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June 2003

Article selected from our quarterly magazine dedicated to the largest and most luxurious boats with information, interviews, technical articles, images and yachting news



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Article by
Angelo Colombo


Since the days when sails were the only alternative to oars, much has changed. Sailing has been turned around since the advent of the engine yet sailboats have endured, thanks to enthusiasts as well as to designers who succeed in getting more and more out of this way of sailing. In sailing, as in other industrial sectors, the impetus to push ahead with design comes from the sports world. It's no accident that the yacht wère talking about is based on waterlines inspired by the boats of the Americàs Cup and the Volvo Cup. Naturally this is not an extreme yacht for an extreme regatta; rather it combines the design elements of "pulled" boats with the space and mechanical toughness indispensable for a cruise ship.


LOA: 28.42 m
Waterline length: 27.37 m
Max. width: 6.51 m
Draught: 3.93/1.78 m
Displacement: 47,000 kg
ballast: seawater 40,000 kg/in keel 14,000 kg
Fuel tank capacity: 3,116lit- Water tank capacity: 1,620lit
Building material: E-glass reinforced with carbon and kevlar and PVC core
Propeller surface: 370.46 sq. m
Engines: 2x315 HP Yanmar
Mast: in carbon, height 35.75 m.

For further information:
Rivolta Group; 1741 Main Street; Suite 101; Sarasota FL (USA)34236.5812; tel. 941 9540355; fax 941 9540111; website; e mail


Rivolta 90' is the result of a precise philosophy, i.e., to offer a fast, comfortable, practical yacht that grants its owner the sheer enjoyment of going to sea. In order to achieve these results the shipyard has based the design on some simple, innovative solutions. The result is a yacht that can move as fast as a motoryacht with displacing hull. It has a retractable stem with two tanks in the hull for filling with seawater to compensate for the inevitable tendency to straighten up when sailing with reduced draught. The hull is in reinforced E-glass but deck, rudder, mast and boom are entirely in carbon, resulting in a relatively light structure. In order not to weigh the deck down, the shipyard decided not to line it in teak which looks good but may compromise maintenance and especially weight. Although special attention has been dedicated to sailing Rivolta 90' was made to achieve a good performance while motoring too. There are two propulsors, both shafting, and able to ensure a cruising speed of 13 knots and a maximum of 15. There was no need to install a steering propeller on the bow, since the torque generated by the twin engine makes Rivolta 90' easy to manoeuvre in narrow waters. As regards sailing performance, more than 20 knots is possible with strong winds and waves while with a light wind it is possible to sail at a steady 12/13 knots. One of the design objectives was also to keep the number of crew to a minimum and thus the controls are all simple and assisted by electro-mechanical accessories which makes the sail plan really easy to handle. But Rivolta 90' is not just a question of performance, safety or easy sailing. For the interiors the shipyard employed the services of a designer who has exploited the spaces in a rational way, making each space extremely comfortable and ergonomically planned. Mid-ship there is a large lounge, well-lit by the windows of the bridge house and also containing the inside control station, where there are two large sofas facing each other and a table. Near the lounge, in a separate space on a slightly lower level is the galley. The sleeping area is divided into: owner's cabin astern with double bed, lounge corner and private bathroom; double cabin mid-ship to starboard with private bathroom, double cabin with bunk beds still on the starboard side forward of the mainsail area, also with private bathroom, and finally crew's cabin astern on the port side with bunk beds and private bathroom. The crew's quarters have a separate bathroom and separate entrance to ensure the necessary privacy for the owner and guests. Forward of the mainsail area on this deck there are also two small lounges with table and an office and each internal room is lit by at least one skylight. At the stern end of the hull there is a garage which can house a 4m tender which, because the transom can be lowered, can be easily positioned and launched without the use of davits. This, then, is a 90 foot yacht, easy to handle and manoeuvre with fast water lines and a light but solid structure for achieving high performance both under sail and when motoring. The idea behind the whole project was simplicity and this is not only evident in the design, but also in the handling of the sail plan, in the steering, in gaining access to and moving around the decks, in minimum maintenance as well as the possibility to choose whether to use sails or engine, always with a good performance. In accordance with the shipyard's provisions at the design stage, Rivolta 90' can be sailed without problems by the owner and one crew member while at sea as well as when anchoring or mooring. Rivolta 90' represents a new way of going to sea for lovers of large sailing boats; it is as easy to handle as a 50 footer, but with much more room.