About 15 years ago, I spent a summer season running a Riviera 40 Convertible. It was my first experience with the Australian-based builder. I took that boat up and down the East Coast, fishing far-flung bluewater waypoints. Every marina I stopped at, people asked me, “Who built that?”
She was a pleasure to be aboard, from her clean, flowing lines and stout, solid fiberglass hull form to the flawless high-gloss teak interior and first-rate fit and finish throughout
You have two robust options of engines with the 57. Twin Volvo Penta IPS diesels (725 hp or 900 hp) provide pod-drive power while twin 1,000 hp Caterpillar C12.9 diesels are the straight-shaft option
So I was excited when I saw this builder’s latest: the 57 Enclosed Bridge , a formidable vessel that sits in the middle of a seven-model line ranging from 43 to 77 feet length overall.
Some things haven’t changed, such as Riviera’s commitment to constructing high-quality, built-for-the-sea craft with solid fiberglass hulls and collision bulkheads forward, while other elements have evolved for this 57 Enclosed Bridge.
For instance, this boat comes with either pod drives or straight-shaft power options. Both can be set up with joystick controls. There’s the expanded use of glass, including hullside windows that offer great vistas from the full-beam master stateroom. One of my personal favorite touches is the flip-up window from the salon to the cockpit, allowing for effortless conversation with guests both inside and outside. With an aft-galley layout, that window is a great pass-through to the L-shaped mezzanine seating and table for happy-hour hors d’oeuvres.
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