Style, elegance and technology, as well as power and speed, by Riva. What more could you ask for in a yacht? That it should also be convertible, for example. Because, at Riva, research always caters to beauty and to the pleasure of yachting. In order to provide protection against sun, wind and water, to add privacy to life on board and to afford the pleasure of having “two boats in one”, the exclusive “Convertible Top” system enables the Open version to be turned into a Coupé through a simple control. Patented by the Ferretti Group and jointly designed by the Engineering Department with its partners Besenzoni and Centro Stile, this movable hard top has already earned Riva’s new masterpiece the title of “convertible luxury yacht”.
Riva 88′ Florida is 26.84 metres long and, in the words of its creator, the designer Mauro Micheli, is the spiritual successor of the “Bahamas”: “In my view, Riva 88 – finally renamed Florida, in line with another Riva icon – is the new Bahamas. My aim, especially with regards to the interiors, has been to reintroduce a number of vintage materials from the 80s, most particularly wood. I specifically chose to use elm wood with a “peach skin” finish thus creating a soft feel.”
There can be few powerboating experiences as satisfying as driving an 88ft open-top Riva at over 40 knots. That is the top speed of the 88 Florida with the larger 2638hp engines. Even with the standard 2435hp units she still reaches over 38 knots (43mph). The ride is smooth and majestic, gliding effortlessly over the waves like they’re hardly there.