Her Name Is rIo

Af­ter the U.S. de­but of its 42 air, rio Yachts is in­tro­duc­ing a 58 gtS.

Yachts International - - Making Waves - Rioy­achts.us —Daniel hard­ing Jr.

On the docks at last fall’s Fort Laud­erdale In­ter­na­tional Boat Show, there was a fair amount of chat­ter about “some new builder” from Italy called Rio Yachts. Show­go­ers walk­ing by its dis­play of the open cock­pit of the 42 Air were in­vited to kick off their shoes and climb aboard. Once in­side, they no­ticed a be­lowdecks in­te­rior just as bright and open as the cock­pit they’d just stepped down from.

Yet while Rio may have been new to Amer­i­cans, the brand is well es­tab­lished in Europe: The Ital­ian man­u­fac­turer has built more than 10,000 boats in its 55-year his­tory. Com­pany Pres­i­dent and CEO Marc-Udo Broich hopes Rio’s new­est project, the 58 GTS, will earn even more at­ten­tion here.

The 58’s in­spi­ra­tion came from a restau­ra­teur who char­ters a Rio 56 GT. He de­cided to buy one of his own, wiring the money to the builder with­out so much as see­ing a draw­ing. Stand­ing 6 feet 6 inches, the cus­tomer pre­sented the semi-cus­tom builder with a tall or­der to fill, so Rio re­designed the molds to en­sure head­room. The builder also says the in­te­rior is one of the most mod­ern it has built to date.

The owner, a Baja 1000 racer, also has an in­sa­tiable need for speed, so Rio swapped the 711-horse­power Cum­mins Zeus drives it had in its 56 with straight shaft Cater­pil­lar C18s. The 58 GTS is sched­uled for com­ple­tion in early spring.

Ul­tra-mod­ern de­sign, gen­er­ous head­room and loads of nat­u­ral light will ac­cen­tu­ate the in­te­rior of the new Rio 58 GTS.

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