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Riva 92 Duchessa

Riva 92 Duchessa, an essential yacht

Mauro Micheli, who co-owns the Officina Italiana Design, is the pen behind both the interiors and exteriors of the Riva series launched after the yard was bought out by Ferretti. It was to him we spoke about the latest addition to the range, the 92 Duchessa, a 28.4-metre yacht that caused a flurry of admiration when it was previewed on the Costa Smeralda last summer before being exhibited on the water at both the Cannes and Genoa shows. “It’s an imposing yacht in terms of its dimensions but it’s also sleek with very few lines. It’s very simple yet it’s very different from anything else out there,” began Micheli. “The small deckhouse with its metallic anthracite paintwork, white superstructure and dark hull lend it a dinner jacket-type elegance, you might say,” he continues. “The philosophy that underpins our design was all about creating a boat with its own very powerful personality but without getting entangled in current trends to ensure that it would hold its own through the years. A boat that won’t date so you won’t get tired of it and so it will keep its value on the pre-owned market. The same concept was applied to the interiors: the furnishings are simple and functional, timeless. We also designed it so that if, after a few years, the owner wanted to freshen it up, it would only take a few minor modifications to do so. The end result though is partly down to Norberto Ferretti who, although he did give us carte blanche creatively, also provided us with excellent support when it came to the technical side and the layout. Ferretti is so experienced that he knows exactly how important generous, well-used spaces are to really experiencing the sea in complete comfort and relaxation,” concludes Micheli.


But apart from its sophisticated furnishings and finish something Riva is renowned for the Duchessa also boasts a whole array of innovative solutions, first and foremost of which is her pilothouse. This is semicircular in shape and three steps up from the main deck. Its large windshield affords perfect views too. The beautifully kitted-out bridge is an attractive metallic bronze. There’s also a dinette for the crew, a sofa, a large underfloor locker for stowage and direct access to the galley which is immediately forward of it. The galley is slightly lower and adjoins the crew quarters forward which include two two-berth cabins, a single, three bathrooms and a laundry area. Another fabulous flourish is the sun pad in the garage once the transom door is opened out, it extends out at water level to create a truly unparalleled relaxation area.

In reality, this aft sun pad is just one of the many possible options offered: the garage, in fact, is designed to have sufficient space to host the sun pad plus a 3.2-metre tender, or the sun pad plus a jet ski, or yet still a tender plus a jet ski but without the sun pad. In other words, the owner has a choice of two items out of three. Another innovative touch is the fibreglass hard top on the fly which has an electric sliding fabric panel and provides shade for the central dinette. Its sleek, forward raked line brings a sense of continuity and aerodynamic movement to the boat’s profile too. The fly is also home to a second helm station, a galley unit with grill, a central Jacuzzi (owner’s can opt for a bar there instead though) and a large sun pad. The open area aft can be used to stow a 3.85-metre tender or a jet ski.

That said, the latter can also be stowed in the garage along with a wet bike although this would mean foregoing that intriguing sliding sun pad! There’s a further sun pad on the foredeck as well as a semicircular sofa with an extendible table. Needless to say, there’s a hideaway canopy for shade too. The Duchessa’s interiors are dominated by Canaletto walnut with hammered white leather trim for the furnishings, bulkheads and even Venetian blinds. The stitching was inspired by French luggage sets. The sofas and armchairs are also cream leather and this creates a cool, elegant atmosphere. The floors are limed oak with marble powder stone inserts.

Riva 92 Duchessa

The cabins are carpeted. The covered cockpit offers a sofa and eight-seater teak table. The folding chairs tuck away into its foot too. Next is the open plan saloon where the conversation area comes first, followed by the dining area which is topped by a backlit panel. The garage is aft on the lower deck while the engine room houses two 2,211 hp MTUs which give the Duchessa 92 a top speed of 29 knots and a cruising one of 26 knots with a 360-mile range. The full-beam owner’s stateroom is amidships and backs onto a double bathroom with Jacuzzi and shower. It features a generous walk-in wardrobe, a vanity table/desk and large side windows with opening portholes for ventilation purposes. There are also two two-berth cabins and a VIP, also full-beam. Once again all have very large windows. As always, the spec is absolutely top class very much in the Riva tradition and includes ARG stabilisers for complete comfort even in choppier waters.

Giorgia Gessner

(Yacht Capital, n. 2/2009)

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