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First look inside the Riva 82 Diva

19 September 2023 • Written by Katia Damborsky

Italian shipyard Riva, a brand of Ferretti Group, has offered a first look inside its brand new 82 Diva model. The 25.3-metre flybridge yacht debuted at the Ferretti Group Private Preview event earlier in September, before going on to make its international appearance at the Cannes Yachting Festival.

According to Riva, the flybridge model aims to "open a new chapter" for the Sarnico-based builder and offers a "revolutionary approach to the use of space" by maximising outdoor areas and ensuring indoor spaces are thoughtfully designed according to their function.

The yacht has a generous foredeck as part of its al fresco offerings

The first unit in the series was launched in La Spezia in July. Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta, founders of Officina Italiana Design, are the designers behind the yacht's interior and exterior, working in collaboration with the Strategic Product Committee led by Piero Ferrari and the Ferretti Group Engineering Department.

The yacht features a number of design evolutions, including the use of high gunwales with painted composite segments instead of traditional steel handrails.

The flybridge is class-leading in its use of space

The design team has given the yacht a flybridge with around 40 square metres of useable space, making it one of the largest flybridges in this category, according to Riva. The flybridge has well-defined living areas, including a lounge with a dinette and bar in the centre, protected by a carbon fibre hard top with glass panels, plus a sunbathing area forward and another lounge area aft.

Elsewhere, the beach club features a Riva first in the use of fold-down bulwarks which expand the yacht's six-metre beam by an additional three metres. A sunpad stretching over 2.5 metres adds to the set-up, and below the sunpad, there is storage for a jet tender of almost four metres in length. 

Contrasting pale and dark colours feature on the interior

On the main deck, the 82 Diva features a 35-square-metre cockpit with sofas looking out to sea. Stepping into the interior, the main saloon has a split-level configuration that connects the lounge area with the dining area, without dividing them entirely.  There is L-shaped sofa seating aft, arranged asymmetrically facing a fold-down TV screen, and a dining table for eight on the upper portion of the deck. 

The principal helm station is directly forward, with an adjustable pilot chair and good visibility afforded through a panoramic windshield. The design team has cleverly integrated a small galley facility into the port side of the helm, improving functionality on the main deck and ensuring uninterrupted service between the dining area and galley.

Leather features throughout the yacht, including in the headboard details

Four cabins can be found on the lower deck, all of them en suite. There are two further cabins for crew located amidships and accessed via a dedicated walkway on the side of the superstructure. 

The interior styling in the guest accommodation continues throughout the yacht, making full use of large windows and rich materials including Italian walnut, ebony leather and grey soft furnishings. 

The galley has been cleverly integrated into the main deck design

The 82 Diva can be fitted with a pair of MAN V12 1800 engines for a top speed of 29 knots and a cruising speed of 26 or two MAN V12 1900 engines that propel the yacht to top speeds of 31 knots and a cruising speed of 27 knots.

The Riva 82 Diva is the smallest of the Riva tri-deck flybridge ranges, which includes the Riva 90 Argo, Riva 102 Corsaro Super, Riva 110 Dolcevita and Riva 130 Bellissima.

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