January 7, 2011

Projects: Riviera 61 Enclosed Bridge Series II, Riviera 61 Open Flybridge Series II

Riviera presents the project for the 61 Series II in Enclosed Flybridge version as above or Open Flybridge as pictured below. When the 61 was launched in 2007, this model featured a Frank Mulder modified Vee hull shape and was regarded as the best handling in the Riviera fleet. Now the down under renowned builder enhances this model all over with new features as seen in latest Riviera models. A recognizable exterior feature of the 61 Series II will surely be the large hull window servicing the owners mid ship located stateroom. Below a three or four double cabin choice with both options having the living with saloon and galley on the main deck. In the four cabin choice, the extra bunk guest cabin takes space away from the fore VIP suite. Three heads serve the cabins two of which en suite for the owners and VIP rooms in both choices. The upper Enclosed Bridge which features an internal staircase will have C-shaped settee, dual seat helm station, wet bar, docking station outside, and a view mezzanine settee on the aft. The 61 Series II is also enhanced in the aft deck and will features a dual mezzanine settee as seen on the Riviera 70 flagship. Changes also include the main living deck now having an aft galley and forward L-shaped saloon. The galley thanks to the Riviera hinged window feature can join with the cockpit creating a nice inside outside fully communicating deck.
The project of the 61 Open Flybridge Series II is a novelty here, as Riviera never offered an open version for the 61 first series. So far no details are given for the Open Flybridge accept that the above picture shows an aft helm of sport fisherman style and a fixed solid hard top. Standard power for the Riviera 61 Series II is twin Cats 1015hp with speeds estimates being of 28 knots with this choice. Other larger engine choices should be available allowing for speeds up to 34 knots. The 61 Series will use traditional shaft propulsion, and also construction is to stay on the tyred and tested hand laminated style. The hull of the 61 Series II also receives a modification with Riviera's in house naval architect Alan Dawd widening the planning strakes to reduce spray and improve trim and performance. Riviera has already four 61's on construction and the model will be showed first time at Sanctuary Cove boat show.

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