Always looking for the best novelties in lifestyle, today Luxury Safes present you Riva’s luxury yachts. The Riva boatyard was established in 1842 on Lake Iseo, in Sarnico-Italy. It was a sudden and devastating storm – which irreversibly damaged the boats of the local fishermen, who were left shocked and powerless – that persuaded a young shipbuilder and craftsman who had just moved from Laglio, near Como, to perform a true miracle and repair most of the crafts, thus winning the trust of the locals. This was the beginning of the legend of Riva and that of a man, Pietro Riva, who – immediately after moving to Sarnico – became the master of his own destiny.
Exteriors of Rivas can’t be customized, because like a sports car, you wouldn’t change the exceptional beauty of the exterior. However minor modifications can be made to the interior to suit different markets, for example, in the Middle East the air conditioning is an important additional feature.
All furnishings are a collection of styles as the accessories draw from the very best of Italian artisan traditions. The unique comfort these yachts offer appeal to the most demanding of owners.
The soft furnishings can also be modified to the color and style preferences of the owner. The yachting market is not homogenous, every market requires something slightly different – Asians don’t tend to sun bathe and use the boat only during the day, whilst Europeans use their boats as their homes in the summer, travelling around the Mediterranean.
Iseo is a trailer-towable 27-foot open yacht which features Riva’s signature design style. It is ideal for anyone wishing to make their yacht more precious with an exclusive tender featuring water jet propulsion and allowing cruising even in very shallow waters. Iseo is the first boat in its class boasting an infotainment system and GPS charting based on the Apple iPad platform. It is sold for $474,000 at Art Marine’s boutique.
The 68′ Ego Super harmonious shapes combine with an in-depth, accurate analysis of every detail and solution. Among the main new on board features is the large hull located in the aft full-beam master cabin that lets in plenty of natural light and offers a full views while cruising. The 68′ Ego Super is sold for $4.6 million.
Aquariva Super reflects Riva’s natural stylistic evolution from the past to modern times. The 33-footer is made of sorted crafted timber. Mahogany with maple inlays are used for the deck and the leather finishes on the dashboard and the steering wheel enhance the pleasure of cruising. The electronic two-speed gearbox, installed on the standard version, allows the two powerful 370 hp Yanmar engines to accelerate even faster. The Aquariva Super is available for $773,000.
Since the ‘50s, many famous people have sported a Riva yacht: from founder of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed, who enjoyed the luxury wooden runabout Aquarama, to Brigitte Bardot and the King Hussein of Jordan.
Anita Ekberg also purchased a Tritone, and Elisabeth Taylor and Richard Burton used a Junior as a tender for their yacht. Even the Shah of Persia fell in love with the Riva 2000. Lastly, Sofia Loren and Sean Connery, who bought a Rudy three years after giving up filming the famous 007 series.