The Riviera 575 SUV combines the blue-water cruising and fishing abilities of the Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge convertible with the single-level, leisurely entertaining, and cruising features of the company's Sport Yacht design. The cockpit layout includes a transom seat, an L-shaped Mezzanine settee with table, a wet bar with twin BBQ, a refrigerator, and an icemaker. CZone touchscreen systems controls are standard. Virtually all aspects of this yacht are best-in-class.
Volumes of storage, including large fish bin to port, massive center lazarette and engineering access panels supported by gas struts with heavy-duty stainless steel latches
Sliding stainless door is tinted, tempered glass and set in a strong stainless steel frame
Stainless steel Ultra anchor with galvanised chain
The premium entertainment system in the main living area includes a flatscreen LED TV integrated into Yamaha AV receiver with Apple TV, Airplay, Bluetooth, Blu-Ray and second zone to cockpit, five Bose speakers and subwoofer
Reverse-cycle air-conditioning with electric heat, split to the galley
Pompanette Platinum, fully adjustable helm and companion chairs with arm and foot rests
Helm electronics area with 24V DC feed and protection main circuit breaker
VHF radio including aerial
60' 8" 18.5 m
16' 10" 5.13 m
60,400 lbs. 27,400 kg
67,116 lbs. 30,443 kg
5' 1" 1.55 m
- Draft Up
- Draft Down
- Air Draft
12' 10" 3.91 m
1,057 gal. 4,000 L
198 gal. 750 L
Length on Trailer
Height on Trailer
Total Weight (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
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.
2 x 1000-hp 12.9 CAT
2 x 725-hp Volvo Penta D11-IPS950 2 x 900-hp Volvo Penta D13-IPS1200 2 x 900-hp Volvo D13 Shaft Drive 2 x 1000-hp CAT C12.9 Shaft Drive
The Riviera 575 SUV has an LOA of 60’8” (18.49 m), a beam of 16’10” (5.13 m) and a draft of 5’1” (1.55 m).
The Flagship of the Riviera SUV line, the 575 blends the fit-and-finish of a luxury cruising yacht with the ability to go fishing. This combination of two yachts in one allows the captain and his crew to travel in comfort yet still be able to target blue water pelagics along the way, and once they reach their destination, they have all the amenities of a cruising yacht. But we think that she is equally as good for weekend entertaining as for cruising or fishing.
Because she can fish, cruise, entertain and be an all-around watersports platform, Riviera has given her the SUV appellation. She does not have a flying bridge, so ardent big game anglers will probably choose other boats in the Riviera line, but nevertheless, more casual fishermen will enjoy her large cockpit and fishing amenities.
And who said you have to have a flying bridge for big game fishing, anyway? Ernest Hemingway didn’t initially have one on Pilar. Zane Grey managed without one and never complained about it.
Most important to remember is that Riviera is located on the east coast of Australia. Its primary customers are Aussies who like to range from the major cities such as Sydney, Brisbane and others north to the Great Barrier Reef and points north -- and south. The western pacific and the Tasman Straits can be rough bodies of water, so its boats must be designed to both take punishment and provide comfort. Our experience with Riviera boats indicates that they do both.
The large open cockpit has features for accommodating guests and fishing far beyond the horizon.
• Mezzanine seating including an L-shaped settee with table and a wet bar.
• Comfortable transom seating.
• Straight-shaft or pod propulsion systems, both with joysticks.
• Optional main deck layouts with four forward-facing Pompanette Platinum chairs or expanded sofa with coffee table/ottoman.
• Master stateroom with walk-in wardrobe and sofa.
• C-Zone electrical control system standard.
• Premium equipment, hardware and materials in all cases.
The Riviera 575 SUV has a pleasing sheer line and proud bow. The hull-side ports add to the look as well as allow in natural light.
A Sea-Going Build. Attention to detail is what Riviera has built its reputation on. And that starts with designing boats that are sleek with rounded corners and clean, uncluttered and unaffected lines. Lines that we think will be as pleasing to the eye in 10 years as they are today.
Their builds are known for being robust with stout equipment, carefully installed. They are one of the few builders who design their interiors for actually going to sea in and not just for dashing from marina to marina. This is a fact that sets Riviera apart from many builders in class. She is a solid boat and, as a result, heavier than many in class, with a tested displacement of 67,116 lbs. (30,443 kg).
