On March 17 Riva, part of the Ferretti Group, launched their biggest build to date, 37.5m Riva 122 Mythos. The new flagship of the Ferretti Group brand was officially launched Saturday morning at the CRN shipyard in Ancona, in the presence of the group’s top management and of the engineers, architects and designers that have worked on this project for over a year.

The launch of the 122’ Mythos marks a turning point for the brand, traditionally known for its wooden yachts. The new yacht is both the largest yacht built in its 172-year history, and the first entirely built in aluminum - a debut that Riva is sharing with build yard CRN, as it is the first time the Ancona-based shipyard has built a yacht solely with light alloy. The 122’ Mythos is also the symbol of the renewed cooperation between these two historical and iconic brands of the Italian boating industry, both belonging to the Ferretti Group. The cooperation started over 40 years ago, in 1970, when Carlo Riva decided to establish a partnership with CRN.

The new flagship is the work of Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta, founders of Officina Italiana Design, the design firm that conceived the entire Riva range, and AYT&D - Advanced Yacht Technology & Design, in close cooperation with CRN’s Technical and Interior Design Department for the development of the naval project and the interiors. The 122’ Mythos is an evolution of the 86’ Domino model, from which it has inherited the main stylistic features.

The owner of this first hull has requested the three-cabin optional version, although the standard model has four cabins. An additional five-cabin layout is also available. The aluminum planing hull can reach a maximum speed of 27.5 knots and a cruising speed of 25 knots thanks to two MTU 12V 4000 M93L, 3510 mhp engines (preliminary data). Following the technical launch and completion work the yacht is expected to be officially delivered to the owner in early May. During the summer months the 122’ Mythos is scheduled to cruise across the Mediterranean Sea and it will be officially presented to the public at the 2014 Festival International de la Plaisance in Cannes. The 122’ will also be presented in Monaco, simultaneous to the Monaco Yacht Show, and will then sail off to its final destination, Brazil, its owner's country.

“It’s a very special day for Riva and for all of us at the Ferretti Group as it marks a new chapter in Riva’s prestigious 172 year history", commented Ferruccio Rossi, Ferretti Group’s CEO. “This is indeed for the Mythos the beginning of a path that we believe will be extremely successful. For Riva, in turn, it’s another exciting chapter of a book that we keep writing day after day, feeling great pride and responsibility in doing so. We are sure that the new flagship will be an extraordinary ambassador for Riva, for the Ferretti Group, and for the entire Italian boating industry, as a symbol of industrial know-how and unmistakable Italian beauty. We can’t wait to officially present it to all Riva enthusiasts all over the world,” added Rossi.

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