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Brief Summary

The Riviera 6000 SY has a flexible four-stateroom layout with luxurious full-beam master, three bathrooms, contemporary and stylish hull windows and portholes, dual electric sliding sunroofs and fixed skylights … as well as a large, open cockpit with grill and undercover seating and dining areas. Dual stairways access the broad teak swim platform, and there's a "toy garage" that can handle a tender up to 10.5 feet long under the cockpit. Large hullside windows provide lots of ambient light below decks, while a sliding sunroof brightens the salon.

Key Features

  • All stainless steel exterior fastenings 316 marine grade
  • BBQ/wet bar-electric BBQ mounted within moulded transom area
  • L-shape lounge to port and bench style to starboard in cockpit
  • Sun pad on forward deck
  • U-shapped dinette in premium leather with storage underneath
  • Icemaker/freezer drawer with fridge drawer below
  • Dishwasher drawer in galley
  • King-size walk-around berth with innerspring mattress in aft master stateroom
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 63' 4''
    19.3 m
    Beam 17' 8''
    5.38 m
    Dry Weight 61,300 lbs.
    27,805 kg
    Tested Weight 64,842 lbs.
    29,412 kg
    Draft 4' 9''
    1.45 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom N/A
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 872 gal.
    3,301 kg
    Water Capacity 211 gal.
    799 kg
    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 725-hp Volvo Penta IPS950
    Tested Power 2 x 735-hp Volvo Penta IPS950
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 6.6 5.7 2.2 3.0 2.6 2337 2031.8 55
    1000 9.7 8.4 7.5 1.3 1.1 1017 884.0 56
    1250 10.7 9.3 14.0 0.8 0.7 597 519.1 58
    1500 11.4 9.9 25.5 0.4 0.4 351 305.1 63
    1750 19.4 16.9 31.0 0.6 0.5 491 427.1 67
    2000 24.6 21.4 40.5 0.6 0.5 477 414.5 68
    2250 29.4 25.5 53.5 0.5 0.5 431 374.4 70
    2500 34.5 30.0 68.0 0.5 0.4 398 345.7 72
    2560 35.8 31.1 72.5 0.5 0.4 387 336.5 73
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    600 2031.8 3761 10.60 8.33 1.28 55
    1000 884.0 1637 15.60 28.39 0.55 56
    1250 519.1 961 17.20 53.00 0.34 58
    1500 305.1 565 18.30 96.53 0.17 63
    1750 427.1 790 31.20 117.35 0.26 67
    2000 414.5 768 39.60 153.31 0.26 68
    2250 374.4 694 47.30 202.52 0.21 70
    2500 345.7 641 55.50 257.41 0.21 72
    2560 336.5 623 57.60 274.44 0.21 73

    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 7.5 sec.
    0 to 30 8.4 sec. (0to20)
    Ratio N/A
    Props N/A
    Load 2 persons, 1/2 fuel, 1/3 water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 68 deg., 100 humid.; wind: 5-10 mph; seas: calm
    Elevation Sea Level

    Captain's Report

    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht running shot
    The Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht measures 63’4” (19.3 m) long with a 17’8” (5.38 m) beam and she is equipped with Volvo Penta’s 725-hp IPS950 D11 twin diesels as standard propulsion.

    Mission

    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.

    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht running shot
    At speed, the hull of the 6000 Sport Yacht throws spray well away from the boat and should provide a consistently dry ride across a range of wind and wave conditions.

    Overview

    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.

    Notable Features

    • 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 History

    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’ (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 Layouts

    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht layout
    With her low to the water hydraulic swim platform, tender garage in the transom, twin stairways to the aft deck, and well-protected side decks leading forward, the 6000 Sport Yacht offers over two-thirds of her main deck to the on-water, outdoors lifestyle. The main salon offers good views all around, an aft galley positioned centrally between seating outside and inside, and a contemporary helm to starboard.
    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht accommodation plans
    One of three possible accommodation plans, this layout features an amidships en suite master stateroom with the private ensuite head to port, a VIP stateroom in the bow with private ensuite head to port, and up to two guest staterooms served by the starboard day head.
    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht additional layout
    If four staterooms are one too many, Riviera offers an additional area for relaxation in the atrium, which is partially open to the windshield above. All three layouts show a walk-in wardrobe to starboard, which also accesses a utility room to port, just behind the headboard.
    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht presidential layout
    If one wants a full-beam master stateroom with a lounge and private dinette, consider the Presidential layout shown here, which has a spacious private en suite head to port.

    Features Inspection

    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht platform
    The hydraulically actuated swim platform features a laid teak deck, a molded bench to aid swimmers and divers with gear, and has a 771 lb. (350 kg) capacity. Note the tumble home in the stern-quarters.

    Getting Aboard.

    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.

    Stern Amenities.

    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.

    Remote Control.

    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.

    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht joystick
    A flip-up panel reveals the standard Volvo Penta IPS joystick and engine control panel. Note the gas strut, which keeps the unit steady.
    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht walk around
    Side decks are teak planked and wide enough to walk facing forward, and the 316 stainless steel handrails run along both sides for the safety of those going forward to sunbathe, or to tend to anchoring or line handling duties.
    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht sun pad
    The foredeck sun pad cushion can quickly convert to a chaise lounge, is raised up well clear of the anchor handling area, and has stainless steel handrails on both sides for added safety.

    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.

