BY APB Staff on 16 Jun 2021

New feature makes it easier to enjoy outings while keeping sheltered from heat and rain

Italy’s Ferretti Group has revealed an updated version of the Dolceriva open motor yacht, which features a new hard top and a new exterior design from Officina Italiana Design, the firm led by Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta that has designed the entire Riva fleet for over 25 years.

The 14.92-metre Dolceriva is a collaboration between Officiana Italiana and Ferretti Group’s engineering department and product strategy committee.

DolcerivaThe brand new hard top is designed to improve liveability on board the yacht, and is made from a carbon-vinyl ester hybrid composite material that is both lightweight and strong.

The hard top is designed to cover the entire external cockpit and helm station, with the possibility of closing off the entire area beneath using transparent awnings on either side, forward and aft. 

Several sections of the hard top are made of steel not only to increase its strength, but also to enhance the structure and design. An air conditioning system can also be installed inside to create a liveable closed area even when the temperature outside is very high.

The Dolceriva with hard top’s new exterior design offers an automotive-inspired aesthetic, with the rounded stern – inspired by the brand’s Ariston and Tritone models – evocative of a luxury sports car. 

Ferretti Group says the hull window design stemmed from a “complex research process” by Officina Italiana Design: the window is generated by a black pencil stroke along the silver side of the yacht and elegantly ascends towards the deck. This stylistic solution has led to an innovative hull-deck coupling system: the aft area, totally freed from the fender bar, features a carbon-fibre air vent with a steel frame. 

The windshield is made with innovative spherical crystals and features a slight counter-curvature that the brand says is set to become a Riva hallmark.

The forward surface on the main deck sports high-gloss mahogany with twenty coats of varnish for a legendary shine, punctuated by a crystal section with a built-in skylight, which allows the cabin below deck to receive a good amount of natural sunlight. 

Inside, a steel and glass hatch provides access to an open space comprised of a dinette with a spacious sofa, a kitchen, and a bathroom with a separate shower and closet. A 43-inch TV is installed on the starboard side bulwark. 

The owner’s cabin is located forward, with a central bed, two walk-in closets and storage trunks. A second double cabin has two separable beds.

Dolceriva features a V-Drive shaft line propulsion system and mounts twin Volvo Penta D13 engines, each rated 1,000 mhp at 2,400 rpm (optional). The model can reach a top speed of 40 knots, with a cruising speed of 35 knots. 

The first Dolceriva with hard top unit will be at Bridgeport, Connecticut, on June 16 and 17 for the Steelpointe Yacht & Charter Show, offering customers and owners visits on board and test drives.