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Brief Summary

Riviera tells us that it considers Belize to be its boutique brand for owners who want a yacht that stands out and the Belize 66 Sedan is a testament to that. Certainly, her quality construction, fine finish, and increased level of customization support that positioning. She is ruggedly constructed and is available in three- or four-stateroom layouts with additional customization available.

Key Features

  • Large curved-glass windshield
  • Smart access to maintenance spaces
  • Aft galley with awning window
  • Tender garage
  • Choice of three- or four-stateroom layout
  • Large sunroof
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 69’ 3''
    21.11 m
    Beam 17’ 11''
    5.46 m
    Dry Weight 76,000 lbs.
    34,473 kg
    Tested Weight 83,431 lbs.
    37,844 kg
    Draft 4' 11''
    1.49 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom
    Max Headroom N/A
    Bridge Clearance 19’ 11''
    6.07 m
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity 8
    Fuel Capacity 1,188 gal.
    4,497 kg
    Water Capacity 185 gal.
    700 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power 2 x 1000-hp Volvo Penta D13-IPS1350
    Tested Power 2 x 1000-hp Volvo Penta IPS1350
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 7.4 6.4 2.8 2.7 2.3 2877 2501.8 64
    1000 11.5 10.0 11.5 1.0 0.9 1069 929.7 63
    1250 13.7 11.9 20.0 0.7 0.6 730 634.5 63
    1500 17.7 15.3 33.0 0.5 0.5 572 497.3 66
    1750 24.3 21.1 46.5 0.5 0.5 559 485.9 68
    2000 29.8 25.9 61.5 0.5 0.4 517 449.8 69
    2200 34.4 29.9 81.5 0.4 0.4 451 391.9 71
    2400 38.8 33.7 101.5 0.4 0.3 408 354.9 74
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    600 2501.8 4630 11.90 10.60 1.15 64
    1000 929.7 1720 18.50 43.53 0.43 63
    1250 634.5 1175 22.00 75.71 0.30 63
    1500 497.3 921 28.50 124.92 0.21 66
    1750 485.9 900 39.10 176.02 0.21 68
    2000 449.8 832 48.00 232.80 0.21 69
    2200 391.9 726 55.40 308.51 0.17 71
    2400 354.9 657 62.40 384.22 0.17 74

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 7.7 sec.
    0 to 30 15.7 sec.
    Ratio N/A
    Props N/A
    Load 3 persons, 3/4 fuel, full water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 74 deg., 61 humid; wind: 3-12 mph; seas: 2-3

    Captain's Report

    Contents of Report

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan running
    The Riviera Belize 66 Sedan is sure to turn heads at the marina.

    Mission

    The Belize 66 Sedan is built by Riviera Yachts to appeal to the yachtsman who wants a yacht with a fine finish and distinctive look, yet will still deliver on the performance and seakeeping for which Riviera has come to be known. To that end, the Belize brand offers a higher level of customization than the rest of the Riviera line, due to the fact that the boats are built in a well-known Taiwan yard that specializes in custom work, rather than in Australia.

    Major Features

      • Full-beam master head

      • Staggered engine position

      • Raised-grain teak interior soles

      • CZone digital switching system

      • Two aft-deck joystick docking stations

      • Fixed section on hydraulic swim platform

    Features Inspection

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan layout
    The main deck layout of the Belize 66 Sedan features an aft galley, a seating and sunning area on the foredeck, a door to the port side deck, and a centerline helm.

    Tender Garage and Swim Platform

    The swim platform measures 15’1” by 5’10” (4.6 m by 1.78 m), is finished in teak and is a useful place to board the boat. The platform is hydraulic and can lower into the water, but not all of it—the starboard 3’ 9” (1.14 m) section, is fixed, and has built-in stairs under a hatch to ease the climb if the actuated portion is in the down position.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan swim platform
    The broad swim platform adds to the utility of the stern area.

    The launch and retrieval of the tender, a Brig F330L with a 30-hp outboard is made practical through a simple setup, where rails are manually placed in receivers and the crew can slide out the tender over the swim platform.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan tender
    The tender sits in a garage on rails that allow it to slide out.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan rails
    Placing rails in the receivers on the swim platform is an easy job.

