|The best of both worlds
Befitting a pleasure boat of this calibre, the Riviera 52 Enclosed Flybridge incorporates clever and convenient alfresco lifestyle concepts and ultramodern technology with luxurious appointments … not to mention enhanced serviceability, savvy storage and an exacting eye for detail from fit to finish that reminds you that she is nothing less than an Australian-built Riviera. You will sense our hallmark passion for perfection from the moment you step onboard – double transom doors allow better access from both the port and starboard sides in effect adding the large swim platform to what is already a full-scale, no-nonsense cockpit and creating a walk-around transom lounge with additional storage bin for swimming and diving gear. The swim platform, with lift-out stainless steel rails, also has a number of options to suit individual owner requirements, for example: custom rod holders and a bait preparation station can be fitted for the angler, as well as a 400kg hydraulic lift to assist with tender storage. In the floor of the 9.90 square metre (106’6”) cockpit are separate hatches – with stainless steel lock-downs – providing direct maintenance access to either of the pod drives, as well as a large, central, self-draining moulded lazarette locker to store cockpit furniture and water toys, and also deep fish bins to port and starboard. Forward there is a comfortable three-seater cockpit mezzanine lounge to port – upholstered in high-quality weather-proof vinyl – and there is an optional integrated and interchangeable table to provide a versatile alfresco entertaining area, and which can also be converted to a day-bed. Behind the cockpit lounge is a double-plated refrigerated cool box and self-draining recycling bin, as well as manual bilge pump access and lockable cabinet containing battery switches and AC/DC control board. To starboard there’s lift-up lid with gas strut which reveals a double BBQ with stainless steel splashback and LED lighting, ice-maker, sink, solid surface bench top and even more storage – enough to impress even the most discerning chef. The cockpit’s innovative joystick docking control is also starboard, although owners have the option of having it located on the port-side. This control is protected from the elements in its own enclosed fibreglass compartment. Opening out and over the cockpit is the GRP hardtop, which can be extended even further with a stainless steel and acrylic canvas awning for faded protection from the sun and extremities. There’s also the option of a rear-mounted camera, should owners desire. The rear saloon bulkhead of the 52 Enclosed Flybridge is tinted, tempered glass in a highly polished stainless steel frame, adding to the sense of light and space as you step into her spacious and luxurious saloon. To port is the modern and functional U-shaped galley from which a huge glass awning window opens out and over to the cockpit, in effect opening up the rear of the boat and, at the same time, affirming the galley as the central entertaining hub of the 52. The galley has a contemporary two-pack finish to the overhead cupboards, complementing the satin-finish American oak timber cabinetry, which also comes with the options of high-gloss or satin cherry, satin teak or satin beach. Standard features include a two-burner electric cook-top with in-built pop-up fiddles to secure pots, a convection microwave oven and an optional drawer dishwasher within handy reach of the stainless steel sink. The solid surface bench top includes sink-cover that doubles as a cutting board, while the mixer tap conveniently swivels so you can wash down the self-draining bin compartment to port. The 52 Enclosed’s spacious saloon features a large L-shaped lounge to port with a hi-lo dining table which folds and lowers to become a coffee table. Adjacent to the dining area is an optional three-seater settee in which the middle seat base can slide out as an ottoman and form additional seating around the main dining table – also handy for family games nights. An additional table also lifts out from the settee and sits between the two remaining seats, forming additional dining or work space. Forward of the three-seater settee is a 40-inch television and high-end sound system, stored out of the way in its own dedicated compartment to starboard. It rises elegantly and electrically at the touch of a button, and swings for viewing from every saloon seating position. Opening, tinted side windows and huge windscreen looking out over the forward deck and bow bring in more light and fresh air. The forward deck of the 52 Enclosed Flybridge can be accessed via wide walkways with high handrails on either side of the vessel, and the options include of a large sun pad to add to her versatile entertaining capabilities, or single-boom davit with a 350kg (771lbs) rating. Again, these decisions are best left to suit specific owner requirements.
