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Brief Summary

When Riviera set out to design the 57 Enclosed Flybridge, it garnered feedback from previous customers on what they were most looking for in a cruising yacht. The answers weren’t surprising… more livable space, longer range, and more choices regarding electronics and propulsion. The result is the Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge, which is available in either shaft drive or pod drive, can cruise 384 nautical miles at planing speeds, has a state-of-the-art glass dash, and a lot more.

Key Features

  • Docking station, includes joystick and emergency start-stop controls in IPS-optioned yacht
  • Double action manual bilge pump control for engine room
  • Vertical anchor winch with overload protection circuit breaker to suit rope and chain, with up/down switch and remote to the helm
  • Impact and UV-resistant, white PVC gunwhale rail with stainless steel insert strip
  • High-quality electric induction cooktop with three elements and rangehood
  • The premium entertainment system in the main living area includes a large flatscreen TV integrated into Yamaha AV receiver with Apple TV, Airplay, Bluetooth, Blu-Ray and second zone to cockpit, five Bose speakers and subwoofer
  • Two drawer-style refrigerators and two drawer-style freezers on stainless steel runners
  • Volumes of storage, including large fish bin to port, massive centre lazarette and engineering access panels supported by gas struts and with heavy-duty stainless steel latches
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 60' 8"
    18.5 m
    Beam 16' 10"
    5.13 m
    Dry Weight 64,700 lbs.
    29,360 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 5' 2"
    1.58 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom
    Bridge Clearance 8' 10"
    5.75 m
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 1,057 gal.
    4,000 L
    Water Capacity 198 gal.
    750 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 Not Available
    Tested Power Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power 2 x 725-hp Volvo Penta D11-IPS950
    2 x 900-hp Volvo Penta D13-IPS1200
    2 x 1000-hp CAT C12.9 Shaft Drive

    Captain's Report

    Overview

    The 57 Enclosed Flybridge and the 575 SUV share the same hull and exterior deck design with the accommodations plan being identical. The big difference between the two models is the enclosed flying bridge, as opposed to the 575 SUV, which is an express. The main deck arrangement of the galley and salon are also slightly different, with no lower helm, a larger salon and a stairway to the flying bridge on the 57 Enclosed Flybridge. Anyone interested in one of the models should definitely check out our report on the other.

    Distinctive Features

    Enclosed Flybridge. This design offers three main benefits. First, there’s another completely enclosed gathering area in addition to the usual main deck salon. This frees up space for more comfort and livability. And the added cost of all of this enclosed extra space is not particularly costly given all of the extra utility that is provided.

    Second, there’s no need for a lower helm, as the flybridge control station now becomes an all-weather operating station.

    Third, because there is no lower helm, the foredeck can be used to store the ship’s tender.

    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge hydraulic davit
    Because there is no lower helm, the ship’s tender can be stowed on the foredeck and easily launched by the hydraulic davit seen in this image.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge aesthetic design
    The enclosed flying bridge has been well-designed to look as aesthetically pleasing as possible, as well as to be functional.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge aft deck upper
    There is an aft deck on the upper deck, which has a bench seat to port for guests/spectators, and a remote helm so that a captain can maneuver the boat with an eye on a big game angler in a fighting chair in the cockpit below. It also comes in handy when backing into a slip.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge reliefs
    Riviera has used reliefs in the fiberglass superstructure to break up the solid white glass and become more visually appealing. Note how the reliefs catch the light to visually change the “colors.” The handrail also aids the effect.

    Seaworthy Build. Riviera yachts are built to withstand some of the most unforgiving conditions cruisers can encounter, and as such, they are built to handle these conditions well with a good sea-keeping hull. Convertibles -- which is what the 57 Enclosed Bridge is -- have a relatively low CG compared to motoryachts of the same length. Also, this vessel has both a greater beam and a heavier displacement than most other boats in her class, which makes her more comfortable at sea.

    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge profile
    The Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge has a max beam of 16’10” (5.13 m) and an air draft of 18’10” (5.74 m). She is a convertible, which means she is equally capable of both big game sportfishing and cruising.

