Breathtakingly beautiful, sporty, exciting and now even more comfortable, for the perfect combination of fun and relaxation on the water
The 56 Rivale Hard Top follows on from the Dolceriva Hard Top and is part of the evolution of the Open range, consolidating a market segment that has been Riva’s main focus right from the outset, one that includes the brand’s most iconic models, such as Riva Iseo, Acquariva Super and Rivamare. Another example is Riva 68 Diable, the project officially presented a few weeks ago as the ultimate expression of this segment.
56 Rivale Hard Top design
Riva 56 Rivale Hard Top expresses all its dynamism, elegance and sportiness from the very first glance, drawing on the design elements that have given the Riva open range its unique status in the world, and is the result of collaboration between the Product Strategy Committee led by Mr. Piero Ferrari, the creative flair of designer Mauro Micheli, the founder of Officina Italiana Design with Sergio Beretta, and the Ferretti Group Engineering Department.
This extraordinary yacht combines meticulous attention to detail with the finest materials, distinctive features of the brand right from the outset, ranging from polished mahogany for the interiors to teak for the exteriors, and from lacquered surfaces to mirror-finish stainless steel and fine leather.
The stern, with a garage for a Williams 325 tender protected by a carbon fibre hatch, features a key mechanism: lowering the swim platform partially submerges the steps on the port side and reveals others set in the hull, providing a unique stairway to enter the water and return on board, without needing to use the steel ladder.
The aft section of the cockpit is fitted with a generous sun pad. The deck lounge is furnished with generous forward-facing seating, an L-shaped sofa and a teak table on the port side.
This area for socialising continues forward, with a raised dormeuse to the left of the helm station, which is equipped with touchscreen-based control, monitoring and navigation systems, including the engine panel in the innovative wide version from MAN-Boening.
New feature and detailing elements
Behind the helm station, the side cabinet contains a refrigerator, an ice maker, a grill and a wash basin, plus bar equipment and accessories for at least six people. The practical waste separation bins and storage compartments extend up to the pilot chair and into its base. The bow area has a sun pad with reclining headrest that can be sheltered by an awning. Forward of the sun pad is an anti-slip, walk-on glass panel set in a stainless steel frame, completed by the signal horn in its gorgeous vintage casing.
The casing is a polished stainless steel casting that pays tribute to the legendary Riva models of the past
The main new feature is the black fixed Hard Top with carbon fibre detailing, which covers the entire centre section of the yacht, sheltering the relaxation areas from the heat and weather. The exclusive design features steel handles on either side acting as handrails and optional air conditioning built into the structure. Awnings can also be added to cover the cockpit and forward lounge, creating a single covered area that runs the entire length of the boat, from bow to stern.
Riva 56 Rivale Hard Top welcomes guests below deck into a stylish lounge-dinette where mirrored surfaces alternate with polished mahogany, dark lacquer finishes, and dark leather upholstery. The galley on the port hull side is in part invisible thanks to the mirrored walls – which also contain the TV screen – and the lacquer finish sliding surfaces that cover the sink and work tops. A glass skylight and the big windows in the hull flood this space with natural light.
The independent day head, with direct access from the dinette, makes this open ideal for day cruises with multiple passengers, who can use it in total privacy without having to enter the cabins and bathrooms of overnight guests.
The layout of the night area includes three en-suite cabins, featuring the same play on textures and colours seen in the lounge, complemented by the contrast between the white leather of the headboard and bed sides and the dark leather of the beside table tops and bed bases.
The master stateroom is on the starboard side, with a VIP cabin forward, and both have their own bathroom. Completing the layout is a double cabin with two bunk beds served by a bathroom that is also used as a day head. The decor in the bathrooms blends together wood, light and dark lacquer finishes, mirrored surfaces and white Corian. On request, the third guest cabin can be replaced with a crew cabin.
56 Rivale’s magnificent and functional Hard Top aims to satisfy the needs of owners by offering a spacious main deck shaded by awnings, the result of a functional design that is especially popular in markets where the average temperature is very high
Propulsion and performance
Riva 56 Rivale Hard Top is fitted with a pair of MAN engines rated 1200 mhp, powering the yacht to a top speed of 38 knots and a cruising speed of 34 knots. The owner can also opt for the standard pair of 1000 mhp MAN engines, providing a top speed of 31 knots and a cruising speed of 31 knots. The engine room can be entered through two hatches on the deck, one in the centre of the cockpit and other at the far end of the stern on the port side. On request, a Seakeeper stabilizer can be installed to minimise rolling at sea and at anchor.