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The new Riva 82’ Diva turned heads during its world premiere at Cannes, showcasing an expansive flybridge and innovative beach club.

28 September 2023


Italian shipyard Riva has showcased its new Riva 82’ Diva for the first time at the 2023 Cannes Yachting Festival, drawing a crowd for the vessel’s world premiere.

Riva, which is a brand of Italian yachting giant Ferretti Group, says the 82’ Diva offers a ‘new concept of interior and exterior spaces’ to its range of flybridge yachts.

With a length overall of 25.29m and a maximum beam of 6.08 metres, the Riva 82’ Diva features restyled interiors and enhanced outdoor liveability, designed to achieve a balance between functionality, comfort and design.

Like its predecessors, this new Riva design is penned by Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta, founders of Officina Italiana Design, working in partnership with the Strategic Product Committee led by Piero Ferrari and the Ferretti Group Engineering Department.

The Riva 82’ Diva shares several features with its predecessors, such as the superstructure’s low and sporty silhouette, the distinctive shape of the forward windshield and the stainless steel detailing. But there are innovative new solutions at work, including the higher and safer side gunwales with painted composite profiles, instead of traditional steel handrails.


The 40-square-metre flybridge is designed to give each living area its own dedicated space. In the centre, the lounge with a dinette and a large bar unit is protected by a carbon fibre hard top with glass panels. The sun pad forward and another lounging and sunbathing area aft can also be furnished as desired by the owner. The second pilot station is at the forward end of the flybridge.

The boat’s main attraction is arguably aft on the main deck: a spacious beach club featuring two 1.6-metre bulwarks that swing down to create lateral terraces. This new solution for Riva increases the area’s width by over 3 metres and offers more space for fun and relaxation.

There’s a large sunpad (over 2.5 x 2 metres) in the centre of the beach club, and underneath it, a garage that can accommodate a jet tender of up to 3.95 metres.

Moving toward the yacht’s centre, the raised cockpit fitted with facing sea-view sofas provides a living area of nearly 35 square metres. Forward, guests can relax in a large living area fitted with a forward-facing sofa and sun pad, under which the mooring gear is stored.

The yacht’s interiors feature highly polished furnishings and contrasting pale and dark colours Italian walnut and glossy chocolate wenge are the signature woods that set the style of the yacht’s interior, paired with a light-coloured carpet and ceilings clad in white fabric that contrasts with the glossy black lacquered furnishings and the black leather.

In the lounge, the living and dining areas are separated optically by being at different heights, creating a sense of intimacy without actually dividing the two spaces.

The galley at the forward end of the main deck is designed with a sliding window that either closes it off from or opens it out onto the dining area, creating a seamless space. The galley provides direct access to the helm station and the port-side external walkway leading to the forward lounge area.

Four cabins are on the lower deck, all with en suite private bathrooms decorated with marble: the full-beam owner’s cabin astern; the VIP cabin forward, flooded with light through the skylight formed by the glass floor of the walkway to the forward lounge area; and two double cabins, providing accommodation for a total of eight guests.

The crew quarters – two separate cabins with a total of three beds, a bathroom and a laundry station – are amidships and accessed via a dedicated walkway on the side of the superstructure to guarantee complete privacy for both the owner and guests.

The Riva 82’ Diva has the option of a pair of MAN V12 1800 engines for a top speed of 29 knots and a cruising speed of 26 knots, or two MAN V12 1900 engines that drive the yacht to a top speed of 31 knots and a cruising speed of 27 knots, according to provisional data.

The next issue of Ocean magazine will feature our full review of the new Riva 82’ Diva.



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