She also has one of the greatest beams in class, a foot or more than many of the Italian flyers that place speed in flat water ahead of a good sea-going ride in choppy conditions.
The Riviera 575 SUV has sleek lines. We like the forward brow on the coach roof and the extended canvas sun shade extending from the hardtop over the cockpit.
Performance. The Riviera 575 SUV allows owners to select their personal preference of either pod-drive or conventional shaft-drive propulsion to suit their specific geographic regions. There are four choices for a drive package for the 575.
Propulsion System Options
The Riviera 575 SUV is available with either Cat or Volvo Penta engines driving conventional straight shafts. The Volvo IPS pod drive system is also available. The advantage of a straight shaft system is its simplicity, low maintenance and lower cost to both buy and fix if there is a grounding. And Riviera offers thrusters on boats powered by either the Cat and the Volvo straight shaft systems, making docking easy.
The advantage of pod drives is they are more fuel efficient at mid-range cruising speeds where most boats are operated. They have a joystick for easy docking. Descriptions of each system are as follow --
Our test boat has a straight shaft with a minimum down angle and dripless stuffing boxes.
Straight Shaft Options
1. Volvo Penta shaft-drive package with twin D13 engines (2 x 662 kW/900-hp) includes twin lever controls, bow and stern thruster controls, and auto pilot at the helm, as well as Quickshift gearboxes that are freshwater-cooled, as well as (3x) 17” Glass Bridge touchscreens.
2. A CAT shaft-drive package with twin C12.9 engines (2 x 735 kW/1000-hp) includes twin lever controls, bow thruster, Quickshift gearboxes that are freshwater-cooled, (3x) 16” Garmin Multi-Function Display screens and autopilot.
3. Twin Disc, a major manufacturer of marine gears, makes what it calls an “Express Joystick System” (EJS) that gives joystick control to the CAT C12.9 and the Volvo D13. A bow thruster is part of the system.
This image shows that when pod drives are used, jackshafts are employed. The engines stay in the same location in all cases.
Pod Drive Options
1. Volvo Penta D11-IPS950 system with twin D11 engines and IPS20 Pod drives (2 x 533 kW/727-hp) with jackshafts and joystick.
2. Volvo Penta D13-IPS1200 system with twin D13 engines and IPS30 Pod drives (2 x 662 kW/900-hp) with jackshafts and joystick.
Our test boat had a 16’10” (5.13 m) beam, a draft of 5’1” (1.55 m) and had an estimated displacement of 67,116 lbs. (30,443 kg). She was propped with 32x37 5-bladed Veem propellers on straight shafts.
With twin 1000-hp Cat C12.9 engines, our test boat reached a top speed of 28.8 knots at 2300 rpm. Her best economy was found to be at 1750 rpm and 19.1 knots. At that speed, our fuel burn was 53.5 gph for a 340.2 nm range.
At 10 knots, she burned 11.2 gph for a range of 845.7 nm.
The boat gets nearly the same economy per mile from best cruise to wide open throttle, so it’s best to set the speed according to sea conditions and time constraints. If seas are calm, let her run. If the winds pick up, pull her back so she rides along with the frequency of the waves for a more comfortable ride.
We like this Cat C12.9 shaft-drive set-up, as it is lower cost in the beginning and maintenance issues are considerably less as compared to pod drives. With a bow thruster, docking is easy. It should be remembered that people have been docking twin screw boats without thrusters or joysticks since the dawn of power boating.
The Riviera 575 SUV has an LOA of 60’8” (18.5 m), a beam of 16’10” (5.13 m) and a draft of 5’1” (1.55 m) with an empty weight of 60,400 lbs. (27,397 kg).Seen above is the main deck plan on the Riviera 575 SUV that we tested. Note that there are two seats at the helm on the port side.This is the optional layout which has four helm seats facing forward, something that is very unusual on a yacht of this type but is the most comfortable way to ride and gets everyone into the action of piloting.
Helm. State-of-the-art touchscreen navigation systems are flush-mounted into the dash and control -- all essential navigational and systems controls within easy reach of the captain.
