Riviera announces plans for new sub-40 footers

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The Riviera 68 Sports Motor Yacht makes its debut at Sydney.
The Riviera 68 Sports Motor Yacht makes its debut at Sydney.

Latest Riviera Sports Motor Yacht collection launched at SIBS.

Australian luxury boat builder, Riviera Australia, used its Sydney International Boat Show media presentation to announce that it will be introducing two new sub-40 foot models in 2018, a new 395 SUV model and a new 39 Open Flybridge model. They will be the company's first new under-40-foot models in nearly a decade.

Riviera 395 SUV.
Riviera 395 SUV.

Anticipating strong local demand, the first 15 vessels built in the new SUV model will be available exclusively in Australia. They will feature IPS drives, two cabins and a new hull and deck design. They will be priced in the mid $800,000 to the low $900,000.

"These new models offer exceptional boating options in an easy-to-handle size - the go-anywhere attributes of our classic blue-water flybridge collection and the single-level entertaining that is in the DNA of our popular SUV collection," said Riviera chairman, Rodney Longhurst.

Riviera also unveiled the first model of its new Sports Motor Yacht collection designed to combine sports performance with extended cruising capabilities. Longhurst said delivering the 68 model on display at SIBS from the Gold Coast had proven the boat’s extremely quiet running and smooth ride.

“It really has exceeded everything we wanted to achieve,” he said.

The Sports Motor Yacht collection includes the 68 and 72 models, both available with Classic or Grand Presidential accommodation options offering three or four staterooms and three bathrooms. To date 10 boats have been sold (8 in Australian, 1 in the US and 1 to Europe) with the expectation of 14 sold in the near future.

In designing the hull, Riviera partnered with naval architects Mulder Design in the Netherlands. Hull designs were then tank tested at the Wolfson Institute Unit for Marine Technology and Industrial Dynamics at the University of Southampton in England to create a hull capable of delivering a smooth, soft and dry ride in a range of conditions.

The Riviera 68 Sports Motor Yacht during trials.
The Riviera 68 Sports Motor Yacht during trials.
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