Global requests for Riviera-built boats are the strongest they’ve ever been in the Australian company’s 43-year history—so much so that Riviera recently completed a $10-million five-year expansion so that its craftspeople can build more boats to meet their global consumer demand.
“Our team is constantly working to enhance quality, in everything from developing new models to adding new skills and the latest technology,” says Stephen Milne, Riviera’s brand and communications director. “We now have more than 521,000 square feet of production space under cover, we’ve expanded many of our buildings to accommodate our larger models, as well as innovative spaces like our new high-tech, temperature-controlled Lamination Center.”
The expansion is what’s making it possible for so many Riviera models to be on display at this fall’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, as well as at the upcoming Miami International Boat Show in February.
Four models in particular—the 46 Sports Motor Yacht, 4600 Sport Yacht Platinum Edition, 585 SUV and 58 Sports Motor Yacht—are the ones to look for at the Riviera stands at the upcoming boat shows.
46 Sports Motor Yacht
The 46 Sports Motor Yacht will be making its boat-show premiere at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which runs from October 25-29. It’s the new entry-level model in the Sports Motor Yacht line, offering amenities similar to the larger boats.
The Riviera design team has created multiple entertaining spaces, a large open flybridge for eight guests, a covered alfresco deck forward of the cockpit, and a window that connects outdoor guests with the indoor galley and salon. There’s also a superb sun lounge on the foredeck and an all-watersports cockpit that doubles in size when the twin transom doors are opened out to the generous boarding platform.
For overnights on the hook, the accommodations deck has three double-berth staterooms and two heads. The master is forward for privacy, with the guest staterooms at amidships.
Owners have a choice of powerplants in the engine room. Standard power is twin 600 hp Volvo Penta D8-IPS800s. Owners also can choose twin 725 hp Volvo Penta D11 IPS950s. In either configuration, the yacht comes equipped with an 11 kW Onan generator with the option of a 13.5 kW generator.
4600 Sport Yacht Platinum Edition
The 4600 Sport Yacht Platinum Edition, powered by D8 IPS800s, features premium fabrics, high-gloss walnut cabinetry, and plush carpets in the staterooms. The hardtop and targa arch are finished in Riviera Platinum, along with electronics arrays, air vents, and boot tops rendered in a statement-black finish.
This is a three-stateroom yacht whose master spans the full beam with large hull windows for exceptional natural light, as well as opening portholes for fresh air. The master’s oversize queen berth is on centerline, allowing for walkaround access, with an en suite head to starboard.
Amenities include a hydraulic swim platform for tender launching as well as guest water access; a cockpit with lounge seating, a table, a barbecue and a summer galley; foredeck sun pads with adjustable headrests; and a salon with a sliding glass door and awning window, as well as indoor dining.
The twin 600 hp Volvo Penta D8-IPS800s provide more than 30 knots of speed on the pins—and it’s a quiet ride, thanks to noise-dampening techniques that Riviera uses during the boat’s construction.
The Riviera 585 SUV will make its US debut at this fall’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. This model is designed with everything Riviera has learned during a decade of building more than 220 SUV yachts from 39 to 64 feet long.
Aboard the Riviera 585 SUV, boaters have a combination of bluewater performance, sports-friendly amenities and single-level living.
Accommodations are for six guests in three staterooms with three heads. There’s also a space abaft the full-beam amidships master that can be used as a utility room, a laundry room, crew quarters or another stateroom.
Outdoors, the cockpit connects to a semi-enclosed alfresco deck that’s ideal for entertaining. There’s a barbecue here, along with a refrigerator, ice maker, sink and stowage. For easier docking maneuvers, an IPS joystick is hidden in the starboard corner (it can be placed to port if that’s what owners prefer). Plush lounges and dining spaces are nearby, with plenty of drink holders for everybody’s favorite chilled beverages.
A whole other relaxation zone is on the foredeck, which has a lounge for as many as eight people, as well as a foldout sun pad, removable table, and stereo speakers linked to the salon’s entertainment system.
Power on the Riviera 585 SUV is twin 900 hp Volvo Penta D13 IPS1200s, or owners can go with twin 1,000 hp Volvo Penta D13 IPS1350s as an option.
58 Sports Motor Yacht
The Riviera 58 Sports Motor Yacht will make its debut in America at the 2024 Miami International Boat Show in February, becoming the sixth model in the Australian builder’s range of Sports Motor Yachts.
Key features aboard all Riviera Sports Motor Yachts include an all-watersports cockpit, walkaround side decks, a foredeck lounge and entertaining zone, an all-weather alfresco deck for entertaining, and a spacious salon with an internal staircase that leads to a fully enclosed, air-conditioned flybridge.
On the 58 Sports Motor Yacht, there are three staterooms and three heads. The master is a full-beam setup with a walk-in closet, as well as an optional breakfast bar and fridge. Also on the accommodations deck is a utility room or a crew cabin (depending on which option owners prefer). As a utility room, the space is ideal for passing down diving and fishing gear from the cockpit via the engine room. Another option for the space is a laundry with a separate washer and dryer.
The flybridge on the 58 Sports Motor Yacht feels like a second salon, thanks to its sizing and commanding views of the water. There’s a twin captain’s-chair helm to port, with a forward lounge opposite. There is a further aft lounge, drawer fridge for refreshments, as well as a slide-out double berth for guests or crew on overnight passages. Owners can add a winged sports pack arch to the flybridge hardtop, to carry radar and communications domes, as well as an optional trickle-charge solar panel connected to the 12-volt battery system.
In the engine room, the 58 Sports Motor Yacht has twin 1,000 hp Volvo Penta D13 IPS1350s.