The port-side helm has all controls within easy reach. The mic on the left is an intercom to the engine. There is a standard chain counter at the helm, which is a must for anchoring at night. The side window opens -- something every skipper likes.Behind the throttles on what would otherwise be an arm rest is the autopilot and CAT display screen, among other things.Forward is a thoughtful recessed tray for smart phones and other devices. Note the USB ports and power supply.Behind the helm of the 575 SUV are two fully adjustable Pompanette Platinum chairs.Below the helm is a teak foot rest. The wood deck is standard.The two forward windshields are each over 6’ (1.83 m) wide and 4’6” (1.37 m) high, with a very narrow mullion in between for exceedingly good visibility.Image of a 575 SUV with the alternative main deck layout.A 2’ (61 cm) brow protects from sun and rain and makes the boat look cool, too.
Dining. The dining area has an L-shaped settee with a varnished wood dinette table to port. To starboard is a choice of either an additional L-shaped lounge or a couch with two additional helm chairs. LED overhead lighting, a flat screen LED TV and a premium entertainment system are included.
Standard is a Yamaha AV system, Bose speakers, Apple TV, Blu-ray and Bluetooth, plus flat screen TVs throughout the boat.
Here we see the versatile elongated ottoman nestled up against the sofa. It can be used with a tray on top as a cocktail table and serves as a bench seat for the dining table to port. Inside there is storage.One of the interior layouts includes this L-shaped lounge. The panoramic windshield and slide-open side windows allow in natural light and fresh air. Note the expanse of glass.The dining table is hi-lo and can serve as a cocktail table in both positions. We like the SS grab handles. It also lowers to make the platform for a bed when guests are reluctant to leave.The dining table has a high-gloss finish.On the overhead above the salon are two electrically-actuated skylights. Note the handhold running down the centerline -- something rarely found on most boats in class.
Galley. The galley is to port on entry, and is equipped with the latest in premium-brand appliances and conveniences from all over the world, complemented by satin oak timber cabinetry with teak accents above the solid-surface bench tops. The refrigeration features two fridge and two freezer drawers.
A built-in dishwasher is within easy reach of the stainless steel sink. On the counter is a 3-burner electric stovetop. The aft bulkhead has a wide opening glass window that brings the excitement of the cockpit indoors.
The fully-equipped galley includes solid wood cabinetry, a cooktop, an oven and even a dishwasher. The wood deck treatment is standard.Opposite of the U-shaped galley is more galley space. The counter here can be used for food prep or as a side board when entertaining guests. To the right are four pull-out drawers for the refrigerator and freezer.Hidden behind the galley counter is a flat screen TV. We see it here in the raised position.
Open-Air Galley Window
One of the attributes of the 575’s design is the opening aft window adjacent to the galley. This serves a number of purposes: (1) it brings fresh air into the galley and salon, (2) it keeps the galley cook involved with the cockpit conversation, and (3) it allows food to be passed out to guests in the cockpit.
Here we see the aft window, which is part of the aft bulkhead, in the up position. Note that all the closures are stainless steel for durability, easy maintenance and tight fit.The aft window in the closed position. It dogs down and is water-tight.Looking out from the galley into the cockpit.
In this age of motoryachts and express cruisers with aft decks that are up high, it is refreshing to find an express cruiser with a genuine cockpit. And while most people think of them for fishing -- and they are certainly designed for that -- Riviera knows full well that most people will be using them as their primary entertaining venue.
Prime Entertaining Venue. The Riviera 575 SUV has a cockpit designed for entertaining a large group with cocktails, a cookout or an informal buffet dinner. With comfortable seating on the mezzanine and on the transom bench seat, women will have places to sit while the men perch on the cockpit covering boards.
The cockpit seating area with removable cocktail table installed. Look closely at the steps up to the port side deck and note that the treads are teak. All fiberglass steps should be covered in teak or some other non-skid surface.
A Cozy Mezzanine. While many convertibles have mezzanine seating, few have them arranged like the one on the Riviera 575. We like the L-shaped settee and the large square table. Not only will it be a prized place for sundown cocktails and a cool spot for breakfast or lunch, it will also serve as a convenient sideboard while having a cocktail in the cockpit.
The teak deck on the mezzanine comes standard.
