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Italian boatbuilder Riva selected this month’s Cannes International Boat Show as the setting for the launch of the Riva 92′ Duchessa (www?.riva-yacht?.com). The Duchessa model sports a distinctive fiberglass-topped flybridge and striking exterior lines—elements implemented by the team at Officina Italiana Design, which longtime Riva designer Mauro Micheli and his business partner, Sergio Beretta, founded in 1994. “For us it is important to give to each boat an individual character,” notes Beretta. “But it is also important that they are recognizable as part of the Riva family.” The Duchessa has four guest cabins and three crew cabins, and two 2,211 hp engines provide the boat with a range of 415 miles and a top speed of more than 33 mph. Orders for the roughly $11 million yacht are filled through the end of next year.

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