Boat Of The Month – Riviera 45 Open Flybridge


Riviera’s highly successful 45 Open Flybridge brings many exciting innovations to Riviera’s flybridge range, especially a fully moulded external staircase featuring teak treads at the starboard forward quarter of the cockpit leading to the flybridge in place of a ladder.

As well as providing easier access to the flybridge, this design also allowed designers to incorporate a hinge-up hopper window in the saloon aft bulkhead, opening the saloon up to the cockpit. Beneath the window is a large refrigerated cool box.

“We set out to develop a mid-range model with a strong point of difference from its competitors,” explained Concept Design Manager Neil McCabe.

“The staircase was a result of feedback from our customers and our challenge was to ensure it was an integral part of the design and not simply a ladder replacement. At the same time, it could not take up too much of the cockpit space or impinge into the saloon. I believe we have developed an ideal solution that fully reflects Riviera functionality and quality.  The teak treads ensure safety as well as lending a sense of style to the overall design.

“Placing the staircase on the starboard side allowed us to utilise the very popular stainless steel hopper window in the aft bulkhead, similar to the 56 Flybridge. The door, too, is stainless steel. They offer a great lifestyle environment.

“Of course, the decision to put the stairs to starboard meant a rethink to the design of the traditional flybridge layout.  The result is ergonomically very sound and it is a very comfortable area, both for the skipper and family.”

Another exciting innovation is the development of a dedicated machinery room, housing many of the important systems on board. The machinery room improves access within the engine room by removing many of the ancillary systems to a space forward 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. Access to the machinery room is via the galley floor or a door in the port cabin insulated to minimise noise.

The Riviera 45 Open Flybridge is a three cabin, two bathroom boat with the master stateroom forward, a bunk cabin to starboard and twin cabin (with infill) to port. It is a large volume boat, with length overall of 51 feet, 3 inches (15.62 metres), hull length at 48 feet, 3 inches (14.70 metres) and a beam of 15 feet, 9 inches (4.80 metres)

The running surface and chines, designed in consultation with internationally renowned naval architect Frank Mulder, have been optimised for a soft and dry ride. Tunnels incorporated into the aft running surface provide reduced draft and propeller shaft angle for better performance while an underwater exhaust system helps to reduce fumes and engine noise.

Engine room air vents in the hull are fully integrated into the hull for a clean look while reducing routine maintenance.

Exterior styling has been enhanced with revised flybridge style lines, a low-profile hardtop and portholes in the hull amidships.

An angler-friendly cockpit includes a non-skid dot pattern on the floor, innovative recessed toe-kicks, and an optional live bait well. Large removable storage bins (starboard and port) are under the cockpit floor. Wide, curved side deck steps are moulded into the coaming, maximising cockpit area.

In the flybridge, an ergonomically designed slimline helm station provides extra space for the forward area which features seating for up to six adults on an L-shaped lounge to port, upholstered in white vinyl with moulded, self-draining storage lockers underneath and a second lounge on the starboard side. A table with drink holders stands on a high/low pedestal for conversion to a day bed.

Standard twin Caterpillar C9 turbo diesel engines are rated at 423 kW / 575 hp each, with upgrade options of  twin Cummins QSM11 turbo diesel engines rated at 492 kW / 660 hp each or Caterpillar C12 turbo diesel engines rated at 526 kW / 715 hp each.

Fuel capacity is 2,300 litres (608 US gal) and  water capacity is 500 litres (132 US gal).

No aspect of design functionality or safety, from the trim tabs to the anchor safety strap, have been overlooked in the creation of this totally new vessel.

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Riviera 45 Open Flybridge.

Flybridge saloon.

Flybridge saloon.



Master stateroom.

Master stateroom.

Cockpit stairs.

Cockpit stairs.