    Using a wired remote control to control the height of the platform, it’s easy to manage the tender in its garage.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan swim platform
    Then the platform is lowered to the proper height and the tender simply slides out.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan swim platform
    The starboard end of the swim platform has stairs beneath a hatch to make it easy to get to the lowered platform.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan
    The fixed end of the swim platform has a folding reboarding ladder outboard on the starboard side, under a hatch, which extends 12-½” (31.75 cm) below the water.

    From the swim platform, there are stairs port and starboard with 10” (25.4 cm) risers to get to the aft deck. Outboard of the starboard stairs, there’s a pullout shower.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan stairs
    Stairs to port and starboard make it easy to get aboard from the swim platform.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan cord
    The step flips up to reveal the shore power cord—there’s one to either side—and a high-pressure washdown bib.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan shower
    Bathers will appreciate the pullout shower.

    A stainless steel gate is located at the top of the transom stairs to port and starboard. Each aft quarter has robust hardware for docklines, including 14” (0.35 m) cleats, Muir warping winches with foot-pedal control, and integrated stainless steel fairleads.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan transom
    The transom gate and hardware array are all brightly polished stainless steel.

    Aft Deck

    The teak aft deck is shaded beneath a hardtop overhang with a canvas extension on a fixed tubular frame. Both the hardtop and canvas frame have built-in LED overhead lights, and there’s a hatch in the hardtop.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan hardtop
    The hardtop extends aft to provide shade, but the fixed frame with canvas manages the rest.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan hatch
    There’s a hatch for access to the hardtop including the mast with electronics.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan ladder
    A stowable polished stainless steel ladder makes access easy.

    A settee is across the transom with a beverage holder in an armrest at each end. An L-shaped lounge situated around a table is located to starboard forward. The table is varnished teak with a stainless steel center insert on a fixed stainless pedestal. To either side of the deck are fixed windows with curving varnished teak trim that help protect the aft deck from wind and spray.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan settee
    A transom settee can easily seat four in comfort.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan teak table
    A varnished teak table opens the al fresco dining options.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan teak
    The teak accent on these fixed side windows add a refined touch.

    Food-Prep Console

    Opposite the dining area to port is a grilling and food prep console. The countertop flips up on gas-assist struts to reveal a pair of Kenyon electric grills. In the lockers in the face of the console are a Vitrifrigo icemaker and a 24-volt drawer-style refrigerator and stowage.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan wet bar
    The flipped-up counter serves as a backsplash and has built-in LED lights for cooking after dark, and forward is a workspace with a marble countertop.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan ice maker
    A Vitrifrigo icemaker is handy to the aft deck, yet tucked out of sight of the elements.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan refrigerator
    A Vitrifrigo refrigerator drawer serves the aft deck and the galley just inside with equal ease.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan joy stick
    On our test boat, Volvo Penta joystick controls are to port and starboard on the aft deck.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan ips
    They operate the Volvo Penta IPS system and made docking a simple affair on our test.

    Side Decks

    Side-deck access is easy from the aft deck to both port and starboard, with a 13” (33.01 cm)-wide walkway protected by a robust 2-1/2” (6.35 cm) oval rail placed 30” (76.2 cm) off the deck. The rail height climbs to 36-1/2” (92.71 cm) between the two 7-1/2” (19.05 cm) steps on the side deck. There are springline cleats atop the bulwarks and fuel fills are amidships on the port side.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan side deck
    Side deck access is easy from the aft deck.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan rail
    A beefy oval-shaped rail adds security when moving fore and aft on the side decks.

    Ground Tackle System

    On the foredeck, the ground tackle is flanked by a pair of 14” (35.56 cm) cleats with stainless steel fairleads. The 99 lb. (45 kg) polished stainless steel Ultra anchor sits in a custom stainless steel bow roller equipped with a saltwater anchor washdown. The stainless steel plate above the anchor can accept a video camera.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan foredeck
    The foredeck is a combination of teak decking and nonskid.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan windlass
    The 24-volt DC Muir windlass manages 250’ (76.2 m) of 1/2” (1.27 cm) galvanized anchor chain with a chain stopper and devil’s claw arrangement to secure the anchor.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan rode locker
    There’s access to the rode locker and stowage to starboard, with steps to simplify the climb in and out.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan windlass
    A hatch to port has the windlass remote as well as a high-pressure washdown with coiled hose.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan led
    A GoLight LED spotlight has a wired remote control on the helm dash.

