If you want to go cruising in style, iconic Italian style, take a look at the new Riva 76 Bahamas, which just made its U.S. debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. It’s a combination of high-tech, legendary Riva styling and massive power – plus what the company calls “shark grey” paint with “bright black” detailing – that will turn heads in harbors from the Med to Miami. The new Riva also has a very cool carbon-fiber convertible top that transforms the three-cabin (plus crew), four-head beauty from an open boat to a coupe, all in 90 seconds.
“The new convertible epitomizes the synergy between excellence in yacht design and excellence in naval engineering,” said Alberto Galassi, CEO of the Ferretti Group, Riva’s parent company. The new Riva, he said, uses cutting-edge technology “and cruises like a dream.”
Powered by twin 1,550-hp MAN diesels, the new Riva cruises at 28 knots and tops out at 32 knots. If that’s not fast enough, you can opt for twin 1,800 MANs to cruise at 32 knots and top out at 37 knots.
Either way, the wind will definitely blow in your hair with the convertible top down. If the weather changes, push a button and raise Riva’s patented C-Top, made of carbon fiber. It lifts up from the forward cowling on two carbon fiber struts on each side and hooks into the double-curved, raked windshield with accents of polished stainless steel. Meanwhile, with the top raised, an extra seating and dining area opens up where it used to be. Neat.
True to its heritage, the Riva exudes luxury from stem to stern, with sunpads and lounges forward and aft. Below, the full-beam master has a forward-facing double bed and en suite head that is divided in to three separate areas – the sink, the shower and the toilet. The galley is down, as in an extra lounging area with an L-shaped sofa.
Specs.: LOA: 76’3”; Beam: 18’10”; Draft: 6’6”; Disp.: 115,302 lbs.; Fuel: 1,479 gals.; Water: 222 gals.; Power: 2×1,550-hp MAN V12 diesels.