02 June 2020
Since their launch, Riviera 72 and 68 Sports Motor Yachts have been cruising the waters of Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Vanuatu, Indonesia, the Mediterranean and Thailand, and further yachts are now being completed for the United States.
Alberlee, the twentieth Sports Motor Yacht, is heading to Riviera dealer representative R Marine Perth for delivery to new owner Mike Albert, a Singapore-based director of Apple Inc’s customer care for the Asia–Pacific region.
Mike and his wife Annie plan to locate their Riviera 72 SMY in Mike’s hometown of Perth after first cruising and exploring the east coast of Australia with family and friends.
“I love the Riviera story and their focus on the customer. This aligns with what I have lived and breathed for many years at Apple: the attention to detail, the customer care and the consideration are all important values to me,” he said.
“I had been looking at Riviera for the past several years, and especially the flybridge models. It had to be large enough to accommodate our family as well as our parents and sisters with their families.”
“When the 72 SMY was released, it was exactly what we were looking for – it was exceptional. Not only the size of the boat and the options on her, but the finish was just magnificent. That hooked me.”
Riviera spent two years developing the 68 and 72 SMY, which included taking on board feedback from Riviera owners from around the world.
What resulted was the creation of a bluewater yacht that combines impressive speed, considerable sport fishing and other water sports capabilities with the confidence and safety of high bulwark side decks, a foredeck entertainment centre, fully enclosed flybridge with internal stairs, a covered mezzanine dining area, a crew cabin with day head off the mezzanine and ultra-luxurious interiors.
As the flagship of the Riviera collection, the 72 SMY encompasses design and engineering refinements and advancements that place her at the leading edge of bluewater cruising. She is completely designed for superior offshore and extended cruising.
“The launching of Hull 20 is a celebration for the entire Riviera team since the world premiere of the 72 SMY in 2018,” said Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst.
“She was developed and engineered to be the ultimate motor yacht for Riviera owners, and she is the most advanced motor yacht of her class as our owners will attest.”
The Riviera 72 SMY employs the latest digital technology and her premium propulsion system has been engineered to provide optimal bluewater performance for smooth, quiet and fuel-efficient cruising. Svan testing undertaken by Riviera’s technicians on the 68 SMY and 72 SMY shows sound readings at fast cruise speed of 63dBA in the flybridge and 64dBA in the master stateroom.
The Riviera 72 is powered by twin MAN V12 turbo diesel engines delivering up to 1900hp and a top speed of about 33 knots. At a cruising speed of 20 knots, the 72 SMY provides a cruising range of 650 nautical miles.
Luxury and comfort are the high points of the accommodation aboard the Riviera 72 SMY, which typically appeals to luxury motor yacht owners who aspire to spend more time aboard with family and friends.
The forward VIP guest stateroom and private ensuite are complemented by a port guest stateroom with two-way bathroom. The full-beam owner’s stateroom is located amidships in the classic layout.
The 72 SMY features an expansive cockpit and mezzanine with a large undercover dining area. It has a spacious saloon with a large fine-leather lounge and dining area with seating for eight guests. A generous U-shaped aft galley on the main deck is perfectly designed for extended cruising and living aboard.