We put two Rivieras to the test on their home waters to determine, once and for all, whether pods or shafts, flybridge or express boats are superior.
Our first look at the Riviera 57. One look at this 57 and you can tell that she will live up to the Riviera tenets of versatility and seaworthiness. She just looks...strong.
Editor-in-Chief George Sass Jr. cruises Australia’s storied waters aboard a Riviera 6000.
The Riviera 57 debut at the 2015 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show.
Our Boat Test of the Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht.
The 6000 Sport Yacht from Riviera shows how well things can work out when you apply sound design to a great initial idea. Read the full test here.
Power & Motoryacht's Boat Test of the Riviera 565 SUV.
Riviera’s 565 SUV is built for rough water and a good time. We know, because we tested her in tough conditions and had a blast. Read all about it here.
Power & Motoryacht's first look at the Riviera 515 SUV.
The 515 is the latest from Riviera’s SUV line and boy does she deliver. With a practical layout, seaworthy hull, and luxurious amenities, this boat can truly do it all.
Power & Motoryacht's boat test of the Riviera 50.
When Capt. Bill Bike heard about two otherwise nearly identical Rivieras, one powered by Cummins Zeus pods and the other powered by Volvo Pentas, he knew what he had to do. Test them to see which runs better, of course.
New Boats Notebook - Mar 2014, update on the Riviera 515 SUV
First Look: Riviera 565 SUV
As you may have guessed from the name, the Riviera 565 SUV is ready for anything your active lifestyle brings to the boating equation. Plenty of seating and a beamy, stable platform bring you and your cruising guests to your next adventure in safety with a dash of Australian bravado. Check it out here.
First Look: Riviera 445 SUVWant one boat that can do it all? Riviera introduced its 445 SUV to America at the February 2013 Yacht and Brokerage Show in Miami Beach, saying the boat can fish and cruise with the best of them. See for yourself here.
Power & Motoryacht Tested: Riviera 75
When a boat meets the needs of her owner, the result can be pure bliss. Editor-In-Chief George Sass Jr. took the helm of the Riviera 75 in the Coral Sea to get a feel for what this boat can do, and got a sense of the owner she’s made for. Read his full test here.
Riviera broadens the appeal of its 61 Series II beyond her angling origins.
One of the little bits of black magic that’s part of boatbuilding is knowing when to mess with success. That is to say, when you’ve got a well-received boat that’s still selling well, how do you know when it’s time to replace or redesign it? And an even more critical question: How much should you change it? Too much and you may lose the boat’s constituency; too little and you run the risk of it going stale.
A Matter Of Choice
Riviera’s new Enclosed Flybridge lets you pick your power and your point of view.
Some boaters are all about choice—they want options and plenty of them. Others avoid making decisions and are happy to take what’s presented to them.
For those of you in the first category, I have the perfect boat: the Riviera 53 Enclosed Flybridge. This boat is
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
Riviera 43 Open Flybridge video
It’s All About the Boat
Riviera builds a boat that makes you forget about pods.
Over the last few years I’ve tested quite a few boats that were equipped with pod drives. Some were more successful than others, but in every case I found it impossible not to focus on the pod system and how it dictated both the boat’s performance and accommodations. Whether they were IPS
A seaworthy cruiser that combines speed and al fresco livability.
Because it’s the semi-formal staging area for the annual Sydney-to-Hobart race, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s marina in Sydney seemed to be a wholly appropriate spot to crank up Riviera’s 5000 Sport Yacht for a sea trial out on the infamous Tasman Sea. The race, after all, is
The best match for Riviera’s new 70? a salty, seasoned, well-travelled owner.
After arriving at an Adelaide hotel late the night before, semi-starved and tuckered out from a long trip to Australia, I nevertheless decided to stroll down to the port to see if I couldn’t scare up a decent meal, preferably of the Japanese variety. I mean, how often does a North Florida boy get to
An offshoot of the Rodriquez Shipyard, which was founded in 1887, Morgan Yachts has been building Italian versions of classic U.S. workboats since 1991. Traditionally, downeast-style and commuter-inspired vessels over 45 feet have been the company’s mainstay, but now it’s venturing down to the 30-foot range.
The 33 Dinghy (an oxymoron for most of us) is
It was a spectacular morning. The sun was sparkling like diamonds on the Pacific, and a cobalt sky vaulted over the Gold Coast of Australia. Denby Browning, marketing honcho for Riviera Yachts, sat beside me on the flying bridge of our 38 Open Flybridge as she purred along quietly in slow-mo mode (70 dB-A at 1500 rpm and a speed of 10.5 knots).
"All the varnish you saw below decks is
Sometimes boat tests start problematically. Take my wring-out of Riviera's 45 Open Flybridge. The morning I was to fly down to Stuart, Florida, to jump aboard her at Riviera Yachts' facility, Brett Noble of Riviera called with bad news. "Bill, the weather's awful here, mate," he said in Aussie Speak. "There's no way the boat's goin' to make it from St. Augustine in time for the test. Can we
If Riviera's new M470 anchored near the hamlet of Amity, you can be sure a mob of frantic swimmers would soon be on the beach. With lines like Jaws, her aspect is aggressive—even the radar arch, with a canvas fold-back bimini, sticks up like a dorsal fin. The cockpit, however, is softer. A rounded wet
Okay, I'm gonna brazenly reveal my vintage here—I sea trialed the very first Riviera Yacht to arrive in the United States from the Gold Coast of Australia in 1988, back when Supertramp, Billy Ocean, and The Miami Sound Machine were big. The boat was a 38-foot convertible, a sportfishing cruiser with a roomy and comfortable flying bridge, gutsy fiberglass construction, savvy engineering in
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