ON BOARD

Riviera’s 395, the small­est model in the SUV line, has some big fea­tures.

Yachting - - CONTENTS DEPARTMENTS - By Arnie Ham­mer­man

Riviera’s new­est SUV is the 395, which had a cruise speed of 23 knots and a top-end of 30 knots dur­ing our sea trial.

Aus­tralian boat­builder Riviera has been ex­port­ing ves­sels to U.S. yachts­men for 35 years. Its lat­est is the Riviera 395 SUV, the small­est in the builder’s SUV line, which in­cludes a 445, 525 and 575. ¶ Riviera’s SUVs are sedans with fish­ing-friendly cock­pits that are ready for out­door en­ter­tain­ing. The 395 SUV’s cock­pit is on the same level as the aft gal­ley, a setup that makes it easy to pass out plates for al­fresco din­ing at the teak cock­pit table. A pop-up win­dow near the cock­pit door con­nects guests at the in­te­rior din­ing space, to port, with those in the cock­pit. For large gath­er­ings, op­tional fold-down side seat­ing can be in­stalled to port or star­board in the cock­pit. Aft-fac­ing cock­pit seat­ing is stan­dard. ¶ The out­door seat­ing is Sun­brella fab­ric, as is all the seat­ing on board. The cock­pit table turns, and when it’s folded down, stain­less-steel drink

hold­ers ap­pear. The seat­ing around the table has a “cool” box un­der­neath that can be swapped out for a re­frig­er­a­tor or freezer. To keep the party go­ing out here, the 395 SUV has a Fu­sion Ma­rine stereo sys­tem. ¶ The swim plat­form holds a RIB on snap davits and has a pull­out com­part­ment in the tran­som for out­board stowage. A sink and elec­tric grill are un­der a lighted lid, and a hip-high rail­ing aids with safety. Rod hold­ers and a cut­ting table for light fish­ing can be added. Up front is a bol­stered fore­deck sun pad with stain­less-steel drink hold­ers. ¶ The 395 SUV has sporty per­for­mance thanks, in part, to her twin 370 hp Volvo Penta D6 IPS500s, which are ac­ces­si­ble via a hy­draulic cock­pit hatch. (A smaller cock­pit hatch just abaft the sa­lon door al­lows for daily engine checks.) In calm seas, my test ves­sel av­er­aged 30 knots on the top-end. Cruise speed was 23 knots. At that clip, the mo­tors burned 26.7 gal­lons per hour. Based on the ves­sel’s 396-gal­lon fuel tank and con­sid­er­ing a 10 per­cent re­serve, range at cruise speed is about 307 nau­ti­cal miles. ¶ Ac­cel­er­a­tion was no­tably smooth, and vis­i­bil­ity at the helm was un­ob­structed with lim­ited bow rise. The leather dou­ble helm seat to port was com­fort­able, al­though I found that the left-hand throt­tles along the open­ing win­dow took some get­ting used to. Joy­stick dock­ing is avail­able at the helm and in the cock­pit. ¶ She might be the baby sis­ter in Riviera’s SUV line, but the 395 packs a lot of ver­sa­til­ity into her length over­all. She has yacht-level fit and fin­ish, stout fiber­glass con­struc­tion and a good turn of speed. Those are qual­i­ties that should ap­peal to yachts­men from Bris­bane to Bis­cayne Bay.

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