Cruis­ing with ex­tra class

NT News - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - By MARK VOISEY

RIVIERA’S 61 Se­ries II has been given a makeover.

It comes with an ar­ray of en­gi­neer­ing and de­sign en­hance­ments over the first mod­els re­leased in 2008. This 61 is said to of­fer more ca­pa­bil­ity as a long-range off­shore cruiser, with a few de­sign cues taken from Riviera’s flag­ship 70 thrown in.

The lux­ury Se­ries II, at 19.63m over­all, has a cock­pit that is more an ex­ten­sion of the saloon, a gal­ley loaded with the lat­est Euro ap­pli­ances that be­comes part of the en­ter­tain­ing area and an en­closed fly­bridge that dou­bles as a sky lounge.

There’s a bar with an ice maker, fridge and a glass­ware cabi­net that re­tracts into the var­nished cab­i­netry.

The bar over­looks the en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem and a U-shape lounge and dinette that seats 12-plus.

Through­out it oozes class — var­nished tim­bers, fab­ric wall pan­el­ing, qual­ity fit­tings. The main saloon, the so­cial hub of the ves­sel, of­fers 360 de­gree views through tinted win­dows.

Also adapted from the 70 is the seat­ing ar­range­ment in the cock­pit, which dou­bles as an al­fresco din­ing room.

There’s an­other fridge and a bar­be­cue cen­tre with sink set into in the tran­som.

The cock­pit re­tains the needs of sports­fish­ers, with self­drain­ing fish bins be­low deck, a game chair mount­ing plate and re­cessed toe kicks. The fly­bridge comes with an aft dock­ing sta­tion.

Up here there is wrap-around seat­ing and a drop-down dinette ta­ble, an­other bar with its own fridge and flatscreen TV, and re­tractable blinds for pri­vacy.

The mas­ter suite is acous­ti­cally shielded with a blend of soft fab­ric pan­elling, wool car­pet­ing and high-gloss tim­ber with re­vamped win­dows that pro­vide plenty of light.

There are cedar-lined hang­ing lock­ers and bed­side draw­ers, en­suite with shower cu­bi­cle, vacu-flush toi­let, porce­lain sink and solid bench­top. The guest cabin has a queen-sized is­land bed and en­suite. Power comes from a pair of 1015hp Cater­pil­lar diesel en­gines, said to pro­duce a top speed of up to 34 knots. Fuel ca­pac­ity is 5650 litres.

Riviera’s ar­chi­tect Alan Dowd has worked with the de­sign team to fur­ther en­hance per­for­mance. The mid­ship fuel tank was split to lower the rolling mo­men­tum, while weight has been trimmed from non­struc­tural com­po­nents to boost per­for­mance and fuel ef­fi­ciency.

The 61 Se­ries II will be on dis­play at the Sanc­tu­ary Cove In­ter­na­tional Boat Show from May 19-22.

The new Riviera 61 has been given a se­ri­ous up­grade

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