Riviera 78 Motor Yacht Prepares for Launch

Riviera 78 Motor Yacht Prepares for Launch

New Product Introduction Manager Warren Maslen takes us on a tour through the new Riviera 78 Motor Yacht’s interior fitout.

She stands resplendent with her newly painted silver-grey hull on the riverside apron of Riviera’s yard on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Massive, tinted windows dominate the forward half of the hull on either side.

The new flagship Riviera 78 Motor Yacht is undergoing her detailed interior fitout here before initial sea trials.

The next feature of note as you approach the yacht is the large teak-laid swim platform recently fitted to her stern. It was developed in co-operation with Italian firm Opacmare to provide a three-step design that can be lowered down to a metre into the water to make access simple both for swimming and launching water sports equipment from the large garage that is beneath the saloon deck. An electrically operated door lifts up to provide access. The underside of the door even includes a fresh-water shower to wash away salt water before stepping up to the saloon deck.

The large teak-laid swim platform, providing easy access to the garage, was developed in co-operation with Italian firm Opacmare for a three-step design that can be lowered down to a metre into the water.

The sun-drenched entertaining space on the foredeck awaits soft furnishings.

Beside the garage is where a watertight door will be fitted, leading to the cavernous full-head-height engine room via a cleverly designed workspace.

On the foredeck, the expansive entertaining space awaits soft furnishings. An integrated davit has now been fitted, ready to lift the tender.

Work is focusing on the saloon 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 aft of this space for further weather protection, particularly for guests seated on the lounge that will run across the transom.

The impressive bridge deck space is approximately 10 metres (33 feet) from the helm to the transom rail.

The two completed staircases, one with floating treads leading to the bridge deck and the second leading below to the crew quarters and engine room.

The wet bar and entertainment centre on the expansive bridge deck is nearing completion.

The large U-shape galley featuring Caesarstone benchtops with a three-burner hob and twin underslung stainless-steel sinks installed.

The saloon and bridge deck layouts provide many options for owners to select from. The aft saloon deck of this first yacht 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.

An electric sliding door opens to reveal the interior of the saloon deck with its large U-shape galley immediately to starboard, positioned to serve guests equally on the aft deck or in the saloon. The galley features Caesarstone benchtops that display a three-burner hob and twin underslung stainless-steel sinks. The twin ovens, a dishwasher and a pair of full-height refrigerators are yet to be brought on board. All the highly polished teak cabinetry already fitted includes concealed latches and drawers with soft-close mechanisms.

Ceasarstone has also been selected for the interior bridge and saloon wet bars benchtops.

Two of the forward helm’s four navigation screens are fitted while bases await the installation of the Opacmare central helm and two companion seats.

The expansive volume and luxury afforded by the master suite amidships is now evident with the king-size bed positioned on the centreline.

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