Evening is one of the best times to enjoy the outdoor seating and grill area.The cocktail table in the cockpit gives this area the dual purpose of a comfortable place to sit while watching baits, or having lunch and entertaining.The starboard side wet bar has a built-in dual electric barbecue and sink beneath the molded fiberglass hatch.Built into the transom bulkhead is a padded lounge seat that one rarely sees on a sportfishing boat; it is plush and comfortable. To the right of it is a livewell with a glass so that anglers can keep an eye on the condition of their bait.The compartment below the transom bench seat is insulated and can be used as a fishbox. Note the livewell with glass front with its lid up. In the down position it becomes a counter for drinks and snacks.There is an additional insulated fishbox built into the cockpit sole to port. Of course, it can be used for storage.
Systems Control. Built into the aft bulkhead, just above the mezzanine seating, are two fiberglass hatches. One leads to all of the breakers and battery switches for the electrical systems, and the smaller one leads to a manual bilge pump and control valve. A C-Zone system comes standard.
All of the ship’s battery switches are easily accessible and clearly labeled to show which circuit they control.Three fiberglass hatches in the cockpit allow access to the bilge, pod drive and lazarrette.This cockpit hatch, on the starboard side, allows access for servicing the pod drive unit.This center cockpit hatch leads to the lazarette. Additional fiberglass hatches open to gain access to pumps, thru-hulls and seacocks.
Wet Bar and Barbie. To starboard is a wet bar complete with electric grill, icemaker, sink and fridge. This is a handy layout, and one that we like, because it adds utility to the boat and keeps the chef in the thick of conversation with guests in the cockpit. It also keeps smoke and heat outside.
The countertop for the grill and sink can be used for drinks and an ice bucket when the facilities are not being used. Ice maker and refrigerator are below.The mezzanine platform is 9” (23 cm) above the cockpit sole. Note the standard teak deck and the rounded corners on everything.Under the seating are hampers for much-needed storage. This is a good place to stow life preservers as well as soda and bottled water.The aft locker under the seat is a standard refrigerator, creating tremendous capacity to keep things cool, such as soda and beer.This is a transom door done right, with a fiberglass covering board over the door to help keep guests in the boat. Capt. Steve is seen here pulling out the shower wand, which has hot and cold water.In aft quarters, Riviera has molded in a “cul-de-sac” with robust hardware and a 13” (33 cm) cleat that is easily accessible. Note the electrical connection for shore power.The lid on the livewell has a thoughtful recess, so fingers won’t get smashed.This in-deck fishbox can double for much-needed storage.We like this well-designed, factory-installed canvas awning, which does the job, is lightweight and is extremely well designed to fit in with the look of the boat. Avid fishermen will probably forgo the awning or make it smaller.The optional hydraulic swim platform is 4’ (1.22 m) and the fixed platform is 1’4” (0.41 m), providing a total of 5’4” (1.63 m) of swim/tender platform.We tested the platform and discovered that it is very easily managed. Here we can see the tender entering the water.Once launched, the platform becomes a submersible swim platform. The chalks for the tender can be easily removed when not in use.Steps to the side decks are sculptured into the fiberglass molding and have been done with great artistry -- like the rest of the boat. We would put teak treads on these steps. Note the courtesy lights.Side decks are 14” (35.6 cm) wide, which is a good compromise between wide side decks and interior cabin space. Safety rails are 26” (66 cm) high aft and 27” (68.6 cm) at the bow, which exceed both ABYC and CE standards.Optional bow sunning cushions are flanked by rails and cup holders. We like the white tint on the hatches, which blend in with the deck. It is this sort of attention to aesthetic detail that sets Riviera apart from many other builders.There are two 13” (33 cm) cleats flanking the ground tackle, which are extra high off the deck and strategically placed. They perform double duty for both the anchor rode and mooring lines. Under the port side hatch is the windlass control, and the staboard hatch gives access to the chain locker. There is both freshwater and saltwater washdown bibs under the hatches.
The three stateroom, two head accommodations plan of the Riviera 575 SUV.
The Riviera 575 SUV has three staterooms and two heads. The master stateroom has a private head with separate shower stall. This stateroom is remarkably large for a boat of this size, and that is due to its 16’10” (5.13 m) beam and its position in the boat. The VIP forward is pretty much the same as other boats in class simply because there is not much any builder can do in this space to make the basic design different -- but there are differences, and they are in the details. The guest cabin on the starboard side has been cleverly designed and has a remarkable amount of space.
