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Sport/Open Yachts, Motor Yachts, Model Series

Size range

From 8m (26’) to 50m (164’)

Hull configuration
Hull material
GRP, Aluminum, Steel

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Riva Yachts 

Shipyard History

Riva Yachts, renowned for its timeless elegance and superior craftsmanship, boasts a rich and illustrious history that spans over a century. Founded in 1842 by Pietro Riva, the shipyard initially specialized in building fishing boats and small wooden vessels in Sarnico, on the shores of Lake Iseo in northern Italy.

Pietro's son, Ernesto Riva, inherited his father's passion for boatbuilding and took the company to new heights. In the early 20th century, Ernesto began incorporating innovative designs and advanced techniques into Riva's production process, transforming the shipyard into a symbol of excellence and luxury.

However, it was in the 1950s and 1960s that Riva Yachts truly made its mark on the world stage. Carlo Riva, Ernesto's son, helmed the shipyard during this period and revolutionized the concept of pleasure boating. He introduced the iconic Aquarama model, a masterpiece that epitomized style and glamour. The Aquarama became a symbol of the Dolce Vita lifestyle, attracting celebrities, aristocrats, and prominent figures from around the globe.

In 2000, Riva Yachts joined the Ferretti Group, a prestigious conglomerate renowned for its portfolio of renowned yacht brands. This union further strengthened Riva's capabilities and global presence, enabling the shipyard to reach new horizons while preserving its timeless heritage.

Shipyard Specialty

Riva Yachts has long been revered for its specialty in crafting exquisite luxury motor yachts that embody the epitome of elegance and performance. With a meticulous attention to detail and an unwavering commitment to craftsmanship, Riva sets itself apart as a true master of the art of yacht building.

Riva's specialty lies in its ability to seamlessly blend timeless design with cutting-edge technology. Each yacht is meticulously designed to captivate the senses, with sleek lines, graceful curves, and a harmonious balance of form and function. Riva's design philosophy embraces a perfect harmony between traditional craftsmanship,  modern innovation and cutting-edge technology, resulting in yachts that exude an effortless sophistication that stands the test of time. Riva Yachts specialises in creating masterpieces that seamlessly merge timeless design, cutting-edge technology, and exceptional performance. 

Notable deliveries and models

Riva Yachts has a rich history of creating notable and iconic yacht models that have left an indelible mark on the luxury yachting industry since the famous Aquarama introduced in the 1960s.

A more recent notable model includes the Riva 110 Dolcevita, which embodies the spirit of the good life. Launched in 2018, this luxurious flybridge yacht is a masterpiece of design and craftsmanship. Its striking profile, expansive outdoor spaces, and elegant interiors create a sophisticated and welcoming environment. The Dolcevita offers exceptional comfort, state-of-the-art technology, and superb performance, making it an ideal choice for long-range cruising and entertaining guests in style. This flybridge motor yacht model was followed by the Riva 100 Corsaro and 102 Corsaro Super, plus the Riva 90 Argo. In a more sporty and open series, the iconic Italian yard offers the Riva 88 Florida and 88 Folgore. On a larger scale, clients can turn to the tri-deck models such as the new Riva 130 Bellissima or the Riva 50MT.

These are just a few examples of Riva Yachts' notable models, each with its own unique charm and allure. Throughout their history, Riva has consistently pushed the boundaries of design, craftsmanship, and performance, creating yachts that continue to capture the hearts of yacht enthusiasts and define the epitome of luxury on the seas.

Design collaborations on models and projects

Riva Yachts has a storied tradition of collaborating with renowned designers and architects to bring fresh perspectives and innovative ideas to their yacht designs. These collaborations have resulted in some truly exceptional and groundbreaking creations.

Founded by Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta, Officina Italiana Design has been the exclusive design studio for Riva Yachts since 1994. The partnership between Riva and Officina Italiana Design has been instrumental in shaping the iconic Riva aesthetic. Their collaboration has produced numerous timeless classics such as the Aquariva, Rivarama, and Dolcevita, all characterized by sleek lines, graceful curves, and a perfect harmony of form and function.

Furthermore, Riva Yachts benefits from the expertise of the Ferretti Group Engineering Department, which works closely with Riva's design team to integrate advanced engineering solutions and technical innovations into their yachts. This collaboration ensures that Riva yachts not only possess exquisite design aesthetics but also deliver exceptional performance, seaworthiness, and efficiency.

These design collaborations highlight Riva Yachts' commitment to pushing the boundaries of yacht design and creating vessels that embody the perfect blend of artistry and engineering. By partnering with visionary designers and leveraging their own in-house expertise, Riva continues to set new standards in luxury yacht design, delivering yachts that are as aesthetically captivating as they are functionally advanced.

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