Inside Riviera’s New Flagship Motoryacht
The new Riviera 78 Motor Yacht will start sea trials in the coming months, three years after Riviera announced plans to build the largest motor yacht in the company’s 42-year history. Hull No. 1 is destined for Lee Marine in Thailand. Check out how the motor yacht is progressing.
The Australian builder’s new flagship has an overall length of 81’5” (24.82 m) and a 19’8” (6 m) beam, making it the largest model to date for the builder. She draws 6’3” (1.9 m) and carries 2,695 gallons (10,200 liters) of fuel and 211 gallons (800 liters) of fresh water. She has a newly painted silver-gray hull and is nearing initial sea trials as crews race to finish the interior at the company yard on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Hull No. 1 is destined for Lee Marine in Thailand. Standard power is twin 1,550-hp MAN V12 inboards and owns can opt for a pair of 1,800s or two 2,000-hp MANs.
Italian Firm Co-Designs Swim Platform
Once the yacht was moved from the shed, a large teak-laid swim platform was fitted to the stern. It was developed in co-operation with Italian firm Opacmare to provide a three-step design that can be lowered more than 3’ (1 m) into the water to make access simple for swimming and launching water sports equipment from the large garage that is beneath the salon deck.
An electrically operated door lifts up to provide access to the garage. The underside of the door includes a fresh-water shower to wash away salt before guests step up to the salon deck.
To starboard of the garage, a watertight door leads to a workspace. At the front of this compartment is entry to the full-height engine room.
Expansive Salon Deck
Work is focusing on the aft 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 trailing edge of this space for further weather protection, particularly for guests seated on the stern lounge.
An owner can select from many salon and helm-deck layouts. The aft salon deck of Hull No. 1 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.
Premium U-Shaped Galley
An electric sliding door opens to reveal the interior of the salon deck with its large U-shaped galley immediately to starboard. It’s positioned to serve guests equally on the aft deck or in the salon. The galley features Caesarstone benchtops with a three-burner hob and twin underslung stainless-steel sinks. Caesarstone is also being used on the interior bridge and salon wetbar countertops.
The twin ovens, a dishwasher and a pair of full-height refrigerators are yet to be brought on board. All the polished-teak cabinetry already fitted has concealed latches and drawers with soft-close mechanisms.
Opposite the galley are two staircases. 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 salon leads to the accommodation deck with its four staterooms and three heads. The 78 Motor Yacht sleeps eight passengers plus crew. Fit out of this space is almost complete, revealing for the expansive volume and luxury of the master suite amidships with the king-size berth on the centerline.
The large hull windows fitted with opening portholes introduce natural light. A walk-in wardrobe is in the starboard fore quarter and the head, 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 head forward.
Large Bridge Deck
The bridge-deck space is an impressive 33’ (10 m) 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.
Riviera has built more than 5,700 yachts in its 42-year history and the 78 Motor Yacht is its biggest bet yet. She will make her global debut later this year.