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Riviera 58 Sports Motor Yacht (2024-)

2 x 1,000-hp Volvo Penta D13 IPS-1350



Brief Summary

The Riviera 58 Sports Motor Yacht (SMY) is a multi-faceted yacht designed and built in Australia. Its blue water heritage shows through as this yacht gobbles up rough seas while running quietly and smoothly. Her flybridge-only helm design makes her salon/galley roomy and airy. She is as fine mechanically as any yacht in her class.

Test Results

RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG STAT. MILE NM dBa
600 6.7 5.8 3 2.21 1.92 3147.5 2735.1 60.6
1000 11 9.5 12 0.91 0.79 1303 1132.3 59.4
1500 15.4 13.4 38 0.41 0.35 580 504 63.4
2000 25.8 22.4 73 0.35 0.31 503.7 437.7 66
2370 35.9 31.2 99.5 0.36 0.31 514.7 447.3 68.7

Specifications

Length Overall 64' 8"
19.71 m
Beam 18' 7"
5.67 m
Dry Weight 80,469 lbs
36,500 kg
Tested Weight 85,570 lbs
38,895 kg
Draft 5' 7"
1.7 m
Bridge Clearance 23' 3"
7.08 m
Fuel Capacity 1,585 gal
6,000 L
Water Capacity 211 gal
800 L
Total Weight 85,570 lbs
38,895 kg

Acceleration Times & Conditions

Load 7 persons + gear = 1,400 lbs (636 kg) | 689 gal diesel = 4,892 lbs (2,224 kg) | 211 gal water = 1,760 lbs (800 kg) | Total Load = 8,052 lbs (3,660 kg)
Climate 77 deg; 40% humidity; wind 10-14 kts; waves 3-4’

Engine Options

Tested Engine 2 x 1,000-hp Volvo Penta D13 IPS-1350
Std. Power 2 x 1,000-hp Volvo Penta D13 IPS-1350

Captain's Report by Capt. Gregg Clark

Riviera 58 Sports Motor Yacht (SMY)

Riviera 58 SMY The Riviera 58 SMY off Hillsboro Inlet in south Florida

The Riviera 58 SMY off Hillsboro Inlet in south Florida.

Mission

The 64’ 8” (19.71 m) LOA Riviera 58 SMY is designed to be a multi-purpose yacht serving cruising, offshore fishing and entertaining intentions.  Her design was inspired by a wish list from experience Riviera off shore cruisers.  She has a fuel capacity of 1,198 gal. (4,500 L) giving her giving of 328 nm range at a cruise speed of 23 knots and a 1,132.3 nm range at a displacement speed of 9.5 knots.

Performance Review

Test Conditions

Test day brought moderate conditions with winds from the east-northeast between 10 and 14 knots and seas of 3 – 4 feet on the ocean.  The test area was just offshore from Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano Beach, FL.

Performance Test Results

Once offshore, our first tests were a series of runs focused on getting the speed, fuel burn and noise level (measured in decibels, or dBA) at specific RPM.  

Riviera 58 SMY Knots and GPH at various RPM chart

Riviera 58 SMY Knots and dBA at various RPM chart

Acceleration Times & Conditions*

The next tests were the acceleration runs.  Here, 3 tests were conducted and then averaged to get the time from 0 knots to select speeds.  With the Volve Penta D13 1350s creating 1,000 horsepower each, the 58 SMY had an acceleration time of 10.7 seconds from 0 knots to 10 knots, 17.3 seconds from 0 knots to 20 knots, and 18.7 seconds from 0 to plane.

Riviera 58 SMY acceleration times

*Average over 3 runs
**21.2 knots was the average planing speed, although this was hard distinguish given her minimal bow drop at plane
***31.1 knots was the average maximum speed

Riviera 58 SMY time to reach various speeds

Range and Optimal Cruise

The Riviera 58 SMY has an effective range between 336 nm and 2,052 nm with a 10% fuel reserve.  At a cruise speed of 22.4 knots, she has a range of 328 nm.

Riviera 58 SMY Knots and dBA at various RPM chart

Handling

The 58 SMY handled well for a boat of her size helped by the IPS drive system.

Docking

The Volvo Penta Joystick system makes for easy docking and undocking.  Our test boat was very responsive to joystick inputs…almost two responsive so adjusting to the amount of thrust took a little bit of time.  When there was a reverse component in a maneuver, there was a small amount of “squat” given the power of the thrust. 

