Riva 63 Virtus to be launched in early 2012

Riva 63 Virtus will be one of the biggest open sportscruisers around

The Riva 63 Virtus will buck the trend for large hard top sportscruisers when it hits the water early next year.

Whilst most other yards uncover news ways of using the hard top philosophy, Riva have spotted a gap in the market for a boat that is unashamedly designed for having fun on deck, preferably, with the sun blazing above.

The cockpit takes up half of the boat’s length and within that there is ample loafing and dining space thanks to the huge aft sunpad – beneath which is the tender garage – and the L-shaped dinette amidships.

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Riva have made a feature out of the funky radar and satellite TV tower by incorporating two seats in to its base as well.

The helm seat is big enough that three people will be able to enjoy the view as the boat blasts along at its 40-knot top speed, thanks to a pair of 1,360hp MAN diesels on V-drives.

Although the emphasis is on the boat’s deck there’s plenty of accommodation below too with three cabins including a full-beam master ensuite which Riva say has 6ft 4in of headroom.

We haven’t even mentioned the looks yet, which we reckon are absolutely gorgeous and a happy bi-product of not having a hard top. But what did you expect? It’s a Riva after all.

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