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July 7, 2011

The Biggest Riva Open Boat Is Born

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Riva, the iconic Ferretti Group brand, announces the birth of the new flagship of their open line. Riva 63’ Virtus, is the largest open yacht produced by the shipyard, characterised by unmistakable style and a distinctly Mediterranean character.

The new Riva 63’ Virtus is the product of the unique relationship between Officina Italiana Design, the studio that exclusively designs all yachts in the Riva range, the AYT – Advanced Yacht Technology, the Ferretti Group’s naval research and design centre, as well as the team of architects and designers at Centro Stile Ferretti Group. The new model has been designed as a sporty yacht, created for owners wishing to experience the sea first hand.

Riva reinterprets the concept of an open yacht with a model featuring a typical Mediterranean style maintaining the unmistakable elegance of all the shipyard’s models: class, refinement and clean lines. Created following the lines of the 63’ Vertigo, a classical highly successful Riva model, the new Riva 63’ Virtus is a flagship of the Riva opens. Virtus is designed to last, recapturing the strong character of the Rivale, another Riva open line, but incorporating larger spaces which guarantee excellent livability and total on-board comfort.

The exteriors feature spacious areas which enable owners to enjoy the yacht in the company of their guests, thanks to two large sundecks, one at bow and one astern, under which the garage for the tender is located. This social aspect of the yacht is also extended to the helm area, where the driving seat consists of a three-seater sofa, enabling owners to share the pleasure of driving the yacht with their guests. Moreover, it is protected by a large windshield with a double curve ensuring great comfort while cruising. The cockpit is spacious, comfortable and equipped with a fridge, sink and – upon request – a grill. In the cockpit there are three sofas, one of which is L-shaped, on the port hand side, one astern and a third equipped with a system which slides and enables to move closer to the varnished teak table which has a flip up section. The cockpit is covered with a large, electro-hydraulically operated bimini which can also be kept open whilst running.

Typical of Riva, the class and attention to fine detail is evident in the cleats and in the electric winches skillfully concealed to ensure aesthetic fluidity. Painstaking attention has also been paid to creating the functional, well-designed instrument mast in line with the style of all Riva open models.

The interior fittings have been styled in such a way to attain the very best availability in terms of space and comfort, a spacious salon with a large wooden table is able to accommodate up to six people, without requiring the reduction in size of the galley. Riva 63’ Virtus is a yacht featuring contrasts of colour and materials: the alternation between the light shades of the oak and darker ones of the leather, and between the opaque and polished lacquering create a style which gives the new Riva 63’ Virtus a further touch of modern style, in addition to the traditional elegance of all Riva yachts.

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The master cabin is located portside astern and set slightly lower than the other two, enriched with a bed run around in leather stitching. The slightly lower position of the cabin makes it possible to use all the space available. The guest cabin, also located port-side mid-ship, features bunk beds, set out in an L-shape which offers a pleasant panoramic view of the surface of the water. The master and VIP cabins, set at bow, both feature en-suite heads, whilst the day head is located opposite the guest cabin.

The harmonious profile of the yacht is further emphasised by the large arrow-shaped side windows, which have made so many other Riva models successful and guarantee excellent natural lighting below deck. The unusual features of the hull and teak of the deck and part of the cockpit, together with the many details in stainless steel, contribute to making the 63’ Virtus both modern and sporty.

“Riva is an extraordinary brand, and always manages to innovate, creating unique, cutting edge models, whilst still maintaining the charm and magic which have characterised it for over 160 years,” said Norberto Ferretti, Chairman of the Group. “The 63’ Virtus, with her strong, decisive character combined with the elegance and refined features which are typical to this brand, is the perfect addition to the Riva range.”

“Sporty, sociable and a pleasure to drive; these are the concepts which guided the design of the new Riva open”, asserted Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta, founders of Officina Italiana Design. “With Riva 63’ Virtus, we wanted to create a long-lasting yacht, destined to become part of Riva’s history and its great classics.”

“We are pleased to present the Riva 63’ Virtus, a sporty, racy yacht characterised by a style which has always distinguished the Riva brand”, stated Alberto Perrone da Zara, Riva Brand Manager Sales Manager. “Virtus is a model able to fully satisfy the needs of Owners who want to drive their yachts easily, with spaces suitable for sharing comfortably with whoever they choose.

www.riva-yacht.com

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