First 50m Riva superyacht under construction in Ancona
by Chris Jefferies
The first 50 metre superyacht from Riva is taking shape in Ancona as these behind-the-scenes photos show. First announced at the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show, the Riva Superyachts series will eventually stretch up to 90 metres LOA. Developed in collaboration with Officina Italian Design, the 50 metre superyacht will become the flagship of the Riva range when it hits the water next year.
The yard added that the four-deck Riva 50M will feature accommodation for 12 guests in five cabins, including a main deck master suite. Other key features include a Jacuzzi on the sundeck, a stern garage with enough room to house a Williams Dieseljet 625 tender and a foredeck storage area suitable for a pair of Jet Skis. In an innovative move, the galley will be situated on the lower deck, with a central dumb waiter allowing for discreet service to all four decks.
The Riva 50M is reminiscent of classic Carlo Riva motor yachts, inspired by the Carvelle line from the 1960s and 70s. Riva is well known for its classic launches, which can make you money, but it's lesser known that between 1960-70 Carlo Riva created four superyacht ranges called Carvelle, Marco Polo, Vespucci and Atlantic. As can be seen in the images below, the Riva 50M puts a modern spin on this classic gentleman’s motor yacht.
Mauro Micheli, co-founder of Officina Italian Design, said: “The first line will clearly draw inspiration from the yachts created by Carlo Riva in the early 1970s; the second will feature an unusual design, with stylistic features that will clearly convey Riva’s unmistakable style, together with a strong, distinctive character."
The Riva 50M has been built from light aluminium alloy and will be offered as a semi-custom yacht, with an interior design created to the owner’s choice, something not seen on smaller Rivas previously. “Not only [does the Riva Superyacht Division] represent an extraordinary leap into the future, but also Riva will once more be able to meet the refined and sophisticated taste of its very demanding owners,” said Ferretti Group’s CEO, Alberto Galassi.
Riva launched its first true superyacht and flagship, the 37 metre 122 Mythos named Sol, in 2014.