Billed as a brand new naval project the Argo 90 combines and enhances the strengths of its two Riva predecessors, the 100 Corsaro and 110 Dolcevita
Riva has unveiled its new Argo 90 flybridge, billed as a brand new naval project that combines and enhances the strengths of its two Riva predecessors, the 100 Corsaro and 110 Dolcevita.
“We chose a name from Greek mythology for the new flybridge in the Riva fleet: the Argo was the first ever ship to sail the seas and the famous Argonauts set out in it on their quest to find the Golden Fleece,” stated Alberto Galassi, Ferretti Group CEO . “The Ancient Greeks were the first to lay down canons of beauty and perfection that are still espoused in creativity and designs today. The 90’ Argo is a flybridge that masterfully combines the spellbinding cha rm of timeless aesthetics with practicality, stylistic research and technological innovation.”
“We chose a name from Greek mythology for the new flybridge in the Riva fleet: the Argo was the first ever ship to sail the seas and the famous Argonauts set out in it on their quest to find the Golden Fleece”
The Riva 90’ Argo stems from the partnership between Officina Italiana Design (the studio founded by Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta) and Ferretti Group’s Product Strategy Committee (headed by engineer Piero Ferrari) and Engineering Department .
The aerodynamic qualities of the new flybridge’s profile are highlighted by a number of distinctive, striking exterior design features, such as the large hull windows , the long, full-height glazed windows on the main deck and the aft lateral structures with glass surfaces.
In the stern, the garage can accommodate a Williams Sportjet 395 tender and a PWC, which can be launched independently. The 6m² swimming platform is equipped with an innovative retractable ladder: during underwater movement by the swimming platform, the steps on the right become partially submerged and reveal additional steps in the upper part of the stern, providing a single, convenient stairway for getting into the water and back on board. Consequently, there is no need to use the electro - hydraulic steel ladder, although it is still available.
The cockpit spans more than 30m² and boast s a new layout that enables it to be used not only for socializing but also for dining. Protection is provided aft by a fixed steel and glass windscreen. The furniture comes in the shape of two large sofas that are arranged lengthwise and a low central table. The sofas can move towards the table in the middle to form a big sun pad covering approximately 6m². The table can also serve as a dining table for up to eight people. This area was created to enhance the experience at anchor, as there are no architectural features that block direct contact with the maritime surroundings. The flybridge access staircase is recessed in the superstructure, which protects it and conceals it in side views. To cater to the needs of the American market, an alternative cockpit layout has also been developed. It comes with a bar unit, two stools, two sofas and a coffee table by Paola Lenti .
On the main deck, a large frame supports the superstructure and runs around the outside of the full-height glass windows. The spacious lounge covering almost 40m² is open to the sea and reaches heights of over 2.1 m. It is furnished with two lounge chairs, an L - shaped sofa and a TV mounted in a panel with a stainless steel per imeter and mirrored surfaces. Beyond it is the dining area, with a large table and seats for eight people. A panoramic balcony features on each side, near the windows.
On the port side is the entrance to the galley, which also has a dedicated access door on the outer walkway and stairs down to the crew area.
Moving starboard, you will find the entrance to the raised helm st ation , which is equipped with an electro - hydraulic steering system and an integrated LOOP bridge developed in conjunction with NAVIOP - SIMRAD . The latter features a number of 16” or 19” touch screens that encompass all of the on - board monitoring systems and navigation instruments, allowing the captain to run the entire yacht. Beyond this area is the 30 m² full - beam master suite , with a bed in the centre, a walk - in wardrobe behind it and a large bathroom in the foredeck, at a slightly lower level. A central s kylight helps to fill the suite with natural light.
There is a private lounge in the outdoor forward section that is screened by curtains. On request, a retractable table can be added to turn it into an additional dining area or sun pad. There are two large storage lockers for the crew.
The entrance to the lower deck is on the starboard bulwark of the main deck. It contains a day head and 3 VIP double cabins with en-suite bathrooms and ceilings over 2m high. The 20m² aft cabin is effectively a second full - beam master suite. Beh ind the bed are a walk - in wardrobe and a large bathroom that contribute to the outstanding acoustic insulation, along with the distance from the technical zones and the specially developed soundproofing.
The crew area is in the foredeck of the lower deck. It contains a dinette and two twin cabins with bunk beds, each with its own bathroom and separate shower.
Flybridge and infinity deck
The flybridge of the new 90’ Argo spans 46m² and comes with freestanding aft furniture. In the middle on the port side, there is a bar unit with two stools. Opposite is a dining area with an L - shaped sofa, a
Like the Riva 110’ Dolcevita, the 90’ Argo has an “infinity deck” with uninterrupted living areas running from the stern to the foredeck, thanks to direct connections between the flybridge, the outdoor area forward and the cockpit.
Performance and technology
In its standard configuration, the Riva 90 comes with twin MTU 12V 2000 M96L engines with a power of 1948 MHP each. This enables it to reach a cruising speed of 22 knots and a maximum speed of 26 knots ( preliminary data ). Alternatively, two other types of engines are available. The first unit will be fitted with twin MTU 16V 2000 M96 engines generating 2435 MHP each. They will propel it to a cruising speed of 26 knots and a maximum speed of 30 knots (preliminary data). The third option is twin MTU 16V 2000 M84 engines rated at 2218 MHP , allowing the flybridge to cruise at 24 knots and attain a maximum speed of 28 knots (preliminary data). The vessel boasts two stabilizing fins and it is also possible to install Seakeeper anti-roll gyroscopes, as found on the first unit.
One particularly innovative feature is Twin Disc’s E-Steer solution with Dual Bus and Speed Sensing technology: the electronic steering system uses reliable hydraulic power to control the rudders dynamically and independently. They are moved into the ideal angles at all speeds, thus maintaining speed during turns and improving handling says Ferretti Group.