After having risen several times to the challenge of reinterpreting the “Open” concept, managing to create a large number of yachts ranging from 33 to 68 feet, and developing elegant flybridge boats (from 75 to 115 feet) which form the flagships of its own fleet, Riva set itself a new challenge - to design a yacht with a completely new concept, something never seen before.
The result is the SportRiva 56’, a yacht which integrates the flybridge concept with the sporty lines of an Open, whilst still maintaining Riva’s style, designed by the skilful hand of Mauro Micheli together with the team at Officina Italiana Design.
This model, set between the 52 and 63 feet of Opens Rivale and Vertigo, has been studied to satisfy the demands of owners who, while not wishing to renounce to the lines of an Open, prefer the convenience of a closed, air-conditioned upper salon, ideal for countries with a tropical clime.
The extended, aggressive line of SportRiva 56’ gives her a strongly dynamic appearance which, together with a number of highly innovative solutions, makes this yacht an example of modern design. Her style, luxury, the valuable materials used and painstaking care taken over detail balance out the “futuristic” attributes. The resulting yacht, like all the shipyard’s models, still exudes the taste of Riva’s many year tradition.
The deck features a large, external living area complete with folding, teak table and two comfortable sofas able to seat up to eight people, whilst a central stairway provides easy access to the flybridge, featuring a second drive position and large sundeck.
Inside, the combination of the warm colours of the elm, bronze lacquering and leather inserts, and choice of matching fabrics and leathers creates a “soft”, relaxing atmosphere. Moreover, the different areas, unexpectedly large for a yacht of this size, have been studied in order to guarantee, as usual, comfort and liveability. The salon, set at the height of the bridge deck, features a comfortable, full soft grain leather divan and crystal table which can seat six. The large windows provide natural lighting, creating a comfortable environment separated from the cockpit by a central crystal door which can open up completely to form a single, spacious, outdoor day area. The master cabin, with en-suite bathroom, is set on the lower bridge at bow, whilst the two, twin-bedded guest cabins are set amidships. The left hand cabin, providing direct access to the second bathroom which also acts as a day-head, features an extremely clever solution. One of the two beds, which runs on tracks, can be set next to the other to form a double bed. Moreover, both guest cabins feature a large window and double portholes, guaranteeing maximum lighting and providing the interiors with natural ventilation. A second access to the lower bridge, separate to that of the cabins, leads to the galley, set at stern and linked by access to the crew cabin. Unusual for a yacht of this size, this cabin features an en-suite bathroom with shower and a cupboard which can be converted into a washer-dryer.