The coach’s RIB

When Yachting New Zealand be­gan look­ing for the ‘ul­ti­mate sup­port boat’, it turned to Lancer In­dus­tries. The col­lab­o­ra­tion de­liv­ered a pair of hot­ties.

Boating NZ - - Contents - BY NOR­MAN HOLTZHAUSEN

The Riviera 6000 SY is a strik­ing ves­sel in mul­ti­ple ways, not the least of which is the glo­ri­ous in­te­rior. The Aus­tralian man­u­fac­turer has ex­celled, once again.

Riviera’s New Zealand dealer, R Marine Flag­ship, is on fire af­ter a very suc­cess­ful Syd­ney Boat Show. In ad­di­tion to this boat, which ar­rived a few weeks ago, the Westhaven-based team is wait­ing on delivery of an­other three 60-foot 6000 SY mod­els.

Riviera’s Sports Yacht range is prov­ing pop­u­lar ev­ery­where. The in­ter­na­tional suc­cess of the 6000 SY is re­flected by Riviera’s crowded pro­duc­tion sched­ule, which means or­ders taken to­day can­not be filled un­til well into 2018.

The 6000 SY’S sin­gle-level liv­ing is strik­ing a chord with Kiwi boaters, es­pe­cially those new to boat­ing, says R Marine Flag­ship CEO Liam Power.

“There’s been a big jump in de­mand for SY and SUV mod­els – cus­tomers love the so­cial lay­out and lux­ury ap­point­ments.”

The 6000 SY is a stylish and im­pos­ing ves­sel with per­for­mance to

match. Riviera bill it as “the ul­ti­mate en­ter­tainer” and it’s cer­tainly ideal for on-board so­cial­is­ing and all man­ner of wa­ter­based fun.

The cock­pit, shaded by an awning, is op­ti­mised for re­lax­ing, with clear-plas­tic side cur­tains to block the breeze and plenty of seat­ing and din­ing op­tions. A fea­ture of this model is the large slid­ing roof panel that opens the cock­pit to the sky.

Across the tran­som, a twin-grill elec­tric BBQ fea­tur­ing a moulded hood, stain­less steel splash-back and LED light­ing takes care of al fresco cook­ing du­ties, along with a sink, fridge and gen­er­ous food prepa­ra­tion sur­faces.

The play area is at water level where the huge swim plat­form can ac­com­mo­date all sorts of water-sports ac­tiv­i­ties, or sim­ply loung­ing about en­joy­ing the sun. Raised and low­ered elec­tri­cally, the plat­form gives swim­mers, divers and the ves­sel’s ten­der easy ac­cess to the water. A 3.2m RIB is housed in the dinghy garage aft be­tween two sets of tran­som stairs, and like the plat­form and cock­pit roof panel, the garage door is raised and low­ered elec­tri­cally.

Be­cause the dinghy lives in a garage, the fore­deck is free to use. Ad­justable back­rests and slide-in cush­ions con­vert it into a huge sun-lounger with room for a crowd.

An­chor du­ties are taken care of by a Muir cap­stan op­er­ated re­motely from the helm, the an­chor lock­ers are gen­er­ous in size and a snub­ber on the main an­chor is stan­dard equip­ment. This ves­sel is equipped with a re­mote-con­trolled spot­light on the bows – handy for pick­ing up a moor­ing or nos­ing into an­chor­ages at night.

While the sleep­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion is be­low decks, the 6000 SY’S main liv­ing area, in­clud­ing the cock­pit, is on one level, one of this model’s many at­trac­tions. The sa­loon is fresh, clean, mod­ern and bright. Flooded with light, thanks to large win­dows and a glass roof, the spa­cious sa­loon with its mix

of leather and fab­ric up­hol­stery and sub­tle LED light­ing has the look and feel of a high-end apart­ment. A Yamaha me­dia server, Bose speak­ers and a piv­ot­ing Sam­sung TV in the bar area pro­vide au­dio-vis­ual en­ter­tain­ment.

The U-shaped gal­ley aft would shame many homes, both in terms of size and equip­ment. Co­rian work sur­faces in­cor­po­rate a dou­ble sink and a rub­bish bin, there’s an in­duc­tion hob, elec­tric oven and ap­pli­ances such as the twodrawer fridge-freezer and dou­ble dish-drawer are con­cealed be­hind timber fas­cias. A sec­ond iden­ti­cal re­frig­er­a­tion unit re­sides op­po­site, just in­side the door and next to the bar area and en­ter­tain­ment suite.

The way the rear win­dow hinges up­wards and the stain­less steel and glass slid­ing door opens to the cock­pit, en­sures ex­cel­lent com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the gal­ley, the sa­loon and so­cial ar­eas out­side. The abil­ity to open the glass sun­roof on hot days is fan­tas­tic, while sun­roof screens pro­vide shade when re­quired. The boat is air-con­di­tioned for com­fort.

Light and space fea­ture be­low decks as well, es­pe­cially the ‘atrium’ area at the base of the com­pan­ion­way steps, which is bathed in light from the wind­screens above. This ves­sel has a three-cabin lay­out, which has al­lowed Riviera to cre­ate a ‘sec­ond lounge’ tucked away off the com­pan­ion­way land­ing on the port side. It’s fur­nished with com­fort­able seat­ing, which could be an ex­tra berth if re­quired, a flat-screen TV and an Xbox. A full-size washer and a drier are tucked away out of sight un­der the TV.

