2019 Riva Rivamare

Boat Reviews

Boat Review by: Richard Crowder

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Think of the very rich and the very famous. Think royalty. Think of the jewel-like waters of the Mediterranean. Think lifestyle aboard the megayachts moored in the harbours of Monaco and Monte Carlo. Think Riva. Think those who have owned Riva’s like King Hussein of Jordon, like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Brigitte Bardot, Sofia Loren and Sean Connery. Think exclusive luxury and glamour and Italian craftsmanship. Think Riva.

Created over 175 years ago by Pietro Riva on Lake Iseo in Sarnico, Italy, Riva, since 2000 owned by the Ferretti Group, continues to command a reaction of awe and reverence and wonder and envy simply with the mention of the word Riva. “Exclusive” is a much over-worked and misused adjective but if you own a Riva in North America, and more especially in Canada, you would most certainly own an exclusive and highly revered vessel.

Today, Riva offers fourteen models in three series from twenty-seven to one hundred and sixty-four feet. At thirty-nine feet, the Rivamare is the third smallest of seven models up to eighty-eight feet in the Open series. But don’t think for one moment that the Rivamare is an “open” runabout in the North American sense. It may double as a megayacht tender in the Mediterranean but it is a fully capable overnighter for two with luxurious accommodation.

If you were one of the very few fortunate ones to acquire a Riva brochure dedicated solely to the Rivamare at its exclusive showing at the recent Toronto International Boat Show, a brochure that in itself is a high cost, oversize, hard cover coffee table-like book, or if you go onto the Riva website, what you will find is superb photography of the lifestyle associated with the ownership of a Rivamare. Nowhere will you find mundane information such as a listing of standard or optional equipment. The intimation is that Riva will provide that which is considered essential to the boating lifestyle associated with the ownership of a Rivamare.

Highly finished and polished wood accenting is found throughout the interior and exterior. Teak inlay highlights the foredeck, portions of the side decks, the cockpit floor, center walkway from the cockpit across the engine compartment, the doublewide staircase down the center of the transom, and on the electrically extending large swim platform. Cushions transform each side of this platform into a pair of lounges and a stainless steel swim ladder retracts into this platform. The top of the engine compartment is one huge padded sunlounge with center filler cushion.

With its eleven and a half foot beam, the cockpit provides commodious and luxurious seating for eight with a U-shaped lounge separated from the dual helm seats and single passenger seat by cabinets with inlaid wood tops doubling as tables. A highly polished large bi-fold solid wood floor-mounted table serves this U-shaped lounge. In the European tradition, the driver’s helm is on the port side.

This very modern yet classically opulent helm features more wood inlay with chrome accenting and hand-stitched materials. The Rivamare is powered by a pair of 400 horsepower Volvo Penta D6 diesel sterndrives with Duo-Prop outdrives. Centered ahead of the driver is a horizontal array of large and small diameter chrome-bezeled electronic/analog instrumentation below which is a row of red indicator lights flanked by a pair of cockpit air conditioning/heating outlets. To the right of this is a flush-mount Volvo/Garmin glass cockpit screen. To the immediate right of the very classy steering wheel is the Volvo Joystick control.

The cabin provides ideal overnighting for two with a large forward convertible V-berth/dinette complete with full surrounding padded and upholstered back bolsters. The graceful contouring of the headliner is unique and indirect lighting is fully surrounding. A complete galley is to starboard with stovetop, sink, refrigerator and lots of storage drawers and cabinets. Some of these cabinets have full frontal hand-stitched leather inserts and leather handles. Dedicated storage for plates, glasses, and cutlery is provided. The full size head compartment to port features a separate stand-up shower compartment and wall-to-wall vanity with sink, lots of storage, teak inlaid flooring, and toilet.

Top speed is said to be 40 knots or approximately 46 mph with an optimum cruising speed of 31 knots or about 35 mph. With the 1000 liters of fuel aboard, range at cruising speed is said to be 280 nautical miles or about 322 statute miles.

Every minute detail of the Rivamare exudes opulence and exclusivity and presuming that the Rivamare is representative of the other thirteen models in its lineup, it is easy to see why Riva claims that its boats are “27 to 164 feet of seduction.”

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Length: 39' 11.9 m
Beam: 11'6" 3.5 m
Dry weight: 19,842 lbs 9,000 kg
Draft: 3'10" 116 cm
Fuel Capacity: 264 US gals 1000 L
Base Engine / Drive: Twin Volvo Diesel Sterndrive
Engine HP: Twin 400
Fuel Type: Diesel
Deadrise: 15
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