    Foredeck Entertaining

    The bow has an additional lounging area with a sun pad that measures 8’3” by 8’10” (2.52 m by 2.69 m) when it is laid flat. Its aft end has three sections that raise manually to form backrests to lounges. In addition, the sides raise to become low-profile backrests supporting seating around the table, which is varnished teak on a hi-lo pedestal and measures 2’4” by 3’ (0.71 m by 0.91 m).

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan bimini
    A canvas Bimini shades the entire foredeck seating area, and stows in a recessed channel.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan sun pad
    Sections of the foredeck sun pad fold up to serve as backrests along the aft edge.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan back rests
    The sides also raise to serve as inward-facing backrests.

    Interior Inspection

    Galley

    To enter the interior from the aft deck, there’s a polished stainless steel and glass sliding door to the salon. First thing we notice: all the interior teak decking has a raised-grain finish with silica added to provide improved traction.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan sliding door
    A door slides to port to enter the aft galley.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan
    There’s a 6 ½” (16.5 cm) aft deck step and then a 4” (10.16 cm) step to get inside the galley.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan teak
    The teak decking throughout the interior has a grippy finish.

    The U-shaped galley has 6’6” (1.98 m) of headroom and an awning window in the aft bulkhead that opens the galley counter to the aft deck. The galley has a marble counter (it’s lightweight thanks to an aluminum honeycomb backing) and is equipped with a covered, double sink with pullout spray faucet.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan galley
    The galley is positioned aft where it can serve the aft deck and the salon forward.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan awning
    An awning window has long been a Riviera hallmark, and it opens the aft galley to the aft deck.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan sinks
    Large and small sinks share a single marble cover.

    Galley appliances include a Miele two-burner cooktop, convection-microwave oven, and dishwasher. On the port side is a full-size Vitrifrigo refrigerator plus additional fridge drawers with additional counter space above. The galley cabinets have dedicated stowage for an included toaster, blender, and kettle, as well as a waffle iron, and shelves for pantry stowage designed for access. Over the cooktop there’s a built-in range hood.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan cook top
    A two-burner Miele cooktop is placed on the outboard counter of the galley.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan refrigerator
    A large Vitrifrigo refrigerator unit is placed to port.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan lockers
    Lockers have pantry stowage that’s well designed for easy access.

    Salon

    There is a 9” (22.86 cm) step up from the galley to the salon. The overhead clearance in the salon is 6’ 8” (2.03 m) and there’s a large sunroof that opens for ventilation, plus three skylights with shades. To starboard is an L-shaped lounge with dining table that measures 5’ by 3’8” (1.52 m by 1.12 m). Folding leaves shrink it to 2’ 6” by 3’ 8” (0.76 m by 1.12 m). It has a substantial base with three drawers with dedicated stowage for dishes. Opposite is a settee with stowage for a couple of custom folding chairs.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan salon
    The salon is arrayed around the helm station.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan sunroof
    A sunroof opens up the whole salon to fresh air when the weather is good.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan step up
    The step up between the salon and galley is well marked by the carpeting forward and the teak aft.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan salon table
    This 5’ (1.52 m) long table invites the whole crew to dine together.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan table
    The table folds to roughly half its size when less space is needed.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan dishes
    The base of the table conceals stowage for the included dishes.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan glassware
    Port of the helm are dedicated drawers where the glassware is stowed.

    A settee to port is additional seating in the salon with a view of a 40” (101.6 cm) flatscreen TV built into the aft face of the helm seat base.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan settee
    The port side settee is close enough to be part of the action at the dinette.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan folding chairs
    Folding chairs stow in a locker beneath the port settee—under a pair of removable battens that lend support to the cushion.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan tv
    The flatscreen TV can be viewed in the down position…
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan tv
    …or raised to be seen more easily by a larger group.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan deck access
    To port there is deck access for the captain and guests through a side door hung on stainless pantograph hinges.

