Australian motor yacht builder Riviera has revealed more production details of its highly anticipated Riviera 64 Sports Motor Yacht.
The Gold Coast-based company recently reached two major production milestones on this model: the connection of the deck and hull followed by the fitting of the flybridge.
The 64 will be the latest addition to Riviera's growing collection of Sports Motor Yachts, plans are still on for her world premiere in June.
Dan Henderson, Riviera's design and engineering director, says the integration of these major component marked another highly productive period for the new yacht development team.
"Each production milestone provides our team with satisfaction as each of these components are skilfully brought together as designed to reveal the 64 SMY in all her glory," Henderson says.
"The stringent design, formidable engineering and the fine luxury finishes are now really coming together at this impressive stage of production."
Following the completion of more than 130 moulds for the 64 SMY, the first deck, headliner and bathroom modules were made by Riviera's specialist lamination technicians.
The deck alone is more than 19 metres long and incorporates multiple laminates and sophisticated core materials to optimise strength and durability while minimising weight.
The headliner and bathroom mouldings that provide an outstanding finish inside the yacht have been bonded to the deck, creating immense strength. This entire assembly was released from the mould, using custom tooling that transforms into a mobile base.
Riviera's engineering centre fitted the components and systems required to propel the yacht, including the installation of twin 1550hp V12 MAN engines, shafts and remote gearboxes to millimetre accuracy, ensuring a smooth, quiet ride and improved performance.
With all the care and precision to fit propulsion drivelines and systems to the hull, the newly moulded deck, after exceeding stringent quality checks, was ready for the hull-deck fitting milestone.
Before this process, Riviera's electricians installed the extensive wiring harness looms that provide power to all onboard systems.
The total length of cable installed is said to be more than of 7 kilometres.
Following this, the delicate operation at Riviera's production facility saw the 3D CAD designed hull and deck locked into position with millimetre tolerances. CAD design allows for the optimisation of all onboard spaces.
"The hull and deck were then bonded, laminated, and mechanically fastened together with 316 marine grade stainless steel bolts located around the entire gunwale perimeter to ensure continuity of structure and ultimate strength" Henderson says.
"The flybridge, which is built as a complete unit and weather tested prior to fitting, was locked into place and bonded securely to the main structure."
The next step in the process is the internal fit-out of the 64 SMY and joinery installation.
Riviera's design team has put extra emphasis on optimising the onboard space.
There is the option of three or four staterooms, alfresco mezzanine dining and gourmet aft galley, internal stairwell to the flybridge, a ship-style pantograph door leading to generous walk-around side decks, and a foredeck that cradles a 3.6-metre tender before transforming into a comfortable and spacious entertainment hub.
"The Riviera 64 Sports Motor Yacht is a highly anticipated and outstanding addition to our luxury Sports Motor Yacht Collection," Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst says.
"The 64 SMY will give boating enthusiasts the liveability and luxury they desire in a true blue-water package whether they are wanting to overnight in enclosed water or cross oceans and cruise long-term.
The Riviera 64 SMY's world premiere is scheduled for June.
Jack O'Rourke is a contributor to Ocean Media
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