Ocean Magazine : 9 September October 2006
90 | ocean RIVIER A 56 Such an accolade is not bestowed lightly, because the Riviera 56 Enclosed Flybridge is preceded by some truly impressive big boats, from the ultra- reliable Riviera 48s which formed the core of many game fishing fleets to the suave Riviera 60s. This new model embodies the very latest in Riviera's collective design and build thinking, and in Sydney hull #2, for another Queenslander, sat alongside the newly-released Riviera 4700 Sport Yacht, which incorporates some of the same features. Before that, the Riviera 51 Enclosed Flybridge was launched in Sydney last year, and three more models at Sanctuary Cove, the 47 Series 2 Flybridge, 3600 Sport Yacht, and the Riviera 60 also reviewed in OCEAN. The Summer Boat Show at Melbourne Docklands saw the Riviera M360 Sport Cruiser unveiled too. Renowned Dutch designer Frank Mulder provides the "running surface", or the hull shape below waterline, for Riviera's Flybridge Covertibles and Sport Yachts these days, and if anything he has increased the yard's already formidable reputation for turning out some of the best offshore fishing and cruising machines ever built in Australia. This hull has tunnels that allow propeller shafts to be fitted at a flatter angle, thus improving performance, and it is the first Riviera model to be fully computer designed and moulded, ensuring a highly accurate fit between hull, deck and superstructure. The more startling viewable features begin above waterline, however, with oval ports on both sides of hull, below those distinctive "teardrop" saloon windows. The idea is that although deck hatches provide natural light to the starboard master suite and port guest cabin across the corridor, ports increase the airy feeling immensely, as well as allowing the owner, for example, to quickly check on what is going on outside. ABOVE: Riviera's espresso option was chosen for the interior decor, featuring cream New Zealand leather lounges. BELOW: Galley has been moved aft, and a wide window opens on struts to the cockpit.
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