Features Review

Highlights

  • Rugged construction designed for blue water cruising
  • Three levels of space

Exterior

Riviera 58 SMY at cruise speed

The Riviera 58 SMY at cruise speed

The Riviera 58 SMY is a sleek looking yacht with lines and visual characteristics showing her intended dual use as an offshore cruising and fishing yacht.  She combines contrasting white fiberglass work with dark windows, support structures and accents.  Her exterior proportions look natural and of appropriate scale.

The walkway is 22” wide along the entirety of the superstructure with a sturdy stainless steel railing of sufficient height to feel safe even in moderate beam seas.

Riviera 58 SMY at cruise speed

The Riviera 58 SMY at cruise speed

A thoughtful feature are the fuel gauges located next to each of the diesel fuel receptacles. 

Riviera 58 SMY fuel gauges next to fuel receptacles

Fuel gauges next to fuel receptacles

Layout

The 58 SMY has three levels of space.  The highest level is an enclosed flybridge with dual helm seats located on the port side, seating for eight along with starboard side and an upper mezzanine with seating for eight around dining table.  

Riviera 58 SMY Fly Bridge layout

Fly Bridge

The main level features two distinct seating areas, a spacious galley and a mezzanine which is three steps up from the cockpit.  Dinghy storage is on the bow and there is also an optional bow seating area.

Riviera 58 SMY Salon and optional foredeck lounge

Salon and optional foredeck lounge

The accommodations feature three staterooms including a full-beam master with ensuite head, a forward VIP with ensuite head, a double to port and a utility room abaft the master which can be optionally configured as crew quarters.  

Riviera 58 SMY Accommodations with standard utility room abaft the master layout

Accommodations with standard utility room abaft the master

Riviera 58 SMY Accommodations with optional Crew Cabin abaft the master layout

Accommodations with optional Crew Cabin abaft the master

Exterior

Bow

Beginning with the main deck forward, there is a 91 SqFt (28 SqM) foredeck lounge that easily accommodates 12 people. 

Riviera 58 SMY Optional Foredeck Lounge

Optional Foredeck Lounge

Riviera 58 SMY Foredeck lounge looking forward

Foredeck lounge looking forward. Note 350 kg dinghy crane

Riviera 58 SMY Optional bow shade

Optional bow shade

Cockpit

The cockpit of the 58 SMY measures 94 SqFt (29 SqM) and is accessed via two sturdy doors from the swim platform or via integrated steps on either the port or starboard sides.  There are two large cabinet units, one to port and the other to starboard.  The port cabinet houses a sink, a grill and a griddle.  The starboard house a cutting board, ice maker and large ice chest.  There is also a live well in the aft bulkhead between the doors leading to the swim platform.  There are four separate floorboard panels that provide access to storage. There is another docking station to port that is perfect for operating the yacht short handed.

Riviera 58 SMY Aft Cockpit

Aft Cockpit

Riviera 58 SMY Port docking station

Port docking station

Riviera 58 SMY Port cabinet with sink, grill and griddle

Port cabinet with sink, grill and griddle

Riviera 58 SMY Starboard cabinet with large ice chest

Starboard cabinet with large ice chest

Riviera 58 SMY Two of the four underdeck storage areas in the cockpit

Two of the four underdeck storage areas in the cockpit

Swim Platform

The 98 SqFt (30 SqM) swim platform extends 6’ 3” abaft the cockpit and has a maximum width of 17’ 5”.  Sturdy stainless steel railings can be put in place to provide a safe environment for fishing or accessing water toys.

Riviera 58 SMY Swim Platform

Swim Platform

Interior

Flybridge

The flybridge of the 59 SMY has four separate spaces that are sure to make this a popular destination while underway or at anchor.  These include: 1) the helm, 2) the seating area accompanying the helm, 3) the entertainment area and 4) the upper mezzanine.

Riviera 58 SMY Flybridge deck layout

Flybridge deck

Helm

The helm of the 58 SMY is located on the port side of the flybridge.  While many boats targeting the US market have the helm on the starboard side, I didn’t find the port side location to be an issue at all.  There is great visibility to the safety zone to the starboard side given the large windshield.  The helm is outfitted with three Garmin 22” Multi-function displays.

