Riviera 53 Enclosed Flybridge
In May 2011 at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in Australia, Riviera splashed its 53 Enclosed Flybridge, a boat that, judging by early customer response, is already a star. As of presstime, the Australian builder had received 12 orders for the model, due in no small part to its layout, which features an aft galley, full-beam amidships master, a large cockpit, and saloon, and a huge climate-controlled flying bridge. (An open-bridge version is also available.) Another reason for her sales success is performance. PMY recently measured a top speed of just under 34 mph with excellent helm response. Part of that performance is due to triple 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600s and a relatively modest displacement of 49,600 pounds. The 53 should serve as a step up for owners of the popular 47-foot model who need more room. Owners should also be drawn to the boat’s exterior, which has clean, crisp lines. All told, it looks like the 53 will keep this down-under company on top for a long while.
This article originally appeared in the August 2011 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.