Heading below deck

What separates this Perini Navi from her sisterships is Riela’s remarkable interiors, designed by Remi Tessier, a young architect and designer whose work spans everythign from offices to yachts, for which he won Designer of the Year in 2006 for his work on the 53-metre Parsifal. On Riela, Tessier brought his distinctive brand of stark sophistication into nearly every corner of the yacht, often in defiance of classical yacht looks.

Tessier has been quoted as saying that elegant design requires detail without ostentation, and “exaltation of the simple”. As one moves from Riela’s cockpit area into the large saloon, you begin to get the sense Tessier was hoping to find new ways to organise the space in a sailing yacht, often confined to a standard pattern, even in the biggest yachts. Tessier also admonishes that yacht design should “let light and life flow into it.” On Riela, it would appear that he’s succeeded in following his own dictums.

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Descending the polished stainless steel, centrally-aligned staircase, one is removed from the flybridge down into the elegance of the main saloon. Large, tan leather loungers and armchairs, all very low to the deck, are paired against dining chairs and stools that showcase simple, metal structures and refined style. Unusually for a superyacht, Riela’s main saloon has the feeling of being an ethereal chamber unto itself. The aft sun deck is accessed via twin hatches on the port and starboard sides, whereas many superyachts seek to create a completely open area (when suitable) between saloon and aft deck. The staircase in particular is used as a visual divider between the dining and bar area, and the saloon section.

Nonethess, the saloon retains a very open feeling, and there are no other divisions or buffers other than the stairs. The walls and upholstry are all cream-coloured, while numerous trims are done in stainless steel, which is often used to camoflauge lighting fixtures. These combine with Tessier’s selection of woods that include maple, sycamore, bleached wenge, macassar ebony and spruce – not the normal mix found on superyacht saloons.

Many of these woods are not just used to provide panels or trims, but are instead paired together to provide intriguing visual and textural contrasts. The saloon also features a subtle mix of recessed and hidden spotlighting that creates a very modern and sophisticated feel at night. The dining table is solid macassar ebony, and serves to draw the eye to what will surely be the finest dishes. Needless to say, meals aboard Riela would be a visual treat as much as a culinary one.

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Forward of the main saloon and dining area is the main deck helm station, a very large affair, and cleverly connected to the crew quarters and galley by staircase going to this forward area. From here, meals and service can be arranged within eyesight of the captain. As the two tenders are stowed on the forward deck, it also allows crew direct access to these boats without disturbing the aft areas of the yacht and her guests.

Back in the saloon, one takes the central staircase down below deck and enters a corridor connecting owner’s suite with guest and VIP suites. All sleeping quarters are forward of the engine room, which houses twin Caterpillar C32s, pushing Riela along at a comfortable cruising speed of 12 knots, with a 3,600-nautical mile range under power.

Guests and owner (or principal charterer) have fine comfort to look forward to after a day of sailing, or just lazing about in a fantastic private bay. The owner’s suite spans Riela’s 11-metre beam, and offers walk-in closet and two bathrooms. White surfaces abound and help to lighten the usually darker areas below the main deck. There are two double and two twin guest staterooms as well, allowing charterer to bring the whole family onboard for a cruise.

Rounding out the fun

In addition to her spectacular interiors, Riela offers a very large folding lazarette at the transom, as well as a fold-down gangway at the port side stern that allows for classy exits and entrances. The complement of toys includes a jet ski in the transom.

On long distance voyages, Riela’s retractable keel can drop down from just under four metres to almost ten metres, reducing heel and making crossings more pleasant for owner and charterers should they wish to put this fine yacht to the test in rougher seas.

Riela is built to ABS A1 and MCA compliance, and is available for charter in the Mediterranean.



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Technical Specifications –  Perini Navi’s Riela

LOA – 56m

LWL – 46.7m

Beam (max) – 11.52m

Draught (keel up) – 3.95m

Draught (keel down) – 9.73m

Displacement – 545 tonnes

Maximum speed (power) – 15.5 kts

Cruise – 13 kts

Range at 13 kts – 3,600nms

Class and LY2 compliance – ABS – MCA Malta Cross + A1 Yachtin

g Service – AMS

Main mast – 58.8m

Mizzen mast – 48.26m

Sail area – 1560m2

Sails – 100% Genoa, staysail, main sail and mizzen sail

Winches – Harken/Perini Navi automatic reel captive

Rigging – Riggarna “Nitronic 50” rod rigging

Engines – 2 x C32 Caterpillar

Naval Architecture/Exteriors – Ron Holland/Perini Navi

Interiors – Remi Tessier