    Choose your Propulsion. Buyers can choose from either twin 725-hp Volvo Penta IPS2-950s, 900-hp IPS3-1200s or conventional 1000-hp CAT C12.9 shaft drive engines. This versatility alone separates Riviera from most builders that either cannot, or will not, offer the choice between shaft and pod drives in the same boat.

    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge floorplans
    Power the 57 Enclosed Flybridge with either pod drives (seen left) with jackshafts connecting the flywheel with the gears in the pods or traditional shaft drives (seen right). Notice how the engines are in the same location in either installation. It’s in this manner that Riviera can offer both propulsion choices in the same hull.

    True Convertible. Any blue water cruising yacht can also wet a line, but Riviera adds the ability to include options that really make this a true convertible sportfishing yacht. Among them are a control station abaft the fly bridge, optional outriggers, rod holders in the caprails, rocket-launcher-style rod holders in the flying bridge, fishboxes in the cockpit including refrigerated storage under the mezzanine seating, and a glass-backed transom livewell. The cockpit deck is reinforced to accommodate a fighting chair, if desired.

    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge wide cockpit
    The cockpit of the 57 EB is wide, allowing 3-3 casual anglers plenty of room to fish -- or, with a single fighting chair, the mates have ample room to guide the chair and gaff the fish.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge canvas awning
    Here we see the canvas awning that has been artfully attached to the flybridge overhang to create more shade.

    Cockpit for Entertaining. Many convertibles have a mezzanine bench seat facing aft, but few, if any, have an L-shaped settee with table. This is an important detail, because it is one of the elements -- along with the plush transom sofa and the wet bar with electric grill -- that make this cockpit a large entertainment venue.

    The fact is, most big game anglers we know spend far more time entertaining on their convertible then they do actually fishing for the trophies. For that reason, Riviera’s design provides much more utility than we find on virtually any convertible.

    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge l-shaped lounge
    The L-shaped lounge has many uses and is a pleasant break from the usual convertible design. Note the aft bench seat at left.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge cockpit mezzanine
    The cockpit mezzanine seating has refrigerated storage under the seat for keeping the catch iced down. During parties, it’s a good place for chilled soda and beer.

    C-Zone Controllability. The ship’s C-Zone system allows for control of all the vessel’s electrical functions as well as monitoring systems. A touchscreen control is located at the saloon entry, and an iPad can control the system from anywhere onboard. It offers DC and AC switching and over-current protection, full systems monitoring (with alarms) including AC voltage, current, frequency and kilowatts, DC voltage, current and remaining battery capacity, along with fluid tank levels and indication for systems in operation.

    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge control panel
    Here is a view of the C-Zone control panel. From this panel, we can control all of the vessel’s electrical systems and switches. We can also download an app to an iPad and control the systems from anywhere on the boat.

    Features Inspection

    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge control station
    The flying bridge offers both a control station and a “sky lounge” for entertaining, sightseeing and keeping the captain company.

    Flying Bridge

    The focal point of the 57 EB model is the enclosed flybridge, and it is a stunning area to behold. Accessed from a set of internally located stairs with polished stainless hand rails, it is functional as both a gathering area for entertaining and an operational one for piloting the vessel.

    The helm is centrally located and forward. Behind is a large settee with pedestal table, and a small “slumber-seat” is just ahead of a small refrigerator. A wet bar is just across to starboard. To the aft end, the full glass enclosure continues, but here there is an awning-style swing-up window adjacent to the sliding glass door that allows the area to seamlessly blend with open-air aft deck.

    This, along with the large opening and two sliding glass windows on the side, further enhances the ability to allow the outside in.

    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge enclosed flybridge
    The enclosed flying bridge creates a spectacular gathering area.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge bulkhead
    Notice how the glass bulkhead opens. This, along with the sliding door and overhead sunroof and opening side windows, serve to blur the line between indoors and outdoors. However, the area can be cooled or heated as needed.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge plush cushions
    The cushions and seat back are plush, and note that the windows are low, so seated guests can see without having to be on a raised platform, as we’ve seen on some boats of this type.

