Of­fer­ing com­fort and se­cu­rity on the big blue sea, this en­closed fly­bridge cruiser is a flex­i­ble op­tion for oceanic wan­der­ers.

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Riviera 52 En­closed Fly­bridge

Mankind has long strived for free­dom ever since Adam and Eve left the Gar­den of Eden. But it's taken Riviera Aus­tralia's boats to fi­nally pro­vide us with the path to nau­ti­cal nir­vana, of­fer­ing up de­li­cious temp­ta­tions like this 52 En­closed Fly­bridge. Just one taste of this scrump­tious ap­ple and you'll be ob­sessed by her de­li­cious fruit. Take a ride and you'll be struck with the ob­ses­sion to lay a course for dis­tant seafaring hori­zons for­ever...

Truly, this is one fly­bridge cruiser that makes you feel com­fort­able, se­cure and wel­come from your first im­pres­sion to your ul­ti­mate des­ti­na­tion. She has gor­geous lines and a be­witch­ing al­lure that is sim­ply drip­ping with nat­u­ral beauty and needs no cos­metic bling. Make no mis­take – this ex­cit­ing temptress is forged from a long seafaring her­itage that will carry you and your pre­cious cargo across the seven seas to your own per­sonal par­adise.

From a ba­sic con­cep­tion level, it's funny how one per­son's stature can have so much in­flu­ence on a prod­uct. Riviera boss Rodney Longhurst isn't just a larger-than-life char­ac­ter who con­tin­ues to lead the com­pany to­ward ev­er­ex­pand­ing world­wide suc­cess. He's also a very tall char­ac­ter who has de­manded greater head­room in all the lat­est de­signs, cre­at­ing an even more spa­cious and com­fort­able feel to the all-new 52.

For my­self, this 52 leads Riviera into another era in their long his­tory of pre­mium cruis­ers with our demo boat com­bin­ing the higher, more spa­cious in­te­rior feel with soft fin­ishes and light palettes, rather than the tra­di­tional rich, high­gloss in­ter­nal decor. While I love the tra­di­tional feel of dark wood­grain – as does a very large pro­por­tion of the mar­ket – Riviera has achieved a beau­ti­ful com­bi­na­tion of open Euro panache whilst main­tain­ing, if not im­prov­ing its record for ex­quis­ite fin­ishes.

The 52 En­closed Fly­bridge is one of the most live­able cruis­ers that I have stepped aboard. It has a beau­ti­ful lay­out with terrific flow, glo­ri­ous lines, great power and ex­cep­tional han­dling that will suit both the so­cial in­shore cruis­ing and hard­ened seafaring mar­kets. Riviera say: “The fu­ture is now,” and you will surely be blessed if your fu­ture in­cludes a 52 En­closed Fly­bridge.

The 52 En­closed Fly­bridge is Riviera’s re­sponse to ex­ten­sive cus­tomer li­ai­son demon­strat­ing how this com­pany puts client de­sires and needs front and cen­tre as its pri­mary el­e­ment. The re­sult­ing boat com­bines per­fectly tuned power, easy move­ment through­out the cockpit, gal­ley and sa­loon; an ex­tended fly­bridge up top, and fi­nally, a well-con­ceived three state­room, two en­suite lay­out.

There is no ques­tion as to the sea­keep­ing abil­ity of the well re­fined, off­shore-proven Riviera hull design and con­struc­tion tech­niques. This model sports Volvo Penta’s proven D11-IPS950 sys­tem with twin D11 turbo diesel engines and IPS20 pod-drives (2 x 533kw/725hp), in­clud­ing joy­sticks lo­cated at both up­per and lower helms for ex­cep­tion­ally easy ma­neu­ver­abil­ity. The Volvo Penta IPS sys­tem of­fers ex­tremely im­pres­sive fuel econ­omy through­out the rev range com­bined with a feel of con­fi­dent per­for­mance, quiet op­er­a­tion, and creates more in­ter­nal space for mid mounted ac­com­mo­da­tion.

She’s ac­tu­ally quite true to her model

des­ig­na­tion with an over­all length of 56’8” in­clud­ing bowsprit and rear plat­form and a true hull length of 53’. She’s a beamy five metres wide (16’5”) giv­ing enor­mous vol­ume to the solid hull weigh­ing in at more than 26 tonnes dry.

