Riviera offers a shaftdrive option on its new high-volume bluewater cruiser set for a Sydney boat show release
Riviera has released greater detail of its new 57 Enclosed Flybridge — available in pod and shaftdrive — which is set to make her world premiere at the Sydney International Boat Show from July 30 to August 3.
The new three-stateroom/two bathroom Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge is based on the Riviera 53 Enclosed Flybridge it supplants, but there’s a new deck, revamped layouts, greater inventory and the shaftdrive option among other improvements.
The hull has also been strengthened for greater top speeds in the 36 knot range, with a keel for tracking as with all new-generation Rivieras.
With the shaftdrive options, which utilises a prop-tunnel-mould insert designed in cohorts with acclaimed naval architect Frank Mulder (and Veem props), the new 57 is the first new shaft boat from Riviera in many years.
Underwater exhausts accompany the prop pockets on the shaftdrive option. The increased 4000 litre fuel supply is no longer full-beam but shared between a new fuel system comprising balanced wing tanks, a day tank and long-range tank.
Riviera chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst says his dedicated team has integrated next-generation marine technology into the new 57 Enclosed, including the innovative Volvo Glass Cockpit navigation and CZone digital switching systems.
"The Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge's new and distinctive design has everything in perfect proportion but the perception of magnitude is perhaps even greater when you're on board," he says, adding that the boat "really does turn up the volume."
BIG LIVING SPACES
The Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge retains the indoor/outdoor characteristics and cockpit connectivity of the 53, however, her new hardtop, flybridge and deck moulds are said to create improved utility, better access and upgraded living areas.
The hull lines run straight aft from the maximum midship beam of 5.13m to provide an extremely buoyant lift and planing surface, while her keel delivers straight tracking and great stability for bluewater performance.
The new 57 Enclosed also has a clever new cockpit design, complete with wet bar, barbecue, drawer fridge and icemaker.
The aft modern galley with high-end appliances and solid surface bench tops has an awning window that puts the chef right at the centre of the social scene.
The spacious saloon has a wide-screen 48in LED TV that rises electronically from the forward dash creating a floating sports arena or movie-theatre experience. Natural light and fresh air are directed through opening tinted saloon side windows and massive front windscreen.
The master stateroom runs full beam and has a king-sized bed with innerspring mattress and upholstered headboard amidships in the most stable part of the 'yacht.'
The forward guest stateroom with queen-sized island bed and en suite, which doubles as the day head, vies for attention. The starboard has adult-sized upper and lower beds.
The new Riviera 57’s fully enclosed flybridge boasts comfortable L-shaped lounges with new rod storage, a hi-lo table, slumber seat with fridge forward, as well as a wet bar and sink.
An integrated sliding electric sunroof and opening side windows help create a virtual sky lounge full of light, space and fresh air. Aft is a rear awning window and sliding door open out to the teak-laid aft deck of the flybridge, which has a lounge.
The nearby aft starboard docking station includes joystick, throttles and steering wheel for IPS, or throttles and bow thruster for the shaft-drive option, with the option of a stern thruster.
Clears, with zipper-opening windows, can be fitted here too should you wish to expand the flybridge space even further.
"It’s the state-of-the-art ergonomic helm of the 57 Enclosed Flybridge that skippers will really appreciate – three massive clear, tempered windscreens with excellent visibility, and two fully adjustable chairs from which all essential navigational and systems controls are within easy reach of the skipper," says Mr Longhurst.
The all-new dash has enough room for three 19in multi-function display screens, switches for things like pantographic wipers with intermittent settings, intercom to both the galley and engineroom, and plenty of storage for personal effects.
TheVolvo Penta Glass Cockpit navigation system has been integrated with BEP’s CZone digital switching and there is the Volvo Dynamic Positioning System as a virtual anchor, auto-trim and full slow-speed steering, SportFish mode and Clear Wake, among other state-of-the-art features.
ENGINE AND DRIVE OPTIONS
There are three choices of drive packages for new the 57 Enclosed Flybridge.
The standard set-up comprises twin IPS2-950 pods and 725hp D11 engines.
The pod-drive upgrade is the new-generation IPS-1200 system using 900hp D13 engines.
But you can also choose the innovative new 900hp Volvo Penta D13 shaftdrive propulsion with bow and optional stern thruster and a Sidepower joystick to come.
The shaftdrive setup fits into the 57 without any chance to the layout. It will be interesting to see the market preference. Will it be for pods or shaftdrives on this bellwether new Riviera Enclosed Flybridge boat? Boat #1 is pods, but #2 is shaft, we're told.