Length Overall (m/ft): 56m (183.73ft)
Beam: 9.08m (29.79ft)
Draught Max: 2.83m (9.28ft)
Draught Min: 0m (0ft)
Gross Tonnage: 661 Tonnes
Hull #: 628
Country of Build: Netherlands
Date of Completion: 1984
Hull Material: Steel
Superstructure Material: Aluminium
Exterior Design: Diana Yacht Design B.V.
Interior Design: Terence Disdale Design
Class: Lloyds Register
Number of engines: 2
Manufacturer/ Type: Caterpillar Inc - 3512 DITA
Total HP: 2160
Total KW: 1610
Max Speed: 16kn
Cruise Speed: 14kn
Range: 0 nautical miles
Fuel Capacity: 0 (L) - 0 (G)
Water Capacity: 0 (L) - 0 (G)
The classic 52 meter Rio Rita was designed by Diana Yacht Design with a Terence Disdale interior. Rio Rita was originally launched by Koninklijke De Vries Scheepsbouw of Feadship in 1984, and purchased the next year by her current Greek owners.
Always impressed by her seaworthiness, classic form, and interior, the owners asked Amels to carefully modernize this 21-year-old beauty, in large part to give guests easier access to the water and land, to enjoy a more tranquil yachting experience. Amels began by replacing the square transom stern with a swim platform and symmetrical curved stairs to the main deck. This stretched Rio Rita from 52 to 56 meters and increased her top speed from 15 to 16 knots.
The owners anchor out a great deal in remote places, so the shipyard added a concealed high-holding kedge anchor and capstan on the deck astern. The Amels team also added a new hydraulic passerelle, replaced the old tender cranes with two hydraulic ones on the upper deck, and installed a saltwater whirlpool bath on the sundeck.
Despite the added weight aloft, stability was minimally affected. Below, Amels realigned the engines and shafts, upgraded the firefighting system, and added new soundproofing. Rio Rita was repainted completely outside, touched up inside, and had upholstery replaced in the existing Disdale style.
Photo & Text by Amels Holland B.V.
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