    Helm

    The helm is on a raised platform 5 ¾” (14.6 cm) above the rest of the salon sole, and the steering wheel is on the boat’s centerline. The windshield is large and offers excellent sight lines forward and to the sides with minimal interference from the mullions, while the hardtop brow helps cut some of the glare. The windshield is curved both horizontally and vertically and our close inspection did not detect the slightest distortion. Sight through it is not adversely affected by polarized sunglasses.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan helm
    The helm console is oriented to the port side, but the wheel itself is on the centerline.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan brow
    The brow helps reduce glare and the view through the windshield is impeded very little by the mullions.

    The helm console has a “retro-modern” design and is wide enough for two 22” (55.88 cm) Garmin GPSMap 8422 displays as part of a Glass Cockpit that allows full integration of engine data.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan helm
    The helm displays are mounted in pods and each has its own brow to help reduce glare further.

    A third screen, a 17” (43.18 cm) Garmin GPSMap 8417 on a lower panel of the helm dash displays full engine instrumentation. Electrical switches are arrayed beneath the display to control bilge pumps and courtesy lights in the accommodation spaces.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan garmin
    A centrally positioned Garmin touchscreen lower on the helm displays integrated engine data.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan spotlight
    On the port side of the helm dash are the GoLight bow spotlight remote control and the touchscreen CZone digital-switching control.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan wheel
    On the starboard side of the helm, the wheel is flanked by the remote control and chain counter for the Muir windlass and the Volvo Penta ignition switches to port.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan vhf
    And to starboard, the VHF mic that controls all communication function.

    The helm seat is leather and has an integrated bolster for those who prefer to stand while driving. There’s a flip-down footrest, and the port armrest flips up. The seat is mounted on an electric pedestal that makes it easy to adjust. The starboard armrest has the Volvo Penta IPS joystick that lets the operator steer the boat at all speeds without having to touch the wheel. The helm joystick can also be used for docking the boat, either seated looking forward, or standing looking aft.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan helm seat
    The leather Selto helm seat has an armrest-mounted joystick, in addition to a flip-down port armrest and diamond stitching.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan helm seat
    A flip-up bolster and flip-down footrest expand the driving-position options.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan helm seat
    The seat is mounted on an electric pedestal that raises and lowers and adjusts fore-and-aft.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan companion seat
    A companion seat is to port and it’s the same leather seat, just with no power adjustment or footrest.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan seat
    Another companion seat, to starboard across the walkway to the companionway, is also the same basic seat.

    A control console is between the helm and port companion seats, with the engine throttle and shift binnacle forward. Again, not everyone is accustomed to operating the throttle and shift levers left-handed, but it made sense for the design and, many, like our test captain, find they get used to it almost immediately. Located just abaft the control levers, a remote control for the Garmin autopilot—note the red “standby” button—but also allows for control of the touchscreen displays from the seated position. Switches operating lights, wipers, the sunroof, and other electrical systems are arrayed around the remote. What all of this means is that the captain can navigate without having to leave the seat.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan console
    The console between the seats has the control binnacle, beverage holders, and switches for various electrical systems, as well as control of the helm electronics.

    Accommodations

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan layout
    The three-stateroom Grand Presidential layout with full-beam master head that was featured on our test boat has since become a custom request.

    Companionway

    To starboard of the helm is the companionway, five steps down with courtesy lights beneath each tread and a leather-wrapped hand rail. At the bottom of the steps behind a door that slides out of the way, there is a washer and dryer.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan stairsRiviera Belize 66 Sedan stairs
    The companionway stairs have treads that take advantage of the same textured-grain decking for a sure grip.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan washer dryer
    A stacked washer and dryer are to starboard just off the passageway.

    Master Stateroom

    To get to the master stateroom after coming down the companionway stairs, make a left U-turn down two more steps.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan master
    The master is somewhat set off from the other accommodations in its amidships location.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan wine chiller
    The master stateroom passageway optimizes space with a wine chiller that opens with a fingertip touch.

    The master stateroom is positioned amidships and has 4’7” by 1’ (1.4 m by 0.3 m) hullside windows with opening ports to either side. The berth measures 79” (200.7 cm) head to foot and 60” (152.4 cm) wide.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan head room
    There’s 4’ (1.22 m) of headroom over the berth in the amidships master.

