Tuesday, October 3

Riva Launches Sleek New 76 Perseo Super

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Riva just launched its sleek and glamorous new 76 Perseo Super at the Düsseldorf show in January, where it got a lot of attention, with at least one British magazine calling it “Europe’s coolest superboat.”

It’s easy to see why. Rivas have been the boats of choice for kings and movie stars ever since Pietro Riva, a local craftsman, started the yard on Lake d’Iseo in northern Italy in 1842 (think King Hussein, Prince Rainier, Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot and Sean Connery in the past; today, George Clooney keeps one at his home on Lake Como).

Riva won some awards when it first launched the 76 Perseo a few years ago, and the model has been popular on both sides of the Atlantic.

The new 76 Perseo is the latest iteration. It has Riva’s low profile, large sloping windshield, a slash of windows along the hull sides, and the rake of the transom repeats the rake of the bow. The boat seems to be moving forward even when it’s standing still.

Powered by twin 1,800-hp MANs, the new 76 Perseo Super has a top speed of 38 knots. The passengers will feel pampered at any speed. The fit and finish are opulent, and owners can choose interior schemes of light or dark lacquered oak paneling or lustrous rosewood. The interior has dark mahogany detailing with contrasting stainless steel.

The new Riva is a three-stateroom, three-head sport flybridge cruiser; it also has room for a crew cabin with its own head. The master stateroom is amidships with a dressing table. The VIP cabin is forward, and a twin -berth cabin is to starboard, with a lower lounge to port. A fourth cabin can take the place of the lower lounge if the owner wants another sleeping area.

The bow is a major social area, with a sun pad forward and then a protected seating area in the center. At the other end of the yacht, a teak swim platform leads up to the aft deck, with U-shaped seating and a table aft, and a bar or another sofa on the starboard side.

The salon has a luxurious L-shaped sofa with a table on the starboard side, aft of the two-person helm seat. More seating and the galley and dinette are to port. Up top, the single helm seat is centered, and it’s flanked by seats on both sides. Lounge seating is aft.

Riva is part of the Ferretti Group, and is sold by Allied Marine in the U.S.

LOA: 76’11”; Beam: 18’7”; Draft: 6’2”; Disp.: NA; Fuel: 1,479 gals.; Water: 221 gals.; Power: 2×1,800-hp MAN diesels. Read more at http://riva-yacht.com and see the video below:


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