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