Riviera 33 Convertible — By Capt. Ken Kreisler —
Filling the Bill
Part 2: Her handsome interior also has some handy features that make her attractive to boaters who aren’t into serious fishing.
Despite the good sightlines, the 33 has a low profile that is in proportion to her length, thus avoiding the somewhat stubby look common to some other convertibles of her size. Her handsome interior also has some handy features that make her attractive to boaters who aren’t into serious fishing. The 33 was the first assignment for Riviera’s new interior design team, which has placed the saloon and dinette areas on the same level, with the forward galley and forepeak stateroom a few steps down. Light and bright fabrics and beautifully finished woods combine with the large windows in the saloon and the sliding-glass door aft to produce an airy interior. The port-side dinette features a nicely crafted table with leaves that open to provide a comfortable space for six; close them, and it’s service for four.
In the saloon’s standard teak and holly sole is a day hatch for the engine space beneath; the main entry is via the cockpit, which lets you get in between the powerplants. The engine room space offers about four-foot headroom, but I still found enough space to do all critical fluid checks as well as get to all the filters in order to change them. Having to crouch down there for a prolonged time would be another story, but that comes with the territory afforded by a 33-foot sportfishing boat.
Forward and a few steps down, the galley is to port, while the head, with separate shower stall, is to starboard. There’s enough headroom on the galley side here for Shaquille O’Neill to prepare a quick snack in between fighting fish. Work space and stowage are fine for a 33-footer, but for prolonged cruising, I’d add the optional 55-gallon cockpit cooler.
Forward of the galley and head is the forepeak master with a queen island berth. Also finished in finely crafted cherry and appointed with designer touches, these quarters have cabinets along each bulkhead, drawer space in the island, a large compartment under the mattress that flips open effortlessly on a pair of gas-assist rams, and a closet.
Riviera has put together a nice package with this 33-foot convertible. For a boat its size, it combines the kind of comfort and accommodations to please the owner looking to fish as well as cruise, or both. And with the lineup of Riviera convertibles ahead of her, once you’re ready to move up, you’ll have plenty of places to go.
Riviera Yachts ( (61) 7-5502-5555. www.riviera.com.au.
This article originally appeared in the February 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.