    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht anchor
    Anchoring duties are supported by a chainway and anchor storage under a fiberglass hatch to keep the foredeck free of tripping hazards. That centerline hatch also revealed the vertical electric windlass controlled by a handheld remote under the port side locker.

    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

    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht awning
    Equipped with the optional fixed cockpit awning and supporting triangular acrylic clears to each side, the teak planked aft deck is well-protected for relaxing, dining or entertaining. The well-equipped, built-in outdoor grill and wet bar are out of the entertainment zone, but an integral part of it, too.

    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.

    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht grill
    This large grill is an available option built into the transom on the aft deck instead of a bench seat.

    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.

    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht aft deck
    Two standout features of the aft deck on the Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht are the Webasto sliding sunroof and the massive, highly-polished awning style bulkhead window that hinges up abaft the galley to bring more of the outside inside.

    The Salon and Galley

    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht salon
    Looking aft: Contemporary lines are the rule for many Riviera yacht designs, and the new 6000 Sport Yacht upholds the tradition very well, with soft touch leather and designer fabrics. Long sight lines and features like the massive, highly polished stainless steel aft bulkhead awning-style window and sliding door further the builder’s inside/outside design concept.
    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht entertainment
    On the starboard side at the entrance to the salon, there are two lockers housing the liquor cabinet and the entertainment center with a 40” LED TV.

    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.

    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht galley
    The U-shaped galley has lots of counter space for food prep, thanks to the under-counter refrigerator and freezer drawers.

    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.

    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht dinette
    Four guests can dine comfortably at the portside dinette just forward of the galley, which features leather seating, a custom teak table, and is located on a slightly raised platform so that diners can enjoy the views all around. There’s also a three-person lounge opposite for additional seating, with storage underneath, separate from the dinette.
    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht settee
    The starboard side settee just ahead of the entertainment locker has abundant storage under the seat cushions and is raised up for good views out of the large glass windows to either side, some of which open for additional natural ventilation. Notice the opening sunroof overhead.
    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht table
    The center section of the starboard sofa can be removed to create a café table effect, or a morning breakfast nook.
    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht sky lights
    To bring natural light and ventilation into the galley, salon seating and helm areas, Riviera has included two fixed skylights over the galley area and a Webasto sliding roof over the helm and dinette area forward. High-quality Oceanaire screens add shade when desired. A bug screen is also fitted to the opening sunroof.

    The Helm

    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht helm
    The helm is set to starboard, and is large enough to accommodate two 17” (43.2 cm) to 19” (48.3 cm) multifunction displays, like the standard Volvo Penta Glass Bridge units. Garmin MFDs are available.

    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

    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht stair way
    Under the lower edge of the curved forward windscreen, the stairway leading down to the accommodation level is lit at night for safety, and naturally illuminated during the day.
    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht lounge
    At the bottom of the companionway there is a lounge for relaxation out of the hurly-burly on the main deck. It can also serve as a crash pad if needed for an unexpected guest.
    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht seating area
    In this layout, the area under the windscreen above becomes a nicely lit seating area, dubbed an atrium by the builder. A great place to relax, it also gives access to the washer and dryer units, and has a separate entertainment center.

    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.

    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht master stateroom
    The master stateroom in the standard layout has two large in-hull portlights and two opening ports, but the port side unit is inside the head compartment, obscured here by an electrically charged opaque screen.
    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht vanity
    Against the bulkhead in the background can be seen a desk that makes into a vanity under the TV screen. Note that the privacy shade is turned on at left.

    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.

    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht head
    The port side en suite head is cleanly laid out, with plenty of storage and a separate shower compartment. The Switch Glass panel on the right is not yet activated which allows light from the in-hull windows to flood into the master stateroom at right.
    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht head feature
    At the press of a button, the Switch Glass panel changes from translucent to opaque, adding privacy when desired. And, yes, there are shades for the in-hull window.

    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.

    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht wardrobe
    Looking aft into the wardrobe, there’s plenty of hanging lockers and shoe storage for the owner and mate. On the right side, note the soundproof door to the utility room.
    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht utility room
    The utility room is accessed by the soundproof door on the starboard side, as well as the ladder from the aft deck. There is an option for this space to become crew quarters.

    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.

    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht vip
    The VIP stateroom is forward, has in-hull windows and opening hatches overhead, and has two large hanging lockers. There’s good storage beneath the berth base, and a private en suite door.
    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht guest stateroom
    The starboard guest stateroom has twin berths, storage in and below the hanging locker, and the same beautiful woodwork found in the other staterooms.

    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

    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht engine room
    The engine room, here looking aft, has every cubic inch put to use. Here we see the bottom side of the tender garage. Some owners have opted to store their dinghies on the hydraulic platform. Obviously, that option can make a big difference in the engine room by eliminating the intrusion of the tender garage over head.

    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.

    Performance

    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.

    Handling

    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.

    Standard Features

    • Acoustic and thermal linings to 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

    Options

    • 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
    Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht idle shot
    The Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht looks as fast at anchor as she is when underway.

    Observations

    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 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

    Marine Electronics

    Autopilot Standard
    Fishfinder Standard
    GPS/Chart Standard
    Radar Standard
    VHF Radio Standard

    Systems

    Air Cond./Heat Standard
    CD Stereo Standard
    Shore Power Standard
    TV/DVD Optional

    Galley

    Icemaker Standard

    Exterior Features

    Hardtop Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Transom Door Standard

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Freezer Standard
    Generator Standard
    Oil Change System Optional

    Warranty

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