Designed to cater for those who don’t enjoy the idea of a hardtop sports cruiser, the Virtus uses an enormous cockpit occupying half her length in a bid to make the most of the open air. In fact, at just over 64 feet in length, with a beam of almost 16 feet, the 63 Virtus is one of the largest open sports cruisers around, with plenty of room below decks too. You get a big saloon and galley as well as three cabins - all helped by the fact that the engines are positioned out of the way, right at the stern, driving forward through V-drive gearboxes.

Riva Virtus

The stunning Riva Virtus

In the bow, there’s a VIP double guest suite, and just aft of that is a twin-berth guest cabin. The owner’s suite is further aft, below the cockpit, but even here there is a generous six-foot, four inches of headroom.

However, as always, what gives the 63 Virtus that Riva feel is the quality of the finish and the finesse of the design and trim. The interior is an opulent but restful blend of bleached and grey-tinted oak with gloss and matt lacquer and contrasting dark leather - and the facilities are equally well sorted. As well as room for a tender and toys in the garage beneath the aft sunbed, there’s space for six to sit on the L-shaped sofa around the cockpit table, plus a starboard sofa that slides across to provide additional seating at the table when required.

There’s real teak beneath your feet in the cockpit and up on deck, and there’s also an electro-hydraulically operated bimini that covers most of the cockpit and can be left up when running. Up front, the helm seat is big enough for three to share and with power from a pair of 1,360-horsepower MAN diesels, the 63 has a range of 270 nautical miles at 35-knots and a top end of around 40 knots.

Available in metallic silver, brown and two shades of sand, the Riva 63 Virtus is expected to make its debut at the Cannes Boat Show from 08 to 13 September 2012, with prices in the region of £1.92 million. Visit for more.


Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is an ex-Naval officer, with extensive experience as a marine journalist, boat tester and magazine editor. Having raced as a Pilot in the National Thundercat Series and as a Navigator in the inaugural Red Sea RIB Rally, he has now settled in the West Country, where he lives and works as a specialist marine writer and photographer from his narrowboat in Bath.