This well-known Italian marque builds very completely different boats to those that made its identify however does this £3 million 70ft Riva 68 Diable nonetheless have the identical outdated magic?
Few designers should really feel a heavier weight of expectation as they put pen to paper than these within the workforce at Officina Italiana Design who’ve been drawing Rivas for the final 27 years. Think about having that historical past, that fame for innate magnificence and that iconic identify weighing down closely on the tip of your pencil.
That’s a technique of taking a look at it, the opposite is that Riva has come such a good distance since these seductively varnished mahogany craft granted the model its legendary standing.
Sure, the identify units a sure customary however the design workforce additionally has carte blanche to create one thing particular and to not fear (an excessive amount of) about the price. Practicality be damned, simply make it stunning.
On this regard it’s mission completed so far as the Riva 68 Diable (French for “satan”) is anxious; it’s completely attractive (and simply shy of £3 million in base spec). Fairly sufficient to make you cease in your tracks and drink it in from elegant stem to seductively sloping stern.
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With its distinctive mixture of artwork and design, of engineering and aesthetics, synonymous with the Italian shipyard Riva, the 56
Neglect your vertical bows and slab-sided topsides, this can be a boat that appears proper as a result of it’s designed to look good above anything, and the inside can simply match into the house that’s left, reasonably than the opposite approach round.
So achingly candy are its proportions that it’s laborious to consider that its LOA is simply a few ft wanting 70ft and it weighs in at almost 40 tonnes.
You get drunk on the small print, huge and small. The carbon fibre roof is a standout piece of design, its ahead mullions diving inboard of the fiercely raked windscreen showing to hover over the deeply sunken cockpit seating.
It’s beautiful the way in which the one-piece and gently curved windscreen peels into the hardtop, which then splits right into a pair of slender struts that plunge all the way down to deck stage. It’s all simply attractive and no expense has been spared to make sure that there isn’t a line misplaced.
Our take a look at boat was completed in ‘shark gray’ however inside this avantgarde color scheme there are nods to the boat’s predecessors, most notably the varnished mahogany spines that emerge from the boat’s hindquarters, as if an unique Aquarama is hiding beneath the pores and skin.
Get nearer and the boat’s dimension turns into extra obvious; the profile could also be glossy however there’s a beneficiant freeboard and deep facet decks with tall toe rails and subtly built-in guard rails from bow to stern.
You’re feeling as if you’re sitting within the foredeck seating reasonably than perching precariously on prime of it and the mixture of solar pad and couch creates welcome outside residing house on a 70-footer that doesn’t boast a flybridge (although there may be an equally arresting sportsbridge model based mostly on the identical blueprint).
No expense has been spared to make sure there isn’t a line misplaced
The principle deck association is comparatively easy in its geometry however this solely serves to spotlight the concentrate on supplies and match and end. The cockpit is a pageant of polished stainless-steel and mahogany so flawlessly shiny it nonetheless appears moist.
Two monumental L-shaped sofas dominate amidships with the choice between them to have both a desk to port and a moveable squab to make use of as a seat or espresso desk or to have an equivalent desk on the starboard facet.
The usual association appears like the higher use of house and means company don’t need to squeeze behind a desk if they only need to sit down and loosen up.
Set right into a unit aft of the navigator seat there’s a 49in water resistant, anti-glare TV that rises up on the press of a swap, good if you wish to watch a movie on a balmy night and don’t need to be on the decrease deck.
Elevate the roof
It’s this space that’s greatest protected by the laborious prime, although there’s a glass sunroof overhead that pulls pure mild into the house. It doesn’t slide however as a substitute tilts open on a two-way pivot to permit the breeze to funnel in fore or aft.
In fact the primary deck is so open it issues not how a lot air flow the sunroof can present. It’s a stunning mechanism, although.
Aft, there’s a pair of moist bars with the same old sink/grill/fridge or ice maker mixture and an aft bench related to the four-person solar pad, which lifts to disclose a young storage massive sufficient for a Williams SportJet 345 and a few Seabobs. On the contact of a button a sunshade emerges from the laborious prime to supply some shelter over the aft solar pad.
The hydraulic bathing platform is one thing to behold. In what’s now a well-recognized Ferretti Group trait, the platform slides down the angled transom revealing steps because it goes which might be clad in thick teak and constructed into the hull, creating two well-protected stairways that lead into the water. Even this useful gadget carries out its duties with huge dollops of panache.
