The Riva name conjures up images of a young Sean Connery or Brigitte Bardot speeding into Monte Carlo on a gleaming mahogany speedboat. In the 1960s, the Riva Aquarama was the motorboat among Hollywood stars and Europe’s royalty for its svelte profile, throaty engine, and hand-stitched, kid-glove leather seats.
Riva has maintained its mystique for more than five decades since the Aquarama, with recent yachts like the Aquariva Super, 68 Ego Super, 122 Mythos, and a 165-foot Riva superyacht that will debut next year. With the new Riva 76 Coupe, set to launch at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September, the Italian builder adds another model to its extensive list of distinctive designs.
The Riva 76 Coupe continues the brand’s tradition of pairing a sporty, muscular hull with subtle curves on the topsides. But it is also unique because it has a private owner’s flybridge, one that in no way detracts from the yacht’s sleek profile. Designed by Mauro Micheli of Officina Italiana Design, the yacht also features the most beautiful windows along the superstructure and hull of any midrange motor yacht this year; and the 430 square feet of glass that spans the length gives both the main saloon and lower staterooms an abundance of natural light. “The large glass surfaces, integrated into a single layout, ensure enormous spaces comparable with larger yachts,” says Micheli. The longtime Riva designer also used the large windows to minimize barriers between the interior and exterior. “This allows owners to truly live with the sea in an authentic style,” adds Micheli.
The 76 Coupe has truly exceptional social spaces, with seating, tables, and sun pads on the flybridge, and larger sun pads and an outdoor table for alfresco dining located aft on the main deck. A lounge in the forward section of the boat offers a third outdoor social area with even more sun pads near the bow. Owners and guests can come together, or separate for private moments, almost anywhere on this spacious 76-footer.
The 20-foot-long saloon, which nearly spans the yacht’s entire 18-foot beam, is simple but elegant. A lounge is found on the starboard side, and a glass table with four Poltrona Frau chairs is positioned toward the front. Teak joinery gives the area a light-colored and nautical appearance. The three staterooms on the deck below include a full-beam master suite, which features a 20-foot relaxation area, a walk-in wardrobe, and his and her master heads. A VIP and guest cabin, along with a crew cabin at the stern, complete the sleeping quarters. Riva took great care in soundproofing the staterooms to keep engine vibration and noise levels minimal. The fit and finish aboard this 76 Coupe, like any Riva, is exceptional. Micheli used teak, stainless steel, mirrored surfaces, and leather to convey quality without being ostentatious.
This subtly extends to the yacht’s grey exterior accented with black trim and the judicious use of stainless steel. The designers also concealed the anchor windlass and other mooring equipment to keep the profile as sleek as possible. Superb engineering went into creating this uncluttered, minimalist look, but that is not surprising. It is, after all, a Riva. (Pricing available upon request.) (riva-yacht.com)