Cruising with extra class
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