Superyacht of the Week: Riva's dashing Dolcevita 110

Written by Charl van Rooy

With over 10 units already sold in its new 110 Dolcevita line of superyachts that was unveiled for the first time this year in La Spezia, Riva knows its on the right track with their new Mediterranean-friendly cruiser. The Dolcevita stands out in a competitive market segment with her unmistakable made-in-Italy lines that somehow manage, even at this scale, to seamlessly continue the style of Riva’s smaller craft in its line up of motor yachts. Riva 110 Dolcevita cruisingPhoto: Riva

Following in the footsteps of the brand’s successful 100 Corsaro model, the 110 Dolcevita is once again the work of long-time Riva partner in design, Officina Italiana Design. The all-GRP yacht has been sculpted with the same timeless and chic lines that define the rest of the Riva product range with materials such as stainless steel, glazed windows and matching black inserts creating a sophisticated and modern look that is often lacking in other yachts in this class. Riva 110 Dolcevita cruisingPhoto: RivaRiva 110 Dolcevita cruisingPhoto: Riva

Right at the top of the 34-metre Riva flagship sits a composite hardtop that has been designed with asymmetrical glass inserts that open up the flybridge to the sky above whilst still offering protection from the elements. The deck is split into two parts with a general living area, complete with bar and lounge, on a forward raised section while an aft sunken area is where loose-standing deck furniture can be placed as a main sunbathing space. The flybridge up forward gives her captain a perfect vantage point for manoeuvring when coming into port with quick access to the wheelhouse inside through a central companionway. Riva 110 Dolcevita interiorPhoto: RivaRiva 110 Dolcevita upper deckPhoto: RivaRiva 110 Dolcevita interiorPhoto: RivaRiva 110 layoutPhoto: Ferretti Group

Here, the 110 Dolcevita’s captain and owner have full control over the 5,200 hp generated by the twin MTU M96L engines. This power is good for a top speed of 26 knots, enough to get you from Monaco to St Tropez in under two hours if that’s the type of cruising you are into. A more sustainable cruising speed of 23 knots will ensure a more comfortable and economical experience for the guests and the yacht itself. Riva 110 Dolcevita interiorPhoto: RivaRiva 110 layoutPhoto: Ferretti Group

Heading one level down onto the main deck, one gets a first impression of what lies behind those blacked-out glazed windows that are so noticeable from the outside. Surprisingly, those same dark windows are what lend the main saloon its airiness and clarity. Low furniture gives an unobstructed view to the outside from any angle in the room apart from the monster TV that sits at eye level that breaks the otherwise clean lines of the decor. Riva 110 Dolcevita interiorPhoto: RivaRiva 110 Dolcevita interiorPhoto: Riva

A chic dining area with a glass-top and eclectic leather chair is a break from the conventional formal dining space we normally see in this location. A professional galley is located just ahead of the dining area for fast service to the main deck and flybridge above and comes with its own window to keep the chef inspired.Riva 110 Dolcevita interiorPhoto: RivaRiva 110 Dolcevita interiorPhoto: RivaRiva 110 layoutPhoto: Ferretti Group

Riva offers its clients the option to include a four-cabin VIP setup on the lower deck or alternatively a full-beam ‘second owner’s’ suite aft along with two double VIP cabins forward for a total of either eight or 10 guests respectively. The master suite on the first unit continues the simplistic style found elsewhere on the yacht with no cluttering furniture that detracts from the high-quality decor and finishing that every Riva boat is known for.Riva 110 Dolcevita interiorPhoto: RivaRiva 110 Dolcevita interiorPhoto: Riva

The suite entrance is to port and comes with a his and hers bathroom and walk-in wardrobe.Riva 110 Dolcevita interiorPhoto: Riva

Guest space outside has been maximised with the extended use of the foredeck as an outdoor lounge. This is one of the best spots on board the Riva 110 Dolcevita and comes with a Jacuzzi and an open lounge/sunbathing area.Riva 110 Dolcevita foredeckPhoto: Riva

With a lazarette large enough to house a 5.7-metre Williams Dieseljet RIB tender as well as a jet ski, the vessel has also been fitted with the Ferretti Group’s unique submersible transom, which allows for quick tender launches and enables direct access to the sea. This patent-pending system contains a garage door that can fold down to create a bathing platform before lowering into the water when required. Riva 110 Dolcevita in MonacoPhoto: Aurélien Herman / SuperYacht TimesRiva 110 layoutPhoto: Ferretti GroupRiva 110 Dolcevita exterior detailPhoto: Riva



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