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News: New Riva 88′ Miami superyacht project

May 2, 2014 by black
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The hull of the first 88’ Miami yacht will be presented in Regal Silver, a light shade of grey which has been used for the first time this year on Riva’s flagship, the 122’ superyacht Mythos. This color further enhances the slender lines of the new model, creating a contrast with the Titanium Grey of the large continuous glazing on the hull, and the dark grey of the wide windshield and the roll bar on the main deck, that uniquely characterizes the innovative design of the entire external profile.

“It is a demanding task to create further added value and design innovative concepts for an iconic brand like Riva, since any new model must be synonymous for the utmost excellence, absolute luxury, and unique style, all blended into the symbol of the Made in Italy boating industry worldwide”, states Ferruccio Rossi, Ferretti Group’s CEO. “Precisely for this reason, it is a very exciting challenge for the whole team. We are proud to affirm that 2014 will be another year, which will go down in the history of Riva. After the launch of the new flagship 122’ Mythos, the first model by Riva made in aluminum, we present this revolutionary project, which further improves the offer of the brand in an extremely strategic market segment, between 80 and 90 feet. We will put on the market a product which, thanks to its innovative individualities, will be able to raise the attention and the interest of many new lovers of the brand Riva worldwide”, added Rossi.

“The idea of the convertible hard top is a relevant success both from a technical and a stylistic point of view”, stated Riva designer Mauro Micheli. “Thanks to the collaboration with AYT&D, the hard top has turned into an invisible element from the side, which can display its major function covering the outer living area. This system results from the match between the technical development of materials and movement and the stylistic research for and element which can enhance the personality of this yacht”, added Micheli.

“The Riva Bahamas was the first yacht I imagined and designed on my own. It is a yacht from the 90s, which is still appreciated today. I like to consider the Riva 88’ Miami as the new Bahamas. I decided to use some of the vintage materials of the 80s; wood in particular especially for the interiors. I chose peach skin elm wood to convey a soft and cozy feeling”, added Micheli.

The Convertible Top patented system Convertible Top is the name of the innovative system designed and developed by AYT&D in collaboration with the technical partners of the Ferretti Group Besenzoni Spa and Centro Stile Srl. It is an exclusive patent of the Group, used for the first time on Riva 88’ Miami yacht, which turns this model into a multifunctional yacht, “convertible” because it can be transformed into an open or a coupé with one single and easy movement. The convertible top offers three different functions into one single system, due to the function that handles the aerodynamic hard top into three different positions.

This option is made possible by the design of the hard top itself, aerodynamic and elegant at the same time. Enhanced by wood aesthetic elements, the top is perfectly integrated into the shape of the deckhouse covering the forward dinette when the yacht is in the open mode, along with the windshield and roll bar profile, to which it is hooked up when the yacht is in the coupé mode. An electro-hydraulic pantograph driving two pairs of arms, one pair for each wall, hooked to the top itself, ensures the hard top movement. A built-in cover in the deckhouse, leaving the unique Riva design unchanged when the new model is in the open mode and the hard top is put back in the dedicated storage, hides the arms and the mechanism. Furthermore, in the coupé mode, once the hard top has been hooked to the windshield and the roll bar covering the cockpit, the two pairs of mechanical arms can be detached and put back in the lockers. For a complete closure of the cockpit, at the level of the helm station, the side openings can be closed completely by transparent shadow makers.

Beside these two functions, a third intermediate one can be used when the yacht is anchored or moored. The hard top, once it has been hooked to the mechanical arms, turns into a hard Bimini top, of approximately 12 sqm., covering the fore dinette and offering wide shading for the utmost sun protection of the guests.

The convertible top can assure the perfect reliability in the two main positions even when the 88’ Miami yacht cruises at its maximum speed, and with any weather condition. This is possible due to the fact that the hard top, in both modes, is tightly hooked to the deckhouse or to the windshield and roll bar by two pairs of latches, which can be handled by a electro-hydraulic mechanism and is designed for this specific locking function.

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