45 Open Flybridge - Shaft Drive
INNOVATION

Go Boating - Australia

"Overall, there were some really clever innovations on the 45 Open. Small yet practical things like the stainless steel cut-out on the flybridge utility bar prevents glasses or bottles from going for a slide. This was repeated on the flybridge table. The storage compartment below the galley floor was a real winner and small touches like courtesy lights on steps, the moulded flybridge staircase, comfortable and safe walk around side decks, separate climate controls in all cabins and the saloon and fridge drawers in the galley are much more practical on a boat. To their credit, Riviera has approached the design of the 45 Open with, dare I say, an open mind and the result is a clear winner.

- Peter Scott

  Click here for complete boat test.  [Courtesy of Go Boating Magazine]


INTERNAL ACCESS

Ocean - Australia

"The plan of the flybridge layout for the 45 is very different due to a new, fully-moulded external staircase situated on the starboard side, featuring teak treads which are both attractive and provide good grip. This is a major departure from the typical vertical ladder situated to port on other models and is perhaps the most important of all the new aspects of this boats design. It is an excellent compromise between an external vertical ladder which can be hard to climb and potentially hazardous for older owners and young children alike, or an internal staircase which takes up valuable room in the saloon."

- Anthony Twibill

  Click here for complete boat test.    [Courtesy of Ocean Magazine]


FLOW-ON EFFECT

Transom Magazine - Australia

"There's a moulded external staircase rather than a ladder down to the main deck; functional and stylish without losing any usable space inside the cabin area.This arrangement has enabled a flow on effect in design with the incorporation of the stainless hopper window and door which was previously only available on the 56 flybridge. The hopper window allows the indoors and outdoors to meet, producing a very sociable atmosphere."

-  Shaun Moloney


LIFESTYLE

Trade-A-Boat - Australia

"The three-cabin and two-head layout is especially family friendly, with a forward stateroom with island berth, portside cabin with single berths that can be converted to a second double, and a bunk cabin for the kiddies to starboard.  As ever, the heads are a highlight, with wonderful separate shower stalls, an improved floor plumbing, Vacuflush loos, and upmarket porcelain washbasins on moulded vanities.A real live aboard indeed."

- David Lockwood

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ENTERTAINER

Trasom Magazine - Australia

Cabinet space is ever present inside, with numerous cupboards and drawers located throughout, and the dinette has every feature that you will find in a modern home. Entertainment is a high priority from the LCD television to the indoor-outdoor multi speaker stereo system; this vessel will definitely appeal to a person looking to entertain guests. For those looking towards liquid refreshments there are several fridges and coolers on board to keep your favourite tipple cold.

- Shaun Moloney


PERFORMANCE

Club Marine - Australia

"With another nudge on the electronics throttles, the twin 575hp turbo diesels whisked the 18-tonne hull onto the plane with nary pause or bow lift. Running surfaces, including the prop tunnels, which afford a shaft angle of 11 degrees, come courtesy of Frank Mulder. Efficiency is hallmark. An ocean cruising speed of 17 knots was recorded around 1,900rpm, thence came the turbo influence and, soon after, a sweet spot of 2,300rpm for about 80 per cent engine load. Fuel rate, thus, is a moderate 160 litres per hour. At 2,530 clicks, the Cats were spent, delivering 29.7 knots at 122 l/h. Noise levels on the bridge were exceptionally quiet."

-  Mark Rothfield

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ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Sea Spray - New Zealand

"The 45 carries all the amenities we're unable to live without, even on a boat. The galley is equipped with a drawer fridge and freezer, stove-top, sink and rubbish drawer. Given a choice, I would have the local restaurant cook up my catch and not make a mess of the spotless galley had everything you'll need. Attention to detail had been lavished on storage for glasses, coffee mugs and even the square liquor bottles have carved Perspex homes within the drawers. There is plenty of room for six to dine in comfort at the expandable dining table. The exciting part for me is the teak stairs leading from the aft deck - the helm on the flybridge. On the way up, and in fact throughout the boat, there are sufficient railings and safety handles - offering great security when the engines are thrust to full speed."

- Tracey Whiteford

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DESIGN

Pacific Motor Yacht - New Zealand

"Latest 3D CAD computer modelling software was used for the entire design process on this model, finally guiding the highly sophisticated five axis router in cutting the plugs for all the moulds. While computer aided design and moulding is not new, the Riviera 45 is a good example of the precise moulding and detailing that is now possible, producing an exact fit of all major moulded components comprising hull, deck and superstructure, to the more detailed items such as flush deck hatches and drains, cockpit mouldings and internal liners."

- David Toyer

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SPORT FISHER

Pacific Motor Yacht - New Zealand

"The cockpit is very fishable - if there is such a word - and with the substantial cockpit refrigeration and underfloor storage bins, an effective draining cockpit and neatly moulded to recesses under the flush side storage lockers, plus an optional live bait tank, this boat is more than capable of being adapted to a more serious sports fishing role."

- David Toyer

  Click here for complete boat test.    [Courtesy of Pacific Motor Yacht Magazine]  


POWER-FULL

Trade-A-Boat - Australia

"Indoors the cherry wood joinery had a blemish free mirror finish thanks to the latest Italian robotic varnishing system. The demo boat also had the optional Amtico (hard-wearing mock timber) floor instead of carpet in the saloon. This will lead to an easier boat to keep clean. Open the hopper window and the throng can waltz indoors and out without having to worry about the wear and tear on saloon carpet or washing the runners."

- David Lockwood

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PRESENTATION

Trade-A-Boat - Australia

"Indoors the cherry wood joinery had a blemish free mirror finish thanks to the latest Italian robotic varnishing system. The demo boat also had the optional Amtico (hard-wearing mock timber) floor instead of carpet in the saloon. This will lead to an easier boat to keep clean. Open the hopper window and the throng can waltz indoors and out without having to worry about the wear and tear on saloon carpet or washing the runners."

-David Lockwood

  Click here for complete boat test.    [Courtesy of Go Boating Magazine]


PLEASURABLE

Go Boating - Australia

"Turning the boat to run beam on, I expected some spray and spray we got but to my surprise, the angle of deflection was very good and not even a drop of water hit the all encompassing and top quality clears.    Even into breeze, on our way back in under full throttle, I continued to be impressed by the dry nature of the 45 Open.    Although we had the clears fully battened down, the overhead hatch provided plenty of fresh air flow to the flybridge"

- Peter Scott

   Click here for complete boat test.    [Courtesy of Go Boating Magazine]


MACHINERY ROOM

Ocean - Australia

"Another innovation for the 45 flybridge is the introduction of a dedicated machinery room amidships, housing many of the important systems on board. Usually found only on much larger boats, the machinery room improves access within the engine room of the midships fuel tank. These include the water heater, air-conditioning handlers and compressors, bilge pump, shower box and pump, battery chargers, inverter and fresh water system manifolds. But none of these brilliant innovations in boating could come about without a Riviera hallmark, a dedicated focus on customer service and satisfaction through modern day application of the old adage, prevention rather than cure. Riviera's focus is on getting it right the first time and if that makes for more enjoyable, trouble-free boating and model after model of new and improved boats such as the 45 Open Flybridge, I'm all for it."

- Anthony Twibill

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