Yet the gutsy D11s com­bined with the ef­fi­cien­cies and bite of the IPS for­ward-fac­ing counter-ro­tat­ing drives pro­vide ex­hil­a­rat­ing per­for­mance up to a rip­ping 32.7 knots at 2560rpm (WOT) us­ing a com­bined 287 litres per hour. This equals a lengthy 357 nau­ti­cal mile range from the 3500 litre fuel tank with 10% re­serve.

Slow­ing down a lit­tle to max­i­mize ef­fi­ciency she pro­duces the fast cruise speed of 27.1 knots at a torquey 2300rpm, sav­ing around 60 litres per hour which is con­sid­er­able, but there’s noth­ing quite like the fun of the wind in your hair with the throt­tles down. There’s the hoon in me again, but this re­ally is a fun boat to drive!

For ex­tended cruis­ing and in­tercon­ti­nen­tal is­land hop­ping you may wish to slow right down to a sen­si­ble 7 knots where your range in­creases to a very ac­cept­able 1002 nau­ti­cal miles at an al­most idling 900rpm. This is the realm for the high seas or re­laxed cruis­ing, while still mak­ing good head­way.


The Riviera 52 En­closed Fly­bridge is a very wel­com­ing boat. She has a large tran­som plat­form that sets the stage for aquatic an­tics, while also pro­vid­ing terrific board­ing ac­cess from a ten­der. There are hinged rear doors ei­ther side lead­ing up to a teak lined cockpit with fixed up­hol­stered seat­ing and a large stor­age bin in the fi­bre­glass

stor­age mod­ule at the rear. This lay­out is op­tional, so if you’re more fish­ing-ori­ented and pre­fer a full walk-up tran­som, there is plenty of room, even enough for a game chair or tackle sta­tion with just less than 10 square metres of use­able deck space. There’s en­gine room/drive ac­cess below, well-pro­por­tioned fish boxes and a handy deck shower. Plus, that up­per joy­stick and lower con­trols will cer­tainly as­sist the skipper if the crew are caught fight­ing a ram­pag­ing pelagic.

The large slid­ing sa­loon door is slightly star­board of cen­tre al­low­ing a three seater rear fac­ing lounge to port with a large top load­ing freezer box moulded be­hind. The lounge is a terrific po­si­tion to while away the hours com­fort­ably watch­ing the world go by, or per­haps wait­ing in an­tic­i­pa­tion for the out­rig­ger to pop and the big game reels to scream.

Above this a large stain­less framed win­dow swings open from the gal­ley, cre­at­ing an al­most café style aura. There is an op­tional in­ter­change­able mez­za­nine ta­ble that can be con­verted to a daybed, pro­vid­ing a very ver­sa­tile al­fresco en­ter­tain­ing area. Adding to all of this on the star­board side we find a com­pact wet bar com­plete with an elec­tric Bbq/grill, ice­maker, sink, hot and cold taps, rub­bish bin and stor­age.

Riviera says, “The rear bulk­head of the 52 En­closed Fly­bridge in­cludes a slid­ing door and awning win­dow made of tinted, tem­pered glass in highly pol­ished stain­less steel frames. Opened, they cre­ate a pow­er­ful sense of light and space be­tween the cockpit and in­te­rior.”


In keep­ing with mod­ern trends and cus­tomer feed­back, the gal­ley is im­me­di­ately to port as you en­ter the sa­loon. The stair­well to the fly­bridge is to star­board over the top of some handy cab­i­netry that in­cor­po­rates ex­tra re­frig­er­a­tion and stor­age.

The U-shaped gal­ley is an en­ter­tainer’s de­light and be­ing cen­tralised be­tween the in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal liv­ing ar­eas be­comes a real so­cial fo­cus for the boat, but the lay­out still flows freely.

