Tuesday, May 13, 2008
RICH YUNG SOCIETY PICK
Any classic boat aficionado will view the Riva Italian speedboats with the same respect as luxury automotive marques like Ferrari or Maserati: It has the same celebrated Italian heritage and dedication to strong, sexy styling. A prime example of its ability to combine sleekness with performance is the 63 Vertigo, which made its U.S. debut during February’s Miami Yacht & Brokerage show. The Vertigo combines an open cockpit with a hardtop, a unique design that allows for shelter in bad weather and full access to the queen-size sun pad on the transom on sunny days. Promoting its social layout, the cockpit sofa, running on two tracks, connects to a large table, transforming the cockpit into an outdoor salon. Add the futuristic, centerline helm station, with next-generation electronics and white leather, power helm seat, and the Vertigo will indeed make your head spin.
The bright, contemporary, interior, a mixture of black lacquer, light oak, African wenge, and leather accents, is crafted by Riva’s skilled woodworkers, many of whom are fourth-generation employees at the Italian firm. There is good space below, but really the place to be on this yacht is the cockpit. Rain or shine, it reaches an impressive top end of 38.5 knots with its twin 1360-hp MAN diesels. It’s priced at about $3,550,000.