Riva Dolceriva with hard top is a spectacle of style and elegance, perfect for a holiday sheltered from the rain and heat
The new Dolceriva with hard top has a timeless beauty in every sense, because it will never lose its shine over the years and is also immune to the weather thanks to the gorgeous top with carbon fibre detailing that shelters the entire central relaxation areas from the sun and rain. This Riva creation is a 48-foot open motor yacht conceived from bow to stern to offer unrivalled on-board comfort.
It strives to redefine its market segment thanks to a number of unprecedented characteristics: in addition to the hard top already mentioned, there is the brand-new exterior design developed by Officina Italiana Design, which has ushered in a new style philosophy for all Riva models; a perfectly optimised use of on-board spaces; and an exciting wealth of details that pay homage to the incomparable heritage of a brand that has shaped the history of the nautical world for almost 180 years now.
The originality of the exterior design derives from a blend of Riva’s trademark elegance with the latest trends in runabout design, such as an automotive-inspired vibe and a sportier interpretation of the idea of luxury. The hull window design stems from a complex research process by Officina Italiana Design: generated by a black pencil stroke along the silver side of the yacht, it deftly ascends towards the deck.
The forward surface on the main deck sports the legendary high-gloss mahogany with its twenty coats of varnish, punctuated by a crystal section with a built-in skylight, which allows the the cabin below deck to receive plenty of natural sunlight. The exterior part in glossy mahogany features the classic white maple seams, which are instead absent from the perfectly uniform interiors. At the centre stands the chrome-plated aluminium alloy casing. This magnificent object with timeless appeal, completed by a mahogany mast flying the Riva pennant, is reminiscent of the fittings found on models of the past.
Read more: Riva 88 Folgore review: Italian Lightning Bolt
Read more: Riva Rivamare review: Timeless Appeal
One of the great strengths and novelties of this open yacht makes an important contribution to liveability: the brand new hard top made from a carbon-vinyl ester hybrid composite material to ensure the lightweight, strength and stiffness needed to ensure that Dolceriva retains a sporty personality. The hard top is designed to cover the entire external cockpit and helm station perfectly, with the possibility of closing off the entire area beneath using transparent awnings on either side, forward and even aft.
Several sections of the hard top are made of steel not only to increase its strength, but also to enhance the structure and design. An air conditioning system can also be installed inside to create a liveable closed area even when the temperature outside is very high.
The rounded stern pays homage to the iconic Ariston and Tritone yachts while also evoking the rear of a luxury sports car, transposing this automotive reference onto a fully maritime plane. The hatch, which features a structural bench when closed, swings open to reveal inbuilt mahogany steps as well as a large surface: using the inclination of the stern and the level surface of the beach area, two specially designed ergonomic sun pads can be positioned over the hatch, offering the opportunity to experience the sea in a unique fashion.
Read more: Riva 76 Perseo review: A classic sportfly
Read more: A Tribute to Carlo Riva: A True Great
With the hatch open, more steps appear, complete with two storage compartments which can be used to house the seabobs. Beyond the two sun pads, separated by a central walkway, is the cockpit leading to the dinette located amidships, furnished with two large facing sofas and a folding steel and mahogany table seating up to eight people. Beyond this is the helm station, with pilot and co-pilot seats, which are enhanced by numerous prestigious details, such as the leather and chromed steel inserts or the carbon lifeline on the left side of the windshield.
A steel and glass hatch provides access to a luxurious open space comprised of a dinette with a spacious sofa, a kitchen, and a bathroom with separate shower and closet. A 43-inch TV is installed on the starboard side bulwark. The spacious owner’s cabin is located forward, with a central bed, two walk-in closets and storage trunks. A second double cabin has two separable beds.
All materials used for Dolceriva’s interiors are perfectly in keeping with the Riva style, with fine woods, mirrored surfaces, leather elements, and steel and lacquered woods with both matt and glossy finishes.
Dolceriva with hard top features a V-Drive shaft line propulsion system and mounts twin Volvo Penta D13 engines, each rated 1,000 mhp at 2,400 rpm (optional). In terms of performance, the model can reach a top speed of 40 knots, with a cruising speed of 35 knots. The helm station features one 12-inch touchscreen and an additional 16-inch touchscreen available as an option.
It is equipped with Empirbus, the Garmin monitoring system that incorporates various different functions, including: generator state and parameter display; Seakeeper stabilisation system management (if installed); manoeuvre and alarm management.
Photos & video Riva