seating 5/6 people, and its great spaciousness, this area is very pleasant and can be enjoyed throughout the day. Walking further down, just before the crew quarters, there is a cold room, with some more household appliances and an additional technical area.
On this first Riva 122’ motor yacht SOL, the very practical layout is further enhanced by the Owner’s decision to have a spacious master stateroom and only two guest cabins. All three cabins are amidships, to ensure maximum comfort also when cruising, while the crew quarters – consisting of a captain’s cabin with en suite bathroom and discreet shower stall and two twin crew cabins, – are located forward.
The full-beam master stateroom is the typical expression of Riva’s unique ‘style’. It is furnished with square and sober, natural wood furniture with dark brown (“Africa”) leather and chromium-plated steel details. Opposite the bed, placed at the center of the cabin, a low rectangular unit hosts the 46” TV with concealing mechanism and several storage compartments. Under the side glazing are a small starboard living area with a couple of brown leather couches and a wooden coffee table in between, and a portside office area with vanity/large central desk lined with leather and low side cabinets. The wardrobes in alternating colors, which run along the walls in front of the bed on both sides of the cabin, are very capacious and functionally organized.
The master bathroom comes in a very original layout fully customized for the Owner, and divided into 4 different areas, with portside bathroom and separate toilet, two mid-ship washbasins in white Thassos marble (the same material used for the floors). Above the washbasins there is a steel and Corian container and a mirror with led lights from an overhead panel and two steel sconces by Flos at both sides. In two separate starboard areas, there are the shower stall and the sauna. Contrasting hues of bathroom furniture create an intriguing play with colors and light, where dark Laminam highly contrasts with some lighter details such as the bleach white sauna bench.
The VIP cabins, which mirror each other, one to starboard and one to port, have been furnished to match the style of the master stateroom, and are both fitted with a spacious bathroom and separate shower stall. The large side glazing ensures great brightness along the entire lower deck.
Outdoor areas and sundeck
The outdoor areas of Riva 122’ luxury yacht SOL are striking for their extraordinary elegance, spaciousness, and functional layout, and allow Owners and guests to enjoy cruising in the utmost comfort. The stern cockpit includes 2 large L-shaped sun pads, coffee tables and a teak and steel dining table with seating for up to 10 people. From the cockpit access can be gained to the aft swimming platform, which separates the two garage doors. The garage can fit a more than 5 meter tender and a jet-ski on the right-hand side. A special electrical-hydraulic platform has also been installed, allowing for safe diving into the sea from the aft platform and easily launching of the water toys.
A large portside cabinet in the cockpit is well equipped to cater for outdoor cooking and dining.
The upper deck can be accessed from the cockpit using an external staircase and has been designed to offer the Owner and his guests unmatched comfort. The first 122’ Mythos yacht features a large Spa Pool, sided by a comfortable aft sun pad and a bar unit to the bow. In front of the bar another spacious C-shaped aft-facing sofa. Steering from the forward flybridge offers perfect viewing of yacht operations that can also be followed from three side-by-side seats in front of it.
RIVA & CRN
The 122’ Mythos superyacht SOL is also the symbol of the long-standing partnership between two historical and iconic Ferretti Group brands: Riva, which in 2012 celebrated its 170th anniversary, and CRN – the Group’s shipyard specializing in the construction of fully-custom mega-yachts in steel and aluminum between 40 and 90 meters – which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year.
Through the 122’ Mythos yacht SOL, Riva and CRN, two leading players of the international boating industry, are breathing new life into their more-than-40-year old partnership dating back to 1970, when Carlo Riva decided to terminate his agreement with a Dutch shipyard and establish a partnership with CRN. A decision that proved to be successful and that between 1970 and 1978 led to the construction of six 23.50 meter motor yachts in the Marco Polo series and two Vespucci models (a 90 footer and a 100 footer) designed by Carlo Riva Yacht Division.
TECHNOLOGY & PERFORMANCE
The aluminum planning hull can reach top recorded speed of 28,5 and a cruising speed of 26 knots, thanks to two MTU 12 V 4000 M 93L, 3510 mhp engines. This is a high-tech planning yacht ensuring great comfort and top performance in its class.
The high-tech shaft drive propulsion system is fitted with an elastic free standing gearbox to ensure maximum comfort and noise and vibration reduction. Propellers have been designed for utmost efficiency and outstanding performance in terms of both consumption and range. Maximum comfort is also guaranteed by the American Boat Thruster stabilizing system.
122’ MYTHOS CERTIFIED ‘GREEN PLUS YACHT’ BY RINA
INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES FOR A CLEANER ENVIRONMENT
In the design of the new Riva flagship, maximum attention was given to environmental impact reduction: several construction solutions have been adopted for which RINA has issued the voluntary “Green Plus” Class Notation. Launched in October 2008, this new Class Notation takes into account several environmental impact issues, including Co2 emissions, for both commercial and pleasure vessels.
The “Green Plus” Class Notation is granted to all vessels for which significant investments have been made in new design solutions, on board outfits and equipment, and in the adoption of procedures, which, in addition to meeting minimum international standards, contribute to improving a vessel’s environmental protection performance.
Based on a scoring system rather than on compliance with mandatory requirements, the Green Plus Notification approach offers designers sufficient flexibility in deciding the most appropriate solutions to achieve maximum emission reduction.
The “Green Plus Yacht” certification actually assesses 12 different pollution sources – 6 for airborne and 6 for waterborne pollution – and identifies any technical, design or equipment solutions likely to prevent them. Each of these solutions is then scored and summed up in order to determine the vessel’s overall environmental impact, on which a different Green Plus Class will be assigned. This system is also encouraging research and the use of new ‘green’ technology: in order to obtain the certification, innovative solutions, in addition to those already listed in the classification rules, are assessed and scored by RINA’s experts.
On Riva 122’ Mythos yacht, in particular, the following construction solutions have been adopted: energy saving LED lighting; particular focus on waste handling procedure through solid waste source-sourcing and discharge of sewage (black and gray water), in compliance with an environmental protection plan; high-tech engines with low particulate matter and NOx emissions.
Below is a beautiful video presenting the Riva 122′ Mythos super yacht SOL, released by Riva Yachts.