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Our run down of the coolest new boats launched at the Cannes Boat Show

Even by Riva’s lofty stan­dards the new 66 Ribelle is a very cool piece of kit made all the more im­pres­sive by it be­ing a sport fly­bridge rather than one of its iconic open sports­boats. To be fair, the fly­bridge com­prises lit­tle more than a col­lec­tion of low-slung sun­pads, a knee-level wind­screen and not a back­rest in sight. But come on, we’d hap­pily put up with a lit­tle back­ache to look that good.

Part of the magic is the way the glossy blue hull colour off­sets the ma­hogany grab rail that in­ter­sects the side win­dows, book-ended by fil­lets of stain­less steel that sparkle like di­a­monds in the sun. If that sounds over the top wait un­til you see the in­te­rior. Even the saloon ta­ble is an orgy of satin ma­hogany, chrome bands, elab­o­rate strut sup­ports and an in­set Riva logo that screams ex­pense. It is by some mar­gin the most richly fin­ished 66-footer we’ve ever clapped eyes on.

Some­where un­der­neath it all is a proper boat with a pair of thump­ing great 1,550hp MAN V8s on vee drives pow­er­ing it to a claimed top speed of 37 knots. An im­pos­ing car­bon-fi­bre dash­board dom­i­nates the helm, ram­ming home its cut­ting-edge cre­den­tials with a widescreen dis­play of vir­tual gauges and a four-spoke wheel wrapped in match­ing blue fab­ric. A mere sun­roof would be too or­di­nary for this boat so the Ribelle has an op­tional elec­tric air scoop that fun­nels air to­wards the helm.

The drama con­tin­ues be­low decks with a lav­ish mas­ter suite and two guest suites as well as the gal­ley, al­though it’s hard to imag­ine sul­ly­ing the pris­tine sur­faces with ac­tual food.

Some­how the de­sign­ers have still found room aft for a crew cabin and a ten­der garage with space for both a Wil­liams 345 Tur­bo­jet and a Se­abob. A clever hy­draulic bathing plat­form that slides down the tran­som to re­veal a hid­den set of steps en­sures guests can make an el­e­gant en­try to the wa­ter. Need­less to say this level of lux­ury doesn’t come cheap, but if you need to ask… CON­TACT Ven­tura UK Tel +44 (0)20 7495 2330, www.riva-yacht.com

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