    The aft deck on the flying bridge has an aft-facing bench seat to port protected by stainless steel safety rails. To starboard, a control station allows the captain to keep an eye on the lines while trolling and when backing down when a fish is on.

    Easy Docking. As a docking station, this remote helm couldn’t be better.

    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge flybridge bar
    The flybridge wet bar includes a Corian counter and this glass and bottle storage.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge enclosed flybridge lounge
    The lounge behind the enclosed flybridge offers one of the best seats in the house. Notice how the rails can be enclosed with isinglass to cut a chill without hampering the visibility.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge high helm
    Because the helm is high, the captain’s visibility is vastly improved from what it would be on the main deck.

    The Helm

    The helm creates a striking balance between ergonomic comfort, contemporary design and technology. The console is to starboard with the helm centrally located on the bridge. The design reminds us of a high-end sports car such as an Aston Martin. Two Pompanette Platinum pedestal seats allow the captain and an observer to port to be well positioned for visibility and companionship while underway.

    The instrument panel consists of a glass dash cockpit with three 15” (38 cm) multi-function displays across the main panel. Optional 17” (43.2 cm) or 19” (48.3 cm) displays are offered.

    An armrest pier separates the captain’s area with the observers. This space is populated by the digital engine controls that include a host of features (e.g., single lever, engine sync, docking mode, cruise assist, auto trim), the controller for the panel displays, and rocker switches for quick access to items such as lighting, wipers and pumps.

    The observer to the captain’s right can become a functional crewmember assisting in the navigation chores while underway, even by activating a number of the controls because they are all within easy reach. Of course, the advantage of a second set of eyes joining the captain is of primary importance.

    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge unusual helm
    This is an unusual helm, and we like its design for several reasons: (1) the helm does not take up the whole front of the cabin; (2) the steering wheel is in the center of the boat; (3) the companion has room to squeeze out of the outboard seat; and (4) the captain can stand beside the joystick and face forward or aft.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge bench seat
    To port is another unusual amenity: a bench seat that allows two guests to sit and talk with the captain and still look forward, or, with a pillow in place, recline facing forward or aft.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge visibility
    Visibility is exceptional from the helm and is virtually 360 degrees. There are four vents forward for defogging the windshield.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge helm control pier
    A close up of the helm control pier. Forward, below the fishfinder, is one of two C-Zone screens on the boat which control all electrical systems. Behind the control binnacle is the panel for the chartplotter controls, and to the right are gray rocker switches that can quickly activate accessories on the flying bridge.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge recessed tray
    In front of the companion seat is a recessed tray for smartphones and other devices. A 12V plug and USB ports are at right.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge platinum seats
    The Pompanette Platinum helm seats can be raised or moved forward, the seatback can be adjusted, and the arms can be raised.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge control pier rack
    Below the control pier is a handy rack for charts or cruising guides, an intercom that connects to the galley and the engine room, and an optional redundant VHF radio -- always a good idea.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge seating
    Everyone has a good seat on the Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge. Note that the refrigerator is within easy reach of the captain and guests.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge fridge drawers
    To port is a handy refrigerator with two pull-out drawers.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge cabinet entertaining
    To starboard is a cabinet specially designed for the sky lounge’s main purpose -- entertaining in style.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge stairwell
    Behind the cabinet is the stairwell that leads below and has useful storage compartment.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge headroom standard
    There is 6’5” (1.96 m) headroom, which is a pretty standard measurement throughout the boat.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge huge sunroof
    The huge sunroof is electrically actuated; it automatically rises up a few inches to act as an air scoop, or can be opened all the way, as seen here.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge side windows
    The opening side windows are an important feature of this enclosed flying bridge. Clearly, the idea of the design is to let as much fresh air in from as many places as possible so that the sky lounge is effectively “outside,” with the advantage of shade -- when wanted.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge aft bench seat
    The aft facing bench seat is a good place for guests to watch the cockpit action and the jumping of game fish when hooked up. Under the seat is storage.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge aft bulkhead window
    The aft bulkhead window opens up just as it does below.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge control station
    This control station to starboard has all the necessary controls including a joystick for docking.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge captain vantage point
    The captain has a perfect vantage point from which to watch the angler and his line and make sure that the boat is pointed the right way.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge easy docking
    Docking from the flying bridge is easy, so long as the captain doesn’t go any faster than he wants to hit the dock. Watch the video to see how Capt. Steve does it.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge joystick variations
    The 57 Enclosed Flybridge can have a joystick with straight shafts and CAT engines as well as with Volvo pods.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge controlled docking
    Easy does it every time…

