Riva, the iconic Ferretti Group brand, in July 2011 presented at the historical Lake d'Iseo shipyards a new model, featuring elegance and ease of transportation as her distinctive characteristics. Iseo, a 27 foot runabout, is destined to become a must-have for those who love cruising on both lakes and the sea, and, most importantly, design enthusiasts. She is also perfect for anyone wishing to enhance their yacht with an exclusive tender that will never go unnoticed.
The Iseo is an important innovation for the celebrated nautical brand due to its size and design elements. Result of the working relationship between Officina Italiana Design, exclusive designers of the entire Riva range, AYT - Advanced Yacht Technology - the Ferretti Group's naval research and design centre, and the team of architects and designers at Centro Stile Ferrettigroup, the new model has been devised so owners can 'live' their boat wherever they wish; for this reason the standard version of the Riva Iseo has her own custom-made car-trailer, allowing easy transportation wherever the owner wishes to go.
In just 27 feet one can enjoy the perfection and style that has made Riva a true icon of timeless glamour and elegance. Soft, clean-cut lines, thorough space-planning, careful and indeed unique attention to detail and the use of highly sophisticated materials are the distinctive characteristics which make the new Iseo the noble heiress to a centuries-old history of excellence and craftsmanship. This bond with the past is also evident in the extensive use of mahogany throughout the boat, symbol of the Riva brand, skilfully crafted and covered in a twenty coat varnish finish - ten by brushing, ten by spraying.
Iseo values the surrounding environment and is an innovative option suitable for day cruising in waters with high environmental value. The yacht will also be available in a hybrid engine version with the ZEM (Zero Emission Mode) cruising option, Ferretti Group's revolutionary cruising mode system, particularly suitable for lakes, especially where normal boating is forbidden. The "Hybrid Propulsion ZEM" version, with hybrid propulsion and Zero Emission, will not compromise speed using high powered diesel propulsion, combined with the electric one. And not only: Iseo is equipped with stern drive making her highly reactive and enhancing driving this yacht. Moreover, she can be fitted with a 3hp bow propeller in order to facilitate manoeuvres and mooring.
Due to her ease of manoeuvrability and size, Iseo is also ideal as a tender for large yachts. Innovative and elegant, she can guarantee comfort in bad weather conditions, too. Besides the electrohydraulic bimini top, she was designed with a waterproof, automobile-style soft top which protects those on board against water and the wind during cruising, too.
Besides responding to an increasing demand for on-board infotainment, she is also the very first yacht of its kind to be equipped with both entertainment system and GPS charting based on the Apple platform for iPad.
Riva developed a connection base easy to handle that locks safely the iPad to the boat and in the meantime supplies power to it. The Hifi system is built by VideoWorks and it could be operated by the iPad through Bluetooth connection, in this way the iPad could stay in the hand to read newspaper and in the meantime music sounds on the boat.
Riva in cooperation with VideoWorks and Navionics developed the "RIVA entertainment software", that is a common platform for Hifi and music selection, Owner's manual, shipyard magazines and information, navigation program and charts with GPS and map.
This software, specifically designed for Iseo, could be downloaded in more than one iPad , in this way all the owner's guests will operate the Iseo entertainment with their own favourite music.
"The new Iseo revives and evolves history," declared Norberto Ferretti, Founder and Honorary Chairman of the Ferretti Group, who has always taken a personal interest in the development of all models in the Riva range. "After the wooden classics like the Ariston and the Florida, which made the history of our shipyard in the smaller yacht range, Riva today has introduced another small yacht that encompasses the values that have made Riva the legend it is today: meticulous craftsmanship, uniqueness, elegance and painstaking attention to detail."
"We wanted to create a sophisticated, essential runabout, ideal for both lakes and the sea, which met all the requirements of comfort, ease of transport and prompt use, distinguished by her unmistakeable design, stirring emotions and to be appreciated not only by nautical enthusiasts", stated Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta, founders of Officina Italiana Design.
"For us, the new Riva model is a true jewel, and we are sure she will be very successful with the market. Indeed, we have already received several orders in just a few short weeks", confirmed Paola Procopio, Riva Brand Manager. "She is the perfect yacht for those who love trips out onto the lake and want to travel easily, taking their yacht with them, but also for owners wishing to enhance their yacht with an exceptional tender."
Care has been taken over the tiniest detail of Iseo, guaranteeing comfort and a high performance. She is fitted with a Yanmar 6BY2 260, 260 mhp engine and a Yanmar ZT 370 duoprop stern drive, which drives the yacht to a top speed of 36 knots. Alternatively, the optional version features a Yanmar 8 LV 320, 320 mhp engine and Yanmar 370 duoprop ZT370 stern drive, providing a top speed of 40 knots. In the gasoline version, Iseo is equipped with a Mercruiser 377 DTS MAG 320 V8, 320 mhp engine and Mercruiser Bravo Three stern drive, providing a top speed of 41 knots. She will also be available with a hybrid engine.