Australia’s largest luxury motor yacht builder is creating a new dimension in boating opportunities with the announcement of an exceptional new design.
The Riviera 78 Motor Yacht is a new class of motor yacht from the award-winning team of designers, engineers and craftspeople at the company’s headquarters and 16.8-hectare facility on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Following more than 40 years of evolution and with over 5,700 yachts in multiple styles built and now located in all corners of the world, the 78 MY design represents a distinguished new era for Riviera.
The Riviera design group, in collaboration with award-winning superyacht designer Luca Vallebona, bring a combined passion for excellence to create a sophisticated yacht that delivers a perfect combination of family cruising, entertaining and blue-water passage-making capabilities.
The flexibility of the new 78 Motor Yacht design will allow owners to personalise their yacht to reflect their individual tastes and further enhance their lifestyle. The 78 Motor Yacht will be available with an enclosed or open bridge deck and includes accommodation for up to 10 adults in four luxurious staterooms and crew quarters. The saloon and bridge decks both extend through to the stern of the yacht, offering multiple dining, entertaining and relaxing spaces for parties, family gatherings or quieter moments.
Riviera Australia owner Rodney Longhurst describes the new yacht as “timeless and contemporary”. A range of premium fabrics and leathers are utilised extensively throughout the interior, combined with a painted finish to the walls and headliners which are superbly varnished and coupled with finely matching timber in either a high gloss or satin finish.
Owners will be engaged with personalising their yacht from the very beginning of their build, deciding on furniture placement, colours and fabrics and how they wish to best utilise the many spaces on board this vessel. One of the key interior design features is flush surfaces throughout – including the use of integrated refrigeration and icemakers.
The main saloon may include dining and lounge spaces or simply act as the grand lounge with dining focused on the aft deck which can be semi-enclosed, covered entirely by the bridge deck overhang and protected by optional clears. The large U-shape galley, with twin ovens, four-burner hob, comprehensive refrigeration and storage capabilities, has been positioned as a centrepiece of the entertaining spaces.
The highly versatile foredeck offers a number of entertaining layouts and a Euro sun awning with the option to carry a tender or jetski and davit.
An elegant curved timber staircase from the forward end of the main saloon leads to the accommodation deck with its four staterooms and three bathrooms. The full-beam Master suite amidships is bathed with natural light from extended hull windows. It provides an electrically adjustable king-size bed and extended his-and-hers en-suite bathroom. The VIP guest stateroom fitted with a queen double bed and also benefiting from hull windows is forward, with an en-suite bathroom. The port stateroom offers the option of a double bed or twin beds that can slide together. The starboard stateroom includes two single cross-over berths. A third bathroom is shared and can act as a day head.
Two doors are built into the exterior of the transom. A separate door on the starboard side provides access to the stand-up engine room and crew quarters. A larger door on the port side lifts to reveal a garage for water sports, diving and fishing equipment. A convenient shower is built into the underside of the door.
The unique teak-laid swim platform was developed in co-operation with Opacmare to provide a three-step design that can be lowered into the water to make access simple both for swimming and launching water sports equipment. A swim ladder is incorporated into the side of the platform.
Power for this magnificent new motor yacht will come from twin MAN turbo diesel engines delivering up to 1,550 hp (1,140kW) each through Twin Disc Quickshift gearboxes and Express Joystick System with integrated station-hold Express Positioning System.
With 10,200 litres of fuel available, she is capable of cruising for more than 1,000 nautical miles or offer speed around 30 knots.
Riviera is now providing even greater peace of mind by increasing the Structural Limited Warranty on Riviera motor yachts by an additional two years to seven years. The warranty covers seven years or up to 2,800 hours of boating, whichever comes first, once the owner takes delivery of their new motor yacht from Riviera.
Five of these unique motor yachts have already been ordered ahead of her official announcement as Riviera owners have sought a flagship motor yacht experience with the renowned Riviera build quality and owner support.
“The opportunities to personalise the interior of the 78 Motor Yacht was particularly attractive,” said one new owner of the 78. “It will allow us to make it very much our own yacht. We enjoyed immensely our time on the 68 Sports Motor Yacht and we learned a great deal by asking ourselves – what if and wouldn’t it be wonderful to have…the 78 delivers on those desires.”
With the design flexibilities for owners to reflect their individual lifestyle and personality in the Riviera 78 Motor Yacht, she is set to become admired in the bays, harbours, marinas and oceans of the world.