The atrium lounge is a gen­er­ous size and an ideal space to take a break from the hus­tle and bus­tle of the main liv­ing area, or some­where for the kids to hang out. Kids should be happy with the num­ber of USB out­lets on­board too, which are in­cor­po­rated into every 240-volt power out­let.

On the star­board side is a taste­fully dec­o­rated twin-berth guest cabin with a semi-en­suite bath­room that also serves as the ves­sel’s day head. In the bow, a sec­ond guest cabin offers a de­cent-sized is­land dou­ble berth, plenty of clothes stor­age in hang­ing lock­ers with ad­di­tional stor­age un­der the bed, a flat-screen TV and an en­suite bath­room. The bath­rooms are all well-ap­pointed with Dometic vacu-flush toi­lets and large sep­a­rate shower boxes.

The mas­ter suite is lo­cated amid­ships. It com­prises a

The new Riviera 6000 SY is an im­pres­sive ves­sel in every re­spect: size, lay­out, per­for­mance and style.

The helm po­si­tion is com­fort­able with lux­u­ri­ous Treben elec­tric seats and the Volvo Penta Glass Cock­pit’s twin 16-inch 16- inch Garmin dis­plays sup­ply­ing an im­pres­sive ar­ray of data in an al­most in­fi­nite va­ri­ety of com­bi­na­tions.

There’s also a sec­ondary C-zone con­trol panel set into the helm con­sole, com­ple­ment­ing th the main i panel li in­side id th the sa­loon l door, d as well ll as var­i­ous other con­trols, switches and dig­i­tal read­outs. Al­though there’s a lot go­ing on, the helm sta­tion is stylish, clean and un­clut­tered.

Joy­stick con­trol and trolling valves for low speed nav­i­ga­tion al­lowed Liam to ease the big Riviera out of a tight tem­po­rary berth at R Marine Flag­ships sales berth and down the fair­way to the open sea. When the stern plat­form fi­nally cleared the pole, there re­ally was not much room be­tween the 6000 SY’S bow and boats on the op­po­site side of the fair­way, but a twist of the joy­stick and the ves­sel turned on the spot as IPS did its magic.

On our re­turn, Liam made use of the re­vers­ing cam­era to line him­self up, be­fore chang­ing to the fold-away joy­stick helm in the port aft corner of the cock­pit. The wide swim plat­form can’t be seen from the main helm, so the cam­era is a ne­ces­sity.

Liam made dock­ing look easy and he as­sured me it was.

Un­der­way, the Riviera gives the im­pres­sion of waft­ing along. It’s serenely quiet in the sa­loon, even with the rear door open; with win­dows and door closed, the sound of water swish­ing past the hull is louder than the en­gines.

Twin 725hp Volvo-pen­tas pro­vide plenty of get up and go, but cos­set­ted at the helm, hi high h above b the th water t – th the S Sport ty Yacht’s ht’ h helm l (and sa­loon) are as high off the water as many fly­bridges – it’s hard to judge speed. Look­ing at the dig­i­tal dis­play, I quickly re­alised we were trav­el­ling much faster than I had imag­ined.

Top speed is eas­ily over 30 knots (31 knots dur­ing our test) and Two-two-four-sea cruised hap­pily at 25 knots. Ac­cord­ing to our glass helm, to­tal fuel burn, both en­gines, was 128 litres per hour (lph) at 15 knots and 160lph at 20 knots. Progress was smooth and un­ruf­fled at any speed.

The new Riviera 6000 SY is an im­pres­sive ves­sel in every re­spect: size, lay­out, per­for­mance and style. Packed with fea­tures and high-tech equip­ment, much of which is fac­tory stan­dard rather than op­tional ex­tras, it’s easy to see why this model and oth­ers in the Sport Yacht range are so pop­u­lar wher­ever Riviera motor yachts are sold. We can ex­pect to see many more of these lux­ury motor yachts ply­ing New Zealand waters in the future. BNZ The 6000 SY’S sin­gle-level liv­ing is strik­ing a chord with Kiwi boaters, es­pe­cially those new to boat­ing...

Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht

ABOVEThe bar area, in­clud­ing a twodrawer fridge-freezer that sup­ple­ments an iden­ti­cal unit in the gal­ley op­po­site, and the en­ter­tain­ment suite are on the star­board side. MAIN PHOTOOne-level liv­ing de­fines this ves­sel, ex­em­pli­fied by the spa­cious, light-filled sa­loon.

LEFT A lux­u­ri­ous own­ers’ suite amid­ships fea­tures a walk-in wardrode and a sump­tu­ous bath­room, far left.

LEFTThe Sports Yacht lay­out po­si­tions the main liv­ing area high off the water. BE­LOWThe En­ter­tainer: com­fort and space with an awe­some BBQ area, plus easy ac­cess to the water via the swim plat­form. ABOVETreben elec­tric seats are com­fort­able and stylish. Volvo-penta’s Glass Bridge de­liv­ers a huge ar­ray of data via Garmin MFDS.

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