    Along the starboard side is a 5’5” (1.65 m) sofa, with a side table with drawer, a cedar-lined hanging locker, and a corner desk with a minimalist chair.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan settee
    A settee in the master is a spot to relax away from guests.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan desk
    A desk can double as a dressing table.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan night stand
    On the port side is a nightstand with two drawers and a built-in chest of drawers, and another hanging locker. Also shown is the 40” (101.6 cm) flatscreen TV.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan drawers
    Drawers beneath the berth to add to the stowage.

    Master Head

    A door in the aft bulkhead leads to the master head with an 8” (20.32 cm) step down. This full-beam head has 6’4” (1.93 m) overhead and is an optional layout for the Grand Presidential three-stateroom layout. It has electric heated towel bars, his-and-her basin-style sinks on marble counters.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan master head
    The master head has an assymetrical layout that capitalizes on the space between the master stateroom and the engine room.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan shower
    The shower has an opening port, a frameless tempered-glass door, a teak bench and sole, and robust fixtures including a wand showerhead.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan toilet
    An additional opening to port is positioned over the toilet to starboard.

    VIP Guest Stateroom

    The VIP guest stateroom is in the bow, with an island berth, hullside windows, and a hatch in the 6’6” (1.98 m) overhead. The berth measures 77” head to foot and 61” wide (196 cm x 155 cm), with 3’6” (1.07 m) of headroom over it.

    Riviera Belize 66 SedanRiviera Belize 66 Sedan dressing table
    A compact dressing table has a swing-out stool and stowage for personal effects beneath the top.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan
    Cedar-lined hanging lockers are placed both to port and starboard.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan hanging lockers
    In the hanging lockers in the master and the forward stateroom, there’s easy access to the space behind the locker without tools. These covers hold themselves in place yet are easy to remove.

    VIP Head

    The VIP has a private head to starboard, with a shower with a frameless, tempered-glass door set at an angle, an opening port, and a teak bench and sole. A basin-style sink sits on a marble-topped vanity.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan vip head
    The VIP head has many of the same attributes as the master head, including the high level of finish and opening port in the shower.

    Dayhead

    Off the main passageway, the guest head to port serves as the dayhead, but it also has a private entrance to the port double guest stateroom. This head has many of the same features and a comparable finish level seen in the master and VIP heads.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan guest head
    The second guest head also doubles as the dayhead.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan door
    An additional door leads to the port side guest stateroom, serving as a private entrance.

    Double Guest Stateroom

    The guest double has 6’5” (1.96 m) headroom at the entry area with a 9” (22.86 cm) step down between the berths. They each measure 77” head to foot and 26” (195.6 cm by 66 cm) wide. The berths can be pushed together to form a double berth, if guest sleeping arrangements warrant. Indirect LED lighting, overhead lighting, and reading lights add to the charm. There’s a cedar-lined hanging locker and also lockers beneath the berths.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan twins
    The port guest stateroom has a hullside window for natural light with an opening port.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan lockers
    Lockers beneath the berths add to the stowage.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan hatches
    In the overhead of the port guest stateroom, there are two hatches that open simply with latches—no tools required—to access the underside of the helm with all of the components and wiring housed there.

    A Word about Available Layouts

    Several different layouts are available, including the Classic four-stateroom, three-head layout, the three-stateroom three-head Presidential layout with aft crew, and the Grand Presidential three-stateroom, three head layout.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan layout
    The Classic 4 stateroom layout places the master head to starboard.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan
    The Presidential 3 stateroom with aft crew places the crew’s quarters aft and moves the master head to a starboard position forward.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan
    The Grand Presidential 3 stateroom has a full-beam head, and moves the laundry aft.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan profile
    Belize tells us there’s a daybridge design in the works, slated to be introduced at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show in 2019.

    Performance Test

    The Belize 66 Sedan has a length overall of 69’3” (21.11 m) and a beam of 17’11” (5.46 m). With an empty weight of 76,000 lbs. (34,473 kg), 891 gallons (3,372 L) of fuel, and three people on board, she had an estimated test weight of 84,842 lbs. (38,484 kg).

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan idle
    The Belize 66 Sedan has the benefit of joystick maneuvering with its Volvo Penta IPS propulsion system.

    With twin 1,000-hp Volvo Penta IPS1350s powering our test boat, we reached a top speed of 33.7 knots at 2400 rpm. Best economic cruise came in at 1500 rpm and 15.3 knots. It was at that speed that the 33.0 gph fuel burn translated into 0.5 nmpg and a range of 497.3 nm.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan
    The sharp forefoot of the Belize 66 Sedan cut through the wind chop.

