Riviera, with its Flybridge (emphasizing bluewater performance) and Sport (focusing on entertaining alfresco) collections, offers a diverse lineup of sport motoryachts. The Riviera SUV line seeks to offer models that feature the best of both these worlds, and one of the newest examples is the 2017 Riviera 445 SUV. “Adventurer meets Entertainer,” the manufacturer boasts, and the word “crossover” seems unbiquitous with the yacht.
There is some merit to this idea, for right off the bat an observer will note both the wide-open cockpit with fishing-oriented features and the single-level, entertainment friendly layout that extends from the transom, through the salon, and to the forward helm station. Fishing enthusiasts will appreciate two fish boxes integrated into the cockpit floor with pump-out capabilities and optional live bait tank in the transom.
Chronic entertainers will be fans of the entertainment system, cockpit table, top-loading refrigerated cool box, swim step, and optional BBQ. In true crossover style, the 445 SUV seeks to blend fishing functionality with yacht luxury comforts. Forward, an optional sun pad can be mounted along the centerline.
The interior features a large galley located to the port, seating to starboard, and the helm station forward near descending stairs with access to berths and two enclosed heads below. The galley is equipped with a large stainless steel sink, a two-burner electric cooktop with removable pot restraints, a microwave/convection oven, and a pair of drawer-style refrigerators.
Three single guest berths and an enclosed master suite forward means plenty of space for overnight visitors. The enclosed head attached to the master stateroom features a walk-in, glass-enclosed shower with teak seat.
The 445 SUV has twin Volvo IPS 435-horsepower engines as standard. The optional IPS joystick will likely come into play with tight docking maneuvers or when crosswinds come into effect.
As far as the hull is concerned, the forefoot is deep and sharp, and the bow features a definite flare. The helm has a definite racecar feel with stiched leather wrapped around the console and wheel. Visbility for the skipper appears to be good thanks to large windows.
Engine access is acheived with the press of a button, for the cockpit sole hinges upward electronically for multiple systems including the engines, genset, strainers, batteries, and more.
Overall, the Riviera 445 SUV seeks to offer versatility, and if you want both to chase the salmon run and entertain your friends, this could be the yacht for you. Contact the local dealer, Emerald Pacific Yachts, for pricing and more information. You can find more at emeraldpacificyachts.com.