February 15, 2013

Project: Riviera 565 SUV

Riviera’s design team are putting the finishing touches on the second model in the new SUV range, the sleek, stylish and spacious 565 SUV, which is due for release in May at the 2013 Riviera Festival of Boating, which is held to coincide with the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show. The 445 SUV was met with immediate popularity following its launch in August last year, and already eight having been sold internationally and around Australia.  Following this success Riviera was fast to present a larger 565 SUV project which bases its hull on that of the 53 Enclosed Flybridge. The new SUV range combines the performance blue water cruising abilities of the classic Flybridge with the fish raising abilities of the Offshore Express, and the single-level leisurely entertaining features of the popular Sport Yacht series, creating a vessel with a true bridge between all of these styles.  Featuring three cabins and two bathrooms, the new 565 SUV has a flexible accommodation plan with sleeping capacity from six to eight adults. The stately full-beam master suite features a king size island bed, large hull windows and optional opening port holes for cross ventilation, a walk-in robe, and lounge and television DVD player as standard.  The forward cabin has an optional layout with the choice of either a queen size island bed or a triple bunk bed arrangement.  The new 565 SUV has many clever design aesthetic features such as the sleek, low profile hardtop with two large manually sliding glass sunroof hatches, which bring an abundance of natural light and fresh air into the saloon. The large helm station to port has plenty of room for electronics including three display screens, controls and the Volvo joystick. There are four high-quality helm chairs, two of which swivel 180 degrees to face the saloon allowing occupants to join in the conversation in the saloon area. The saloon features an L-shaped lounge and dining area to port with storage below, on the starboard side is a three seat starboard side lounge. The aft galley, which features the most modern appliances with drawer refrigeration, convection microwave oven, optional drawer dishwasher, four plate cook top with extraction hood, top loading garbage bin, and soft close drawer runners for storage plus overhead storage lockers, and Corian bench tops throughout with infills over the sink allowing for extra bench space. A large awning window and glass sliding door opens the galley into the cockpit area, creating one large entertainment space.  A key design feature that sets this model apart is the expansive and uncluttered cockpit space with plenty of storage including, an insulated fish bin to starboard, plus clever storage inside the engine room hatch. The mezzanine seating to port also features a top loading refrigerated cool box under the seating. There is the option to have a barbecue centre in the transom with barbecue, sink, rubbish bin and storage or optional live bait tank or standard bin, as well as an optional hydraulic swim platform for a smaller tender.  Mr Ford said another clever design feature on this vessel was the full glass panel on the starboard side of the sliding door, which provides good visibility to both the transom corners from the helm.  The new 565 SUV’s décor gives a modern and contemporary feel. Hull two will show a new style interior design, which features two-pack painted finishes, satin American oak timber wall fabrics and timber flooring, which give a true Euro feel. Hull one however will feature a custom décor utilising Riviera’s traditional Cherry interior requested by the owner. The Riviera 565 SUV will be powered by twin Volvo 700hp with IPS pod drives propulsion delivering a cruise up to 25 knots and achieve top speeds of around 30 knots.

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