Beautiful? Strong? Accommodating? Yes, to all.
As a muscled-up dayboat of sorts, the new Riva 56 Rivale handles that job and more. A sunpad aft, a sun lounge forward, three cockpit settees and a doublewide helm seat ensure everyone aboard has a spot to chill. Twin MAN diesels, either 1,000 or 1,200 hp each, ensure the 56-footer can reach speeds of 35 and 38 knots, respectively, for those times when chilling isn’t the activity du jour.
The yacht’s new hull looks like a bullet in profile, and a knife-shaped hull window stretches from mid-cockpit almost to the bow point. It’s a cool effect made even more attractive by the metallic hull color, numerous stainless touches and a low-profile windshield that looks like stylish sunglasses.
More than just a harbor-cruising dayboat or a harbor-to-harbor sprinter, though, the 56 Rivale has the amenities to comfortably house four (or even six) people for a weekend excursion. Belowdecks, an L-shaped lounge/dinette and a galley occupy a salon area, which also includes a day head. Forward is a VIP cabin with an en suite head, and amidships is a full-beam master, also with an en suite head. A crew cabin or a third stateroom is an option. A stern garage houses a Williams jet tender, and the swim platform, which is big enough to hold a PWC, submerges, to make launch and retrieval easier. A neat feature of the swim platform is a couple of extra hull steps that are revealed as it lowers.
High-gloss mahogany, natural teak, supple leather, mirrored and glazed surfaces, and a Shark Grey and Bright Black color scheme give the 56 Rivale a luxury look and feel that Italian-built Riva boats are known for. On the West Coast, California Coast Yachts (californiacoastyachts.com) is the Riva dealer.