Given the yacht is IPS powered, it comes with the integrated throttle control and joystick system for easy maneuvering.  There is also a Sidepower electric bow thruster.

Riviera 58 SMY Captain Boomies at the helm

Captain Boomies at the helm

Riviera 58 SMY Close up of the Garmin 22” MFDs

Close up of the Garmin 22” MFDs

Riviera 58 SMY Captain Boomies operating the boat with the integrated joystick

Captain Boomies operating the boat with the integrated joystick

Riviera 58 SMY Sidepower electric bow thruster controller

Sidepower electric bow thruster controller

Both helm seats have six-way adjustments to ensure comfortable and visibility for any captain.

Riviera 58 SMY Six way seat adjustment controls

Six way seat adjustment controls

There are anchor controls at the helm station and in the port forward anchor locker.  The anchor control at the helm has a chain counter to measure the amount of rode deployed.

Riviera 58 SMY Anchor Controls at the helm and forward

Anchor controls at the helm and forward

There is a skylight above the helm that can be completely covered, covered with a sunshade or complete uncovered.

Riviera 58 SMY Captain Gregg moving the skylight cover from covered to sun shade mode

Captain Gregg moving the skylight cover from covered to sun shade mode

Accompanying Helm Seating

Next to the helm on the starboard side is seating for two that accompanies the helm station. Separating this seating from the entertainment seating is a cabinet that contains a fridge for drinks or snacks.

Riviera 58 SMY Captain Gregg in the accompanying helm seating and accessing the fridge

Captain Gregg in the accompanying helm seating and accessing the fridge

Entertainment Area

The aft section inside flybridge contains an entertainment area with seating for 4 – 5.  Across from the seating is a flat screen TV.  The seating area converts to a bed and the complete window shade system makes this a comfortable extra stateroom.  There is a large glass panel connecting the interior flybridge with the upper mezzanine.  This glass panel can be opened fully to make the flybridge feel continuous.

Riviera 58 SMY Flybridge entertainment seating area

Flybridge entertainment seating area

Riviera 58 SMY Flat screen TV.  Note the stairs to the salon deck outboard of the TV

Flat screen TV. Note the stairs to the salon deck outboard of the TV

Riviera 58 SMY Glass panel abaft the entertainment seating opening onto the upper mezzanine

Glass panel abaft the entertainment seating opening onto the upper mezzanine

Upper Mezzanine

Riviera has created another desirable seating and entertaining area on the upper mezzanine.  Here there is seating for 6 – 8 people around a folding, triangular teak and holly table with high-gloss finish.  There is also a docking station on the port side of the upper mezzanine with dock the starboard side of the boat is called for.

Riviera 58 SMY Upper mezzanine seating area

Upper mezzanine seating area

Riviera 58 SMY Starboard helm station on upper mezzanine

Starboard helm station on upper mezzanine

Main Deck

The main deck of the 58 SMY has three distinct areas: 1) the salon, 2) the galley and 3) a mezzanine.

Riviera 58 SMY Layout of the main deck

Layout of the main deck

Salon

The salon occupies the forward half of the 58 SMY’s interior main deck. It has amazing, 360° visibility thanks to the large windows all around.  It has two seating areas.  First is wrap around seating for 5 – 6 around on the starboard side.  This area has a high-glass walnut folding table and is one of the main places for guests to take meals or congregate.  On the port side is wrap around seating for 3 – 4.  There is a flat screen TV forward to starboard that raises and lowers with the touch of a button.  The TV also rotates to be seen from the port seating area with a touch of the same button.

There is a sturdy, water-tight door from the port side of the salon to the port walkway for easy access to the bow or to the port rail for docking.

Riviera maximizes use of available space with an innovative, hidden storage area in the ceiling above the starboard salon seating area.  This is idea for the storage of fishing gear.

Riviera 58 SMY Salon looking forward

Salon looking forward

Riviera 58 SMY Captain Boomies unfolding the high-glass walnut table

Captain Boomies unfolding the high-glass walnut table

Riviera 58 SMY Captain Gregg in the port seating area

Captain Gregg in the port seating area

Riviera 58 SMY The sturdy, water-tight door from the salon to the port rail

The sturdy, water-tight door from the salon to the port rail

Riviera 58 SMY Captain Gregg showing Captain Boomies the raising and rotating TV

Captain Gregg showing Captain Boomies the raising and rotating TV

Riviera 58 SMY Captain Boomies demonstrating the hidden ceiling storage compartment

Captain Boomies demonstrating the hidden ceiling storage compartment

Galley

The galley occupies the aft half of the interior main deck.  It is a u-shaped wrap-around configuration with refrigeration, freezer and storage doors on the port bulkhead.