Riviera’s steadfast commitment to going “first-class” in everything it does extends to the flexible three-stateroom/two-bathroom accommodation deck of the 52 Enclosed Flybridge – again there’s absolutely no compromise in terms of quality or on-board liveability and luxury. Natural light filters into the wide accommodation atrium, courtesy of the massive saloon front and side windows above and is complemented by the accommodation deck’s own clever design elements. You’ll immediately garner a sense of spaciousness as you step down the non-slip, natural timber-finish companionway – the extent of headroom is clearly evident below deck. The very generous master stateroom aft on the port-side features a contemporary palette of elegant fabric, soft-touch leatherette and satin oak with teak accents – another subtle reminder that you are aboard a world-class Riviera. Natural light is achieved through a large hull window and, although air-conditioned, there’s an opening porthole to bring in extra fresh air. The master’s massive walk-around queen-sized bed is supremely comfortable and savvy storage solutions include large under-bed drawers and a huge locker under the inner-spring mattress, in addition to the two bedside tables and cedar-lined hanging locker. From the comfort of the master bed, you can watch your favourite movie or television program courtesy of a 26-inch LCD TV and home theatre system. The master ensuite forward also features full headroom, luxurious bathroom fixtures, ample storage cupboards, overhead and vanity lighting, solid surface bench top as well as a contemporary porcelain sink and mixer tap. The large frameless shower-stall has a teak-lined seat and showerhead on a slide bar, while the bathroom floor is a high-quality, non-slip, timber-finish platform enabling excess water to drain quickly, ensuring that owners remain dry and comfortable. Maximum privacy is assured here – an overhead deck hatch brings in additional light and fresh air but, when it’s needed, an Oceanair block-out screen slides across. Depending on specific owner requirements, the aft master stateroom can be configured as a guest stateroom featuring full-length, adults-sized twin beds, with the forward stateroom becoming the master. VIP CabinIn keeping with its commitment to going first-class, the air-conditioned VIP guest stateroom boasts all the luxuries of the master – indeed there’s the option for it to actually be the master stateroom with its own private ensuite. This forward stateroom also has a comfortable queen-sized walk-around bed, cleverly placed overhead cabinets with positive locking hardware and gas support struts as well as large his/hers cedar-lined hanging lockers. Expansive hull windows and dual deck hatches maximise natural light and ventilation. Entertainment to this guest stateroom is via an optional 22-inch LCD TV and home theatre system. Of course, the premium finish philosophy also applies to the ensuite, which mirrors the luxurious master bathroom, complete with overhead deck hatch and Oceanair block-out screen. In the standard layout,
the guest ensuite starboard doubles as a day head. The new Riviera 52 Enclosed Flybridge comes standard with the proven and popular twin IPS2-950 pod configuration with D11 engines, each delivering 725hp. Quiet operation is achieved through under-water exhausts, an effective silencer, state-of-the-art turbocharger and an air filter with improved insulation. At the same time, the robust engine design contributes to minimising on-board vibrations. And in addition to superior handling maneuvering in tight quarters, IPS2 also offers excellent power-to-weight ratio, impressive fuel efficiency, long cruising range and high top-end speed. The renowned Volvo Penta IPS system puts twin forward-facing counter-rotating props to the fore. Volvo includes traditional lever controls as well as the intuitive joystick that can single-handedly get you in and out of the tightest of marina berths.
The joy of joysticks
Having now launched hundreds of pod-driven luxury pleasure yachts, 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. The innovative joystick offers slow-speed maneuverability 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. There’s also an additional joystick to starboard in the cockpit, the option of having it located on the port-side if owners desire. The 52 Enclosed Flybridge has joysticks at the helm and in the cockpit, and there’s an option for a tournament station starboard and aft on the flybridge which also includes a joystick, steering wheel, throttles and, if so you desire, an optional 15” multi-function display.
The 52 Enclosed Flybridge’s confident poise is just as evident offshore as it is at anchor – her solid and robust hull with keel is the evolution of Riviera’s rich 35-year heritage in building world-class luxury powerboats that are proven in the tough Australian blue-water conditions. Our leading-edge technology and legendary build quality combines super-strong hand layups with solid GRP hull from the waterline down, structural core material in the hull flanks, main deck and hardtop, as well as precisely fitted, lightweight resin transfer-moulded small parts that are pre-fitted for a perfect seal when all major components are bonded together. However, even before a single piece of timber was cut for the plug work, the 52 Enclosed Flybridge was created in-house using industry-leading Unigraphics 3D computer software, allowing Riviera’s team of talented and passionate international designers and engineers to put to purpose every inch of available space, with a firm focus on convenient access to every key maintenance point – any issues can be quickly identified and addressed, and service costs are kept to a minimum. Of course, this thoughtful consideration for our Riviera family of owners is a key part of our ethos of doing all we can to help our valued owners achieve … ‘the ultimate boating experience’. The 52 Enclosed Flybridge’s maintenance-free batteries ensure carefree boating and are housed in special battery boxes in accordance with American Boating and Yacht Council standards. The boat also includes individual start battery banks for increased reliability with emergency parallel function. All battery banks are individually isolated at the main battery panel located in the cockpit, providing peace of mind in the unlikely event that one engine shuts down.