Riva builds a 56 Open

Riva adds a 56 Open to its wide-ranging yacht lineup.

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Riva introduces a new 56-footer.Courtesy Riva

Riva is adding a 56-footer to its eight-model Open series, currently ranging from the 27-foot Iseo to the 88-foot Florida. The 56 Open will fill a gap between the yard's 43-foot Rivarama Super and 63-foot Virtus.

The yacht is said to feature Riva’s trademark low-profile, aggressive lines with performance to match. Riva says that the 56 Open is standard with twin 1,000 hp MAN diesels, offering a reported 32-knot cruise speed and 35-knot top end. With optional 1,200 hp MANs, cruise speed should increase to 35 knots with a 39-knot top end. Her range at cruising speed is reportedly 260 and 240 nautical miles, respectively. (Both engine options are V-drive configurations.)

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The Riva 56 Open comes with twin 1,000 hp MAN diesels.Courtesy Riva
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Riva's 56 Open is expected to debut in late spring 2017.Courtesy Riva

Enhancing the yacht’s go-fast appearance are hullside windows running from amidships to about few feet abaft the bow. On the practical side, the windows help bring natural light into the amidships master stateroom and forepeak VIP belowdecks. There are two heads for the owner and guests. In addition, there is a crew cabin and a third head.

Creating a modern, upscale feel, Riva uses high-gloss mahogany for its interiors, complementing the lacquered finishes, leather and stainless-steel accents. Teak is used for the exteriors.

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External, top deck and below deck layout of the Riva 56 Open.Courtesy Riva

For those enjoy a dip before breakfast, Riva has incorporated steps into the swim platform that open under water. No more climbing a vertical ladder. In addition, the 56 Open’s garage accommodates a Williams 325 jet tender for jaunts to beach or dinner ashore.

There is a sunpad aft for catching some rays with friends, and the cockpit’s L-shaped sofa and teak table provides a place for lunch after your tanning session. There is also space in the cockpit for a fridge, grill, ice maker and sink. A second sunpad is found on the foredeck.

Look for Hull No. 1, painted in a metallic shark grey, to launch in late spring.