The new 50 Sports Motor Yacht is a remarkable package, with all the essentials you’d expect to find on a much larger yacht, including foredeck relaxation zone, walk around side decks, all weather al fresco mezzanine entertaining, spacious luxurious saloon with internal staircase to an enclosed air-conditioned flybridge and state-of-the-art helm. The generous three cabin/two-bathroom accommodation deck is bathed in natural light from tinted glass hull windows and features a magnificent full-beam master stateroom.
50 Sports Motor Yacht
The fine finishing detail
Engineering excellence matches her very sporty looks with sports performance and a very smooth, quiet and efficient ride.
Finally, her wide, open cockpit enables all manner of water sports action. Owners have embraced this new and innovative design and we now have Riviera Sports Motor Yacht owners enjoying the Mediterranean, South-east Asia, the Caribbean, the South Pacific and the Whitsundays. Handcrafted in Australia to Riviera’s renowned standards, the 50 Sports Motor Yacht is a uniquely specified craft that is truly in a league of its own.
The inside story
Linking the mezzanine with the galley and saloon are a tinted glass sliding door and awning window set in a superior stainless-steel frame. A gourmet galley resides immediately to port, while the internal staircase is to starboard, incorporating a television, 100-litre freezer, liquor cabinet and glass storage.
As one of five distinct yet integrated luxury living zones, the saloon also offers two opposing lounge areas that can seat six to eight guests in total comfort.
Linda Hall says this arrangement was a major drawcard: “The social areas of the new 50 SMY look beautiful,” she says. “There’s the cockpit, mezzanine, the almost circular seating arrangement of the lounges in the saloon, the flybridge offering additional onboard space, and the generous downstairs accommodation.
“We basically raised our children on the water and this together time is very dear to us. The new 50 SMY will be just fantastic as our family boat.”
The design team has also excelled with the accommodation plan with a full-beam master suite bathed in natural light from large hull windows, a queen-sized island berth, chaise lounge and en suite. Guests are afforded a VIP stateroom with ensuite/day head forward and twin bunk cabin, all with exceptional headroom and airiness.
The flybridge pampers its occupants in complete comfort while being open to the extended awning – strata glass clears can then fully seal this area. An optional aft helm is available for convenience when fishing.
The main helm station offers twin pedestal-mounted leather seats and places controls, screens and switches close to hand and in clear view.
Power and passion
From here, the captain can summon the choice of either Volvo Penta IPS or MAN V-drive propulsion. The proven and highly efficient power and drive options are twin diesel Volvo Penta IPS 950 (533kW/725HP) or twin diesel MAN i6-800 (588kW/800HP). Both deliver smooth, strong-mid-range thrust and top speeds of over 30 knots.
“In line with our philosophy of always selecting the superior drive and engine configuration for each individual model, we decided to offer a choice of shaft drive or IPS, and in either case, the 50 Sports Motor Yacht will be a brilliant performer,” Rodney Longhurst explained.
The Halls opted for IPS, having owned two shaft-and two pod-drive models previously. Darrel and Linda cited the ease of handling, berthing and efficient performance.
“The plan is to do some coastal cruising, but our twins have just started university and they’re studying from home because of COVID. So for the time being, it will be a mid-week or weekends away,” Darrel says.