A number of features make this model unique, such as its futuristic driving seat, an example of design and ergonomics which transforms from 1 seat into 3 in just a few seconds by means of a hydraulic system. Like Aquariva, Rivarama is the only standard yacht with an electronically controlled two-speed gearbox, giving quick acceleration, like a real sports car, and a faster cruising speed with higher fuel efficiency. The Rivarama 44 is a pleasure to drive. When the transmission bumps to high gear, she glides effortlessly, leaving a taut, flat wake. The 44 has low decibel levels at the helm, and the saloon is quiet. She is clearly a sport boat for sophisticates.
In the master cabin, or "night area", as Riva calls it, cutouts for personal effects, such as jewelry, are on either side of the berth. Another compartment is discreetly hidden for security. The berth is a true double island, with eight eye-level stowage compartments above and a pullout drawer below. For your travels, Riva also includes a leather suitcase. Materials used in the adjoining head are eclectic. The sink is a combination of colored glass and stainless steel, the walls are mirror and laminate, and the sole and separate stall shower are fiberglass.
Inside the saloon, the 23,000 BTU air-conditioning system made things quite comfortable, even as the sun beat down fiercely (and despite the 44's dark exterior finish). Air handlers are a striking walnut, with the returns placed unassumingly under the steps. Headroom is good, as the 6-foot, 2-inch Da Zara easily guided me about. A thick settee works well as dinette seating. The galley has everything you would expect, as well as an extractor hood that actually dumps air outside.
Certainly, the pride and joy of the Rivarama's Italian design is in her cockpit area. Companions may sit in the helm chair alongside the skipper or comfortably sprawl on the half-moon settee. The centerpiece of the cockpit is a folding wood table with a finish so fine that it is a shame to keep it outside.
Length overall: 44 ft 0 in
Engines: MAN R6-800 CR
Engine HP: 2 x 800
Propulsion: Shaft Drive
Max speed: 41 knots
Cabins (ex crew): 1
Berths (ex crew): 2