    Cockpit

    The 57 Enclosed Flybridge is boarded from the GRP swim platform that leads to a starboard side cockpit door. It is here where Riviera created a cockpit design that makes the area as welcoming a gathering space as the interior.

    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge main plan venues
    The main plan shows two entertaining/living venues: the cockpit/mezzanine and the salon.

    Measuring in at 141.3 sq. ft. (13.13 sq. m), the cockpit is at once a functional gathering area and a working fishing deck. For entertaining, there are two seating areas: a three-across transom lounge seat and an L-shaped mezzanine seat to the forward port corner.

    Overhead there’s a canvas extension framed in tubular stainless steel. See-through side wings knock down the wind to the elevated seating area.

    All Seats Have Storage Underneath. Of course, there’s plenty of room for additional deck chairs to be brought out from the in-deck lazarrette storage area. Still more storage is under the side gunwales for tackle, equipment and lines.

    The Barbie. To starboard is a cockpit galley with a double electric grill, sink, plenty of open counter space prep area, refrigerator and icemaker.

    For fishing, not only is there the familiar mezzanine seating, but the elevated L-settee has refrigerated storage underneath for keeping the catch iced. An in-deck fishbox is to the port side of the cockpit. Rod holders are in the caprails and overhead at the flybridge rail. A transom livewell has a glass front to keep an eye on the bait.

    Toe kicks add a measure of safety when fighting a fish, and padded bolsters can be added to surround the cockpit and enhance the comfort level when working a line. The deck is reinforced to accommodate an owner’s choice of pedestal table or fighting chair.

    Forward is a large awning-style stainless-steel-framed window that swings out and up. A sliding glass door connects the cockpit with the aft galley to further enhance the area’s functionality as a gathering and dining space.

    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge mezzanine lighting
    We like the cool courtesy lights under the mezzanine seating. The teak deck on this level is standard.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge cockpit open space
    The cockpit delivers on the theme of making the open space functional for fishing, cruising and entertaining.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge starboard entertainment
    The starboard side entertainment console offers all of the features of an outdoor galley. Here we see a double electric grill, sink, prep area, refrigerator and icemaker. Notice the door behind the raised hatch concealing the cockpit rocker switches.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge cockpit lighting
    Cockpit lighting switches are in the starboard side hatch that can also house the joystick control station. Note the inside of this small hatch is back gelled, as are all the rest of the fiberglass parts on the boat.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge transom sofa
    The transom outdoor sofa creates opposing seating in the cockpit and a pleasant place to relax or enjoy the ride.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge fishbox livewell
    There is a large storage bin under the transom sofa which can be used as a fish box. Note the livewell to the right with glass front and large lid that can be used as a serving counter when entertaining.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge hatches
    Deck hatches lead to the lazerette and the pod drives. At right is another fish box or storage compartment.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge storage solutions
    The cockpit features plenty of storage solutions, including this in-deck compartment with storage within storage.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge large platform
    The platform is large, and note the stainless steel rail at the trailing edge -- ideal for a swimmer to hang on to and a good place to tie up a dinghy.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge side decks
    Here we see the steps to the side decks with teak treads and the shore power cord which is on a Cablemaster system. The in-gunwale compartment is for fishing gear.

    Inside the Salon and Galley

    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge salon and galley

    The Galley

    The galley is equipped with high-end world-class appliances in an efficient U-shaped two-person work station. A large sliding glass door in a polished stainless steel frame, and an aft bulkhead window that swings up and out, creates cockpit connectivity. It also serves to ensure that the galley remains the centerpiece of any onboard gathering and keeps the cook in the conversation, whether it is in the cockpit or the salon.

