Riva Yacht are renowned for setting new trends in the yachting industry So renowned that they already have their superyachts and motor yachts perpetuated in wooden toy boats, as you will find below. Now, Riva Yacht, which is part of the Ferreti Group continues to setting new trends inspired by the yacht of the `80s.
The Riva 88′ Florida it’s a new yacht concept with inspiration from 1980s styling. This new yacht concept is a 26.70 m (88 ft) convertible hardtop yacht that will set for sure a benchmark for future yachts in this range.
The Riva 88′ Florida is inspired by the legendary Riva Bahamas which was the first model fully designed by Mauro Micheli – the current chief of design for Italian shipyard Riva Yacht. The first hull of the Riva 88′ Florida was completed in late 2014 ahead of its global debut early this year. The project was overseen by product strategy committee, Ferretti Group’s marketing department, Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta of Officina Italiana Design and Advanced Yacht Technology & Design (AYT&D).
The special feature of the Riva 88′ Florida is the new convertible hardtop design patented by the Ferretti Group and used for the first time on this model. It allows the Riva 88’ Florida to operate both as a convertible and coupe in three different positions. In open mode, the hardtop assumes the shape of the deckhouse covering the forward dinette. When anchored, the hardtop turns into a hard Bimini top covering the forward dinette while providing maximum sun shade.
Speaking about this design, Riva designer Micheli explained: “The idea of the convertible hard top is a relevant success from both a technical and a stylistic point of view. Thanks to the collaboration with AYT&D, the hard top has turned into an element that is invisible from the side, which can display its major function covering the outer living area without affecting the overall design of the yacht in the least.
“This system results from the match between the technical development of materials and movement and the stylistic research for an element which can enhance the personality of this yacht.
“The Riva Bahamas was the first yacht I imagined and designed on my own. It is a yacht from the 90s, but which is still appreciated today. I like to consider the Riva 88’ Florida 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 cosy feeling.”
The exterior of the Riva 88’ Florida features a wide range of leisure installations including two sun pads, a dinette and a large C-shaped sofa. The yacht concept is finished in a new shade of grey called ‘Regal Silver’. It was used for the first on their new flagship 122’ Mythos yacht. New mechanisms were applied to the onboard equipment room to make the launching of the tender and jet ski easier – Riva Yacht provides a Williams 385 and a jet ski as part of the 88’ Florida package.
The yacht interior is nostalgically filled with stylings from the 80s and 90s just as the designer explained. The decorations feature old school wood, steel, leather and blue majestic lacquered inserts. The ceiling is painted white and fitted with LED lighting technology to illuminate different sections of the cabins. There are four cabins and four en-suite heads, the master suite is soundproof and treated to outstanding views of the ocean, not to mention its double walk-in wardrobe.
Don’t know about you, but here in Luxury Yachts we’re looking forward to see this yacht concept became a real superyacht !