October 27, 2010

New Model: Rio 54 Colorado



After a couple decades concentrating in the medium sizes Rio returns to the over fifteen meters large dimension with the new 54 Air presented in Genoa. Rio had in the early nineties the revolution looking 16.90 its still biggest ever built yacht to date which at the time had an average success, but in my understanding this new flagship of the current range has all the right cards to worry the competition. It has looks, super finishing details, and most of all a space which is unbelievable and seems coming from a boat minimum to three meters longer. The new flagship also comes after North Italian builder Rio updated all its cruiser hard top Air, and soft top Art models in the last three years and my understanding is that a huge input came from this experience which resulted in unique spaces. Rio's new flagship has also the latest gadgets of invisible patio door to make the main deck an all weather area fully open or closed, up down hydraulic platform, sun pad conversion to the C-shaped settee aft, and ZF Zeus pod drive technology with joystick. Its interior follows also latest trends of a full beam midships owners stateroom, VIP to fore with scissor movement which becomes two single beds, and a third spacious L-shaped cabin. You also get a single roomy crew cabin with shower head located to midships, which unlike other boats is not an after thought and has a separate entrance. Rio also follows other builders as Pershing and Sessa and in the 54 present a designer galley located on the lower deck, here made by Italian ArcLinea in a unique stainless wood combination finishing. Power is from twin Cummins 600hp propelled by ZF Zeus pod drives with dual props.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.45 m (53.9ft)
Beam - 4.65 m
Draft - 0.76 m excludes drives and props
Fuel Capacity - 2000 l
Water Capacity - 450 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 1 crew berth
Max Persons - 16
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSC8.3 600hp
Propulsion - Zeus aft looking dual propeller pods
Certification - CE A