I recently returned from my first trip to Australia, and my suspicions have officially been confirmed. The Aussies have a big-time “bro” culture going on down there. They like sports, they like adventure, and they’re not afraid to raise a pint or two of VB with the lads. And if that’s the case, then the all-new Riviera 565 SUV might be the most quintessentially Australian boat on the market.
The 565 is a beast of a machine. With an overall length just shy of 61 feet and a beam measuring 16 feet 10 inches she is significantly larger than her name might imply, and when you’re onboard, you can tell. Accommodations down below are sizable. All three cabins are large, but the highlight is the amidships master. With plenty of stowage, a king-size island berth, and a large en suite head, this stateroom is a high point.
But where the 565’s layout really shines is in the saloon, where there’s comfortable seating for 11 of your best buds. Included in those accommodations are four Pompanette seats forward. Comfortable and forward-facing, they are the perfect option for the rugged voyages this boat was built to undertake. An L-shaped dining settee to port and a three-person bench seat to starboard round out the indoor living area.
Aft of the saloon the galley easily serves the indoor area, as well as the cockpit. That cockpit has standard features such as a covered sink and insulated cooler, and options like a freezer and a joystick. Below are big, powerful engines, to the tune of twin 700-horspower Volvo Penta IPS900s. To recap, the 565’s got plenty of interior space, big-time engines, and leggy range, not to mention the ability to transform into a pretty serious fish boat. Essentially, she’s just plain old ready to rock and roll, just as I suspect her owners will be.
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This article originally appeared in the November 2013 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.