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.