Riviera Yachts’ SUV Collection is purposefully designed to combine the alfresco single-level entertainment ease of the Australian builder’s award-winning Sports Yacht range with the offshore performance and rugged livability of its Sports Motor Yacht range. The latest addition to the lineup of six models that spans the 395 SUV to the 645 SUV, the new 465 SUV is not only the seventh member of the popular series, but it’s also the most technologically advanced.
Designed by the Riviera in-house design team in collaboration with 4D Designs, the 465 SUV nestles in between the 445 SUV and the 505 SUV, but it sports some distinctive characteristics that makes this sleek, low-profile 47-footer much more than just another size option.
Introduced to the world at the 2022 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, followed by its US debut at the 2022 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Riviera’s 465 SUV boasts the new hull design proven on the next generation 505 and 645 SUV models that lends a sleek, low-profile look with a reverse sheer and distinctive bow flare hinting at the brand’s signature high-performance characteristics. The contemporary styling is set off by an extended hardtop with subtle curves and an angular upward rise aft, and purposeful window lines add movement and depth to the profile.
The hand-laid FRP deep-V hull, has foam filled compartments where possible for durability as well as sound and vibration attenuation. Together with the lightweight cored deck and topsides, these are all important design and construction considerations for a speedster that can achieve over 32 knots at full throttle. Fitted with twin D8 Volvo IPS 800 engines of 600 hp each, the 465 SUV is the first Riviera model to offer the upgraded Volvo Penta joystick control system for near-effortless maneuvering and docking.
A gracious swim platform extends the vessel’s overall length to nearly 48 feet, and features dual flush-opening transom doors and optional side rails to allow the space to comfortably operate as a watersports launch pad or cockpit area for fishing and bait prep. An in-floor hatch accesses the optional kill tanks or watersports gear lockers. A barbecue, ice maker, sink and top-loading cockpit fridge are conveniently positioned here.
Single-level living is a defining element of the SUV series, and the new 465 SUV encapsulates this aspect perfectly. Extending the sociability between the indoor salon and helm area all the way aft to the cockpit, the space that will undoubtedly see the most use on board the 465 SUV is the inviting alfresco mezzanine. Shaded by the hardtop overhang, protected by fixed side glass privacy panels and with additional Isinglass protection and air conditioning optional, this space features a settee with dinette to port and a single lounge to starboard that converts to a daybed—ideal for an afternoon snooze or as an alfresco berth for guests longing to sleep under a blanket of stars. A large awning window folds up to integrate the galley with this space, which, when opened alongside the central sliding glass door, increases the interior salon’s living area exponentially. Controls for the boat’s Fusion audio system are conveniently located internally and a second joystick control is situated externally while a large hatch in the mezzanine floor allows excellent access to the engine room housing the optional Seakeeper 6 gyrostabilizer.
Two sliding electric sunroofs further augment the open-air feel of the 465 SUV’s main deck, where dining is accommodated either at the folding dinette on the mezzanine or at the large folding interior dining table with a C-shaped settee that seats up to six. Wide, opening side windows provide panoramic views to the spacious salon, which is largely comprised of the impressive and well-equipped chef’s galley to starboard. A 43-inch pop-up television is hidden in the dash forward to port, opposite of which the helm station is equipped with a navigation and monitoring console housing two 12-inch Garmin Glass Cockpit multifunction displays, an optional CZone control panel that gives easy access to all modes, systems and equipment, and an adjustable sports wheel and joystick controls. Twin leather helm seats comfortably seat the captain, who will enjoy the visibility through the curved windshield that looks out beyond the foredeck with its twin sun pads with adjustable headrests.
Designed for ease of owner operation, the 465 SUV features a three-stateroom layout below deck, with a walkaround queen-berth master with en suite forward and the option of mirrored twins or a double and twin configuration amidships. The headroom on this level and throughout is impressive, and premium fabrics, designer furnishings, high-gloss woodworking and sumptuous carpeting is specified as standard. Hatches in the foredeck bring additional light into the master stateroom as well as the bathrooms, the second of which is shared by the central cabins and also serves as a day head. A combo washer/dryer unit is conveniently fitted into the stairwell.
Riviera’s new 465 SUV is not only fitted with the latest in navigation and propulsion technology, but it also is thoughtfully configured for ease of cruising and entertainment in a package comfortably managed by owner/operators. Retaining the rugged Australian DNA that defines the 42-year-old performance-boat builder, this boat will ideally serve the yachtsman looking to add a sporty adventure boat with a long range for exploration to his fleet, as well as the young family moving up in size to a more substantial yacht offering greater space and onboard livability.