by Steve Lague

Riviera has been an extremely successful company under Rodney Longhurst. Over the past four or five years it has not only regained its spot as the countries leading luxury boat manufacturer but also a significant player on the world market. That success has been built around a revitalised model range with world-class design, finish and technology.
At the 2016 Gold Coast International Expo Riviera revealed that two new Sports Motor Yacht models – a 68 and 72 footer (the biggest boat that can be built at the Coomera plant, were already in the early construction stages and would be launched in May, 2017.
“Riviera is extremely proud of the high level of enthusiasm and excitement ahead of the World Premiere of our new, luxurious and long-range Sports Motor Yacht collection in 2017,” Mr Longhurst said.
“This refreshingly distinct style of on-water luxury lifestyle has been developed in-house by the very talented Riviera design team after extensive consultation into where and how often our global family of owners use their yachts and determining their aspirations for their ultimate yacht.”

“What we’ve heard is that, in increasing numbers, our experienced luxury motor yacht aficionados are wanting to take their boating further afield with true long-range cruising aspirations, whilst still being able to fish effectively and have fun driving.
“The 68 and 72 Sports Motor Yacht designs help luxury motor yacht owners fulfill these dreams, offering the exhilaration of supreme sports performance as well as fantastic interior flexibility with a wide array of luxury lifestyle features to enhance their time aboard.”
The Sports Motor Yacht collection – the 72 with additional space in the cockpit – offers fully flexible accommodation plans with a choice of three or four staterooms, including full-beam master and private ensuite. There also are options for a teenager’s retreat, crew quarters or dedicated sporting equipment stowage, depending on owner requirements.
riviera sports yachtsWhile the boat is still months away from being completed BoatAdvice was shown full-scale internal mock-ups, which enable designers and prospective owners to walk through the yacht and get a real feel for the onboard spaciousness.
While the timber mock up does not provide any feel for the luxury finish we can expect on these boats it does provide an accurate feel for the size and layout of these ocean cruisers.
The Sports Motor Yachts will be shaft-driven, with standard power being the proven twin MAN 1550hp V-drive diesel.
The new-generation 68 and 72 Sports Motor Yacht designs emerge from the 67 concept that was announced at the Riviera Festival of Boating last year.