Boat Review: Riviera's 58

One of Australia's leading boat manufacturers, the Riviera Group has reached a major milestone with the 58 Flybridge Cruiser...

Riviera 58 Mar_03 Big

Riviera 58 Mar_03 Big

One of Australia's leading boat manufacturers, the Riviera Group has reached a major milestone with the release of its 58 Flybridge Cruiser -- the largest production boat of its kind made in Australia -- and it creates a new benchmark for style and performance in the process.

Lessons learned around Australia’s rugged coastline have ensured every Riviera is solidly built, and the new 58 is no exception. Various sections of the hull are stiffened with core mat or end-grain balsa that are resin-impregnated and then hand-laid. Every layer of glass and resin fully cures before each subsequent application. This results in a hull that features consistent thickness and strength throughout its length. For added peace of mind, Riviera even built in a collision bulkhead forward and additional separate compartments for safety throughout the hull. Not only does every Riviera feature hand-laid solid fiberglass, but the company also adds a unique stringer system of transverse and longitudinal bearers for strength and precise handling.

The construction system actually came out of the design for the racing hull. Riviera extensively flow-tested the hull design to enhance and refine its performance and planing speed, and a leading naval architect and designer of some of the world's finest super yachts played a major role in its development. The result is a luxury craft built to handle Australia's unforgiving coastal conditions, as well as being capable of long-distance passage making.

Inside, the Riviera 58 Flybridge Convertible has a list of luxury appointments. Riviera designers developed the interior layout in conjunction with one of Europe's foremost super yacht designers. The spacious saloon enables stylish entertaining with a large couch to port along the bulkhead and a dining settee situated diagonally across from it along the starboard side. The galley sits forward of the saloon along the port side and one step down and features every major appliance and fixture necessary.

Below decks Riviera designed three staterooms, including an over/under berth to port and a double berth to starboard. These two staterooms share a fully appointed head. The master suite sits in the bow and features a queen berth amidships and a private head with separate shower. Hand-rubbed timbers and the finest fabrics grace every aspect of the interior to finish it out. Luxury is not optional on the 58 Flybridge -- it comes standard.

On the bridge, the helm station incorporates state-of-the-art engine-management technology ergonomically designed for precise, fingertip control. The fully enclosed, air-conditioned flybridge is designed so a skipper can handle the boat easily with complete visibility. A full compliment of electronics sits overhead and along the console within perfect view of the helm seat and no more than an arm's reach away. The helm station itself sits to starboard with a captain's chair and an additional seat to port, which eliminates the need to crawl past the captain to get to a comfortable spot out of the way. Plenty of seating runs along the port side and around the forward portion of the bridge as well.

Since the boat was designed to be equally functional as either a luxury long-range cruiser or a serious sport-fisher, the boat can be completely outfitted with everything from a full tower and outriggers down to a fighting chair. The massive cockpit allows plenty of room to maneuver and land fish, and offers tons of storage space for gear to keep the deck clean in the heat of battle.

**Specifications
**LOA 64' 5"
Beam 17' 9"
Draft 5' 2"
Displacement 66,000 lb.
Fuel 1,110 gal.
Water 215 gal.
Power T900-hp diesels

The Riviera Group,
50 Waterway Dr.
Coomera. Queensland
011-61-7-5502-5555
www.riviera.com.au.