Although the 86 is classed as a sports yacht, it does have a compact flybridge, with just a sunbed, a settee and the helm. To keep the profile sleek, the radar scanner and side rails around the fly are very low (perhaps a little too low for safety). The helm itself has just the basic controls for harbour manoeuvring, but there is an option of having the navigation screens here on a dashboard that rises up at the touch of a button. The helm enjoys a commanding view from up here and this is the place for docking the yacht. Riva have included a control station in the cockpit.

The cockpit is wonderful, with a settee on a raised plinth aft. Forward of this is a lower settee that serves as the dining table. The cockpit has a barbecue and an icemaker and alongside these, there is the hatch that gives access to the crew accommodation. There is room for four crew in two twin bunk cabins. The crew also have a bathroom and a mess room, plus direct access to the engine compartment. A second sunbed and a sitting out area enter into the forward coachroof, so there is plenty of choice when you want to find the sun.

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The power for the 86 comes from two 2435-horsepower MTU V-16 diesels. These fit snugly into the spacious engine compartment with all the auxiliary systems mounted around them. They move forward to V-drive gearboxes, and then aft to the conventional shaft and propeller system. With close to 5000 horsepower on tap, there is plenty of welly to get the Domino up and running. The exciting acceleration is matched by a top speed of over 38 knots.

At this top speed, the 86 still runs very sweetly. In fact, a very noticeable feature is the smooth running at all speeds. There was a low swell during our sea trial off La Spezia in Italy, and the 86 took this and the wake of passing vessels in stride. The ride of the 86 gives every confidence and the very effective trimming system allows the hull to be fine-tuned for different sea conditions. The thoroughbred ride matched the thoroughbred styling.

The Riva 86 ticks a lot of the right boxes in terms of looks and performance, but in the search for innovative interior styling, it seems as if the stylists have lost touch a bit with the need for comfortable on-board living as well as good looks. There are many options for an owner in terms of the interior décor, so there is likely a choice in the Riva palette that suits very personal tastes. Overall, the Domino is a welcome addition to the Riva stable – she is pure poetry on the water.

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Technical Specifications – Riva 86 Domino

LOA                                                    26.4 m                                                

LWL                                                   20.68 m

Beam                                                     6.2 m

Draught                                                 1.82 m

Displacement (loaded)                        75.20 tn

Engines                                               2 x 2435 hp MTU v16 2000 diesels

Drive type                                           V-drive to shafts and propellers

Speed (max/cruise)                              38/34 knts

Range at 34 knots                               335 nm

Fuel capacity                                       7500 l

Freshwater capacity                            900 l

Communication/navigation electronics  Furuno

Owner and guests (number)                8

Crew (number)                                    4

Construction                                       Composites

Classification                                      A  RINA

Naval architect (name/company)        Italiano Design and in house

Interior designer (name/company)      Italiano design and in house



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