Thursday, September 8, 2016
It is the second model with a dual soul, as both open and coupé.
With the 76’ Bahamas the iconic Riva brand writes another page in the story of yachting. The art of yachting is enriched by a new masterpiece that brings together the charm of timeless design with the sophisticated pleasure of technological innovation.
This is the idea behind the patented “C-Top” system, which enables a yacht to be transformed from open to coupé mode and vice versa. On the 76’ Bahamas, it effectively doubles the comfort and fun to be enjoyed on board.
“Written into the 76’ Bahamas is Riva's current DNA: a perfect synthesis of history and tradition, of innovation and technology, of elegance and performance” says Alberto Galassi, Chief Executive Officer of the Ferretti Group. “The new convertible epitomises the synergy between excellence in yacht design and excellence in naval engineering that has produced a super sports boat. With graceful lines and rich in technical features, it is built using cutting-edge materials and sails like a dream. Owners will enjoy an unforgettable experience thanks to the sophisticated Mediterranean lifestyle offered by this yacht.”
The new model is a further step in the evolutionary path that led to the launch, in May 2015, of the 88’ Domino Super and 88’ Florida, the coupé and convertible yachts born of the same design tradition and guided by a similar spirit. In just over a year these models have won the hearts of Riva enthusiasts around the world. On the strength of these successes Riva announces the 76’ Bahamas, a brilliant way to close the circle of a pioneering and winning vision.
The outcome of a collaborative project between Officina Italiana Design - the studio founded and headed by Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta - the Group's Product Strategy Committee and Marketing Department, as well as the Ferretti Group Engineering Department, the yacht is based on the technical platform of the 76’ Perseo, Riva’s much-desired coupé model.
The aerodynamic profile of the hull, in Shark Grey with contrasting detailing in Bright Black, features generous hull glazing intersected by the Riva logo in chrome-plated steel.
The engine room is a carry-over from the coupé, as is the layout of the crew cabin, accessed from the cockpit through a compartment built into the sofa on the left. The hatch, the tender launching/landing systems, and the moving features of the beach platform, create a perfect area both technically and for sheer enjoyment.
The layout of the cockpit and helm station, the design of the master suite and lower deck living space, as well as the entire interior styling, have been custom designed for the new convertible.
The spacious cockpit is fitted with a sun pad overlooking the beach platform, and a chaise longue and sofa adjacent to the side companionways. The salon, sheltered behind the windscreen of double-curved laminated glass and polished stainless steel, is the dominant feature on the main deck.
The dining area, situated on the starboard side, is furnished with an L-shaped sofa and a table that seat 8 comfortably.
There is a cabinet on the left, featuring a sink, grill, refrigerator and ice-maker, and a dormeuse deckchair looking out over the stern. The locker underneath houses a practical drawer in teak fitted with two baskets for separate waste collection. Upon request, the unit can be fitted with a retractable TV and a fridge.
The helm station and instrument console extends to starboard. The pilot and co-pilot seats are flanked by a third seat as well as the sliding hatch leading to the lower deck. These seats, custom designed for the new Riva models by Officina Italiana Design, are fitted onto a fibreglass body and fixed to a stainless steel “bridge”, whose particular shape gives a touch of lightness to the overall aesthetic design.
On the lower deck, a full-beam master suite is outfitted with a forward facing double bed and a cabinet to starboard complete with an en suite bathroom subdivided into three areas. In the master lobby, there is a washer-dryer housed inside a practical storage space. On the opposite side, a spacious locker provides extra on-board storage space.
The lounge area features an L-shaped sofa and a glass-topped dining table with steel base. Behind it, there are several storage compartments housing, among other things, audio equipment. The TV screen is positioned in a mirror-panelled bulkhead.
The interior décor enhances the yacht's Mediterranean character: its essence is rift-cut white veneer, embellished with obsidian varnish and leather trim. Stainless steel gives a final touch to the overall style of the 76’ Bahamas design, with its stunning combinations of materials and light and dark colour contrasts, a hallmark of the Riva style. The worktops and floors of the galley and bathrooms are in Corian - or marble, on request.
THE NEW “C-TOP”
The aerodynamic roof is made of carbon fibre , a material chosen for its light weight and technical characteristics. The folding mechanism is operated by twin pairs of carbon fibre struts with a polished carbon look finish. When lifted up from the forward cowling, the roof positions itself and hooks onto the windscreen and carbon fibre roll bar in coupé mode, revealing a spacious dinette in the bow. The housing space for the various antennas and satellite systems is built into the roll bar, which also features a striking central “fin” with the stainless steel mast for the navigation lights and antennae fitted around it.
Carbon fibre is also the chosen material for the side covers protecting the retraction compartments for the struts. The electric locking system of the roof, windscreen and roll bar automatically activates once the roof is positioned over the cockpit, thereby completing the normal opening-closing sequence. Based on initial testing the entire movement is completed in approximately 90 seconds (preliminary data).
ENGINES AND PERFORMANCE
76’ Bahamas is equipped with a pair of centreline V drive MAN V12 engines, 1,550 MPH each, the same propulsion choice made for 76’ Perseo, with VIM adjustable-pitch propellers. With these engines it is possible to reach a maximum speed of 32 knots and a cruising speed of 28 knots (preliminary data). Yacht owners can also opt for a pair of MAN V12 engines, 1,800 MPH each, boosting performance to a maximum speed of 37 knots and a cruising speed of 32 knots (preliminary data). A Seakeeper NG16 can be fitted on request, to provide maximum comfort when at anchor.