December 1st 2013. By Diane Byrne.

Riva 63 Virtus

The biggest open Riva to date, the 63 Virtus borrows much from an earlier model, while also setting new standards herself.

If merely looking at a Riva gets your heart racing, you’re not alone; buyers have been keen on the Italian builder since it was established in 1842, and a Riva was even named as one of the 10 Sexiest Powerboats in the World by reviewer Alex Smith.

In recent years, Riva has widened its size and model range while preserving the essence of the sleek, sporty lines that have made it so popular. The 63 Virtus is a prime example. The largest Open model ever built by the shipyard, she draws largely from the successful 63 Vertigo, from the Coupe model line and featuring a hardtop. But, the difference isn’t simply the elimination of that feature. The yacht reflects fresh thinking, too.

Riva Virtus 63 running

Being a Riva, and certainly being an open, the Riva Virtus 63 should be speedy, right? She is: Twin 1,360-mhp MAN engines permit a reported top end just over 40 knots. Cruise speed is a still-swift 35 knots. Those are the same figures as the 63 Vertigo boasts, which is no surprise, given the same hull design.


What is a surprise, however, is how this Bimini top deploys. Plenty of open yachts offer similar-looking shades, but they require a bit of manpower to assemble. The Virtus 63’s Bimini is an electro-hydraulic operation. Riva says it can remain in place even while cruising. Also available is a small bimini for the foredeck sunpad.


How many yachts in the 60- to 65-foot size range offer a tender garage? It may seem strange to some buyers, accustomed to fixing a RIB on the swim platform. But remember, this is Riva, where style is as important as function. Speaking of function, the garage has rollers to let the RIB slide out of and roll back into the garage.


At your request, Riva will add a grill to the refrigerator and sink that come standard in the cockpit. Also standard, and a terrific setup: a sliding settee. Specifically, it’s the starboard-side one, opposite the L-shape one. This lets quite the crowd gather around the table for lunch, and it doesn’t impede the walkway.


The 63 Virtus’ helm is neatly arranged, with everything easily seen and reached. You’ll appreciate the curving windscreen as well. Two guests can join you while you’re at the wheel, thanks to a bench seat spanning the space. And the yacht’s 845-gallon fuel capacity translates to great harbor-hopping, keeping them entertained.

Virtus 63 salon

Oak and leather are used throughout the interior of the Riva 63 Virtus. As is typical of the builder, buyers can request alternate soft goods. The saloon is the center of attention down below, able to seat six people comfortably. Alfresco dining will probably be your priority, but it’s good to have flexibility.


Riva galley

The galley aboard the Riva 63 Virtus is compact, but it has the cooktop, refrigerator, and other appliances you’ll want all as standard items, so it remains practical. There’s also adequate counter space to prepare meals. If you opt for the grill above decks, you may not cook much here, but again, flexibility is wise.


master stateroom

Just like the 63 Vertigo, the master stateroom aboard the 63 Virtus is aft of the saloon. Of course, it also gets the greatest amount of space among the three cabins. The mirrored bulkhead helps make the room feel larger, and Riva’s in-house design team decided to embellish the headboard with a good deal of leather.

Virtus 63 VIP suite

Two guest staterooms accompany the master stateroom. This VIP, fully forward, is the larger of the two, and it’s more suitable for adults. That’s because the other cabin, amidships, has crossed bunks and is a bit tight. If you cruise with kids, however, they’ll be fine in the twin cabin.

LOA: 64’2” * Beam: 15’8” * Draft: 5’2” * Displacement: 71,209 lbs. * Engines: 2/1,360-mhp 12V MANs

With 12 models from 27 feet up to 122 feet LOA, Riva offers a lot of different yachts for different customers. Yet, they all appeal to buyers who want racy speeds to match the racy lines. With the 63 Virtus, the agile performance is certainly complemented by attractive curves—even the radar arch has style. Yes, she has a good deal in common with the 63 Vertigo, but she has enough diversity to look, act, and feel independent. She’s also equally suited to an intimate day of cruising as she is to spoiling your friends and family with an afternoon of harbor-hopping. Watch our First Look Video of the Riva 63 Virtus to get a first-hand look.

For more information, contact Riva.

Diane Byrne

Diane M. Byrne is the founder and editor of the daily updated website Megayacht News. A longtime yachting writer, she also contributes to Yachts International, Boat Exclusive, and other magazines. She is additionally a member of the International Superyacht Society Board of Directors and Vice Chair of the U.S. Superyacht Association.