Posted June 15, 2017
Riviera’s Sports Motor Yacht Premiere is set to take place at the Sydney International Boat Show beginning on Thursday, August 3, 2017. Riviera and Belize will display a total of nine exceptional luxury motor yachts at the show.
Riviera owner and Chairman Rodney Longhurst said “The vision for the Riviera 68 Sports Motor Yacht came about as a collaboration of our customers and senior design team working together through a series of 3D computer modelled presentations considering what the Riviera of the future could look like and how it could function. It’s a unique blend of our proven history and future meeting together to give our long-term customers their ultimate yacht.”
“The owners we spoke with were seeking a true blue-water yacht that combines long range performance with a good turn of speed when its needed, with the ability to fish, dive, or provide the perfect platform to completely relax with family and friends. The Sports Motor Yacht is very versatile with luxury finishes and a practical usability that allows for extended voyaging wherever their cruising dreams take them.”
Moving around the yacht is easy courtesy of generous side decks and higher bulwarks that access the forward deck which has many features and options never seen before on a Riviera. There is also a pantograph side door from the saloon direct to the side decks, another first for Riviera.
The Riviera Sports Motor Yacht collection has been designed to offer the exhilaration of sports performance with the luxurious comforts for which Riviera is internationally recognised. Designed to CE Category A certification, allows for superior offshore capability and extended cruising.
The cockpit of the 68 Sports Motor Yacht offers everything a sports fisher or water sports enthusiast could wish for as well as plenty of space for entertaining. The elevated alfresco mezzanine forward of the cockpit includes a large dining area and is connected with the central U-shape gourmet galley through a stainless steel framed door and large awning window that creates one large lifestyle space, positioning the chef at the heart of a very social environment.
On the port side of the mezzanine is a door leading to a staircase and the day head and shower. Adjacent to the day head is a utility room or comfortable crew cabin with direct access to the engine room. The foredeck on the Sports Motor Yacht can include a large tender and 550kg hydraulic davit. When the tender is launched, this area quickly transforms to a fabulous eight-seater sunken entertainment centre that can be covered with a fold-away bimini.
The saloon features a plush lounge to port and a dining area that can seat up to eight people to starboard. This most relaxing space is enhanced by luxury fabrics, natural timbers and leatherette panelling. A large TV forward of the galley rises at the touch of a button and is comfortably viewable from both lounge and dining areas. An internal timber staircase provides direct access to the flybridge, a space in which skipper and guests can enjoy extended passages or whilst at anchor. The wide helm station has been designed to incorporate up to four 22-inch navigation screens.
Guests can relax on lounges along the entire starboard side facing an entertainment unit. A special feature of this space is a fold-out double bed secreted under the aft lounge, offering a penthouse-like environment. A stainless steel framed glass door and awning window connect the flybridge with an alfresco dining deck aft.
The accommodation deck offers two stateroom options: the four-cabin Classic or the three-cabin Grand Presidential design with full-beam master stateroom. The World Premiere yacht has been built to include the Classic accommodation layout with a midships master stateroom with ensuite bathroom along the starboard side. The VIP guest stateroom forward includes a walk-around queen-size bed and a private ensuite.
A third cabin aft of the guest stateroom on the port side features twin single beds that can convert to a double while a fourth guest cabin on the starboard side has two full-size pullman-style beds. These two cabins share a bathroom.
Rodney Longhurst said: “We are thrilled with the development of this new collection of Riviera motor yachts that will showcase our world-class design and the skills of our master crafts teams and I am extremely proud of their achievements”.