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Riviera’s new 57 Enclosed Flybridge is the embodiment of innovation

Riviera’s new 57 Enclosed Flybridge is the embodiment of innovation

by November 15, 2015

The newest member of Riviera’s impressive and supremely seaworthy collection of flybridge luxury motor yachts—the 57 Enclosed Flybridge—is the embodiment of innovation.


Stylish and sophisticated, the three-stateroom/two-bathroom Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge—with full-beam master stateroom—features a fresh-thinking design which encompasses her state-of-the-art navigation systems and continues right through to her final fit-out and luxuriously hand-polished finish.

Riviera dealer Ben Crawley, from R Marine Crawley at Runaway Bay on Queensland’s Gold Coast, sold the very first 57 Enclosed Flybridge model to a long-term Riviera owner, soon after her World Premiere at Sydney International Boat Show.

Mr Crawley—who in Sydney was named as Riviera’s 2015 Sales Excellence Award winner as an individual, and whose dealership secured the R Marine network Sales Excellence Award for Australia and New Zealand—says her owner plans to take the 57 north to Hamilton Island to cruise the idyllic waters of the Whitsundays.

“The dedicated team of designers, engineers and master craftsmen at Riviera have integrated easy-to-use and dependable marine systems into the new 57 Enclosed, including the full features of the innovative Glass Cockpit navigation and CZone digital switching systems,” he said.

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Turning up the volume

With her contemporary styling and impeccable blue-water heritage, the robust Riviera 57 Enclosed exhibits powerful and noble lines with muscular sheer forward and deep topside dimensions, giving her a freeboard akin to a much larger yacht altogether.

Her hull lines run straight aft from the maximum mid-ship beam of 16’10” (5.13m) which, in turn, provides an extremely buoyant lift and an easy planing surface, while her keel delivers straight tracking and great stability, enhancing her exceptional blue-water performance. The spacious and sumptuous saloon features premium brand entertainment system and furnishings, including a capital C-shaped deluxe dinette (convertible to a double berth) that encircles a drop-down table that can easily wine and dine six. Opposite, to starboard, is a generous L-shaped settee that provides comfort for up to five additional five people.

“The master stateroom is located amidships in the most stable and quiet part of the yacht, and defies convention for a vessel of this size in that it luxuriates right across the full beam and features a king-sized bed with innerspring mattress as well as stylish upholstered headboard detailing. The forward guest stateroom mirrors the level of luxury in the master and positions a queen-size walk-around bed in pride of place, and also its own ensuite bathroom with twin entry which also serves as the day head,” says Mr Crawley.

A flybridge to look up to

The new Riviera 57’s fully enclosed flybridge is another complete revelation. As you ascend the highly detailed internal staircase, you arrive at the ergonomic, sports-inspired forward helm. “Skippers will really appreciate the three massive clear, tempered windscreens with excellent visibility, and two fully adjustable helm chairs from which all essential navigational and systems controls are within arm’s reach,” says Riviera chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst, whose passion for excellence underpins Riviera’s continued growth on the world stage. Seamlessly integrating the state-of-the-art Volvo Penta Glass Cockpit navigation system with CZone digital switching that enhances the ease of monitoring and operation of the Riviera 57’s onboard systems even further, extending centralised touch-screen control to lighting, pumps, batteries, entertainment systems and appliances.


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Your choice of pod or shaft drive

Owners of the new 57 Enclosed Flybridge are able to select their personal preference of either pod or conventional shaft drive propulsion to suit their specific geographic region. “There are three choices for a drive package for the new 57 Enclosed Flybridge—IPS2-950 or IPS2-1200 pods or the conventional CAT C12.9 shaft drives. The standard power is the very popular twin IPS2-950 (533kW/725hp) pod configuration with D11 engines, which delivers Volvo’s impressive fuel efficiency, low-noise levels, long cruising range and high top-end speed. The IPS pod propulsion system already offers the amazing joystick maneuverability, Dynamic Positioning System for station-holding while preparing lines and fenders, or while waiting off a fuel jetty, as well as Anti-Corrosion Protection and Auto-Pilot, and optional auto-trimming features,” explains Mr Crawley.

Riviera has indeed put to purpose every piece of available space on board the new 57 Enclosed Flybridge, with cutting edge computer software allowing Riviera’s team of talented and passionate designers to maximise living and storage space while at the same time ensuring there is easy access to every key maintenance point, ensuring future service costs are kept to a minimum.

Mr Crawley says, “Of course, this thoughtful built-to-last consideration for the 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’.”