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By Capt. Steve Larivee
We’ve long been impressed with the Riviera 6000 SY, with its combination of muscular looks and graceful curves. She had all the ingredients of a superb luxury yacht coupled with remarkable handling characteristics that define the brand. In short, it was the whole package, and what a package it was. Well now it’s even better, with the introduction of the Platinum Edition. And just when we thought it couldn’t get any better.
There’s so much about this boat that just says “welcome aboard” and the salon has to be high on the list. The dining area is to port and it consists of a U-shaped sofa wrapping around a solid wood table on dual pedestals. It’s at once a formal dining area and casual gathering space. The walnut table is a work of art with elegant styling and a gloss finish that matches the walnut trim of the interior. Large windows provide the stunning views and bathe the interior in natural light. Add in the large opening sunroof and wide sliding aft doors and the line between inside and outside becomes blurred. The combination of dark gloss walnut woods and light upholstery is remarkably pleasing to the eye.
Diagonally across is a three-person sofa. This includes a clever feature of allowing a conversion to another place to gather around a table. Simply remove the center section and use that as an ottoman. Then a pedestal table can then be flipped out, nothing to remove from storage. Decking is all wide-planked oak and we like that a carpeting option wasn’t selected as this is much easier to keep clean. Opening side windows add cross ventilation.
Aft and to port is the galley, and this location keeps it between the interior and exterior main deck gathering areas. The basic layout is U-shaped Corian counter. The forward counter is open for serving. To port is the electric cooktop, and there’s an extractor fan over the cooktop and under the upper storage cabinets. The aft counter has an undermount double-basin stainless-steel sink. Below the counters and to the fore and aft legs, there are refrigerated drawers in any combination an owner desires. To port is storage and the convection microwave.
Overhead is a fixed skylight that pours natural light into the galley area. The aft bulkhead of the galley is a glass partition that opens upward and out to combine the galley with the aft social zone. We’ve seen this type of arrangement before but most times it’s actuated with an electric switch, or the glass recesses down into the bulkhead… something cute and catchy. Riviera has no time for such nonsense. In the 6000, simply release two latches and give a gentle push from the bottom. Pneumatic struts take care of the rest. Not only is this solution elegant, it won’t fail further on down the road. That may very well be one of the most attractive features of this yacht. It’s made to be worked and worked hard. That means there’s no room for fancy gadgetry where it’s not needed. Sure there’s still the TV on an electric lift, but windows open manually, as do the boarding gates. Long term is the plan and it works.
Truly one of the more inviting area of the 6000 is the aft deck. It is here where opposing seating consists of an L-shaped sofa to the port side, wrapping around a gloss-finished teak table on a hi/lo pedestal. Across is another sofa, this time three across. Ahead is the large opening to the galley that is blended with the opening glass bulkhead, which brings the two areas together so well.
Overhead, a massive sunroof opens to allow sunshine to come through the extended overhead. Or picture the gathering on a starry night. Further protection is provided at the sides with the inclusion of two glass partitions just inside the side decks. These are surrounded with stainless-steel, and a small recessed area to the glass allows the frame to also serve as a grab point when underway.
Aft is an outdoor galley complete with an electric grill and separate griddle. A serving area is to both sides, and there is refrigeration and storage underneath. To both sides are stairs allowing access to the hydraulically-actuated swim platform. A teak sitting area is at the base of the transom, and it’s amazing how such a simple addition allows for converting the space into another gathering area.
The helm is located forward of the salon and to starboard. It’s a study in elegance and functionality. Two hi-rise seats are among the most comfortable we’ve sat in as the lower seats are angled back, causing one to sit “in” the seat rather than “on” it. They’re fully and electrically adjustable for fore and aft, up and down and even to recline. Ahead are a pair of 19” (48.26 cm) screens in a dark-colored soft touch panel. A row of electrical switches is to the port side of the panel, and further to port is the SeaKeeper gyro control screen. Below and directly ahead of the observer’s position is the Volvo Penta diagnostic screen, with all data being repeatable to the larger main screens. Alongside that is the windlass control and the wiper control panel.
To the starboard side of the operator’s position are the digital engine controls the IPS joystick and the autopilot control. Further aft is the remote-control panel for the two main screens. Both the autopilot and the remote control are conveniently located in such a position that it allows operating them from the seated positions.
As we make our way down the companionway to the accommodations level, it’s here that the 6000 SY Platinum Edition has the lion’s share of customizations available to an owner. Just to port, choose from a fourth stateroom, a luxurious sitting area, or an onboard office.
The master is located aft, and concealed under the companionway stairs are a washer and driver. The master is equally stunning as the salon with its combination of dark gloss walnut trim and bright upholstery. As expected, the berth is mounted on the centerline, thereby minimizing motion. The headboard is match-booked walnut with alternating directions of opposing grain. Carpeting is throughout. The signature hull side windows are to starboard and polished stainless-framed opening ports are to the sides. Below the window is a sofa. Storage is not only all around the stateroom, but there’s also a large walk-in closet accessed aft and to starboard. An additional layout offering puts another sofa to the port side and moves the ensuite forward, making the master stateroom truly full-beam.
Accessed from a sliding pocket door, the ensuite is to port and it’s what prevents the stateroom from otherwise being full beam. There’s another hull side window with opening port over the Corian counters. A vessel sink is to the forward end of the counter. An enclosed shower also lies to the forward side. The bulkhead that separates the master from the head includes a frosted glass insert that, at the touch of a button, will dissolve from opaque to clear allowing light from the hull side window to be added to the stateroom. It’s a clever solution, and an attractive one.
As expected, the VIP is fully forward, and features include an island berth with steps to both sides. Natural light comes in from modest hull side windows to port and starboard, as well as an overhead hatch. Storage is in hanging lockers and in drawers under the berth. The headboard has the same match booked feature of the master stateroom in gloss finished walnut.
Riviera is a brand that keeps improving on itself. Its boats have a build quality that separates the brand from others. There's an equal dedication to the fit-and-finish and it shows as soon as one steps aboard. These are among the hardest boats to review because there's so much to talk about. And so much to love. So it goes with Riviera.