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New Yacht: Riva 88 Folgore

The Riva 88 Folgore is the new 38-knot flagship of the builder’s Sportfly yacht series.

November 24, 2020
Riva 88 Folgore
With 2,638 hp MTU diesels, the 88 Folgore tops out at 38 knots, according to Riva. Courtesy Riva Yacht

When Riva launched the 66 Ribelle about two years ago, it introduced yachting enthusiasts to its Sportfly line, which combines a performance focus with the lines of an express cruiser and the function of a flybridge. The Italian shipyard takes that idea to new lengths with its Sportfly-range flagship 88 Folgore, which means “lightning bolt” in Italian. It’s a clever design that maintains a relatively low profile. It’s a look that should appeal to cruisers and speed fans alike. Riva says the yacht’s sporty aesthetic is partially inspired by automotive designs. It is also the result of a collaboration among Officina Italiana Design, the builder’s product strategy committee led by Piero Ferrari, and the Ferretti Group engineering department.

On the performance side of the equation, the 88 Folgore has a warped-hull form with 13 degrees of transom deadrise. Standard power is twin 2,435 hp MTU 16V 2000 M96s. Twin 2,638 hp MTU 16V M96Ls are optional. With standard power, Riva reports a 30-knot cruise speed and a 36-knot top hop. The bigger diesels reportedly bump up cruise speed to 32 knots with a 38-knot top hop. Range at cruising speed is 340 nautical miles or 350 nautical miles, respectively.

Maximizing the yacht’s outside real estate, Riva created multiple alfresco social zones. Starting at the foredeck, there’s a sun pad. Abaft the sun pad is a U-shaped lounge. The flybridge has another sun pad positioned far aft on centerline. A dining table with U-shaped seating is on centerline in the 236-square-foot cockpit. A bar with two stools, located forward and to starboard, is optional. And then there is the nearly 65-square-foot beach club. The swim platform can also be lowered to launch and retrieve a tender.

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Inside, the floor plan is open from the cockpit doors to the two-seat helm that’s forward and to starboard. There is formal dining for eight to port. Cut-down bulwarks amidships provide ocean views out the glass superstructure when dining.

Riva 88 Folgore
Structural glass surrounds the 88 Folgore’s main deck, letting natural light into the salon and creating a sense of volume. The glass hardtop forward opens to let in salty breezes. Courtesy Riva Yacht
Riva 88 Folgore
Stairs flanking the transom lead to the cockpit, which has a U-shaped dining setup. In profile, the low-back seating helps maintain the vessel’s sleek lines. Courtesy Riva Yacht
Riva 88 Folgore
The foredeck table seats six to eight guests. From there, it’s one step up to the sun pad for four guests. There’s also unobstructed access to ground tackle. Courtesy Riva Yacht
Riva 88 Folgore
The Riva 88 Folgore has a fine entry for slicing a seaway. Courtesy Riva Yacht

Accommodations on the 88 Folgore include a forepeak VIP stateroom, two double-berth guest staterooms abaft it to port and starboard, and a full-beam master stateroom amidships. The master has three layout options, including head and walk-in closet placement as well as a desk/vanity area.

Take the next step: riva-yacht.com

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