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Sunseeker Predator 74 vs Riva 76 Bahamas

Discussion in 'Sunseeker Yacht' started by yellowc4s, Jan 5, 2019.

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  1. yellowc4s

    yellowc4s New Member

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    Sunseeker vs Riva
  2. olderboater

    olderboater Senior Member

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    In general I'd select Riva Coupes and Sunseeker fly bridge models. However, you asked about the Riva 76 Bahamas vs. the Sunseeker Predator 74. I'm a huge Riva fan but comparing these two boats, the Predator has excellent speed, topping out at 40 knots vs. perhaps 35-36 knots on the Riva with the optional engine. Sunseeker also has a shallower draft at 6' vs. 6'6".

    On the other hand the Riva is a bigger boat, a heavier boat, and based on my experience with the two brands, I'd think it may be a better riding boat in rough conditions. However, with these being new models I'd really want to ride on both before deciding.

    Both boats have some very interesting features. I'm slightly more a Riva fan than a Sunseeker fan but last boat we bought was a Sunseeker.

    I'd choose the Sunseeker 74 Sport Yacht over the Predator and the Riva 76 Perseo over the 76 Bahamas. That's just personal choice but if I'm going for a boat in that range to cruise, then I'd like to have the bridge.
  3. yellowc4s

    yellowc4s New Member

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    definitely don't want a flybridge. Referring to build quality, etc
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    I personally rate Riva's slightly ahead of Sunseeker but as to those two specific boats, I point to my first post.

    Why so opposed to a flybridge?
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    I have a lot of Sunseeker experience, no Riva experience. So Olderboater and I balance each other out I guess. The draft on both is a little limiting when doing the Bahamas and a few other places, but the 6' is easier to swallow. I ran a 2014 Sunseeker 75' yacht, and it did 26-27 knots cruise and I did it blowing NE at 20-25 knots and 4-6' right on the bow. The boat just ate it up and we didn't take a single ounce of spray over the rubrail. Sunseekers do tend to get the gelcoat cracks when in FL year round whereas the Riva's do not. General build quality on the Sunseekers is very good otherwise.
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    I'm with you, I like the look of coupe or sedan, I don't like the extras systems and upkeep of the flybridge, I don't like the weight up top either, I also don't entertain on board so the extra entertaining space is not needed.
    It really comes down to looks and not needing the space. No wonder Sunseeker makes both.

    Comparing the Predator to the Bahamas is easy for me, Predator from the stand point that the Bahamas is for one location. Not much fun in the rain in the open air cruising withe the Riva Bahamas. Toss in the 76' Perseo from Riva and now I have no idea which to choose.
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  7. olderboater

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    You need to reexamine the Bahamas. You'll find it has a great solution to rain and sun. Hard top convertible for lack of a better term. Actually would be a Cabriolet in auto terms.
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    gr8trn Senior Member

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    That beautifully designed and engineered hard top will hardly keep he rain out without heeps of canvas. I'm still out.
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    Fishtigua Senior Member

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    Those Preds were bashed out pretty quickly as a cash-cow. Make of that what you will.
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    I manage a 2007 62, Predator since 2011. The boat is a great sea boat. You can access everything for maintenance pretty well, engine room laid out extremely well. It's been a reliable boat with good systems. I've manage many Sunseekers over the years, whatever Sunseeker does electrically, zincs last **** near forever on all of them, like 1.5 years.