New badges, more kit, redesigned cockpit and bridge, and the big one... greater 400nm+ cruising range
Amid the news from the press conference at its Coomera yard on Friday (May 22), Riviera explained that it has rebadged, redesigned, re-spec'd and realigned its boat range to better reflect the boat's true lengths and compete internationally under the ISO and CE industry standards.
Supplanting the strong selling Riviera 50 Enclosed Flybridge and 515 SUV sport yacht (without flybridge), the rebadged and repackaged Riviera 52 Enclosed Flybridge and Riviera 525 SUV were released for the first time at the Riviera Festival and 2015 Gold Coast International Marine Expo.
Riviera CEO Wes Moxey said these newest additions to Riviera’s world-class collection more accurately reflect a nomenclature based on the International Organisation for Standardisation’s ISO guidelines as well as the European Union’s CE mark.
But we during a subsequent tour aboard we also noted that there are redesigned cockpit layouts and flying bridge and, the big one, more fuel for greater cruising range.
Moxey told us during a subsequent interview that the boats have been designed to underake the typical 400nm cruising leg from the Gold Coast to Sydney without a fuel stop.
RIVIERA 50s A POPULAR SIZE
"Having now built over 5100 yachts throughout our rich 35-year heritage, the name Riviera has become synonymous around the world for its hallmark quality, luxury, lifestyle, style, innovation, blue-water sea-keeping abilities and unrivalled owner support," Mr Moxey said.
"The new 52 Enclosed Flybridge and 525 SUV are two exciting examples of Riviera refinement," he said. "They are testament to our genuine desire and commitment to compete with the best in the luxury yacht business globally."
Mr Moxey said that competing internationally under the ISO and CE industry standards enhances Riviera’s scope to grow global brand awareness and customer loyalty to even greater heights.
"Our resolve is further strengthened by the fact Riviera has just been announced as the Australian Marine Industry’s Best Larger Export Performer, as well as the Australian Marine Exporter of the Year," he said.
MORE KIT AS STANDARD
Mr Moxey explained that both the 52 Enclosed Flybridge and 525 SUV designs feature a wide range of standard inclusions that, in the past on the 50 Enclosed Flybridge and 515 SUV, might have been considered optional upgrades. These include the innovative Glass Cockpit navigation and CZone digital switching systems.
"Each new model features new helm designs with enough room for three 17-inch screens, as well as many more-subtle refinements from bow sprit to swim platform that enhance their onboard liveability and luxury lifestyle attributes.
"Both models share a flexible accommodation plan that comprises three staterooms with portside master and two bathrooms and supreme levels of comfort. The third stateroom is very generous with full-sized side-by-side bunks and plenty of storage.
"They also offer fixed transom seating, with options for storage or live bait tank, as well as a new cockpit wet bar, larger freezer capacity and smart storage solutions," adds Mr Moxey.
There is also provision for fitting a Seakeeper gyro, accommodation layouts and more choices with the interior finishes.
STANDARD POWER, BOOSTED RANGE
The Riviera 52 Enclosed Flybridge comes standard with the proven and popular twin IPS2-950 pod configuration with D11 engines, each delivering 725hp. Standard power in the new 525 SUV is the new-generation and fuel-efficient twin Volvo IPS2-800s (626hp) pod drives, also featuring forward-facing, counter-rotating propellers, with an option of IPS2-950s.
"Having now launched hundreds of pod-driven luxury pleasure boats, Riviera is at the forefront of a marine revolution offering impressive fuel economy, high performance, quiet operation, more internal space and, of course, joystick control," said Mr Moxey.
"The innovative joystick offers slow-speed manoeuvrability when backing up on a prize catch, in addition to precise docking. Indeed a skipper – either solo or with a novice crew – can simply push and twist the joystick to make the boat respond immediately, pivoting in place or crabbing sideways into a berth that’s just long enough to fit the vessel," he said.
Both the 52 Enclosed Flybridge and 525 SUV feature joysticks at the helm and to starboard cockpit. The 52 Enclosed also has an aft flybridge docking station to starboard which can be located on the port-side if owners desire. Both models now also carry boosted 3500-litre fuel tanks for longer-range cruising.
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