Rivera’s new 6000 Sport Yacht is a seaworthy design built to go offshore, as are virtually all of the builder’s designs. It also blends Riviera’s traditional indoor/outdoor livability with leading edge operational technology — including Volvo Penta’s IPS2-950 twin diesels and Glass Bridge electronics, and CZone digital monitoring and a control system controlling lighting, pumps, batteries and more.
Her spacious aft deck and open plan salon with aft galley will handily entertain a crowd for dayboating, but it is also designed to sleep six to eight in three or four luxurious staterooms. It is sleek and contemporary, both inside and out, but it is also a bluewater capable, performance oriented cruising yacht.
The 6000 Sport Yacht is the flagship of Riviera’s range of stylish sport yachts. At 63’4” (19.3 m), it is the largest of four sport cruising designs in the builder’s lineup, which reaches down to the 3600 Sport Yacht. Like her larger siblings, the 6000 Sport Yacht emphasizes visibility, natural light and ventilation. There are numerous windows in the salon for expansive views, and multiple areas dedicated to relaxation and enjoyment both underway or at anchor.
General Construction Notes. In keeping with Riviera’s reputation for building bluewater capable yachts, the hand-laid hull has a solid fiberglass keel, chines both to the bottom on up to a point above the waterline. Special attention to reinforcement is given to scantlings in the area of the engine room for penetration protection. There’s a watertight collision bulkhead forward, and the area is foam-filled to provide thermal and acoustic insulation. There are watertight, independent compartments throughout the hull. The deck and superstructure are cored for lighter weight, keeping the center of gravity lower.
• Garage for 10.5’ (3.2 m) inflatable tender and outboard
• Aft salon glass bulkhead with strong stainless steel-framed sliding door and awning-style window
• Two Webasto electric sunroofs, one in the salon, the other in the cockpit
• Flexible four-stateroom layout with alternative layouts to suit owner’s individual needs
• Open plan aft deck, salon and galley on one deck with opening and fixed windows running full length
The 6000 Sport Yacht actually started out life as a 5800 Sport Yacht launched in 2009. This version is the natural evolution of that yacht, and this latest iteration takes in customer feedback and design improvements based on where the market is now and therfore, what the market really wants.
What We Like
To our eye, her key point is interior volume. She’s a 60-footer (18.3 m) but we’ve seen as much space in 70 footers (21.3 m), particularly where we have four staterooms available.
Secondly, it’s the main deck layout that we find so appealing. There’s so much to offer with the single level from the cockpit to the forward windshield. The space is open and inviting. And it accommodates so many people that everyone can be a part of the gathering regardless of where they are. There’s no going below to the galley. Windows let in an amazing amount of light, supplemented by the overhead opening sunroof. Open everything up and the lifestyle becomes a part of the main deck, where it all takes place.
The wide and deep swim platform is the primary path to board the 6000 Sport Yacht, and with two separate stairways, there will always be good traffic flow to and from the aft deck. It has a recessed swim ladder under a hatch that is covered in hand laid teak decking, as is the rest of the swim platform.
With a molded-in, aft-facing seat in the transom, the platform is ideal as a staging area for anything that guests choose to do in the water. Riviera added a freshwater wash down outlet with a quick disconnect fitting for convenient cleaning before storage when the day’s watersports are done.
The platform raises and lowers hydraulically. This also aids in the launching and retrieval of an optional 10.5’ (3.2 m) inflatable tender with attached outboard motor, which is stored in a garage behind the transom hatch on the centerline. The hatch is electrically operated, and is complete with an electric winch and LED lighting. And since the platform has a 771 lb. (350 kg) lifting capacity, it may be a workable alternative storage option for owners who do not want to deal with a tender garage.
There are stainless steel gates at the top of each stairway. For convenience, Riviera designers placed a second Volvo Penta IPS joystick and digital engine control panel on the port side of the aft deck, concealed under a flip-up lid and stabilized by a gas strut to keep the control steady. This will help take the guesswork out of judging distances when docking the boat to port or backing into a slip. As standard, Riviera will place the joystick to port or starboard. Optional will be for both.
At the Bow
Going Forward. As befits an offshore design, the side decks are wide enough to be walkable without crabbing along sideways. Stout welded 316 marine-grade stainless steel handrails are mounted atop bulkheads that run uninterrupted from the aft deck to the bow. Our test boat was a Platinum edition model, so it was equipped with triangular acrylic panels supporting an aft awning, which had integral handrails on the after edges to help ensure a steady passage up or down from the side decks.
The anchor, a 100 lb. (45 kg) highly-polished stainless steel ultra anchor from Quickline, stores under a flush deck hatch on the foredeck, just ahead of a vertical electric windlass that handles chain and rope. A chain stop is provided to take the load off the windlass when the anchor is deployed.
Two more flanking flush deck hatches reveal access to the rope and chain locker, to starboard, which holds the standard 230’ of 10 mm galvanized chain, and a storage compartment to port containing the handheld anchor remote control, and quick disconnect hose outlets for freshwater and saltwater washdowns.
