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Riviera Sports Motor Yacht construction update – Part IV

Edition 2 - 2017

Riviera Sports Motor Yacht construction update – Part IV


Creating an entirely new Riviera design

The 550-strong Riviera team is looking forward to showcasing the significant progress of the luxurious new Sports Motor Yacht at the 2017 Riviera Festival of Boating from 17-19 March.

Here at the home of Riviera on Australia’s Gold Coast – and ahead of the World Premiere of the very first model in this world-class collection in mid-2017 – you will be able to see the first three models under construction in our dedicated large yacht facility.

Prospective owners who have pre-registered with their Riviera dealer will also be able to step aboard our interior prototype and see first-hand the finely crafted finishes and spacious luxury living and accommodation spaces.

The very impressive Sports Motor Yacht – available in 68ft and 72ft models – will boast up to four staterooms and optional crew accommodation, as well as a vast array of lifestyle features that will help owners fulfill their dreams of extended cruising in glorious comfort.

Construction continues

The first two Sports Motor Yacht models to be built by our talented team are 68ft designs and we are very pleased that construction of these significant new Rivieras is on schedule.

Lamination is now well advanced on hull No.3 – the very first 72 Sports Motor Yacht design – which will feature additional space in the cockpit and mezzanine, as well as considerable specification differences in terms of engines, fuel capacity and inclusions.

Milestone moment

For the passionate Riviera team, gently lowering the massive Sports Motor Yacht pre-fitted deck on to the pre-engineered and fitted hull No.1 was a landmark occasion that marked the next stage of construction of this significant new design.

When these two components are brought together, our team connects and checks all the engineering and electrical systems and begins a further round of our extensive quality control process. Then commences the bonding process.


The large deck componentry such as the windlass and 550kg low-profile davit is fitted, as well as over 18 metres of 32mm marine grade stainless steel bow rail either side of the yacht, and the gunwale rail.


At the same time, construction also continues on the flybridge and hardtop. These major parts have now been released from their moulds and detailing work is well advanced. Next they will be fitted with componentry which, in the case of the hardtop, includes the targa, aerials, spotlights and navigation equipment. The flybridge will be sub-assembled as much as possible with wiring, plumbing, air-conditioning units, flooring, cabinetry, windscreen and side windows prior to being lifted to be bonded to the deck.


Work is also continuing on the creation of tooling for a wide array of small parts that have been created especially for the Sports Motor Yacht, including cockpit hatches and floors.

Please enjoy the video above as you step aboard this highly detailed prototype of the Sports Motor Yacht interior.

Keeping you informed

We will proudly provide further production insight regarding the build process of our 68 and 72 Sports Motor Yacht next month. We hope that we can share this journey with you at the Riviera Festival of Boating here at the home of Riviera on Australia’s Gold Coast, 17-19 March 2017.

Catch up on the story so far …

If you like, you may revisit our previous Sports Motor Yacht production insight stories here >>


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