    Acceleration from a standing start to plane averaged 7.7 seconds. She went from zero to 20 mph in 10.2 seconds.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan
    The Belize 66 Sedan exhibited very little bow rise with hard acceleration.

    We didn’t see particularly rough seas in our test, so we can’t comment on how she would handle in 5- to 6-footers, but we did see 2- to 3-footers close together with some wind chop, and it allowed us to see what she could do through her full range of speeds in all directions.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan running
    The Belize 66 Sedan was a pleasure to run with the seas at any angle.

    We put her through some turns and she took them with a comfortable inward lean—but like all IPS-powered boats her turns were wide, and the faster she goes the wider they are.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan running
    For tighter turns, we simply slowed down.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan docking
    Pulling her into the fuel dock was easy, thanks to the Volvo Penta IPS system, allowing the Q4 propset to grab and move large amounts of water to move the boat with authority and crab her sideways.

    Engine Room

    Now let’s move to the heart of the beast. The engine room is another location where this yacht shows off some different ideas. The designers considered accessibility to the engine room and there are four entry points. The easiest way in for an owner/operator is via walk-in access from the master head.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan
    The engine room fits a boatload of equipment into the space.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan access
    A hatch in the aft deck grants access directly to the forward end of the engine room, whileanother hatch right next to it in the aft-deck settee has a ladder to the walk-in entrance.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan
    Two additional hatches in the aft deck offer access to either side of the engine room’s aft end.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan generator
    A 29-kilowatt Cummins Onan generator is placed between the engines and flanked by battery boxes.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan panel
    The 24-volt DC starting battery electrical panel and the house battery panel are mounted on the forward bulkhead.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan separators
    We found easily accessible Duplex Racor fuel-water separators for the mains and a single for the genset.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan panels
    Removable deck panels provide access to through-hull fittings and strainers, which are easy to reach, labeled, and double-hose-clamped.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan
    Forward of the starboard engine are the AC electrical panels behind acrylic covers.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan
    Outboard of the port engine is a Sea Recovery AquaMatic watermaker.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan
    The Glendinning Cablemasters manage the dual 50-amp shorepower cords.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan batteries
    The start batteries are in an open installation, with a lid that straps over them.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan tender
    Over it all is the molded fiberglass tub of the tender garage, equipped with a Muir windlass to aid in retrieving the dinghy.

    But the biggest engineering innovation is something we haven’t seen before in anything except narrow offshore racing boats: The engines are not precisely side by side but staggered. The port engine is positioned so it’s forward of the starboard one, something that the jackshafts to the side-by-side pod drives makes possible.

    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan main engines
    It’s easy to see the position of the main engines on this overhead rendering, where the port engine is positioned forward of the starboard.
    Riviera Belize 66 Sedan main engines
    The yacht has three fiberglass fuel tanks: two wing tanks concealed in the cabinetry of the master head that hold 330 gallons each and feed a main tank on centerline beneath the master stateroom that holds 528 gallons (1,999 L).

    Observations

    The Belize 66 reminds us of a high-end sports car where no expense was spared to get every detail just right. Riviera has packed this yacht full of some of the most compelling amenities in this size range and type – and she should appeal to people who want something different, yet not over the top.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Riviera Belize 66 Sedan (2019-) is 38.8 mph (62.4 kph), burning 101.5 gallons per hour (gph) or 384.18 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Riviera Belize 66 Sedan (2019-) is 24.3 mph (39.1 kph), and the boat gets 0.5 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.21 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 559 miles (899.62 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 2 x 1000-hp Volvo Penta IPS1350.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Autopilot Standard
    VHF Radio Standard

    Systems

    Air Cond./Heat Standard
    Battery Charger/Converter Standard
    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Fixed Standard
    Trim Tabs Standard
    TV/DVD Standard
    Windlass Standard

    Galley

    Microwave Standard
    Refrigerator Standard
    Stove Standard

    Exterior Features

    Hardtop Standard
    Ice Chest Standard
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Transom Shower Standard

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Freezer Standard
    Generator Standard
    Oil Change System Standard
    Washer/Dryer Standard

    Warranty

    Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

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