Riviera 58 SMY Captain Boomies in the u-shaped galley

Captain Boomies in the u-shaped galley

Riviera 58 SMY Pop-up outlets and USB chargers with matching counter-top covers

Pop-up outlets and USB chargers with matching counter-top covers

Mezzanine

Abaft the galley and forward of the cockpit is what Riviera refers to as the “mezzanine.”  It is a unique space feels both outside and inside.  To starboard there is wrap around seating for 5 – 6 with seating for an additional 2 people on stools.  To port is a bench seat that doubles as a day bed with seating for 3 – 4.  There is a glass panel that opens connecting the galley to the mezzanine for easy serving or socializing.

Riviera 58 SMY Folding high-gloss table with stainless cup holders that are available in with the open or closed position

Folding high-gloss table with stainless cup holders that are available in with the open or closed position

Riviera 58 SMY Captain Gregg demonstrating the opening glass panel connecting the galley to the mezzanine

Captain Gregg demonstrating the opening glass panel connecting the galley to the mezzanine

Accommodations

Riviera’s 58 SMY comes in a three-stateroom configuration.  There is a full beam master amidship, a VIP in the bow and a double berth, convertible to a queen, stateroom to port.  The master and VIP have ensuite heads and the double’s head also serves as a dayhead.

Riviera 58 SMY Accommodations with standard utility room abaft the master layout

Accommodations with standard utility room

Master

The master suite with ensuite is 154 SqFt (47 SqM) with 6’ 5” of headroom throughout.  The berth measures 75” L x 82” W with 3’ 8” 0f headroom above the mattress. There is seating for two on the port side and a cabinet to starboard.  There are night stands on either side of the berth.  There is a 55” flat screen TV on the bulkhead at the foot of the bed.  There is a small coffee nook inboard when entering the master.  There are large windows both port and starboard.  There is a 12 SqFt (4 SqM) hanging closet aft to starboard with 6’ 1” of headroom.

The ensuite head is 19 SqFt (6 SqM) with 6’ 6” of headroom throughout.  There is an 8 SqFt (2 SqM) shower that has 6’ 7” of headroom.

Riviera 58 SMY Captain Boomies in the dual seating area on the port side of the master

Captain Boomies in the dual seating area on the port side of the master

Riviera 58 SMY Riviera picture of the master in a yacht with the lighter wood option

Riviera picture of the master in a yacht with the lighter wood option

Riviera 58 SMY Coffee nook inboard of the master entrance

Coffee nook inboard of the master entrance

Forward VIP

The 76 SqFt (23 SqM) forward VIP stateroom with ensuite has 6’ 5” of headroom throughout.   The island berth measures 75” L x 65” W with headroom over the mattress of 3’ 6”.  Combination night stand / storage areas line the port and starboard hull lines with overhead cabinet space and a 32” wide by 22” deep hanging locker to starboard.

The ensuite head is 16 SqFt (5 SqM) with 6’ 4” of headroom throughout.  There is an 8 SqFt (2 SqM) shower that has 6’ 6” of headroom.

Riviera 58 SMY Captain Boomies exploring the storage drawers under the VIP berth

Captain Boomies exploring the storage drawers under the VIP berth

Riviera 58 SMY VIP ensuite head

VIP ensuite head

Double Berth

The 58 SqFt (18 SqM) double berth has 6’ 6” of headroom throughout.  There is a nightstand between the berths.  The inboard berth slides across to join the outboard berth via a control in the hanging locker.  When slid together another nightstand is exposed inboard of the now larger berth.  There is 4’ 3” of headroom above both berths.  The hanging locker measure 25” wide by 22” deep.

Riviera 58 SMY Double berth stateroom in both the double and larger single berth configuration

Double berth stateroom in both the double and larger single berth configuration

Double berth / Day head

Off the lobby of the accommodations is the head for the double berth that also serves as a day head.  The head is 13 Sq Ft (4 SqM) with 6’ 4” of headroom throughout.  The shower is 8 SqFt (2 SqM) with 6’ 5” of headroom.