The windlass can also be controlled from the helm, where there is a chain counter – something that is a big help at night.
There is a spotlight fitted to the bow with remote controls at the helm. The sprawling foredeck sun pad has stainless steel handrails on either side for safety, drink holders, and is recessed into the deck with drain grooves that should help keep the pad dry, or dry out fast, depending on prevailing conditions.
We liked the mechanisms at the head of the pad that allow the cushions to be tilted up, creating a chaise lounge for reading and relaxing. There’s a deep icebox nearby, and an independent two-speaker Fusion AM/FM stereo with Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port.
The Aft Deck
The Aft Deck is Entertaining. One of the most notable features of the 113 sq. ft. (10.50 sq. m) aft deck, which is on the same level as the galley and salon, is the massive opening of the glass aft bulkhead. Once the sliding door is locked open to starboard, there is a rear bulkhead awning-styled window abaft the galley that hinges up, held in place by stout gas cylinders, to improve the indoor/outdoor connection between the galley and salon with the aft deck.
The standard teak-planked aft deck has much to recommend it to those who appreciate al fresco entertaining and good traction. There’s an L-shaped dinette and lounge to port with a high/low teak table that seats four to six comfortably, a bench seat to starboard that accommodates two to three in comfort.
An outdoor grill is located aft with solid surface countertops that houses an electric grill, electric plate cooking surface (both with rails), a stainless steel drawer refrigerator, and a sink with hot and cold water. The lid even has LED lighting built in for after-dark grilling. This area epitomizes the indoor/outdoor heritage that Riviera promotes to its owners who prize entertaining and cruising in an open-to-nature style.
Outdoor Overhead. There’s a modicum of protection for the forward portion of the aft deck from the curvaceous hardtop extension, but the protection grows with the addition of an optional fixed rear awning that reaches well aft of the hardtop, extending protection from sun and rain. Riviera tells us that since this is ordered on virtually every yacht they sell, they’re going to go ahead and make it standard. Triangular clear acrylic panels attached to the aft edges of the deckhouse help support this structure, and include stainless steel handrails to aid transition from the aft deck to the side decks. There’s a Webasto electric sliding sunroof panel that adds natural light and ventilation to the forward portion of the aft deck, a truly innovative feature seldom found on boats in this class.
The Salon and Galley
Located to starboard just opposite the aft galley, the beautifully varnished cabinetry housing the entertainment system, and the liquor cabinet just abaft of it, reflect the same quality of fit and finish found throughout the yacht. There’s an icemaker/freezer drawer and a refrigerator drawer stacked below the solid surface countertop. The overhead cabinets here can optionally have bronze-tinted glass fronts also found on galley cabinetry.
The salon entertainment system includes a 40” (102 cm) LED TV on a hinge-out mechanism integrated into a Bose home theater system with Blu-Ray player, subwoofer, and multiple-zone speakers — including two on the aft deck for movie nights under the stars.
The modern galley, located aft of the salon, has the same enjoyable views that family and guests enjoy, whether in the forward seating area of the salon or relaxing in the sun on the aft deck. Most of the storage in the galley is beneath the solid surface countertops, with some space dedicated to under-counter drawer-style refrigerators and a freezer, or the built-in microwave oven. An optional drawer-style dishwasher is available, with a corresponding loss of storage space for pots and pans.
A satin-finished walnut interior, with premium-grade oak in the galley, salon and companionway, is standard. An optional walnut interior in high gloss, with commercial grade oak in the galley, salon and companionway, is available. Whichever is selected, that finish graces the overhead accents, storage cabinetry, and the bulkheads leading to the accommodations deck.
Two Treben Italian leather upholstered helm chairs with electric adjustment, as well as flip-up bolsters and armrests, offer commanding views all around, with the wheel to the right of the console. The dual lever Volvo Penta digital binnacle and IPS joystick are found on a sub-panel to the right within easy reach of the outboard helm seat.
The single-piece curved windscreen offers exceptional views forward, kept clear by two pantograph wipers with intermittent controls and freshwater sprays. Sliding glass side windows open at a touch for increased ventilation. A leather-wrapped sport wheel, directional air conditioning, windscreen vent outlets for de-fogging, and a compass on the console centerline add to the functionality of the helm area.
The Accommodations Deck
In one of the layout options, descending the stairway from the salon leads to an atrium seating area which is lit from above and by in-hull windows during the day. This is an area for relaxing away from the hurly-burly above, and has its own entertainment options. Behind discreet locker panels, there are also separate washer and dryer units to keep up with the continuing need for clean, dry towels that all watersport boaters prize.
The standard, full-beam master stateroom layout has extraordinary views out of in-hull windows on both sides. The king size berth with innerspring mattress has great access on both sides. There are two nightstands with drawers, a lounge and ottoman, and storage outboard.
The portside en suite head has a separate shower stall with a teak seat and frameless glass door. There’s a vanity with a contemporary bowl sink on the hull side and storage below.
