Published: Thursday, 21 May 2015

The Riva 88 Domino Super and the Riva 88 Florida made their debut in Monte Carlo May 18, while waiting to be presented at the 2015 Cannes Yachting Festival.

Riva 88 Domino Super To Premiere In Monte Carlo In May

The 88-foot Domino Super boasts high standards of style, comfort and performance. With an overall length of 26.7 metres (87.7 feet) and a beam of 6.3 metres (20.8 feet) it is the result of the cooperation between Officina Italiana Design - the design firm led by Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta that pencils the entire Riva range - and Ferretti Group’s Engineering Department.

This yacht strikes the eye with its slender, streamlined profile, highlighted by the colour of the hull, a dark “London Grey”.

A harmonious blend of wood, leather, and polished stainless steel, further highlighted by the LED lighting system, characterises the onboard décor on the main deck and below deck.

Sophisticated solutions inside include: striped rosewood - a dark wood with reddish grains - combined with “Ice White” or dark leather to create impressive contrasts, resulting in a classic, refined elegance that is enhanced by the natural light shining through the glazing along the sides and the front windshield.

The forward area has been modified from the previous model: moving the pilot station to the starboard side has allowed the installation of a storage compartment separating the two stairways leading to the galley. This has also made it possible to install a new windshield, supported by a central stanchion, while right of the pilot station there is now an electric window similar to those found on motor vehicles.

A ceiling-high wall on which the TV screen has been mounted conceals the two-seat pilot station. The TV can be electrically oriented towards the dining area.

One flight of stairs leads to the lobby, which then goes forward to the three guest cabins, while to starboard, towards the stern, a door opens up onto a second series of steps taking to the full-beam master stateroom, located amidships.

This airy cabin, which benefits from plenty of natural light thanks to the two hull windows and the portholes, is furnished with a low cabinet and a desk/vanity set to starboard. The furniture includes other freestanding units that can be chosen by the Owner. The double bed, on the left- hand side, is in front of the wall-mounted TV screen. Behind the cabin, across an access room, are the Owner’s bathroom and the large walk-in wardrobe, which is completed by two additional wardrobe modules, one in the access room and the other one forward, beside the stairs.

In the standard version, the yacht is equipped with two MTU 16V 2000 M93, 2435mhp engines, allowing it to reach a maximum speed of 38 knots and a cruising speed of 34 knots. As an option, two MTU 16V 2000 M94, 2638mhp engines can be installed instead, pushing the yacht up to 40 knots and ensuring a cruising speed of 35 knots (preliminary data).

In order to offer the utmost comfort even when the yacht is at anchor, two Seakeeper stabilisers can be installed, upon request, aft of the engine. To make mooring operations even easier, a second propeller can be installed aft, in addition to the forward one.

Riva 88 Domino Super To Premiere In Monte Carlo In May 1

The most intriguing aspect of the 88-foot Florida is that its convertible top, inspired by the automotive sector, allows it to be an open model as well as a coupé. 

"The 88 Florida is a dream come true, a jewel of Italian yachting that we are delighted and excited to be presenting," says Ferretti Group's CEO Aberto Galassi. "We took up the and won a tough challenge from an engineering, design and a production viewpoint and today we can introduce the world to an unprecedented craft that turns into reality a new way of enjoying life at sea. The 88 Florida writes a new chapter in Riva's story - an Italian story that the world will, once more, fall in love with."

The convertible top system makes the yacht - capable of shifting from an open to a coupé configuration and vice versa by automatically operating the hard top that can cover the pilot station in the cockpit. Indeed, the convertible top system allows the aerodynamic hard top to rotate and turning the 88 Florida into a coupé model, or to flawlessly integrate it with the deckhouse at the level of the dinette, converting the boat into an open yacht. 

A pantograph hydraulic mechanism drives two arms connected to the hard top and is controlled by an electronic power unit that ensures the smooth, uninterrupted movement of every moving component. This system, which is operated by one single control, is monitored by sensors installed near the individual moving parts, so as to ensure the safety of both guests and the crew during operation. Moreover, the entire procedure is displayed, and can therefore be verified by the captain, on the Naviop touch screen display in the pilot station.

All décor solutions draw inspiration from late '80s - early '90s atmospheres, paying tribute to some iconic Riva yachts of those times, such as the Bahamas - the first to be sketched by Mauro Micheli. The yacht exudes a warm Mediterranean style, which designer refers to as vintage reinterpreted in a contemporary mood. 

The 88 Florida comes with two MTU 16 V 200 M 93, 2435mhp engines that allow it to reach a maximum speed of 38.5 knots and a cruising speed of 34 knots, resulting in a range of 310 and 340 nautical miles, respectively.