Riviera models spotlight

Every edition of the Riviera Experience includes a view in words and pictures of selected models among Riviera’s exciting range of luxury cruisers.

This month we take a tour of three of Riviera’s most popular new models – the 47 Enclosed Flybridge, which won the 2008 Modern Boating Magazine award for Cruiser of the Year, the exciting new 43 Offshore Express with Volvo Penta IPS propulsion, and the 2008 AMIF Boat of the Year 4400 Sport Yacht, also with IPS propulsion.




The popular Riviera 47 Series II Flybridge now offers an option to provide even more comfort, particularly for long-distance cruising.

An optional solid GRP three-sided enclosed flybridge is designed with an aft helm position and forward guest seating. The helm features Pompanette helm and companion chairs and the slimline dashboard has space for two 15-inch navigation displays as well as comprehensive engine monitoring systems. Sliding side windows and air conditioning offer greater comfort for skipper and guests even in heavy weather.

Three wipers and fresh water washers to the front windscreen ensure clear forward vision at all times.

The forward guest seating comprises a bench to port with an insulated cool box underneath and an L-shaped lounge to starboard with hi-lo GRP table and drink holders. The table can be lowered to convert to a day bed or even extra overnight sleeping.

A wet bar immediately forward of the access hatchway at the rear of the flybridge has a front-opening fridge under a stainless steel sink and drainage board with mixer tap.

And there is plenty of storage under the lounge and in a large area in the forepeak.

Access from cockpit to the flybridge is via a ladder. The access hatchway has a lockable hinged hatch built using Riviera’s Light RTM technology to ensure both strength and reduced weight.

RIVIERA 43 OFFSHORE EXPRESS – Advancing The Sport Utility

The Riviera 43 Offshore Express is the second in a new line from Riviera, a sport utility vessel that is equally at home as a game fishing machine or a family entertainer.


The Riviera 43 Offshore Express is the first in this line to utilise Volvo Penta IPS propulsion. Purpose-built for this system, the boat includes a full-beam aft cabin, as well as a double master stateroom forward and a single bathroom.

The boat has a rugged sophistication while maintaining the luxurious and functional interior typical of all Rivieras, The hydrodynamics are exceptional, with running surface and chines optimised for a soft, dry ride.

A helm deck features skipper and companion chairs, an L-shaped lounge with GRP hi-low table and an aft-facing mezzanine seat.

This boat is the first Riviera equipped with a cutting edge digital switching system. Based on industry proven CAN network technology, this system offers DC switching and over-current protection to 100 milliamps accuracy. Full systems monitoring and alarms includes AC voltage, current, frequency and kilowatts, DC voltage, current and battery capacity remaining, along with tank levels and systems in operation indications.

The 43 Offshore Express is offered in three distinct configurations:

An Open boat without a targa or coverings to the helm and deck area, suited to an after-market fishing tower.

A version with stylish, forward-raked targa and removable bimini creating an open boat feel for great entertaining under the Sun, with the addition of protection from the weather. Clears to the sides and rear storm curtain are included.

A three-sided hardtop with a rear curtain to enclose the helm deck forward of the mezzanine.

The Riviera 43 Offshore Express is powered by twin Volvo Penta IPS 500 turbo diesel engines rated at 272kW/370hp, with the option of twin Volvo Penta IPS 600s rated at 320kW/435hp. Fuel capacity is 1,500 litres (396 US gal) standard. Water capacity is 460 litres (122 US gal).

RIVIERA 4400 SPORT YACHT – Luxury Boating Made Easy

The Riviera 4400 Sport Yacht takes luxury boating to a new level with its light weight yet robust hull construction and revolutionary Volvo Penta Inboard Performance System (IPS) propulsion that includes a joystick docking system, making this boat very simple to control and manoeuvre.


The 4400 Sport Yacht design continues the indoor-outdoor character and sense of light and space introduced on the first award-winning Riviera 3600 Sport Yacht and carried on to the 4700SY. Exterior lines have been further refined to create even more visual appeal. Bonded glass windows each side of the boat are a striking feature that, together with an opening porthole each side, add natural light and ventilation into the full beam aft cabin of the boat.

This two cabin/two bathroom cruiser exudes style and is packed with all the modern conveniences you would expect from a Riviera, making it the ultimate in lifestyle-orientated vessels.

Designed with the aid of the latest CAD software systems, the 4400 Sport Yacht contains a host of innovations and technologies for both Riviera and the marine industry at large.

The hull has been constructed utilising infusion moulding technology rather than the traditional open moulded lay-up of fibreglass and resin. The resin is introduced to the hull mould via an injection system and drawn through the glass fibre layers using vacuum suction, resulting in consistent hull thickness, reduced hull weight and improved glass fibre to resin ratio, providing greater strength.

The 4400 Sport Yacht employs the revolutionary Volvo Penta IPS propulsion system with twin Volvo Penta IPS 500 diesel engines rated at 370hp each. Twin Volvo Penta IPS 600 diesels rated at 435hp each are optional. The Volvo Penta IPS system is an integrated system of marine diesel engines and steerable drive units mounted under the hull with twin counter rotating, forward facing, propellers. This system offers easy handling and manoeuvring even in tight situations and a joystick for easy docking. Volvo Penta IPS also offers up to 30 per cent better fuel consumption than traditional shaft drive systems.

New style engine room air inlet vents are moulded as a scoop outside the side cockpit coaming.



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