Utility Room / Crew Quarters

Abaft the master stateroom and just forward of the engine room is a room that can configured as either a utility room or a crew quarters.  The room is 49 SqFt (15 SqM) with 6’ 4” of headroom throughout.   Our test yacht had this configured as a utility / storage room that included a full sized washer and dryer.  Access is either through the master stateroom or from the fireproof door of the engine room.

Riviera 58 SMY Utility room

Utility room

Engine Room

The engine room measures 178 SqFt (54 SqM) with 5’ 9” of headroom below the deck stringers and 6’ 0” of headroom in between the stringers.  There is 3’ 0” of clearance above the engines and 3’ 6” of space between the engines.

Entrance to the engine room can be either through a hatch in the mezzanine or through a fire proof and water tight door from the utility room / crew cabin.

From the mezzanine, the stairs have wide, plastic treads; a nice feature that is easier on the feet than the narrow, steel treads seen on many boats.

Access around the engines and to the outboard systems is easy given the space outboard the engines.  Access to many systems such as the stabilizers and the Glendinning power cord mechanicals is well thought out.

There is an innovative oil change system that allows both the outgoing and incoming oil containers to remain on deck, greatly reducing the hassle factor of hefting heavy 5-gallon containers of oil into the engine room.

Riviera 58 SMY Access to the engine room through either the mezzanine hatch or the utility room door

Access to the engine room through either the mezzanine hatch or the utility room door

Riviera 58 SMY Wide, plastic stairs from the mezzanine are easy on the feet

Wide, plastic stairs from the mezzanine are easy on the feet

Riviera 58 SMY Port engine

Port engine

Riviera 58 SMY Sturdy steel raw water strainer with hefty wing nuts

Sturdy steel raw water strainer with hefty wing nuts

Riviera 58 SMY Onan 29 kw generator outside of the starboard engine

Onan 29 kw generator outside of the starboard engine

Riviera 58 SMY Blower fans on top with three of the Dometic chillers

Blower fans on top with three of the Dometic chillers below. Note – each zone of AC has its own dedicated chiller, allowing all other zones to remain operational in case one chiller goes down

Riviera 58 SMY Access to the Glendinning power cord mechanicals is open in case of an issue

Access to the Glendinning power cord mechanicals is open in case of an issue

Riviera 58 SMY Excellent access to the top of the stabilizer fins is rare in a yacht of this size

Excellent access to the top of the stabilizer fins is rare in a yacht of this size

Riviera 58 SMY The electrical panel is well thought out and organized.  Everything is labeled in multiple places, including wire runs

The electrical panel is well thought out and organized. Everything is labeled in multiple places, including wire runs

Riviera 58 SMY Our test boat came with an optional Blue Water water maker

Our test boat came with an optional Blue Water water maker

Riviera 58 SMY The innovative oil change system that allows oil containers for both outgoing and incoming oil to be left on deck

The innovative oil change system that allows oil containers for both outgoing and incoming oil to be left on deck

Riviera 58 SMY Engine mount bolts are clearly marked with torque points to easily determine if any are working loose 

Engine mount bolts are clearly marked with torque points to easily determine if any are working loose 

Observations

Riviera Yachts builds solid yachts designed to handle the tough ocean conditions that can prevail in Australia and beyond.  But they are far from utilitarian with interior design, fit and finish worthy of superyacht standards.  Many small details are well thought out and executed and the craftmanship is top-notch.

The 58 Sports Motor Yacht is just that – a cross between a sports fishing yacht and a finely crafted motor yacht.  She serves both purposes equally well.  Everything expert sports fishers would expect are present and highly functional, yet executed in a way that don’t compromise her role a as a true cruising motor yacht.  It is a blend of purposes rarely executed with depth and quality of this yacht.

The multitude of living and entertaining spaces across her three decks make her an excellent large family or family plus friends cruiser.  The ability to convert the flybridge into a 4th stateroom expands her functionality even further.  While a crew quarter is an option, the 58 SMY is designed first to be an owner / operator yacht.  Features like the Volvo Penta IPS drives with integrated joystick control combined with excellent external access from bow to stern help make this a reality.

Any owner / operator who is looking for a yacht that performs well as an offshore capable cruiser and a sport fisher should have a look at the Riviera 58 Sports Motor Yacht.  She is well built, spacious, refined and ready to handle just about anything the ocean can through at her.

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