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Riva 100' Corsaro In Hong Kong For World Premiere

Wading Into The Future

Deep breaths were taken when Riva first launched the 100' Corsaro last year October in La Spezia by Italian giants, Ferretti Group. What was once just an exciting prospect has finally made its world premiere recently in Hong Kong and as such, the future looks bright for Riva because the Corsaro 100' is as expected- simply stunning to look at on water.

Riva, who sail under the seasoned mast of Ferretti Group, have built a reputation for delivering tactful and highly functional yachts over the years. The brand's experience, backed by the Italian Group, is definitely something to keep a close watch on for the future, judging on how their latest beauty, the 100' Corsaro was received in awe recently in Hong Kong. This latest Riva yacht is the fruit of the cooperation between Ferretti Group's Product Strategy Committee, the Group's Engineering Department, and designer Mauro Micheli, co-founder, together with Sergio Beretta, of Officina Italiana Design, the design firm that exclusively works the entire Riva fleet from fine sketches to the physical boat. In essence, the Riva 100' Corsaro is a maxi-yacht that blends together comfort, performance, style, technology, design and safety. At one glance though, its solutions have been deemed megayacht-worthy even by all those who witnessed its debut up in Hong Kong on the 22nd of April 2017.

In line with their 175th anniversary, Riva put on a memorable spectacle to usher in the era of the Riva Corsaro 100' at the fourth edition of "Ferretti Group Open Days", held at the exquisite Aberdeen Marina Club in Hong Kong. Throngs of yacht connoisseurs and lovers of pleasure boating flocked over to the event from around the world just to gaze upon this stylish flybridge. The classic style and quality of the Italian-made Riva was obviously met with applauds and cheers as a testament to the fact that the entire 2017 production has already been sold out. This not only points to how the Corsaro 100' is a peek into the Riva future, but also shines light on the fact that Riva has been well-received in the Asia Pacific market. The brand is of course in buoyant spirits to carry this momentum moving forward and it all begins now by virtue of this new Riva Corsaro 100' yacht and for a number of good reasons that is. 

Firstly, its unique exterior features are clearly measured, calculated and streamlined. The crisp and solid aura that it expresses is down to its silhouette that resembles the tip of an arrow. This gives it a sporty profile that captures the hidden magnificence of this yacht. The large glazed windows seem to punctuate the hull and the superstructure which makes the Italian flybridge a full 30 metre (98.1 feet) breathtaking visual impact. The uninterrupted large hull window with integrated portholes on both sides connects the guest cabins, while on the maid deck glazed surfaces run up to the salon and the forward master suite. On a raised level, the wide front and side windscreens effectively protect the helm station. The sun deck with hard top combines stylish elegance, aerodynamic design and unmatched comfort.

Riva's skilled sense in boat solutions begins to come alive in the aft area design. The entire area shows consistent form and functionality with the use of the latest tech available. A new operating system exclusively patented by Ferretti Group, allows the garage door to open and tilt down onto the beach area, creating a large beach club at water level. Once the door is over the platform, it automatically aligns and then lowers diagonally under the water together with the central part of the platform. In this way, the garage is flooded to launch or haul out the tender (up to 4.45 metres long) and jet-ski. The platform can then be submerged to various depths, allowing guests to prepare for sea activities or simply relax in the water. 

Up on the main deck, guests will be welcomed to a spacious lounge with a forward-facing sofa and a large fixed table with three additional outdoor seats. To starboard, a stairway leads to the flybridge. The interior is characterized by its open-space design and is fitted out as a living area with a C-shaped sofa, a low table to starboard and a cabinet to port with a concealed TV screen in the ceiling panel itself. The glazed window left of the dining table can open up to a walkway, while the corresponding bulwark can be lowered to provide an exclusive outdoor panoramic terrace. The central area divides onboard circulation flows, ensuring utmost privacy for guests and freedom of movement for the crew as well. 

The grand side of the Riva 100' Corsaro is of course to the port side. Beyond the minimalist dining room, there is a lobby – also accessible from the exterior walkway – with a day head and the staircase leading to the suites. A second door opens further forward into the magnificent wide-body master stateroom, featuring a central double bed and a walk-in wardrobe. The suite is furnished with a writing desk cum vanity table with a panoramic view to starboard, and an armchair with a coffee table on the left with its large forward bathroom divided comfortably into three zones. On the first unit, customized to enhance onboard conviviality, the suite will be replaced by a private lounge with audio and/or video equipment for the odd (or frequent karaoke). All these is isolated, in the sense that the crew can follow their own dedicated circulation route. 

Down on the lower deck and in its standard version, the layout includes four spacious guest suites. The two aft cabins, identical in terms of size and fittings, can boast many details in Riva's unmistakable style and are flooded with natural light thanks to the 1.86 sqm hull windows – among the largest in class according to Riva. An alternative layout sees a huge full-beam suite aft, a solution that the owner of the first unit chose for his suite. 

The sun deck unsurprisingly in Riva fashion, offers breathtaking views with protection offered by the handrail that encloses it – an appreciated solution shared with the 76' Perseo. 

The central and forward areas, protected by the hard top, can also be reached from the raised helm station. The Italian builders assert that the flybridge can be furnished with a large 'al fresco' dining area to port, while on the right, a cocktail bar will be the perfect location for those unforgettable parties one might host. A second private lounge, separate from the technical area for anchoring operations in the bow, overlooks the pilot house and features a large central sun pad, beyond which is a comfortable C-shaped sofa. This area can be protected with curtains of an outdoor sheltering system upon owners' needs and tastes. 

With such direct yet functional features ripe across the Riva 100' Corsaro from stern to bow, powering this stylish Italian yacht will be either one of two configurations, both of which are MTU 16V Series 2000 units. Owners can choose between twin M93 2435 mph or twin M64 2638 mhp power units, which will push the yacht to a cruising speed of 24.5 knots and a maximum speed of 27.5 or 25 knots and 29 knots respectively, based on preliminary data. As standard, the Riva 100' Corsaro will be equipped with zero-speed and underway stabilizing fins, which can of course be replaced by gyros upon request.

As seen from the upbeat scenes in Hong Kong recently, the Riva Corsaro 100' is a successful development of a brand with proper experience in yacht craftsmanship. It is a confident character on water and the Italian brand assures that it is a hard-cruising maxi flybridge that pays homage to Riva's unrelenting sense for functionality and performance, traits that a few people would've enjoyed up in Hong Kong, traits that tell us of the bright future ahead for the Italian yachting marque.

 Images: Riva Yachts