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Riva’s Rivale 52 Is Powerful and Comfortable

At 38 knots and outfiited with three staterooms, the Riva Rivale 52 is luxury family cruising.

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Riva Rivale 52
Twin 900 hp MAN diesels give the Rivale 52 a 38-knot top hop. Twin 1,050 hp MANs were optional. Courtesy Ferretti Group

Riva’s Rivale 52 is a part of the Italian shipyard’s line of classic designs that includes the Aquariva and Rivarama.

It is set up with three staterooms belowdecks: an en suite master forward and two twin-berth guest staterooms to port and starboard. The galley belowdecks has a cooktop, sink, microwave, and refrigerator/freezer below a plasma TV. The main deck’s hydraulically lifted leather sun pad aft hides a garage capable of stowing an Avon RIB.

At press time, there were 17 Rivale 52s available, ranging from $573,949 to $1,434,873.   

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From the Archive

“The overall length of the Rivale is close to 53 feet, and she has a generous beam of 15 feet. The hull conforms to convention, with a deep-V and a rise of 16 degrees, combined with spray rails and a raking bow. Propellers are carried in semi-tunnels that help reduce the draft and provide a more efficient shaft angle. The rudders are tucked inside the tunnels, and the trim tabs are recessed, so there is nothing to spoil the lines.”

Yachting, October 2007

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