As Riviera marks its 40th anniversary, we have launched our own Boat Show featuring a limited selection of new, state-of-the-art Riviera and Belize motor yachts that will be available for enjoyment in the near future.
This Boat Show is designed to inspire you to start thinking about the coming boating season and your future boating escapes.
The Riviera global dealer representative network have joined forces to create this new Boat Show. Our representatives are able to offer the opportunity for you to inspect your luxury motor yacht through a variety of options including a personal virtual tour via Face Time, Skype, email video with commentary or in person if possible.
With this edition, we have shone the spotlight on two new Riviera models that are available for your inspection and enjoyment as soon as possible. To assist with your consideration, we have used the impressions to two independent boating experts to guide you through these new yachts.
To view other models currently available in our global Boat Show click here.
With Riviera luxury motor yachts available to enjoy immediately, this is what independent experts have to say:
Review by Graham Lloyd of Club
Marine magazine, Australia
Available to enjoy from:
R Marine Port Stephens,
Riviera 4800 Sports Yacht Series II
Review by Chris Beattie of
Club Marine magazine, Australia
Available to enjoy from:
Grande Yachts International
Dania Beach, Florida
Newport Beach, California
“The Riviera big game flybridge fishing heritage was easy to spot though, with toe-kicks moulded low into the cockpit sides. Whilst the emphasis of the 445 design might be on relaxation and entertainment, those who wish to go for a fish can do so with no compromise on facilities.”
“In so many areas, most obvious and some unseen changes have, to all intents and purposes, created a new genre within the company’s suite of luxury boats. From an aesthetics perspective, the three new craft certainly stand out with their Riviera Platinum Silver livery on hardtops and hull flashes, and the quality of interior finishes certainly takes things to another level from the standard – and hugely successful – Sport Yacht range.”
“The entire interior is beautifully finished in a blend of timbers and fabrics, and with many surfaces padded to give a true luxury look and feel as well as helping to minimise noise levels. Riviera wanted a different style for the SUV and says the interior is reminiscent of a classic Aussie beach house – which it is.
“Stepping up into the cockpit, there is a wet bar including benchtop, refrigerator, icemaker, and sink as well as an enclosed double electric barbecue. A big feature of all the Platinums are the twin electric-opening sunroofs, which can be operated separately and really flood the interior with natural light and fresh air.”
“Steps at the front of the saloon lead down to the cabins, with the guest stateroom to starboard and back a bit extending amidships under the saloon. On this 445, the guests could enjoy a trio of single berths that would be great for a couple and youngster, or for just the couple, or for three good friends of any age. Centrally further forward is the owner’s stateroom, with a queen-size island bed and en suite plus loads more storage space and another TV. Both sleeping cabins have large rhomboidal port lights as well as portholes that combine to let in a radiance of natural light.”
“Below deck, designers have worked hard to make the absolute most of the available space on the twin-cabin, twin-bathroom 4800, with increased floor space in the forward master stateroom, which features a bigger hanging locker, three-drawer chest and a decent-sized 32in TV. Occupants are pampered by a king-size walk-around berth with innerspring mattress and storage under the berth, including drawers and gas struts for easy access. Hull windows either side of the bed provide water views and bring in natural light, and guests will also appreciate their own superbly appointed private bathroom.”
“Whilst punching through a considerable chop even in the confines of Sydney Harbour, we closed the saloon door and could have been enjoying a calm summer’s day for all the effect the elements had on the interior and on the way the hull handled. With aft-mounted Volvo Penta IPS 600 D6 diesels connected to pod drives, the SUV was hushed and silky, displaying amongst the lowest of NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) factors I’ve encountered aboard a vessel of this size and type.”
“There is also a raft of technical upgrades that include push-button control of everything from the blinds to the sunroofs, TVs and engines on the Platinums. CZone digital switching is used across the range, along with Volvo Penta Glass Cockpit dash systems and integrated Garmin electronics. Engine rooms are the equivalent of a mechanic’s operating theatre, with a similar level of attention to cleanliness and minute detail, and buyers can take the option of fitting a stabliser in each model as well. Designed as true bluewater vessels, there is abundant storage throughout each boat to cater for lengthy time on the water.”
“With a brand-new boat and engines, we didn’t want to push the envelope against the wind and chop, but we still easily reached 30.9 knots (57km/h) at 3500rpm, with power in reserve. A good cruise was around 3000rpm and 23.6 knots (44km/h). Factory trials have seen 32.2 knots (60km/h) at 3620rpm, with full fuel and water tanks. The cruising range, at around 23 knots (42km/h), is about 315 nautical miles (584km).”
“Of the three Platinum Edition boats, the 4800 has come in for the lion’s share of model refinements – so much so that it has been designated the Series II. Power has been upgraded from Volvo Penta IPS700s to IPS800 pod drives, giving the 4800 just over 34-knot (63km/h) performance.”
“The ‘SUV’ in automotive use denotes a Sport Utility Vehicle – a crossover between a tough 4WD off-roader and a more comfortable passenger car. Riviera has adapted the term to marine use in creating this crossover between a flybridge cruiser and a sport yacht. However, as ‘utility’ is hardly applicable at this level of luxury and performance, perhaps a more appropriate designation might be Sport Ultimate Vessel.”
“Platinum status signifies extraordinary quality and value when applied to any product, from cars to watches and loyalty programs. And having spent quite a bit of time being shown around the new Platinum Edition range I have to say the new Rivieras certainly live up to the promise.”