February 5, 2013

New Model: Riviera 63 Enclosed Flybridge

Riviera launches the new 63 Enclosed Flybridge with a raft of engineering and design enhancements based on its predecessor the 61 and the updates on the recent 75 flagship. Riviera  describes the new 63 as a luxurious and highly capable long range offshore vessel, with many popular design cues taken from the fleet’s prestigious flagship, the 75. The new 63 features a galley positioned central to the party, a cockpit that is an extension of the live-aboard space inside, a master stateroom that is bathed in light and fresh air, an enclosed flybridge that serves as a sky lounge, and refinements to the hull that further enhance performance and sea keeping ability. The new galley is positioned aft, adjacent to the saloon bulkhead, and separated from the large sociable cockpit space by a hinged awning window and full tinted glass door. The result is an extension of light and space from outside in, with guests easily able to converse with whoever is in the galley. Opposite the galley to starboard there is a bar area with ice maker and fridge set under ergonomically raked flybridge stairs, with solid teak treads nested on flawless tig-welded stainless steel supports. A special feature of the saloon bar is an electric lift glassware cabinet which retracts into the varnished cabinetry while under way, yet rises to the occasion at the touch of a button. Forward of the bar there is a spacious U-shape lounge and dinette with seating for twelve well positioned to take advantage of the large TV mounted on the forward dash.  The very large main saloon is bright and airy, with 360 degree tinted windows and offering views from every seating angle and position. The new 63 has incorporated social seating into the cockpit, which is no longer the sole domain of the sports fisherman.  The cockpit now doubles as an alfresco dining experience, with optional opposing fore and aft facing mezzanine seating either side of a solid teak table.  The practicalities of a sport fisher with fully optioned fighting cockpit are enhanced with features like below deck self-draining fish bins, game chair mounting plate solidly glassed into the cockpit floor, and recessed toe kicks. An extensive options list covering rod holders, live bait tank wells and outriggers ensures the full versatility of the 63.  Overlooking the cockpit is the spacious enclosed flybridge, featuring forward helm and aft docking station.  The enclosed flybridge features a hinged awning window and glass door that bolt open to bring outdoors in and unify the space. Wrap around seating to port features folding arm rests with functional storage underneath and a drop down dinette table.  To starboard there is a wet bar with bottle and glass storage.  The aft docking station is located aft to the starboard side of the external flybridge door with excellent visibility of the cockpit and aft quarters of the boat behind. There is an option to upgrade to Palm Beach single side mount engine control levers, which are a favourite with sport fishermen. To port an aft-facing lounge accommodates two people.  Below deck's is a standard four cabin layout sleeping seven in the standard version, with the owners stateroom located to portside midships and featuring large big view windows.  The optional three cabin layout is available with extra space absorbed by the VIP guest cabin, to include a private lounge or a writing bureau. In engineering terms the 63 retains its original shaft drive configuration, and base power is twin 1015hp Caterpillar engines.
Technical Data:
LOA - 20.4 m (67.3ft)
Hull Length - 19.4 m
Beam - 5.40 m
Draft - 1.58 m
Displacement - 31000 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 5650 l
Water Capacity - 1000 l
Accommodation - 7 berths in 4 cabins, 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats 1015hp, 1150hp, MTU 1200hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Speed - 28 knots with Cats 1015hp, 31 knots with MTU 1200hp
Hull Type - Vee shape with 12.5 degrees deadrise aft
Construction - hand lamindated fiberglass construction
Project - Alan Dowd, Frank Mulder