Riva’s Rivale 52 Is Powerful and Comfortable

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

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.   


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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