She stands resplendent with her newly painted silver-grey hull on the riverside apron of Riviera’s yard on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Massive, tinted windows dominate the forward half of the hull on either side.
The new flagship Riviera 78 Motor Yacht is undergoing her detailed interior fitout here before initial sea trials.
The next feature of note as you approach the yacht is the large teak-laid swim platform recently fitted to her stern. It was developed in co-operation with Italian firm Opacmare to provide a three-step design that can be lowered down to a metre into the water to make access simple both for swimming and launching water sports equipment from the large garage that is beneath the saloon deck. An electrically operated door lifts up to provide access. The underside of the door even includes a fresh-water shower to wash away salt water before stepping up to the saloon deck.
Beside the garage is where a watertight door will be fitted, leading to the cavernous full-head-height engine room via a cleverly designed workspace.
On the foredeck, the expansive entertaining space awaits soft furnishings. An integrated davit has now been fitted, ready to lift the tender.
Work is focusing on the saloon deck that stretches to the transom, protected from the elements by the bridge deck overhang that also extends to the transom. An optional electrically operated vertical screen has been fitted to the aft of this space for further weather protection, particularly for guests seated on the lounge that will run across the transom.
The saloon and bridge deck layouts provide many options for owners to select from. The aft saloon deck of this first yacht will have a lounge across the transom facing a fold-out dining table and an L-shape lounge in the starboard fore quarter and a barbecue unit to port. Optionally, the dining table could be located forward the starboard lounge.
An electric sliding door opens to reveal the interior of the saloon deck with its large U-shape galley immediately to starboard, positioned to serve guests equally on the aft deck or in the saloon. The galley features Caesarstone benchtops that display a three-burner hob and twin underslung stainless-steel sinks. The twin ovens, a dishwasher and a pair of full-height refrigerators are yet to be brought on board. All the highly polished teak cabinetry already fitted includes concealed latches and drawers with soft-close mechanisms.
Ceasarstone has also been selected for the interior bridge and saloon wet bars benchtops.
Opposite the galley are two staircases, now complete; floating treads lead to the bridge deck above and the second staircase leads below to the crew quarters and engine room.
A curved timber staircase at the forward end of the saloon space leads to the accommodation deck with its four staterooms and three bathrooms. Fitout of this space is almost complete, revealing for the first time the expansive volume and luxury of the master suite amidships with the king-size bed on the centreline. The very large hull windows fitted with opening portholes introduce a huge amount of natural light. A walk-in wardrobe is in the starboard fore quarter and the bathroom, with a separate toilet, in the port fore quarter now features white Valente Grigio wall detailing. A similar wall treatment is featured in the VIP guest bathroom forward.
The bridge deck space is very impressive – approximately 10 metres (33 feet) from the helm to the transom rail.
Two of the forward helm’s four navigation screens are already fitted and bases await the installation of the Opacmare central helm and two companion seats.
A wet bar on the aft section of the bridge deck has been fitted. A pair of small hatches in the aft quarter coaming of the bridge deck conceal joysticks that are part of the yacht’s Twin Disc Electronic JoyStick system (EJS).
The furniture for this yacht is yet to be brought on board. Each owner will specify how the saloon and bridge decks are to be fitted out.