by Dom Wiseman

Nestled in the North of Italy, on the glittering Iseo Lake, is where magic takes place. From the historic Sarnico Shipyard, Riva, a part of the renowned Italian yacht manufacturing company, The Ferretti Group, has imagined and created some of their finest luxury masterpieces, including their latest Riva 56’ Rivale. The latest in their collection of open yachts, the 56’ Rivale was unveiled to the world on 10 June, oozing class and style, only rivalled by its thrilling opening event.

The mirrored wall, floating platforms, reflected the glittering waters of the Iseo back to the 300 International guests, who held their breath as the walls opened to reveal the 56’ Rivale, who glided through in all its glory. Dinner was served by the world famous three Michelin star Italian chef, Massimo Bottura, supported by the Gritti Palace Venice. Famous Italian artist, Mimmo Paladino, created a piece especially for the occasion, on the mahogany bow. The guests danced the night away, with the 56’ Rivale poised in full view.

“We lived a memorable day: the introduction of the new 56’ Rivale in Sarnico, where everything started and where every debut becomes unforgettable. This fantastic and charming open yacht, powerful and technological, has the privilege to glide on 175 years in the history of Riva. It inherits his name from its predecessor, even being completely new in its hull, lines, engines and technological solutions. This is because, as for every iconic product that made brand’s history, the name remains in its progressive evolution. The new 56’ Rivale is a masterpiece with no rival” explained Alberto Galassi, CEO of Ferretti Group.

The beautifully crafted 56’ Rivale is breathtaking, with its sporty edge, dark metallic colouring and extensive, sleek glass paneling. The detail is as extraordinary as ever, with its high gloss mahogany interiors, exceptional quality leathers and recognisable motif of a thin aquamarine-coloured line, shared by its little brothers, the stylish coupé models, futuristic convertibles and the iconic Rivamare.  The 56’ Rivale was crafted alongside the masterminds of the Product Strategy Committee and the Engineering Department of the Ferretti Group.

The main deck lounge is ideal for entertaining, set with a forward facing, L-shaped sofa and teak dining table. Straight through to the forward section, there is a raised dormouse and the 56’ Rivale is equipped with fridge, ice maker, grill, sink and a bar to cater to all of your entertaining needs. The foredeck features a reclining sun pad, with a protective top if required and all of the sun pads, seating and outdoor sofas are upholstered in original Mambo Artic technical fabric, exclusive to Riva.

The 56’ Rivale is equipped with all the latest technology, including monitoring and navigation systems, touchscreen displays, including MAN-Boening’s innovative wide version engine data display.The Williams 325 tender is stored in the garage stern and protected by a double shell, carbon fibre hatch. At the far end of the stern, in the cockpit, there lies a large sun pad, begging to be used. The mooring equipment is housed in compartments set in the bulwark.

The newest innovation of the Riva collection is the addition of extra steps in the hull, which can be used when the swimming platform becomes submerged from water movement, making it exceptionally easy to leave the water.

Natural light floods through the large hull windows into the galley onto the charming interiors that cry class, with the classic, dark, mahogany woods, sleek, mirrored surfaces and dark leathers that we have come to expect from Riva and the Ferretti Group. There is a plethora of storage options, including a special compartment for the Champagne magnum, especially stored for that special occasion. The TV screen is located on the mirrored wall of the galley, with plenty of sofa space and ottomans provided for ultimate comfort, fabric created by Italian company Ivano Redaelli.

The sleeping area features two en suite cabins. This first 56’ Rivale, includes the soft furnishings (cushions, bedspreads, tartan blankets and wall-to-wall carpets) designed also by Ivano Redaelli and Van Besouw. There is the inviting master suite and VIP cabin, whose décor radiates sophistication, with their melange of different woods, light and dark lacquered surfaces, mirrored surfaces and white Corian. The crew cabin has a single bed with bathroom with separate access from a hatch in the cockpit.

Standard engine capability is a cruising speed of 31 knots and a maximum speed of 35 knots with either the twin 1000 HP MAN engines, or twin 1200 HP MAN engines. In both cases, the propulsion system is V-Drive.

Power and performance can be increased by with the addition of a more powerful engine, with a cruising speed of 34 knots and a maximum speed of 38 knots. The engine room is accessed through two hatches on the bridge, one in the centre of the cockpit and the other at the far end of the stern on the left. A Seakeeper stabiliser can be fitted on request, to minimise roll in open sea and at anchor.