The gal­ley fea­tures an at­trac­tive solid sur­face bench top, two-burner induction cook­top with pop-up fid­dles to se­cure pots, a large con­vec­tion/ mi­crowave oven with an op­tional dish­washer drawer within handy reach of the stain­less steel sink, and there’s a bench in­fill that dou­bles as a cutting board. The func­tional gal­ley fea­tures a large amount of con­ve­nient bench space and cab­i­netry/drawer stor­age for long range cruis­ing or en­ter­tain­ing the crowd. Fur­ther for­ward is the lounge/for­mal din­ing or sim­ply the en­closed re­lax­ation and en­ter­tain­ment cen­tre. The en­tire sa­loon is en­hanced with large open­ing side win­dows and a huge two-sec­tion wind­screen for­ward ex­pand­ing the am­bi­ence, ven­ti­la­tion and lure.

There’s a huge bone leather C-shaped lounge com­plete with a con­vert­ible cof­fee ta­ble that ex­pands to a full size diner. Im­me­di­ately opposite is another three seater lounge. The mid­dle seat base can clev­erly slide out as an ot­toman and form ad­di­tional seat­ing around the main din­ing area whilst a fur­ther ta­ble lifts out from the lounge to form a smaller dinette if re­quired. These fea­tures are de­cep­tively sim­ple, but very func­tional.

There is dis­guised cab­i­netry un­der the wind­screen con­tain­ing a pop-up 40-inch LED

tele­vi­sion on a swivel mount for easy view­ing for any an­gle. This com­bines with a Yamaha AV re­ceiver and sep­a­rate Blueray player, plus Su­per­cube 2000 sub­woofer and five flush mounted speak­ers.


Riviera has achieved an ex­cel­lent ac­com­mo­da­tion plan with its stan­dard lay­out, (but other op­tions are avail­able). The mas­ter state­room in this case is lo­cated along the port side, with a queen­sized bed, matched with a sim­i­lar of­fer­ing in the for­ward VIP, which gains an is­land-bed lay­out. To star­board is a smaller twin sin­gle cabin.

This area is ser­viced by a large en­suite for the mas­ter and a se­cond bath­room which does dou­ble ser­vice as en­suite and day head for the other cab­ins.

Riviera again ex­cels in pre­mium fin­ishes through­out. The su­perb cab­i­netry is satin oak with teak trims, matched beau­ti­fully with beige linen fea­ture panel and leatherett­e up­hol­stery, plus soft ceil­ing lin­ers and bed­heads. This is fur­ther com­ple­mented by a terrific com­bi­na­tion of plush car­pet in the state­rooms and light coloured floor­ing in high traf­fic ar­eas.

There is a mul­ti­tude of cab­i­net/wardrobe and drawer op­tions through­out, a tele­vi­sion in ev­ery room and of course, the yacht is fully air con­di­tioned. The mas­ter state­room and twin guest quar­ters all fea­ture long view­ing win­dows with port­holes for that breath of fresh air.

The en­suites pro­vide large in­di­vid­ual show­ers with plenty of room around the heads, func­tional van­i­ties with good make-up lighting, and they con­tain the same beau­ti­ful bench­top sur­faces as the gal­ley. There’s even a Miele front loader washer/dryer in the dis­guised hall­way cab­i­nets.

“The U-shaped gal­ley is an en­ter­tainer’s de­light and be­comes a real so­cial fo­cus for the boat.”


The en­closed fly­bridge is the ic­ing on the cake for this nau­ti­cal beauty. Cur­va­ceous lines of the sweep­ing hull are ac­cen­tu­ated by the su­perb cabin, fly­bridge and hard­top mould­ings, while tinted win­dows form lus­cious in­fills and stain­less trims en­hance the sheer­line.

En­closed fly­bridges are prac­ti­cal in all marine en­vi­ron­ments, ex­cept per­haps dur­ing dark nights when salt spray dries on the win­dows, but skip­pers can al­ways rely on GPS and radar in this case. Nev­er­the­less, the clear, tem­pered glass wind­screens on this 52 in­clude large washer wipers to max­imise vi­sion, plus big open­ing side win­dows for wel­come cross-ven­ti­la­tion.

The ex­tended fly­bridge on the 52 En­closed forms a solid awning over the cockpit mez­za­nine and this area can be left open, or closed at the rear with the flex­i­bil­ity of the strata glass clears.