    All wood is satin oak with teak accents and solid surface countertops. Appliances include a combination oven/microwave, a three-burner induction cooktop with range hood above, and a refrigeration suite of an owner’s mix of refrigerators and freezer drawers. A dishwasher is within easy reach of the stainless steel single basin sink.

    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge u-shaped galley
    The U-shaped galley is just to port as we enter the main deck. It features plenty of counter space for food prep, refrigerated drawers and high-end appliances. Note the latches on the pull-out refrigerator doors, which keeps them in place in a seaway.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge trash container
    Capt. Steve notes the in-counter trash container.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge dishwasher
    The drawer-type dishwasher is perfectly placed -- high and just to the right of the sink.

    The galley extends to the port side of the area and is an extension to it with additional refrigerator and freezer drawers and open counter/buffet space. All of this is located under the internal staircase accessing the enclosed flying bridge deck.

    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge food prep space
    More food prep counter space, or perhaps a sideboard for dinner or a counter for cocktail glasses and an ice bucket, is directly under the stairs to the flying bridge. Riviera has artfully integrated these two functions into the same space without wasting space with the internal stairs.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge large chest
    Under the stairs is this large chest, which holds four more refrigerator/freezer drawers, plus three more drawers to the right, under the third step. Remember that there is still more refrigeration outside in the seat under the mezzanine settee.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge cabinet space
    Outboard of the stairs is more cabinet space, along with the C-Zone control screen seen at the right.

    The Salon

    A Large Space. The salon is centrally located on the main deck and features a large L-shaped sofa to starboard facing the dining settee to port. The dining table folds up and lowers for cocktail hour, and the result is a very large conversation area that is as big as one might find on an 80-foot yacht. The reason for that is, of course, because there is no lower helm station.

    Riviera’s commitment to excel in fit-and-finish is exemplified here, as only the finest fabrics and materials are utilized. Opening side windows creates cross ventilation. The window sills are low, so everyone can see out while seated on the sofas. The wood grain deck is standard.

    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge dining area
    The saloon features a dining area to port and an L-shaped sofa to starboard. Wide planked flooring enhances the quality woodwork throughout.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge headroom salon
    Headroom in the salon/dining area is 6’5” (1.96 m). It is 7’ (2.13 m) in the galley area.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge overhead handrail
    Note the overhead handrail, something that is essential for boats going offshore -- and something rarely seen on boats built in the U.S. and Europe.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge dining table
    The dining table folds up for cocktail hour. Note the stainless steel hand holds which Riviera thoughtfully provides.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge pedestal stainless steel
    The stout stainless steel pedestal base for the table can be lowered for cocktails or made into a platform for an extra sleeping place in a pinch. Note the drawers in the base.

    Dining. To the port side is a large C-shaped dinette that can convert to a sleeping berth for those additional guests that just don’t want to leave. The drop down table serves six. Slide the long ottoman from the sofa and the table will seat eight.

    Across is an L-shaped sofa that seats five. Storage is underneath.As expected, all of the seating is plush-padded with custom upholstery. The headliner is also upholstered, adding to the eye-appeal of the space. This, of course, is all complemented by the dark-finished, wide-plank hardwood flooring. Opening side windows allows for cross ventilation.

    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge windshield
    The view forward when underway. Note the de-fogging vents. An advantage of having a windshield here instead of fiberglass is that it lets light in and makes the space far brighter than it would be otherwise.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge low sills
    Note the low sills which means that, even when sitting, everyone can see out.

    The view is very nearly 360 degrees from the salon. It is here where the dash remains open, but a push of a button raises the 48” (122 cm) LED TV, thus allowing viewing from the entire deck. The floating theater effect is enhanced by the five-speaker Bose audio system with Apple TV and Wi-Fi router.

    Accommodations

    The accommodations deck is accessed from a centrally located companionway just ahead of the main salon. The 57 Enclosed Flybridge is a three-stateroom, two-head yacht that includes a full beam master stateroom with en suite head and long hull side windows. A guest stateroom with twin berths is to starboard, and the VIP is forward. The foyer also allows for access to the day head, which is also used by those in the VIP and guest staterooms.

