Riviera 60 Flybridge Convertible Review — Yacht & Boat

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Hatteras 60 Convertible boat

Riviera 60 Convertible Review

Apr 2011

December 2005

Wild. She’s bold and and handles a dream

huge success by the of the 51 last forced Australia’s boat builder rethink its range. Why anyone pay the extra for the when they get almost much room all of luxuries in 51 for lot less

The Flybridge range now of the 37, 40, the new the 51 the 60, now replaces 58.

Riviera the new would offer customers better for money more versatility the old The jump 51 to feet was of a progression.

So, the 58 as a Riviera called famed Dutch architect Frank (whose company designed the 33 and models) to his magic the hull come up the ultimate hull shape. mission was create a soft riding sea kindly

Mulder said had to a balance comfort and The more and sea we put the more speed is he said. trick is find the path for and speed.

the 60 not just scaled-up version the 58, is a new design.

said there much discussion what they to improve ride, handling, use of space and plus, they engines that approach speeds 40 knots. resulting design a sure

Mulder’s hull of a flared bow throws water and away the hull, with an sharp bow-entry slice though and swells A small extends two of the towards the to the where the tunnels for props begin.

keel and tunnels ensure hull tracks even in following sea the propellers a good on the And now turns more a sports than a flybridge cruiser.

The new also features exhaust, which only reduces and diesel but aerates water beneath hull, which the water’s tension and the hull plane more Also helping hull plane is a delta flat the mini at the

Lateral stability controlled by trim tabs, are integrated the hull.

helping the of this boat is placement of 5700lt of she carries. main tank amidships and secondary tank aft but This means weight distribution, not all the weight at the stern.


Standard power the Riv is the cleaner, high-performance Caterpillar diesels. engines had than enough to propel fully-loaded (5700lt fuel, 1000lt water making displacement around tonnes) vessel a top-speed knots. This was achieved a strong flow and into the of an 40-knot headwind. little doubt big Riv a few knots up sleeve under conditions.

Other speed-to-rpm were: 9 at 800rpm; knots at 12 knots 1200rpm; 13.2 at 1400rpm; knots at 21 knot 1800rpm; and knots at

Fuel burn 120lt per at 15 240lt per at 21.5 and 255lt hour at knots. Using figures, this to a range of 700 nautical at 15

But under conditions most cruise at to 24 At this she burns average 250lt hour giving a range approximately 500 miles. That’s bad.

Driving the comfort the airconditioned this was of the boats I’ve on in while.

The of mini into the has also the boat’s handling, especially turns. Her circle is tighter than original 58s.

all Riviera Convertibles, there’s lower helm which means matter what weather’s like, driving is from the This enclosed is quite and there’s room on starboard lounge ensure the isn’t left at the There’s also wet bar sink unit port, so crew can the drinks.

The driving is well making all-round good, but is also second helm on the deck behind flybridge’s rear This allows skipper to the fishing down on rear deck. ladder in cockpit leads the flybridge.

aft cockpit huge, uncluttered, all the gear and definitely fishy, entering the is like into the of a hotel. It’s lavish and excellent use available space. an entertainment bar, mood a huge galley with the right fine leather beautiful wood and joinery this boat’s the lot. owner’s stateroom amidships to It’s open luxurious and its own The main stateroom is in the and while not as it is opulent and has an

Nothing has left to on this She has the features levels of any new could wish She’s big, and beautiful handles like dream. Although interior layout not optional, Riviera design use of space is class. You need a chequebook to one, because costs $2,323,372, that’s good for money what you


After deciding replace the 58 Flybridge with a 60-footer, Riviera on famed naval architect Mulder (whose also designed new 33 47-foot models) work his on the 58-hull and up with ultimate 60-footer shape.

His was to a fast, riding and kindly hull.

said there to be balance between and speed.

more comfort sea kindness put in more the is lost, said.

The is to the right for comfort speed.

But the 60’s hull not just scaled-up version the 58, is a new design. features a bow with sharp entry, small keel to where mini tunnels the props underwater exhausts trim tabs into the

The engine of the 60 is so there’s of space each engine carry out servicing and maintenance.

On day of wet and test there an 45-knot blowing and performance figures recorded against strong incoming flow.


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