As always, Riviera’s new design is based on owner input, in this case gleaned over two years at owner forums. This approach has seen the design team retain the classic Riviera look, while introducing some exciting new features, such as double side transom doors, mezzanine seating with an integrated table, enhanced cockpit storage with a self-draining lazarette bin in the cockpit floor and tender storage on the boarding platform.

Rivera 50

The new boat will also get improved side deck access, a large C-shaped aft lounge that runs the width of the flybridge, full headroom in the two aft cabins, cosmetic enhancements to the exterior profile, and huge hull windows with opening port holes on both sides giving the two aft cabins plenty of natural light and air. The incorporation of pod drives (a pair of Cummins QSC Zeus 600s or Volvo Penta IPS 900s) have generated a claimed 1.7 metres of extra living space, and are expected to take the new boat to a top end of 32 knots, a cruising speed of between 25 and 28 knots and a maximum range of around 400 nautical miles.

Riviera CEO Wes Moxey believes the new model will make a big impact: “This boat feels bigger and fuller than similar sized vessels, which can be attributed to the openness and an abundance of natural light, and we know from experience that it will perform well with its standard engine package. When you step aboard the new 50 Enclosed Flybridge, you instantly enter a world of the most modern technology encased in time-honoured craftsmanship. Our design team has been very innovative with the internal plan, providing exceptional accommodation without compromising the height or exterior lines of the boat. This new vessel is also the perfect size for three couples or a large extended family.  At 50 feet, it fits into standard size marina berths without compromising on the hallmark qualities of Riviera.”

Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is a journalist, copywriter and magazine editor with a long history in boating and a happy addiction to the water. He’s worked on boats, lived on boats, bought boats, sold boats and – when he’s not actually on board a boat – he can generally be found in his Folkestone office, tapping away at the computer and gazing out to sea.