Riviera 47G2 Convertible Page 2
Riviera 47G2 Convertible — By Capt. Patrick Sciacca
— April 2006
This 47-foot convertible from Australia makes you want to run with the sun.
The saloon is equally clean and appealing, taking full advantage of the boat's 16'1" beam and featuring grain-matched, satin-finish cherrywood (teak is an option) accented with high-gloss trim. The fully equipped galley-down, which also features enough stowage under the sole that I can fit my 5'7" frame in it comfortably, sports the same cherrywood and standard Corian countertops. It all complements the blue leather L-shape lounge and dinette seating; it's a truly nautical feel that's carried below to the three staterooms.
I experienced Twin Disc's QuickShift transmission during its debut in 2003, and was impressed with its safety-oriented features. A day on the Quickshift-equipped Riviera 47G2 reminded me of the coolness of this system. For example, you can reduce the rpm of the 47's twin 825-hp MTU diesel inboards down as far as 100 to help with close-quarter maneuvering. No more lurching in or out of a slip. QuickShift is a smart system in that the transmission determines the power requirements in real time and distributes torque through the vessel's driveline in the optimum manner. The same holds true when running at cruise or WOT. For example, if you're running at 30 mph, you can literally throw the controls in reverse and the boat will simply slow down safely and the shift into reverse and accelerate. I've seen it and I've done it. It works. And it's worth considering as an option on your 47G2.
SPOTLIGHT ON | The Mast
Jim Kaufman, the owner of our test boat, liked the idea of a mast. So he had the one you see here custom made for his Riviera 47G2. He said he likes how it works with the lines of his boat as well as how it's a place he can mount his boat's radar array, the satellite receiver, and GPS antennas, keeping his 47's hardtop neat and clutter-free.
This article originally appeared in the June 2006 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.