GO ANY­WHERE

THE RIVIERA 68 SPORTS MO­TOR YACHT IS A MASH-UP OF A RUGGED MARINE SUV AND A LUX­U­RI­OUS CRUISER.

Yachting - - CONTENTS - by kevin koenig

Whether you en­joy div­ing, fish­ing or hard­core cruis­ing, the Riviera 68 SMY is built to get you wherever you want to be.

“re­grets, i’ve had a few.” i couldn’t help but think of

Frank Si­na­tra’s fa­mous lyric while aboard the Riviera 68 Sports Mo­tor Yacht this past sum­mer (Aus­tralia’s win­ter) in Syd­ney Har­bour and off­shore in the Tas­man Sea. You see, ear­lier in the year I’d had to pass on an in­vi­ta­tion to help de­liver the yacht from the Riviera fac­tory some 380 nau­ti­cal miles north on the Gold Coast to the 50th an­nual Syd­ney In­ter­na­tional Boat Show. As I wheeled and toured the boat dur­ing my one-day sea trial in­stead, I kept think­ing, Man, that would have been sweet. There’s a lot to like about the 68 SMY, but the thing that re­ally drew me in was the af­ter sec­tion’s lay­out. The 68 is a true hy­brid boat, de­signed as much for el­e­gant cruis­ing as for off­shore ad­ven­ture. Her cock­pit is an open, nearly Spar­tan space with enough room for dive tanks, Hawai­ian slings, or even an op­tional fight­ing chair if game fish­ing is in the plans. A two-burner Kenyon “bar­bie” for­ward can han­dle all the shrimp you throw on it, and has a sink and freezer be­side it. The space has a boys’ club feel — though the boat won’t leave any­one else want­ing. “We polled our own­ers and found that many of the men wanted a space for sports,” says Stephen Milne, Riviera’s direc­tor of brand and com­mu­ni­ca­tions. “He might be a fisher, he might be a diver, and he can do that with this boat. But we found the ladies re­ally wanted that mez­za­nine seat­ing.”

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