A new crossover is the result of genetic engineering.
Australian builder Riviera keeps expanding its lineup of hardy sport and cruising yachts, and its crossover line has a new flagship in the 575 SUV. Intended to take Riviera’s fishing DNA and combine it with a sportier look while infusing cruisability, the SUV line has multilevel capabilities in a single-level yacht.
The cockpit is a two-zone area that has a large, unobstructed fishing spot and a mezzanine forward with an L-shaped settee, a table and a console with a grill and a refrigerator/ice-maker for entertaining. A three-person settee is built into the transom, to be as unobtrusive as possible during fishing activities, but it can be replaced by a livewell, if the fish bin to port isn’t enough, or the barbecue console from the mezzanine.
A sliding door and a window that swings up give the yacht an indoor/outdoor feel, with everyone from the mezzanine to the helm able to converse, despite the two steps up to the main cabin. A galley is immediately inside the cabin, and a salon with settees opposite each other is forward. The portside helm includes twin captain’s chairs and a dash with room for three 19-inch displays and all the bells and whistles. A dozen or more people can sit comfortably for social hour.
Below, three staterooms, including a full-beam master, can sleep six people. The master has an en suite head, while the VIP has direct access to the second head, which is also the day head.
For power, buyers can choose Volvo Penta IPS — D11 IPS950 or D13 IPS1200 — or shaft drives — Volvo Penta D13, 900 hp, or Caterpillar C12.9, 1,000 hp. All come in twin configurations. With the CATs, the 575 SUV reached a top speed of 30.3 knots, and optimal cruise was 25.5 knots.
|LOA||60 ft., 8 in.|
|Beam||16 ft., 10 in.|
|Draft||5 ft., 1 in.|
|Displacement (Dry)||60,400 lbs.|
|Power||IPS and shaft options|
|Price (Base)||See Dealer|
|Riviera, Queensland, Australia; rivieraaustralia.com|
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