November 18, 2009

Improve-it = Riviera 41 Flybridge

IPS propulsion has been announced as a new option for the popular Riviera 41 Flybridge, giving with this superior handling, improved engine access, fuel efficiency, and increased accommodation. The Riviera 41 Flybridge with twin IPS600 has a main amidships fuel tank capacity of 1800 litres with an additional 300 litre tank underneath the bunk in the aft cabin. Although about 400 litres less in fuel than the shaft drive 41, fitted with an optional tank, the range is nearly the same and the maximum speed is higher with the IPS drives. The 41 IPS has a cruising range of 340 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 28 knots. Maximum speed for the boat at a half load condition of 16.5 tonnes is 32 knots. The new 41 Flybridge IPS model will feature a new cockpit floor with electronic lift system enabling quick and easy access to the engine room and drive pods. Riviera’s New product development design manager Alan Dowd said the Volvo IPS system had proved popular with Riviera owners in the 4400 Sport Yacht, 43 Offshore Express, 5800 Sport Yacht and 51 Series II. The option of IPS in the Riviera 41 will no doubt be very attractive to many, especially those boat owners looking to move up in size from a Sport Cruiser to a Flybridge boat or people wanting a good mid-sized Sportfish Cruiser to start their boating lifestyle. Concept design manager at Riviera, Neil McCabe said there would be a day access hatch into the engine room and the option of a fish bin in the cockpit floor. The amidships fuel tank provided also benefits, like keeping weight central in the vessel and provided sound insulation between the accommodation area and the engine room. The forward cabin includes a queen size island berth and port side ensuite. To starboard is the second/day head, and the new aft cabin which now sleeps four in a double and two bunk berths. Introduction of large fixed port and starboard windows to the aft cabin provides greater visibility, while two opening portholes offer cross ventilation. The Riviera 41 Flybridge also includes a wrap-around tinted windscreen, low profile hard top, solid surface bench tops, Amtico timber look flooring in the bathrooms and a huge storage space under galley.

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