Overhead, a large opening sunroof brings in the light, and remarkably, like an expertly designed automobile, there was negligible wind noise bombarding us through the opening — even at wide open throttle. This concept of a seamless transition between outdoor and indoor space is one of the hallmarks of Riviera’s Sport Yacht line, and certainly represents a growing trend among more than a few builders. With more than 300 Riviera Sport Yachts built at the time of my test, you can argue that folks at Riviera, lead by head designer Neil McCabe, have fine-tuned the winning formula. When I asked Milne about the genesis of the Sport Yacht concept, he left all the marketing speak behind and informed me “we have people coming up from flybridge cruisers who tend to think the party is going on downstairs when they’re driving from above.” There is something to be said for this observation. Certainly if you cruise with young kids, the stress of lowering them down a bridge ladder or wondering if they’re okay in the salon while you’re on the bridge is not insignificant. Making lunch while underway will no longer be a solo affair, and if you boat in an area with a lot of rain, the lower station and salon setup is tough to beat.