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The Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht made its North Amer­i­can de­but in April at the New­port Boat Show in New­port Beach, Cal­i­for­nia, fol­low­ing its mid-2016 world de­but in the builder’s home wa­ters of Aus­tralia. The boat has a two-state­room lay­out — the owner’s state­room with a queen bed in the bow and an amid­ships guest state­room with three sin­gle berths, two of which con­vert to a dou­ble. Wal­nut cab­i­netry, con­trast­ing gray up­hol­stery, and hatches and hull-side glass give the belowdecks spa­ces an airy, vi­brant and mod­ern look. Each of the two state­rooms has ac­cess to a head, both with en­closed show­ers.

Riviera uses sim­i­lar wood, stone and leather el­e­ments — along with curved glass, a power sun­roof and an aft en­try — in the main sa­loon and teak-sole cock­pit. The gal­ley is sit­u­ated aft, and the cock­pit seat­ing is set around a teak din­ing ta­ble.

The swim plat­form is near a tran­som sta­tion with twin elec­tric bar­be­cue grills and dou­ble wash basins. On the fore­deck are a sun pad and ac­cess to ground tackle.

Riviera chose Volvo Penta diesels for propul­sion. Stan­dard is a pair of 600- hp D8 diesels mated to IPS800 pod drives. Joy­stick steer­ing con­trol, which en­hances close-quar­ters ma­neu­ver­ing, is also stan­dard.

Riviera’s test­ing showed a 34.5-knot top speed at wide-open throt­tle with a 65.8 gph fuel burn. Cruis­ing at 28.2 knots re­duces fuel burn to 52.3 gph, ac­cord­ing to the builder, while de­creas­ing speed to around 20 knots drops the burn rate to ap­prox­i­mately 42 gph.

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