Beauty and Pur­pose

THE RIVIERA 72 SPORTS MO­TOR YACHT EX­PANDS ON THE GOOD LOOKS AND NO­TABLE PER­FOR­MANCE OF ITS SMALLER SIB­LING. BY BARRY THOMP­SON

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The Riviera 72 Sports Mo­tor Yacht ex­pands on the styling and no­table per­for­mance of its smaller sib­ling.

WWhen con­cep­tu­al­iz­ing the 72 Sports Mo­tor Yacht, the criteria was for a ves­sel that of­fered the ex­hil­a­ra­tion of sports per­for­mance with the lux­u­ries of a mo­to­ry­acht. “Dur­ing more than two years of de­vel­op­ment, our in-house de­sign team con­ducted ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tions with highly ex­pe­ri­enced Riviera own­ers from around the world to cre­ate a mo­to­ry­acht of great beauty and pur­pose,” says Riviera owner and chair­man Rod­ney Longhurst. “When we spoke to own­ers seek­ing a new style of mo­to­ry­acht, they said their dream was a blue­wa­ter yacht that com­bines speed with ca­pa­bil­i­ties for sport­fish­ing and other wa­ter sports, along with high bul­wark sid­edecks, a fore­deck en­ter­tain­ment cen­ter, a fully en­closed fly­bridge with in­ter­nal stairs, a cov­ered mez­za­nine din­ing area and ul­tra-lux­u­ri­ous in­te­ri­ors.” The new 72 Sports Mo­tor Yacht de­liv­ers on that brief.

Given the chance, if you saw both the new 72 and its sis­ter (the 68) on the wa­ter, you might have a hard time pick­ing out the dif­fer­ences be­tween the two. While vir­tu­ally the same boat, the 72 has been ex­panded in al­most ev­ery way. The ex­tra length is ev­i­dent in the twin­level cock­pit. Plus, with the ex­tended hull, the fuel tank ca­pac­ity has been in­creased from 2,245 gal­lons to 2,377.

The 72 has all the right at­tributes to be ei­ther a se­ri­ously com­fort­able, prac­ti­cal cruis­ing boat or a ded­i­cated sport­fish­er­man. The cock­pit is di­vided into two ar­eas, each with its own dis­tinct pur­pose: The aft deck for fish­ing and the up­per deck for en­ter­tain­ing.

Three feet longer than the 68 in both over­all and hull length, the 72 shares the same beam as her sib­ling. Af­ter all, both boats are from the same set of molds, but due to the ex­tra length, the 72 is able to carry more fuel and wa­ter. It has dif­fer­ent propul­sion, too: Stan­dard power for the 68 is a pair of 1,550-hp MAN V12 en­gines; the 72 gets 1,800-hp MAN V12s. How­ever, both boats are avail­able with the MAN V12 1,900-hp en­gines, a pair of which were in the 72 I tested.

When driv­ing the 72, I was im­pressed by how in­tu­itive ev­ery­thing was, and the ef­fort­less way the boat han­dled. Run­ning across a slight chop with 10 knots of breeze, the 72 was smooth, vi­bra­tion free and ex­tremely quiet. The hull ran true and straight, and by pre­set­ting the Humphree In­ter­cep­tors, we main­tained an op­ti­mum run­ning an­gle of around 4.3 de­grees. At 18 knots (1600 rpm), I

LOA: 78'3" Beam: 19'8" Draft: 6'1" Displ: 103,617 lbs. (dry) Fuel: 2,377 gal. Wa­ter: 264 gal. Top Speed: 34.8 knots Stan­dard Power: 2/1,800-hp MAN V12 Test Power: 2/1,900-hp MAN V12 Base Price: $3,309,059

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