    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge stateroom
    The 57 Enclosed Flybridge is a three-stateroom/two-head yacht.

    The foyer at the bottom of the companionway is open and well-lit with natural light from the forward windshields above. A washer is at the bottom of the stairs, concealed by double doors that slide into the space alongside. A dryer is similarly concealed just ahead of the entry to the master stateroom.

    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge washing machine
    There’s a washing machine concealed in the base of the companionway stairs. The doors slide into the sides out of the way.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge dryer
    The dryer is in the passageway to the master stateroom.

    Master Stateroom

    The full beam master stateroom is luxuriously appointed with joinery that match the headboard décor. Subtle LED mood lighting is used for a more subdued effect when relaxation is the theme. There’s ample walking space to both sides of the bed, along with enough room for plenty of storage cabinetry. A settee is located to port, under the wide hull side window.

    Headroom is 6’3” (1.9 m).

    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge berth
    The bed measures 6’8” (2.03 m) by 5’10” (1.8 m) and is mounted on the centerline to minimize motion and maximize available space. Hull side windows are accompanied by opening portlights to allow natural light to bathe the room.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge lockers
    Among the storage solutions in the master stateroom are these two lockers… walk-in to starboard, hanging to port of the master berth.

    The master stateroom is served by its own en suite head with solid surface counters, vanity with porcelain features sink, premium fixtures and a separate walk-in shower stall with frameless glass door. The entire head has a solid surface non-slip floor that is slightly sunken to contain water.

    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge master head
    The master head features a full fiberglass enclosure, sunken solid surface non-skid decking, vessel sink and opening portlight.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge shower stall
    The shower stall in the master has a frameless glass door and handheld showerhead attached to a slide bar.

    VIP

    The VIP is forward and carries the familiar theme of having a 6’ (1.83 m) by 5’1” (1.55 m) island berth accessible from both sides. Beautiful hardwood cabinetry with dark trim adds to the eye appeal of this cabin. The feature headboard from the master is repeated here. Storage is well thought out, and we’re glad to see that Riviera didn’t forget the open space above the hull side windows for this purpose. Also, there are drawers in the foot of the bed and in the forward bulkhead -- something that is unusual.

    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge island berth
    The VIP features an island berth with storage below as well as over the hull side windows.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge compartments
    There is never enough storage in any boat; these compartments over the windows will come in handy.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge chest drawers
    Adjacent to the passageway door is a chest of drawers that is unusual to find in a forward cabin. To the left is the second hanging locker.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge vip door
    The door from the VIP to the head nestles into a relief in the bulkhead that allows it to rest completely out of the way, thus providing more room for passage -- a remarkably thoughtful touch.

    Starboard Guest Stateroom

    The starboard stateroom features over-under berths, a mirror, ample storage, a hanging locker, an overhead hatch with Ocean Air blind, and reading and overhead lighting.

    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge guest stateroom
    The guest stateroom can include an optional 19” (48.3 cm) LED TV and stereo with Bluetooth connectivity.

    BoatTEST Performance Numbers

    The Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge has an LOA of 60’8” (18.5 m) and a beam of 16’10” (5.13 m). With an empty weight of 64,700 lbs. (29,360 kg), 45% fuel and two people onboard, we had an estimated test weight of 69,316 lbs. (31,441 kg).

    With the twin Volvo Penta 900-hp D13-IPS1200s powering our test boat, we reached a top speed of 31 knots at 2320 rpm. Best economic cruise came in at 1750 rpm and 19.4 knots. It was at that speed that the 48 gph fuel burn translated into 0.4 nmpg and a range of 384.3 nm.

