Italian heavyweight, Riva has announced the Riva 76 Coupe, a new 76-footer to bridge the gap between the 68 Ego Super and the 88 Domino Super.
Like the smaller Ego, it will come with just three suites, but like the larger Domino, it will also come with a “sundeck-cum-flybridge” and the option of an upper helm. Now plainly, the use of just three cabins in a 76-foot hull is likely to generate some very generous living spaces – not least in the full-beam owner's cabin, which is designed to offer “the feel of a main deck suite on a superyacht”. But when you also factor in the use of V-drives, you would expect the new 76 ought to boast big space gains right throughout the lower deck.
With an overall window area of 40 square metres, natural light looks likely to be a big asset, but so too does refinement. The owner's suite, for instance, will enjoy high levels of insulation all-round and the fuel tank will be positioned immediately behind the aft bulkhead to help isolate it from the engine room and crew quarters. Meanwhile, up on the main level, the combination of unbroken wraparound windows and a high-end palette of textures and materials ought to make the living environment very special indeed.
However, it’s probably the external lines that will be this boat’s most impressive feature, particularly as the designers have worked hard to minimise the impact of the deck fittings. The mooring gear at the stern, for instance, will be discreetly concealed behind polished stainless steel grills, and at the bow everything will be similarly recessed and covered. The same will even go for the access hatch to the sundeck, which (instead of hinging upwards) will slide out of sight beneath the sunbeds in order to prevent any possible disruption to the roofline.
It’s safe to say we all want a closer look and happily, we won’t have to wait long to get it. Expect a full report from the World debut of the Riva 76 Coupe at the Cannes Yachting Festival this September.
For more news and reviews on Riva yachts, see: Riva 88 Florida: open top 88 from Italy and Aquariva Super: a classic sports car on water.
Riva 76 Coupe: Specifications
Displacement: 45.7 tonnes
Power: twin MAN V12-1550 (optional 1800s)
Speed: 33-37 knots
Price: £2,575,000 (approx.)
Contact: 0207 495 2330