Engine choices have been saved fairly easy on the Riva 68 Diable. There are simply two they usually each use twin 24-litre MAN V12 diesel blocks with both 1,550hp or 1,650hp. I don’t envisage many leaving Lake Iseo with the smaller ones.
I strive to not arrive for a take a look at with expectations lodged in my thoughts however I need to admit that in driving my first Riva in 14 years of testing boats for MBY there was a part of me that wished the expertise to dwell as much as the hype.
It shares many main parts with different boats within the sector from engines to gearboxes, throttles to electronics, how completely different may it presumably really feel? It didn’t disappoint. Riva goes to nice lengths to ensure that the components of the boat you see and use recurrently feel and look particular, and the steering wheel is a very good instance.
The design is easy however it appears fabulous and the delicate leather-based and polished stainless-steel are splendidly tactile and weighty, setting the tone for the muscular efficiency that’s to return.
The helm seats (outrageously snug and adorned with fake straps and buckles, which makes them look oddly like posh baggage) are a little bit too far-off from the dashboard so it feels pure to face earlier than the carbon fibre-clad helm.
The sprint rises in tiers with throttles, thruster (bow and stern) sticks and Humphree trim controls closest to the wheel, twin Simrad MFDs on the prime and a horizontal strip of fantastically rendered digital engine dials by Boning.
This display isn’t interactive, that’s what the Simrads are for, however it’s a stunning approach to make sure that engine info is at all times on show.
In a world shifting in direction of pod drives and away from all-out efficiency the Riva 68 Diable is a two-fingered salute in a silk glove. Energy is gigantic so even a delicate shove of the ZF throttles provokes a barrel-chested rumble as 3,300 horses draw the boat on to the aircraft and as much as a laughably snug prime velocity of 38.7 knots.
It’s secure to say that 40 knots wouldn’t be out of attain in the correct circumstances and at a 30-knot cruise the Riva 68 Diable isn’t even attempting. The steering is Ferretti Group’s hydraulic fly-by-wire system, which returns the wheel to centre in the identical approach a automotive’s steering does and adjusts the lock restrict relying on boat velocity.
It takes some getting used to however it feels improbable at velocity, holding the boat comfortably on the straight and slender when cruising however coming alive in case you select to throw it round a bit.
And the entire time you’re acutely conscious that you’re driving one thing that appears so particular (in case you aren’t, the swivelling heads and Meerkat-like dance of smartphones will remind you).
You possibly can’t presumably threat spooning one thing this glamorous into the quayside and shattering the phantasm of cool however fortunately there are a slew of driver aids to make berthing simpler.
Hydraulic bow and stern thrusters are a begin however the Xenta joystick provides the precision of IPS by combining mentioned thrusters and the engines. It even has the same perform that holds the boat in place utilizing GPS in case you’re busy elsewhere.
Under decks the format isn’t what you’d describe as revolutionary however the end is beautiful. But extra luxurious woodwork and leather-based in a decrease saloon that’s crisp and clear with a easy L-shaped seating space reverse a well-designed galley that’s so neatly built-in it’s nearly invisible.
The VIP double is ahead of the saloon with its personal ensuite and there’s a visitor twin aft that has use of the day heads on the alternative facet of the boat. The proprietor’s cabin is a suitably plush full-beam affair that has its ensuite organized down the port facet with a centrally positioned sink that’s flanked by separate bathe and bathroom cubicles.
It’s an inside that isn’t garish or exuberant however is easy in its execution and a beautiful place to be.
Worth as reviewed:
£2,390,000.00 ex. VAT
Easy. There’s a phrase to explain this Riva. Its presence, its type, its efficiency, its dealing with, its potential to outshine yachts of many occasions its dimension and value – it does all of it with ease. It’s true that this well-known yard’s present vary is a good distance from its roots today however the intoxicating Riva essence ripples by way of all of them and it’s particularly current on this fantastic, costly, madly stunning sportscruiser.
LOA: 67ft 10in (20.7m)
Beam: 17ft 4in (5.29m)
Draught: 5ft 10in (1.78m)
Displacement: 37 tonnes (mild)
Gasoline capability: 3,800 litres
Water capability: 600 litres
Take a look at engines: Twin 1,650hp MAN V12 24.3-litre diesel
Prime velocity on take a look at: 38.7 knots
Cruising vary: 274 miles @ 20 knots / 320nm @ 12.4 knots
Gasoline consumption: 233lph @ 20 knots / 118lph @ 12.4 knots
Noise: 76dB(A) @ 20 knots / 73dB(A) @ 12.4 knots
RCD class: A for 16 folks
Design: Officina Italiana Design & Ferretti Group