    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge heft
    The heft of the Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge is obvious in our video, as we follow her out of an inlet into open water as she parts the waves with a shudder. At 64,700 lbs. (29,347 kg), she is 4,700 lbs. (2,132 kg) more than the express Riviera 575 SUV.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge profile
    This profile view of the 57 Enclosed Flybridge shows the brow over both the lower and upper windshields. This design detail, along with the overhangs of her coach roof and flybridge aft deck, makes her look proportional and lower than her actual 18’10” (5.75 m) bridge clearance.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge top speed
    This image taken during our sea trial shows the 57 Enclosed Flybridge approaching her top speed of 31 knots powered by twin 900-hp diesels with pod drives.

    Easy Docking

    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge docking test
    No BoatTEST sea trial would be complete without a docking test. Because Capt. Steve has tested hundreds of boats, he has a good feel for systems that are smooth and responsive or ones that delay and require a heavy hand. Each joystick system must be calibrated to the boat upon which it is installed.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge cockpit joystick
    There are actually three joysticks on this boat -- one at the helm, one on the control station of the aft flybridge deck and this one in a compartment in the cockpit.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge easy docking
    Watching the videos of Capt. Steve docking the boat from either position reinforces the concept of taking it easy. He is not a cowboy, but a boat captain.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge precision docking
    By going slowly, the joystick can precisely maneuver the boat.

    The Engine Room

    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge power panel
    One of our favorite Riviera features is the lockable power panel in the cockpit. From here, we can power up the 57 Enclosed Flybridge before even entering the salon door or going down into the engine room.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge engine inspection
    Capt. Steve enters the engine room for his inspection.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge engine clearance
    Once below, there is good clearance between the engines.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge engine room headroom
    Headroom is not an issue in the Riviera 575 SUV, as this image shows. There was also adequate room between the CAT diesels for fluid checks.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge intercom system
    The standard intercom system connects with the galley and the helm on the flying bridge.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge demisters
    Riviera used Delta-T demisters, which are the industry standard for top quality. They have vanes inside which catch alt spray and take it out of the air and drain it overboard.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge chiller system
    Our test boat was equipped with a Cruisair chiller system for the air conditioning. Chillers are far superior to conventional air conditioning units, as they take up far less space in the living quarters, are quieter, and their condensation can be controlled and piped overboard.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge fiberglass shield
    This is the fiberglass shield through which the jackshaft runs from the engine to the pod drives.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge double fuel filters
    Here we see the double fuel filters for each engine and the sea strainers. The ladder can be moved for easier access.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge sight gauges
    We like sight gauges on fuel tanks, and they are a good thing to keep an eye on when doing daily fluid checks.
    Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge motoryacht
    With three staterooms, a large salon, a sky lounge and a huge cockpit for entertaining, the Riviera 57 Flybridge is very much a motoryacht.

    Observations

    Clearly, the cruising pedigree of the 57 Enclosed Flybridge will allow her to take on bluewater destinations for either lengthy retreats or destination fishing expeditions. With her livability accompanying that characteristic, the theme of this new yacht truly becomes “how far?”

    She exudes the cruising details that only customer feedback can provide, and our hat is off to the folks at Riviera for listening. There are so many attentive touches seen throughout this luxurious yacht that it’s obvious how seriously Riviera takes its boat-building mission.

    Frankly, it is hard to find fault with this boat or the build. On the contrary, we think the build quality can be a benchmark for the industry for premium yachts. Clearly, thousands of hours have gone into making sure that every detail is just right. And while every boat is a compromise, we found precious few of them in this vessel.

    Finally, there are not many convertibles being built these days, so consumers who want a goldplater for big game fishing now have a viable new option. She will not go 40 knots like some convertibles will, but that is, frankly, a benchmark set by a few American owners with money to burn -- and their numbers are dwindling. We think that the Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge makes good sense all around.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Autopilot Standard
    GPS/Chart Optional
    VHF Radio Standard

    Systems

    Air Cond./Heat Standard
    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Fixed Standard
    Water Heater Standard

    Galley

    Microwave Standard
    Refrigerator Standard

    Exterior Features

    Hardtop Standard
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Transom Door Standard
    Wet bar Standard

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Bow Thruster Optional
    Davit Optional
    Freezer Standard
    Generator Standard
    Oil Change System Standard
    Washer/Dryer Standard

    Warranty

    Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

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