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Riviera 445 SUV

Riviera 445 SUV

Sometimes, buyers tend to look at boats with too narrow a focus. They either need the “hard-core fishing machine” or “the perfect dayboat.” But what happens if you like to fish, but aren’t necessarily hunting billfish 100 days a year? Or you want to take that leisurely ICW cruise with your favorite couple friends, but also want the ability to smash through offshore waves with authority? Riviera thinks it has the answer. The company is introducing an “SUV” line of boats, designed to do it all. And the first launch in this line is the 445, which debuted stateside in Miami.

The SUV moniker certainly fits the boat’s lines. She is substantial looking without being clunky. Beefy without looking like a floating tank. Riviera claims the boat will be bluewater cruisable, have enviable performance numbers, and also be able to raise fish on the weekends.

The cockpit is certainly reminiscent of a sportfisherman’s, with plenty of space for maneuvering, and lots of stowage for gear and tackle. 

That space leads into an impressively large saloon, which features a highly workable galley aft—perfectly situated to serve both spaces with ease. A settee to starboard is a great place to have a nosh or read a book, while a very comfortable seat opposite the helm makes sure the captain won’t lack for company.

Down below the 445 has two amply sized staterooms. The forward master has an island berth with tons of stowage underneath, as well as a very large closet so you’ll always look your best. The guest stateroom aft features a somewhat unusual configuration—three single berths—which Riviera explains makes it great for families. 

The boat comes standard with twin 435-horsepower Volvo IPS engines, so power and maneuverability should be no problem at all. The slippery, hand-laid hull is solid below the waterline and cored above.

This truly is a do-it-all boat, with comfort and space enough for cruising and the power, maneuverability, and ruggedness for everything else. Indeed, after the 445 hits the market, the term “jack of all trades, master of none” may actually become obsolete.

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This article originally appeared in the April 2013 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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