Riva’s super Sportfly shines in Hong Kong


Asia-Pacific’s first 76’ Perseo Super arrived in Hong Kong ahead of the summer boating season, with the 37-knot Sportfly soon impressing onlookers and guests including Ferrari owners.
Words: Andrew Dembina
Photos: Ferretti Group



Asia’s first Perseo Super has twin 1,800hp MAN V12 engines for a top speed of 37 knots


Riva’s streamline 76’ Perseo Super made her Asia-Pacific bow in Hong Kong in June and was quickly photographed and videoed cruising through Hong Kong harbour and around Repulse Bay.


With Ferretti Group Asia Pacific bringing in the stock model ahead of the city’s summer boating season, Yacht Style was given a tour of the newly arrived 76ft Sportfly yacht, which remarkably is hull number 28 of the Perseo Super line.


The upgraded ‘Super’ edition premiered at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2021 and was always going to be a winner, building on what was already a hugely popular model. The original 76’ Perseo debuted in 2015 and quickly captured the imagination of high-end motor-yacht owners, due to its stylish good looks and impressive performance and handling – as have its Sportfly siblings, the 66’ Ribelle and 88’ Folgore.


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The Riva 76’ Perseo Super looks at home in Hong Kong


In the Asia-Pacific region, the original 76’ Perseo was sold to owners in Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong, to name a few, and was another successful collaboration between Officina Italiana Design co-founder Mauro Micheli and Ferretti Group’s Product Strategy Committee led by Piero Ferrari and its Engineering Department.


Changes on the Super version include an interior upgrade to incorporate high-gloss rosewood surfaces, which was introduced as standard on the Riva 110’ Dolcevita unveiled in 2018. The rosewood makes a strong impression when walking aboard, alongside matt black sole leather panels, surfaces and detailing. New refinements include grand, sweeping curved exterior lines.


Engine options comprise twin 1,550hp or 1,800hp MAN V12s, with the hull in Hong Kong fitted with the upgraded versions, which provide a top speed of 37 knots and a cruising speed of 32 knots with a 315nm range.


Pictured in Repulse Bay, the yacht shows off her Shark Grey hull and superstructure


The Perseo Super is fitted with automatic Humphree dynamic trim interceptors as standard, while options included on the Asia-Pacific debutant include a 19kW second generator and a Seakeeper 18 gyro stabiliser. And it’s no surprise to see the inclusion of ‘super-tropical’ air-conditioning.


Another good choice is the metallic Shark Grey-painted hull and superstructure, which contrasts well with the polished stainless steel and high-gloss mahogany exterior details and trim.



Boarding from the marine-teak hi-lo swim platform, it’s a few steps up to the expansive cockpit, which makes the most of the yacht’s almost 19ft beam. The area starts with a C-shaped sofa around a natural teak-topped riser table that can descend low enough to be covered with cushions to transform the settee into a large sun pad. Options include a drawer refrigerator under the sofa.


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The aft cockpit’s C-shaped aft sofa can convert into a sunpad (below)


Forward to starboard is an L-shaped sofa, although Riva also offers this sheltered area as a bar with Corian countertop, fridge, icemaker and sink. Adjacent to the portside stairway to the flybridge is a compact third control panel station with a clear view, useful during tight manoeuvres in marinas.


The open design of the sportsbridge maintains the Perseo’s low-slung, sporty profile. The compact fly starts aft with a triple island sunpad that’s fronted by a forward-facing sofa. Further forward are aft facing chaise longues that can also double as companion seating either side of the central, single seat helm, which includes two Simrad screens and an aft-facing seat behind the skipper.


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The foredeck has a seating area and sunpad, while the sportfly has chaise longues and island sunpad


A low windshield provides protection for the skipper and guests, while carbon-fibre detailing includes grab rails and the poles used to support a soft UV-protected awning, when needed.


On the main level, the foredeck provides a roomy outdoor zone and starts with an inset seating area fitted with audio speakers, while forward is a large, triple sun pad. A bimini can be erected to provide shade, while an unobtrusive anchor locker lies beneath teak decking in the bow.



Heading inside, the transition from aft cockpit to saloon flows especially easily, as the door slides under the cockpit stairs and the starboard window opens fully, combining to almost open the entrance completely. The main lounge to starboard is dominated by a long L-shaped sofa, while the saloon offers a great feeling of space during the daytime due to the large, low-reaching windows on both sides.


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The saloon features a long L-shaped sofa to starboard and another by the dining table


Light grey-coloured seating, table and counter surfaces also help distribute saloon lighting, as well as appearing as an elegant neutral background tone. A dining area that can seat up to eight to port combines L-shaped booth seating with freestanding chairs. Above this is a dropped ceiling with integrated audio speakers.


To starboard is the twin-seat helm, which can benefit from fresh air via a skylight that opens at the press of a button. Three touchscreen Simrad monitors and controls sit below a large windscreen, while a premium internet package onboard allows reliable wi-fi everywhere.


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The twin-seat helm station


Forward stairs lead to the lower deck. To starboard is the galley, which is finished in black gloss rosewood and features white surfaces with chrome finishes, coordinating with the palette in the four en-suite guest cabins.


Midships, the full-beam master suite has large windows inset with portholes and a large bathroom to port featuring white marble with grey, black and goldish veining, an option chosen for all guest cabins instead of standard white Corian.


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The full-beam master suite has an en-suite to port


The Perseo’s standard layout includes an elegant VIP suite in the bow, a guest cabin to starboard and a lower lounge to port, but this hull instead has a fourth en-suite guest cabin. All four cabins have generous headroom.


There’s also a full-beam crew cabin with bunk beds, which is accessible via a hatch and stairwell from under the cockpit’s flybridge stairs and has direct access to the engine room. The transom contains a submersible garage that easily stores a 3.25m tender and other water toys.


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The elegant VIP suite in the bow is among four guest cabins


Yacht owners who visited the hull in Hong Kong were impressed by the space the 76-footer offers for its length, while those who had been on sea trials noted its seakeeping, chiefly its performance and stability both when underway and stationary, due in large to the Seakeeper.


Even the Ferrari Owners’ Club Hong Kong, viewing Riva as yachting’s equivalent of their high performance, high-end automobile marque, were captivated by the 76’ Perseo Super. As Alberto Galassi, CEO of Ferretti Group, said at the model’s premiere, its “prodigious beauty radiates elegance and sportiness. Super by name and in reality.”