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Brokerage boat of the month: A modern take on an iconic Italian flybridge design

1 March 2024 • Written by Nick Jeffery

Each month we place a spotlight on one of the best-designed brokerage boats that have joined the market, changed agents or had a significant price drop in the past month. For February, the 29-metre Riva Argo 90 Zuma is our Brokerage Boat of the Month.

Designed in Italy by Officina Italiana Design and Ferretti Engineering Department, she was built of GRP by the renowned Italian builder Riva and delivered in 2022. Lying in Fort Lauderdale, USA, Zuma is offered at $7,950,000 with joint central agents, Thibault Roi of Burgess and Brandon Kummer of Kitson Yachts. 

Early sketch of Riva Argo 90 profile by Officina Italiana Design

BOAT's brokerage editor says:

"Zuma's profile represents the epitome of Italian design, which is evident throughout the yacht in every detail. Whether visible or hidden, each aspect of the Argo 90's design and engineering is something to be admired and enjoyed. Charles Eames' quote 'The details are not the details. The details make the design'  applies to Officina Italiana Design and Ferretti Engineering Department's work on this Argo 90."

The brokers say:

"Sleek, stylish and powerful perfectly define Zuma, and thanks to her wider beam, she also offers excellent volumes, especially her flybridge – she is a great opportunity to own an immaculate and modern Riva!" – Thibault Roi of Burgess.

"Zuma stands out amongst the Argo fleet, featuring custom interior finishings with upgraded A/V and accessories packages – offering an unparalleled experience for yacht enthusiasts." – Brandon Kummer of Kitson Yachts.

Zuma is asking $7,950,000. She will be attending Palm Beach International Boat Show.

Key features:

  • Prestigious Italian designer and builder brands
  • Attention to detail in design of surfaces
  • Asymmetrical skylight in hardtop
  • Large windows in hull and superstructure
  • New flybridge generation for Riva

What makes her special?

Mauro Micheli, Chief Designer of Officina Italiana Design explains the concept: “The Riva 90' Argo was designed as a gateway between smaller craft and the megayacht world. It evokes a sense of the car design world but in a rarefied yet unshowy way. Its spaces are just right and beautifully harmonised: the forward cabin, the saloon, the fly, and the aft cockpit are all perfectly balanced even in terms of the choice of materials.

The hard top is interesting – its asymmetrical skylight is like an abstract graphic motif on the roof. Aside from characterising the design, it also has the very specific function of providing light to the fly.

The glass structure of the cockpit is another interesting feature as it allows occupants to see the sea even when they are sitting down dining.”

Accommodating eight guests in four cabins and with quarters for a crew of four, a "seamless entrance" leads to the master suite that offers panoramic views forward at main deck level. The remaining guest cabins, comprising a VIP double, additional double and a twin, are located on the lower deck.

Zuma's main deck sports a spacious saloon with panoramic windows and a generous dining area, finished with wood soles and incorporating contemporary Italian furniture.

Up on the flybridge, L-shaped seating around an al fresco dining table is positioned amidships opposite a sit-up bar, all shaded by the arch, while aft there are enough adjustable free-standing sun loungers and sofas for the full party of guests to socialise in comfort. The aft deck also sports a pair of sofas facing each other across a table, perfect for welcome cocktails.

Sergio Beretta, CEO Officina Italiana Design summed up the design of the Argo, when it was first unveiled by Riva in Miami, as: “a yacht with a strong character that is also extremely elegant in line with Riva tradition. Its lines are sleek despite the fact that this is a wide-body craft, with details that have already made an impact in its segment."

Twin 1,948hp MTU diesels push the 149GT yacht for sale at a cruising speed of 24 knots and maximum speed of 28 knots. Zuma's range is 300 nautical miles and she is attending Palm Beach International Boat Show.

Step onto Zuma's teak decks at Palm Beach International Boat Show, with joint central agents, Burgess and Kitson Yachts.

Price comparison:

With data powered by BOATPro, we compared similarly-priced yachts on the market to the 29-metre 2022 Riva Zuma, asking $7,950,000. These include: the 29-metre Ferretti Yachts 2017 La Familia II asking €6,300,000 with IYC; the 29-metre 2021 Azimut D Five asking €7,500,000 with Camper & Nicholsons; the 27-metre Riva Our Trade asking $7,395,000 with Allied Marine; and the 27-metre Sunseeker Wyldecrest asking £5,495,000 with Sunseeker Brokerage. 

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Riva   28.55 m •  2021

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