Riva, part of the Ferretti Group, is thrilled to introduce its brand new 88’ Miami yacht project. The Riva 88′ Miami superyacht represents the spiritual successor of the Riva Bahamas – the first model entirely penned by Mauro Micheli, and the designer who is responsible for the entire Riva range today. He has taken inspiration from its exotic name to represent the new horizon of this iconic Italian brand of the boating industry worldwide.
Being a trailblazer to continuously set new trends and consistently dominate the market as a style icon worldwide, Riva is an undisputed myth of pop culture. Blending all these features perfectly is a unique talent in the luxury boating industry sector of which Riva has been practicing and evolving for 172 years.
The Riva 88′ Miami yacht project, which results from the close collaboration between Ferretti Group’s Product Strategy & Marketing Committee, Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta of Officina Italiana Design, and Advanced Yacht Technology & Design (AYT&D), the Group’s research, development, and style center, is a revolutionary yacht which perfectly blends an open and a coupé model into one single vessel, offering owners a range of solutions to enjoy their passion for the sea.
Motor yacht Riva 88’ Miami is – 26.70 m (87 ft. 7 in.) in overall length and 6.20 m (20 ft. 4 in.) full beam. The 88’ Miami is slated to have hull # 1 completed and launched by the end of 2014, with its official world première scheduled in the first months of 2015.
The 88’ Miami superyacht features a cutting-edge innovation with an exclusive Ferretti Group patent installed on this new project for the very first time. This innovative solution provides top-of-the-range elegance and design, perfectly matched with the utmost safety and user-friendly capabilities.
The hull of the first 88’ Miami yacht will be presented in Regal Silver, a light shade of grey which has been used for the first time this year on Riva’s flagship, the 122’ superyacht Mythos. This color further enhances the slender lines of the new model, creating a contrast with the Titanium Grey of the large continuous glazing on the hull, and the dark grey of the wide windshield and the roll bar on the main deck, that uniquely characterizes the innovative design of the entire external profile.
“It is a demanding task to create further added value and design innovative concepts for an iconic brand like Riva, since any new model must be synonymous for the utmost excellence, absolute luxury, and unique style, all blended into the symbol of the Made in Italy boating industry worldwide”, states Ferruccio Rossi, Ferretti Group’s CEO. “Precisely for this reason, it is a very exciting challenge for the whole team. We are proud to affirm that 2014 will be another year, which will go down in the history of Riva. After the launch of the new flagship 122’ Mythos, the first model by Riva made in aluminum, we present this revolutionary project, which further improves the offer of the brand in an extremely strategic market segment, between 80 and 90 feet. We will put on the market a product which, thanks to its innovative individualities, will be able to raise the attention and the interest of many new lovers of the brand Riva worldwide”, added Rossi.
“The idea of the convertible hard top is a relevant success both from a technical and a stylistic point of view”, stated Riva designer Mauro Micheli. “Thanks to the collaboration with AYT&D, the hard top has turned into an invisible element from the side, which can display its major function covering the outer living area. This system results from the match between the technical development of materials and movement and the stylistic research for and element which can enhance the personality of this yacht”, added Micheli.
“The Riva Bahamas was the first yacht I imagined and designed on my own. It is a yacht from the 90s, which is still appreciated today. I like to consider the Riva 88’ Miami as the new Bahamas. I decided to use some of the vintage materials of the 80s; wood in particular especially for the interiors. I chose peach skin elm wood to convey a soft and cozy feeling”, added Micheli.
The Convertible Top patented system Convertible Top is the name of the innovative system designed and developed by AYT&D in collaboration with the technical partners of the Ferretti Group Besenzoni Spa and Centro Stile Srl. It is an exclusive patent of the Group, used for the first time on Riva 88’ Miami yacht, which turns this model into a multifunctional yacht, “convertible” because it can be transformed into an open or a coupé with one single and easy movement. The convertible top offers three different functions into one single system, due to the function that handles the aerodynamic hard top into three different positions.
This option is made possible by the design of the hard top itself, aerodynamic and elegant at the same time. Enhanced by wood aesthetic elements, the top is perfectly integrated into the shape of the deckhouse covering the forward dinette when the yacht is in the open mode, along with the windshield and roll bar profile, to which it is hooked up when the yacht is in the coupé mode. An electro-hydraulic pantograph driving two pairs of arms, one pair for each wall, hooked to the top itself, ensures the hard top movement. A built-in cover in the deckhouse, leaving the unique Riva design unchanged when the new model is in the open mode and the hard top is put back in the dedicated storage, hides the arms and the mechanism. Furthermore, in the coupé mode, once the hard top has been hooked to the windshield and the roll bar covering the cockpit, the two pairs of mechanical arms can be detached and put back in the lockers. For a complete closure of the cockpit, at the level of the helm station, the side openings can be closed completely by transparent shadow makers.
Beside these two functions, a third intermediate one can be used when the yacht is anchored or moored. The hard top, once it has been hooked to the mechanical arms, turns into a hard Bimini top, of approximately 12 sqm., covering the fore dinette and offering wide shading for the utmost sun protection of the guests.
The convertible top can assure the perfect reliability in the two main positions even when the 88’ Miami yacht cruises at its maximum speed, and with any weather condition. This is possible due to the fact that the hard top, in both modes, is tightly hooked to the deckhouse or to the windshield and roll bar by two pairs of latches, which can be handled by a electro-hydraulic mechanism and is designed for this specific locking function.
The new luxury yacht Riva 88’ Miami at the extreme bow, just behind the technical area of the anchoring systems, features an area fitted with two sun pads, in addition to the dinette with a large C-shaped sofa.
