Riviera’s Classic Convertible

The Riviera 40 Convertible works equally well as a cruising craft and serious sport-fisher.

Riviera 40 Convertible
The Riviera 40 Convertible was also offered with twin 450 or 480 hp diesels from Cummins or Volvo Penta.Courtesy Riviera Yachts

I spent summer 2001 fishing a Riviera 40 Convertible powered with twin 535 hp Cummins QSM11 diesels. The 40 cruised around 27.5 knots at 2,050 rpm, and the boat’s solid-fiberglass hull dispatched seas with malice during several 80-plus-mile tournament runs. The yacht’s stout build was juxtaposed with a warm, high-gloss teak interior, a salon with leather settee, the galley down to port, and two staterooms for downtime after a day on the brine. The guest stateroom had three bunks.

At press time, there were eight Riviera 40 convertibles on the market, ranging from $223,000 to $490,000.

From the Archive

“The cockpit has a molded-in tackle center with sink and chill box/freezer. An optional livewell is molded into the transom and fitted with a view port. A fish/stowage box beneath the cockpit sole is plumbed with a macerator. There is additional space in the lazarette for line and fender stowage. A teak cockpit sole is an option, as is structural support for a fighting chair.” —Yachting, October 2007

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