July 18, 2009

Projects: Riviera 85 Motor Yacht, Riviera 78 Motor Yacht, Riviera 73 Motor Yacht

Australia’s largest luxury boat builder, Riviera has announced a completely new range of Motor Yachts ranging in size from 73 to 85 feet. These new models, bearing Riviera style and build quality, will be the epitome of luxury for a few discerning owners. Riviera 73, 78 and 85 Motor Yachts extend the range of options for the dedicated Australian builder owners close and into super yacht dimensions. The new range will be built at a specialist yard in Taiwan under strict Riviera supervision with the yard’s senior management, led by a naval architect with each having more than 25 years of experience in boat building and previously working with important yacht building brand names. The first of this new three model range is the biggest of the range which enters Super Yacht status and is the Riviera 85 Motor Yacht, offering owners luxury, from a spa on the flybridge deck to two separate dining areas one formal and another casual, and crew accommodation for four in two separate cabins. The Sky Lounge features three lounges in two separate areas plus a walk-in wet bar that opens out through an awning window to the aft deck. The deck will include an optional round six-person spa with lounge seating forward and a large sun pad on the port side, with room for a 4.45-metre tender as well. A single helm seat is immediately forward of the spiral staircase linking the Sky Lounge with the saloon on the starboard side. A large sun pad adorns the foredeck in front of a three-seat lounge. Inside a stainless steel bulkhead with sliding glass door, is the main saloon with two sofas, two arm chairs aft of a wet bar with three stools, and on the port side a dining area with a table that will comfortably seat 10 people. Two steps up is the U-shape galley, equipped with four-burner stove, oven and a separate convection microwave. The galley includes full-height two-door refrigerator, full-size dishwasher and a trash compactor. Forward of the galley is an informal dinette that seats eight around an oval table. There is also a small day bathroom on this level. The accommodation suite includes four cabins, each with en-suite bathroom. The master stateroom amidships is dominated by a king-size bed with en-suite head aft and entryways on either side. Forward accommodation includes a queen double on the port side, a twin to starboard. The inner bed can slide to make a double. The forward VIP stateroom includes a queen double bed and walk-in wardrobe as well as pigeon lockers on either side. The main deck of the 85 Motor Yacht, with the addition of a walk-in wet bar and two stools on the port side. Entry to the crew quarters is via a door concealed under the starboard steps from the hydraulic swim platform to the main deck. A corridor runs around the garage, with entry to the twin cabin near the entry, with a clothes locker to starboard. Forward of the garage the corridor leads to a watertight door into the engine room. Further on, to port is the bathroom with separate shower stall, and then to the skipper’s cabin with a double bed and hanging locker. Standard engines on the Riviera 85 Motor Yacht are Caterpillar C18 turbo diesels rated at 1015hp, with options of MTU 8V rated at 1200hp or Caterpillar C32 engines rated at 1550hp.
The second of these projects is the Riviera 78 Motor Yacht, which is based on the 73 Motor Yacht hull lines but is extended throughout, with additional lounge space in the Sky Lounge to the crew accommodation. The Sky Lounge of the 78 benefits through an extension of the starboard leather lounge and a longer liquor cabinet. In the main saloon, too, the liquor cabinet area is extended and the dinette forward is a large U-shape around a square timber table. The accommodation suite is identical to the 73 forward offering four double cabins, with the additional space used to bring the crew cabin forward in front of the engine room, providing for two in a single cabin that is the same as the IPS layout of the 73 Motor Yacht. Entry to this cabin is via a door from the side deck. Standard engines on the Riviera 78 Motor Yacht are Caterpillar C18 turbo diesels rated at 1015hp. Optional engines are MTU 8V turbo diesels rated at 1200hp. The Riviera 73 Motor Yacht is a stylish and comfortable long distance cruiser, built in hand laid-up fibreglass hull, moulded in one piece with longitudinal and transverse stringers, and a gelcoat finish in white colour. The bottom section is laminated with vinylester resin for the first two layers with polyester resin for the other layers. The side shell of the hull is a sandwich