Riviera 78MY Boat Review

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Boat Review Date: 1 February 2024
Author: Dans Boat Life


What a pleasant surprise this was. I dropped by Thailand in January to check out what's been happening in Asia and the answer is a LOT! Thailand is growing into a world class boating destination with a huge base of skilled Thai's who are coming up through the tourist industry and moving into private yacht management.

The owners of this stunning Riviera 78MY are benefiting from this. They are living their best boat life with two fantastic crew members looking after this absolute stunner of a boat!

What is clearly evident to me about the 78MY is that this is a yacht that you can run fully crewed but should you choose to run it yourself for the weekend with your mates then she will be totally manageable to anyone who's owned a moderately sized Riv before. Basically if you've had a Riv you'll understand how to operate this thing.

However as soon as you head below the interior spaces and design will knock your socks off! It's got more of a custom build feel to it and the interior textures on 'Big Mama' make her feel very special indeed!

Thanks to Martin and his whole crew from Lee Marine for organising this special day which was not planned like one of my normal shoots. We just gathered together the cameras we had and made it happen which was super cool.

Finally this would not have happened without cool owners who are happy for Dan the random YouTube guy to drive your boat and put it all over the internet. Thankyou for your generosity and I hope the world enjoys this opportunity to take a peek into the world that is 'Big Mama'!

About the Author: Dan Jones is a retired boat salesman of 20 years who is creating real world independent boat tests for his YouTube Channel, Dans Boat Life. He has personally sold and delivered over 450 power and sailing boats and has 30 years’ experience with yacht racing, cruising sailing and power boats of all types. Dan has trained hundreds of owners on the operation of their new boats and is a specialist in coaching new boat owners on how to confidently park their boat in a marina berth.