Best Of The Best 2006: Riva’s New Goddess

Riva, a member of Ferretti Group, did not take baby steps when creating its new flagship. At 115 feet, the Riva Athena is 30 feet longer than the previous titleholder, the Opera. Crossing the 100-foot/100-ton barrier is an enormous step, and Riva has done so without scrimping on necessary ship-size systems.

A pantheon of layout options allows owners to mix and match their way to total customization. The design options encompass three to six staterooms, with a full-beam master below or on the main deck forward and a dining room that can shift to three positions. Hull number 1 features a noteworthy customization, a media room created by enclosing the aft flybridge under the radar arch. Riva can arrange the 60-foot span into a blissful blend of open and shaded areas. Rivas are known more for their amenities than their speed, but with twin MTU 4000s, the Athena will cruise at 27 mph. The yacht is priced at about $11 million.

Ferretti Group USA



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