This large fly­bridge can eas­ily host its own party with twin Slim­line Pom­panette helm chairs that of­fer fully ad­justable arm and foot rests, a for­ward lounge opposite the helm and an L-shaped dinette with stor­age un­der­neath. The rear dinette meets a good-sized ta­ble on a fixed pedestal, while opposite is a wet bar com­plete with hot/cold sink, bin, stor­age and fridge.

This rear sec­tion fea­tures at­trac­tive bright stain­less steel re­tain­ing rail­ings that will com­fort in their se­cu­rity, es­pe­cially when the kids are on board, and the stair­case en­ters the fly­bridge via a lock­able hatch in the star­board floor. I en­joyed the ride on this 52 so much I chose to ex­tend my jour­ney right back up the se­away to the Riviera fa­cil­ity at Coomera in­stead of be­ing dropped off at a more con­ve­nient Run­away Bay. The lay­out and com­fort lev­els sim­ply pro­mote great times.

“The 52 En­closed Fly­bridge is one of the most live­able cruis­ers that I have stepped aboard, with terrific flow, glo­ri­ous lines, great power and ex­cep­tional han­dling .”

The fly­bridge helm of the 52 En­closed was op­tioned with an elec­tron­ics pack­age in­clud­ing three Garmin 16-inch 7616 GPSMAP mul­ti­func­tion screens with in­te­grated radar GPS and GRID con­troller. It has Volvo Au­topi­lot, plus the in­no­va­tive Volvo Glass Cockpit nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem that in­te­grates seam­lessly with the in­tu­itive Czone digital switch­ing tech­nol­ogy for mon­i­tor­ing and con­trol­ling sys­tems. There's also a chain counter (an­chor), com­pass, switch panel for horn and lights, elec­tronic en­gine con­trol with twin bin­na­cle con­trols, joy­stick dock­ing con­trol, spot­light con­trol panel, trim tab con­trols, demis­ters and VHF ra­dio. Over­head, she's even got an elec­tric sun­roof.

To keep all of those sys­tems run­ning ef­fi­ciently Riviera has in­cluded a 21.5kw/60hz gen­er­a­tor that can keep all of the re­frig­er­a­tion, lighting and air con­di­tion­ing units pow­ered up while you en­joy that dis­tant se­cluded moor­ing. There's even air con­di­tion­ing in the fly­bridge.

All Volvo Penta sys­tems, engines, drives and elec­tron­ics are fur­ther cov­ered by an in­dus­trylead­ing lim­ited five year war­ranty to com­ple­ment Riviera's stan­dard struc­tural war­ranty. Now that is con­fi­dence from ex­pe­ri­ence.

The Riviera 52 En­closed Fly­bridge is a an em­i­nently liv­able and en­tic­ing pack­age that will cer­tainly sat­isfy any sea­farer, plus their crew, fam­ily and friends. She has many faces, a com­fort­ing de­meanor and a terrific at­ti­tude. But best of all, the prom­ise of good times to come.

“There’s noth­ing quite like the wind in your hair with the throt­tles down.”

CLOCKWISE FROM RIGHT life­style cruiser; A so­cial fly­bridge keeps the skipper in play; Cutting smooth lines in a silky sea.

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Guests will en­joy the so­cial aft cockpit, but keen fishos can op­tion it up for off­shore adventures; Com­mand­ing fly­bridge helm of­fers a wealth of ship’s data to hand; The sa­loon presents shel­tered din­ing op­tions or just a spot to chill at an­chor; This floor­plan shows the tran­som lounge and op­tional teak floor­ing.

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Yacht chefs have it easy in this welle­quipped gal­ley; Mas­ter state­room is set to port in this lay­out; Twin guest beds push the overnight ca­pac­ity to six; Both en­suites are roomy with a stylish mod­ern fitout.

TOP The in­te­rior fly­bridge stairs are clad in satin oak with teak high­lights. ABOVE Zip­pered clears make the fly­bridge an appealing al­fresco din­ing op­tion.

TOP Ad­mirable range comes via 3500L of fuel, so ex­tended off­shore mis­sions are no prob­lem. ABOVE Twin Volvo Penta D11s are matched to IPS20 pod-drives in the well-ap­pointed en­gine space.

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