In an unexpected twist, the portside ensuite head is equipped with a pane of glass inboard, which the builder dubs “Switch Glass”. This glass can become opaque with the touch of a button, offering privacy when desired – or just the opposite. When it is not energized, the natural light from both in-hull windows is as satisfying as imagined, and the opening portlights on either side add natural ventilation as well.
More Surprises. On the starboard side there is a walk-in wardrobe, significant in its own right for its size and storage possibilities. But it also provides a sound-proofed access door to the utility room, which can be configured as crew quarters if desired, and provides access to the engine room. The utility room can also be accessed by a ladder from an aft deck hatch.
The VIP guest stateroom is forward and it is well separated from the amidships staterooms. It includes an en suite head and has somewhat smaller in-hull windows plus opening overhead hatches for natural ventilation.
CZone.With controls at the helm and opposite the galley, this Mastervolt touchscreen system allows owners control of multiple systems for entertainment, lighting, and climate control — just to name a few. It has three pre-programmed modes to cover operation of systems according to their use, be it cruising, entertaining, or at the dock. When the owner wants to dim the lights, control the windscreen wipers, or shut down all power and systems when leaving the boat, it happens at the touch of a finger.
The Engine Room
Access to the engine room is through a hatch located in the utility room. Every wire, loom and plumbing line is color-coded wherever possible for quick identification. The air conditioning system is mounted high to help keep the system dry, supplemented by a commercial-grade ventilation and demister system.
The standard generator is a 22.5 kW Onan EQD, but there is an upgrade to a 27 kW to support the additional tropical air conditioning that produces 100,000 BTU for the interior of the boat.
With the twin 735-hp Volvo Penta IPS 950s doing the heavy work, we topped out at 2560 rpm and 31.1 knots. At that speed, we were burning 72.5 gph giving us a range of 336.5 NM. Best economy came in at 1750 rpm and 16.9 knots. That produced a fuel burn of 31 gph, which brought up the range to 427.1 NM.
However, no one is going to cruise this yacht at that speed, it’s just not going to happen. For our money, we’d call best cruise the speed which gives the best range while still being able to get someplace. That speed, in our opinion, is at 2000 rpm and 21.4 knots. The fuel burn measured 40.5 gph and the range was 414.5 NM.
As for her handling, well to put it simply, we were impressed. For starters, accelerating the 6000 Sport Yacht is interesting, as she remains fairly flat. There’s so little bow rise that there’s always a clear sightline ahead of the bow so there’s never a worry about those pop-up pot buoys that plague our waterways. Once on plane, she’ll still have a relatively level cruise attitude.
At cruise, she’ll deliver some hull slap at full speed but that’s not how she is intended to run. Dial her back to where one’s guests will be more comfortable and all that is eliminated. We were running in 3’ to 4’ (.91 m to 1.22 m) swells and she rode across them so nicely it was like being on a carpet.
Everything about being underway on this boat is a pleasure. The visibility, the handling, the feel... it all just comes together quite well. The only downside to our test was having to turn back towards where we departed from. It was truly tempting to keep running and visit the Bahamas for a spell. Especially when we have our rooms with us.
• Acoustic and thermal linings to the engine room and machinery spaces
• Emergency fuel shut-off valves outside of engine room
• LED TVs in all three staterooms in varying sizes
• Wet bar and grill on aft deck
• Electric windlass
• CZone digital switching system
• Flybridge aft IPS docking station mounted to port side panel
• Electronic package – Garmin
• Tropical package air conditioning – total 100,000 BTU in multiple zones
• Fixed awning in cockpit
• Hydraulic swim platform
• Generator upgrade – 27 kW (supports tropical AC)
• High-definition radar
With solid fiberglass construction below the waterline and cored construction for stiffness without excess weight above, Riviera has chosen to build a more puncture-resistant hull rather than to minimize weight with coring. In the machinery spaces, again, we see an attention to detail, such as the installation of expensive demisters, which indicates that the builder wants to provide a boat which is done right, despite the extra cost. Given the reputation for solid builds capable of handling the offshore waters around Australia, we expect that the 6000 Sport Yacht will stay true to her bluewater heritage.
The long expanses of frameless, tempered safety glass, some sliding, and the in-hull windows with opening portlights serving the accommodations deck bring abundant views and natural light to help fulfill the contemporary appeal of this new yacht.
Additionally, Riviera went to great pains to make the ownership experience as simple as possible and we’ve now experienced that first hand. We stepped aboard and one touch of the CZone pad brought all the lights on, powered up the helm and even turned on the nav lights. One more press, this time the cruise button, powered up the generator and switched over from shore power. Operations with the joystick make any dockside maneuver a breeze. It’s among the simplest boats to operate that we’ve been on, short of a bowrider.
But it is the open-air capabilities of the expansive aft deck that adds versatility and enjoyment for owners who can’t get enough of the boating outdoors, and want to share it with friends and family members.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht (2016-) is 35.8 mph (57.6 kph), burning 72.5 gallons per hour (gph) or 274.41 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht (2016-) is 19.4 mph (31.2 kph), and the boat gets 0.6 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.26 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 491 miles (790.19 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 735-hp Volvo Penta IPS950.
Standard and Optional Features
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