cored structure, utilising infusion technology. Deck and flybridges are cored fibreglass as are floors and bulkheads. Power options include either V-Drives or triple Volvo IPS-2. The IPS version offers a slightly different dining and accommodation layout and four bathrooms. There are watertight bulkheads for engine room and chain locker. The engine room includes a reinforced fibreglass stringer system with steel channels for the foundations. Specially designed shaft tunnels provide less draft and angle to the vee drive version. The forward deck features a large sun pad, windlass as well as freshwater wash-down. The Sky Lounge is fully enclosed, with a stainless steel aft bulkhead and opening side windows. It featurees an L-shape leather lounge surrounded a timber coffee table, opposite to port side it has a wet bar with Corian benchtop, stainless steel sink, mixer tap and storage under-bench lockers. The aft deck of the flybridge is equipped with a Miele electric barbecue, refrigerator and ice maker. This open area can be used to store a tender or PWC or can be equipped with day lounges and a table. The helm is equipped with a central helm seat with companion seats on either side. The moulded and upholstered helm console includes electronic engine controls, full engine gauges with alarms, and complete electronic navigation aids. Access to the flybridge and Sky Lounge is via stairs from the aft deck or an internal spiral staircase linking from the saloon. The main saloon is a large open space including the lounge area and galley on one level. There is an option of an L-shaped dinette with fixed seating or a free standing dining table with 8 chairs. Fit out is in cherry, beech or teak timber with satin finish and high gloss horizontal surfaces. The area except for the galley is carpeted, with foam underlay. In the lounge area, three leather sofas are arranged around a large coffee table with a fourth sofa opposite. The U-shape galley has drawer fridges and freezers, a Miele four-burner cook-top with range hood, convection microwave oven, a dishwasher and a trash compactor. Through a sliding stainless steel-framed glass door from the saloon, the aft deck offers shaded outdoor entertaining with a build-in settee across the transom and a teak table with stainless steel legs. Down four steps from the deck, the hydraulic swim platform has an 800kg lift capacity. A tender garage, with electric door and electric winch, is designed to house a 3.85 metre jetrib. A companionway forward of the dinette leads to the accommodation suite. The full-beam master stateroom is amidships with a king-size bed, walk-in wardrobe, walk-in closet with cedar-lined hanging locker, selves and lights. The shaft drive configuration includes a breakfast nook on the port side below the large picture frame port lights, a vanity desk with mirror, light and drawer on the starboard side. The IPS version differs here for offering a lounge setting. On the port side aft of the stateroom is large en-suite bathroom with granite or Corian benchtop featuring his-and-hers china wash basins. The bathroom includes a separate shower stall with a seat, and two heated towel rails. Flooring is Corian or granite. The shaft drive configuration has the bathroom aft of the stateroom while the IPS configuration moves bathroom and wardrobe forward. Accommodation is completed with a second stateroom on the port side and third guest stateroom forward with a twin cabin on the starboard side. The port stateroom can be configured as a twin. All cabins feature cedar-lined closets with hanger bar and lights as well as 19-inch LCD TV with CD/DVD player and speakers. In the IPS configuration, the port stateroom is moved to starboard, forward of the twin cabin and the bathroom for the forward cabin doubles as a guest bathroom available for day guests and those in the twin cabin. The main aft deck is fully covered by the flybridge overhang, offering fresh air away from the glare of the sun. A wide U-shape lounge across the transom surrounds a large timber table on hydraulic lift legs. The crew quarters in standard version is a single berth accessed from the swim platform through a watertight door in the transom. IPS configuration is a twin bunk accessed from a door in the side deck.


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  2. this was 2009 .... have Riviera Made any of these yet??

  3. No. A lot of things have happened since then!
    Riviera in and out of receivership, and these projects hace since then been scrubbed away and deleted from the web-site. So I personally think they will just end as piece of project papers, at least in the short term.