November 5th 2012. By Jeanne Craig.

Riva 75 Venere Super: Styled to Thrill

The interior and exterior of this popular model have been redesigned to meet the high expectations of Riva sport yacht customers.

It’s hard to find a boat owner who doesn’t have a weakness for a Riva. Who couldn’t love the lines and lore of those classic mahogany speedboats that over the decades have transported many high-profile yachtsmen and A-list celebs from one fabulous port to another? As a result of the brand’s somewhat storied legacy, many people will board a new Riva with great expectations, which means these boats have a high and heady bar to clear. Fortunately, the new 75’ Venere Super won’t disappoint. It’s the latest edition of one of the yard’s most popular models, with restyled exteriors and interiors designed to thrill.

Riva Venere yachts

UNDER WAY: With a Roman Bronze gel coat on the hull and Riva Cream on the superstructure, the 75 looks the part of an uber-luxury cruiser. It features a brand-new hardtop that protects a big bridge with six-passenger settee. Note the oversized window in the hull, which makes for a bright full-beam master suite.

Riva 75 express yacht running

REV IT UP: The standard version of the 75 Venere is equipped with twin 1,524-hp MTU 10V 2000 M98 diesel engines, which push the boat to a top speed of 31.5 knots and a cruise speed of 28 knots. Optional power is a pair of 1,623-hp MTUs for a top speed of 32. 5 knots and a cruise of 29.

Helm station on a superyacht

POWER SEAT: Teh Riva 75 Super is an all-weather yacht, and when the weather drives the crew inside, the captain can command the vessel from the lower helm station where there are good sightlines and a big console for instruments.

Riva 75 Venere Super salon

FASHIONISTA: Style is the thing on any Riva, and aboard the 75 Venere, you get it in droves, thanks to plenty of bleached oak, sand-colored leather and white lacquer, all set off by inset overhead lighting.

aft view of salon

ON THE LEVEL: Riva is on the front lines of yacht design trends with a salon that is on the same level as the cockpit. Open the sliding glass doors to create one oversized entertaining area.

galley on a riva venere

COOK’S NOOK: The original 75 had a stairway that led from the salon to the flybridge, but it’s been taken out here and the result is a longer flybridge, plus a larger and more functional galley, which has major appliances, including a full-size side-by-side refrigerator/freezer and an under-counter oven.

crystal dinette

FINE DINING: Another new feature on the 75 is a hatchway that makes it easier to pass plates and food between the galley and the formal dining area. Close the hatchway to separate the two spaces and create more privacy for guests enjoying their meal. Yards and yards of leather at a crystal dinette make for a very chic retreat.

guest cabin on the riva

SMALL IS RELATIVE: The guest cabin is the smallest of the three onboard, although this is far from a tight space with two long single bunks and big windows. Every light fixture, handle, and latch is chosen specifically to match the decor, throughout.

vip suite

RESORT STYLE: Each cabin on board, including the VIP cabin with a full-length hanging locker and pedestal berth shown here, has direct access to an en-suite head. In a sense, each one is a mini-suite.

master cabin stateroom

SUITE DREAMS: The master suite is on the lower deck and spans the full beam of the boat. It includes a vanity, 30-inch LCD television, walk-in wardrobe, a desk/dinette, and plenty of natural lighting, thanks to those expansive windows.


cockpit picture

GOOD PROTECTION: From the cockpit, you get a sense of the size of the bridge. Its deck creates a large overhang for passengers who choose to sit here. Also note the wide walkways Riva includes, for easy access to the bow.

LOA: 75’6” * Beam: 18’9” * Draft: 6’1” * Displacement: 113,538 lbs. * Transom deadrise: 12 degrees * Fuel capacity: 1,453 gal.

Jeanne Craig

Jeanne Craig has been covering powerboats since 1988. She spent ten years as a senior editor at Boating magazine and ten more as executive editor at Motor Boating. She’s now an independent writer based in Rowayton, Connecticut, where she’s close to the cruising grounds she most enjoys.