Superyacht Riva 50 Race, infinity charm

Created by Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta of Officina Italiana Design, this pleasure boat is fifty metres long and 8.7 wide. With two engines developing 1,360 horsepower each, the yacht has a top speed of 15.5 knots

by Claudia Giulia Ferrauto – photo by Alberto Cocchi

ELEGANT, WELCOMING, MODERN AND LIGHT, RACE IS THE FIRST IN THE RIVA YARD’S SUPERYACHT LINE. It touches fifty metres in length, with a maximum beam of 8.70 metres. With a displacement hull in steel and aluminium, it is laid out across three decks. The Riva 50 is the new flagship of the brand, and is an important milestone in naval architecture for the Riva Superyacht Division which has handled its development together with the Ferretti Group product strategy committee and Officina Italiana Design, which has designed the exteriors and interiors according to the owner’s wishes.

Riva is starting out on a new range, which as always features great attention to aesthetic details and, especially, to comfort, safety when under way, technological features and respect for the environment. The boat’s interesting technological specifications include the combination of hydrodynamic capacity and solidity. Powered by two diesel MTU 8V 4000 M63s, each turning out 1,360 horsepower, it touches 15.5 knots at full speed, and at a cruising speed of eleven knots it boasts a range of 3,500 nautical miles.

Riva 50 Race

The I-Bridge dashboard, with multi-control and 38” full HD stretched display, is by Team Italia. Navigation is made easier by two integrated side flaps and by the exclusive EMAS (Electronic Moving Assistant System), which processes the data from the 3D sensors and makes maneuvering the yacht easier

Amongst the certifications that confirm this excellent design concept, Riva 50 can claim to have two RINA certifications, Green Plus and Comfort Class, and also classification as first class with the MCA and Lloyd’s Register. The streamlined bow, details such as the aquamarine waterline, the mahogany finished with chromium-plated steel edges and a balanced (but never brash) elegance echo that unmistakeable, timeless classic taste that has created the iconography of the historic Riva brand. The yacht’s name, Race, some of the style details and the use of especially light and resilient materials such as Nomex, which is used both in the furnishing and in the ceilings – and is also used in Formula 1 – make it easy to guess what type of owner it has.

The strategic choice of light materials and the use of freestanding furniture to modify external areas according to need have meant that weight can be optimised and fuel consumption figures improved. The relationship between internal and external areas is very balanced and harmonious. In choosing the interior finishes we found that there was a nice mix between refined materials and a contemporary, and yet timeless, design: there are marble floors, mahogany trimmings, leather is used on the walls, and there is a fully-customised LED lighting system that can be used modularly thanks to the Lutron on-board automated system.

Riva 50 Race

On the main deck in the area going aft, there is a first cockpit area for guests which anticipates the large internal open space which precedes the dining area. Interiors and exteriors are in continual dialogue with one another thanks to an access door that can be completely opened, framing both areas. From the cockpit on the main deck you get a nearly 360-degree view of the sea thanks to the two gangways that go along the sides of the main deck, one of which is directly linked by a staircase to the bow deck on the starboard side. The main deck has a classic set-up and the rhythm of the distribution is well balanced: the entrance area to the guest section is split between the lounge and the dining room, and is followed by a service area and an anteroom, leading to the section at the bow where the owner’s suite is located. At the entrance to the owner’s private area there is a study that opens onto two different rooms: a private lounge with a bathroom and the owner’s bedroom with a side study area and a wardrobe area.

The distribution of the exterior spaces on the upper deck, where we arrived after following the starboard gangway that starts on the main deck, features a large relaxation area with sofas with breathtaking 360-degree views, and immediately alongside it a very large sunbathing area under which is the second garage housing the emergency tender and some water toys. Further forward, right in the bows, there is the area with the jet-ski; this can be launched and recovered using the crane stored in the garage. Still on the upper deck, but going aft, we find an external cockpit area with sofas and fully-customised armchairs and then an open-air dining area that can be closed off at the sides using two electrically-operated windscreens. The interior areas on this bridge provide a first living area in direct contact with the exterior cockpit that is followed by, going forward, the hallway that leads to the control room, which is connected to the captain’s cabin to starboard.

Either side of the bridge there are the flying bridges that hold the comfortable side seats the owner asked for to be able to enjoy mooring manoeuvres from a privileged viewpoint. Going up to the top floor, we reach the sun deck which is essentially a large sea terrace covering 120 square metres, of which nearly ninety are covered by a hard top. It has sun loungers, a Jacuzzi, a large dining area with a barbecue and a sofa area complete with pop-up tv.

The guest area is located amidships on the lower deck. It has four cabins, of which three are double and one is a twin room, all of them equipped with large windows that give a direct, visual contact with the sea. All of the cabins feature some iconic details with customised Riva handles, leather and mahogany finishes and televisions concealed in mirrored totems with lacquered rears. Going forward there is the crew area, which has cabins, a dinette, galley and a service area with the cold room and storage area. On a lower level still, you find the on-board equipment and the technical rooms reserved for the crew, like the perfectly-fitted out laundry with two washing machines, two driers and an ironing board. Still at this level, but going aft, we find a beach area and the engine room, which can be accessed by both guests and crew, but through different entrances.

Riva 50 Race

The extensive beach club is fitted with two large doors, one to stern and one to starboard, which can be taken down completely to become balconies to sunbathe above the water – they have two easy-to-use, carbon fibre bathing steps. This area is fitted out with furnishings that are in line with the rest of the yacht and, thanks to its large size, the beach area can also be used as a garage for a Williams Dieseljet 625 tender, which is launched and recovered from the starboard side. Embracing the new without betraying the style that has made it a famous name around the world is a challenge that the Riva yard has taken on and interpreted, functionally and brilliantly.

Engine room
The first unit of the Riva 50 is powered with two MTU 8V 4000 M63 engines with an outlet mechanical power of 1,000 kW at a rotational speed of 1800/min. With in-line propulsion, the hull reaches a maximum speed of 15.5 knots and has a range of 3,500 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 11 knots.

Riva – Ferretti Group 

PROJECT: Riva Superyachts Division (naval architecture) • Officina Italiana Design (exteriors and interiors)

HULL: LOA 49.9m • Maximum beam 8.70m • Draft at full load 2.63m • Hull made of steel • Superstructure made of alluminium • Displacement hull with a bulb forward • GT 499 GRT • Full load displacement 514.95 t • Fuel tank volume 55,000 l • Water tank volume 13,000 l • Grey water tank volume 7,000 l • Guest cabins 5 (4 guess + 1 owner suite) for a maximum of 10 guests • Crew and Captain cabins 5 (4 on the lower deck + 1 on the upper deck close to the dashboard) for 9 crew members

MAIN PROPULSION: 2 x MTU 8V 4000 M63 of 1.000 kW at 1.800 rpm • Generators: 2 x Zenoro 127 ekW @ 50Hz • Stabilizers 2 fins zero speed • Maximum speed 15.5 knots • Cruising speed 14 knots • Range of 3,500nm at a cruising speed of 11 knots

CLASSIFICATION: Lloyd’s Register of Shipping LR ✠ 100 – A1 – SSC – Yacht, MONO, G6, [✠] LMC; Rina Green Plus (Y) LY3 Statement of compliance

(Superyacht Riva 50 Race, infinity charm – – May 2020)