A wide layered glass windshield protects the front and the sides of the helm station and the wide cockpit, with a single central glazing component, completed by two circular side glazing areas within a polished stainless steel framework. This area is further enhanced by the large varnished steel roll bar, towering the central part of the cockpit from one wall to the other, connected to the sides of the windshield by two steel supports. The technical devices are installed on the roll bar.
The layout of the engine and of the system room has been completely renewed, to support a new organization of the stern area, for the handling system of tender and jet ski. New design solutions, offer more opportunities for leisure activities and, at the same time, making tender and water toy launching maneuvers easier.
Once the hatch has been lifted, a large garage, only 20 cm (2.36 in.) above the sea surface, can house a tender of approximately 4 mt (13.10 ft) and upon request, the shipyard supplies a Williams 385 with a jet ski to the side. Launching a haulage are extremely easy, since the central part of the aft bathing platform can be lowered 1 meter (3.28 ft) under the sea surface, slightly separating from the yacht due to a pantograph movement. The lifting and lowering of tender and jet ski are made even easier by two stainless steel slides driving the handling.
Built-in stairs, to the sides of the hatch, allow one to gain access to the cockpit, which can be reached from the dock through a foldable gangway starboard side, fitted with a wide sun pad to the stern and a sofa facing the cruising direction and looking onto a wide area which can be furnished with free-standing elements. Two large storage cabinets are located on both sides of the cockpit, delimiting this area from the side wall walkways. Opening the port side cabinet, one can access the under deck crew area, fitted with a galley and dinette, separate day head, twin berth cabin and a second service cabin, with separated washing machine/drier upon request, and a third foldable bed for the third member of the crew can be fitted.
The central area of the cockpit is furnished with a wide dining and living area: the perfect ambiance to sip a drink, enjoy lunch or dinner staring at the sky and stars, or from the protection of the hard top.
A linear sofa starboard side is located in front of the dining area, fitted with a second L-shaped sofa close to the table.
Four free-standing foldable chairs complete the furnishing of this area, allowing to host up to eight guests comfortably seated. The large central helm station, featuring a three-seat driving position, is fitted with a chaise-longue to the aft left, the ideal continuation of the sofa where one can relax without losing any of the cruising thrill.
The interior deck layout of Riva 88’ Miami yacht features four cabins and four en-suite heads. A salon also displaying the function of a covered dinette characterizes this area. The style of interior decorations can be defined as vintage, reinterpreted in a more contemporary mood, a style concept which has inspired the choices by Officina Italiana Design, of the designers and of the architects of the Ferretti Group, aiming at recalling on the new project many elements of other successful models by Riva, in particular those of the 80s and 90s.
On the 88’ Miami yacht this feeling is perfectly conveyed through a careful choice of the materials and colors used. Wood, steel, leather and lacquered inserts are the materials that have been selected for on-board decorations. A warm and sophisticated elm wood has been chosen with the new peach skin finishing, an innovative treatment providing the wood a fabric-like feeling to the touch. Many Foglizzo leather inserts are wisely matched to the wood, with warm shades of honey and wheat. The decoration is completed by several white and blue lacquered and stainless steel elements. In particular, the choice of Blue Majestic, a very dark shade of blue, used for many interior and external details like the dashboard of the helm station, highlights the renewed classic style characterizing the decorations of the 88’ Miami superyacht. All ceilings are white, with built-in LED beams to light up the different areas.
From the stairs to the right of the helm station it is possible to access the dinette with an elegant handrail featuring stainless steel horizontal bars and struts, leaving an open view of the area. The open space is furnished with an Lshape sofa to the right with a coffee table, while the galley is located on the port side wall, featuring state-of-theart appliances on three sides and open towards the dinette. An elegant and useful table completes the furnishing, together with two high fixed stools. The TV station is located to portside.
The master suite is located amidships towards the stern, in the utmost privacy. Three steps with steel edges and a second elegant handrail with steel horizontal bars and struts, leaving an open view of the bed and of the wide port side glazing, lead to the cabin. The full-beam master suite is well lit, offers spectacular views of the ocean and is well soundproofed. The bed, lengthwise fitted, has a double walk-in wardrobe in front, divided into desk and vanity area, towered by a TV screen. The decor is completed by lacquered blue doors of the under bed storage and of the wardrobes, all featuring the peach skin elm wood. The head is located along the starboard side of the cabin, featuring a separated shower, a central area with sink, and an area with bathroom fixtures.
Going towards the bow, after the living area, there is a central lobby giving access to the other areas for the guests. Port side there is a very wide double cabin, similar to a VIP cabin in terms of volume and furnishing, with private head and separated shower. The second guest cabin with twin beds is located starboard, with dedicated head and round shower, closed by plexi-glass doors. This is also the day head, which can be accessed through a second door amidships, on the lobby. At the extreme bow, lit up by a doubled wall glazing, there is the VIP double cabin, with double walk-in wardrobe, private head and separated shower.
ENGINES AND PERFORMANCE
This new project by Riva features excellent performance, with a choice opportunity of the engines by MTU. As the standard version, 88’ Miami yacht is fitted with two MTU 16V 2000 M93, 2435 mhp, which allow reaching a maximum speed of 38.5 and a cruising speed of 34 knots, with a range of 315 and 340 nautical miles, respectively. As an alternative option, as in the case of hull number 1, 88’ Miami, can be fitted with two MTU 16V 2000 M94, 2638 mhp. This new project by Riva, with these engines, can reach a maximum speed of 40.5 knots and a cruising speed of 36 knots, with a range of 300 and 325 nautical miles, respectively(preliminary data).
Below is a video presenting the new Riva 88′ Miami yacht project, released by Riva Yacht:
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