The Master Stateroom
The master bed measures 6’8” (2 m) head to foot by 5’10” (1.8 m) wide. Note the level of high-gloss woodwork. All mattresses in the 575 SUV have inner springs.
Master Stateroom. The master stateroom has a full-size bed which has room on either side, even allowing storage cabinetry along both perimeters. It also has its own sofa, TV integrated into a home theater system, and full walk-in cedar-lined wardrobe with full-length mirror and shoe racks. The headroom is 6’3” (1.9 m).
This image shows the width of the passage between the bed and the sofa. The door to the head is at right.Capt. Steve points out the large flat screen TV, which is standard.The sofa is relatively large -- bigger than the love seats we sometimes see in boats this size. Note the chest of drawers at right. The deep pile carpet has a soft pad under it.Not letting this unused “air draft” go to waste provides much-needed storage.Capt. Steve is pointing out the air conditioning that wafts out over the molding above the head of the bed. This treatment is much more attractive than the metal grate that we often see on boats. Under the molding are fixed reading lights.On the starboard side of the master are four large bins for storage. Behind Capt. Steve is a hanging locker, and to the right is a walk-in closet.The master stateroom has a walk-in wardrobe (left) as well as a hanging locker (right). All closets are cedar lined.Riviera is averse to straight edges in its contours both outside and inside -- cabinetry and doors notwithstanding. Note the pleasing radius in the bulkhead in the master stateroom. This kind of work is more costly than the standard mitered joint.
The Master Head has a separate shower stall with glass door and teak seat. There is an opening port and an exhaust fan. The head has a “Quiet-Operation” toilet on a raised fiberglass platform. A fiberglass inner liner makes it easy to keep the head clean.
All opening portlights, such as this in the master head, have a sensor on them that signal at the helm if they are open -- this is an important detail on any boat going offshore.The master head is a fully fiberglass module that is easy to keep clean. Storage cabinets are above and below the wash basin.The shower stall has a frameless glass door and handheld showerhead attached to a slide bar.
Washer & Dryer. Every boat that is going to be used for cruising needs a washer and dryer. Washer/dryer combos are a good compromise on smaller boats, but they don’t do as good a job of drying as a separate unit.
The 575 SUV has both a separate washer and dryer. They are located in the passageway to the master stateroom, so they couldn’t be handier.
Below this drawer for linen storage is the washer. Behind Capt. Steve’s back is a door that covers the dryer.Looking past the dryer into the master stateroom.
VIP Stateroom. The forward guest stateroom mirrors the high level of luxury of the master. A full-size island bed allows for good side access. There are cedar-lined closets, bedside ledges with fiddles that can be used for books and mobile devices. The VIP stateroom has private access to the largest head on the boat, which is shared.
The Second Head. To port is an ensuite head for the VIP stateroom, including a solid surface vanity with top-mounted porcelain sink bowl and porcelain head. The separate shower stall features a frameless glass door, along with a tiled floor. This head is actually larger than the master head, and has a second door in the passageway so that it can be used by those in the guest cabin and as a day head.
The VIP guest stateroom has a full-size island bed and cedar-lined hanging closets. Note the storage cabinets above, which use the bow flare of the boat, and the drawers in the foot of the bed. This is good use of space, as there is never enough storage on any boat, no matter how large.Capt. Steve measure 6’4” (1.93 m) of headroom in the VIP stateroom at the foot of the bed. Note the soffit he is touching serves to distribute the air conditioning evenly.The bed in the VIP measures 6’ (1.83 m) head-to-foot and 5’1” (1.55 m) wide and has an inner spring mattress. Note the large horizontal windows, which brighten the cabin, along with the translucent hatch in the overhead.The VIP cabin has good-sized hanging lockers.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.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.
The guest cabin has bunk beds, with the lower one slightly wider than the upper. A hanging locker is to the right. Note the drawers under it.Another chest of drawers has been installed in the forward bulkhead. The placement of the A/C vent at the foot of the bed is correct -- we have seen it on some boats at the head.
The Engine Room
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.The passage between the engines is wide. Battery boxes are on the deck at left.The dip stick is easily accessed on the port engine. Note the start/stop button on the CAT display so that the engine can be started in the engine room -- this is a handy feature.Delta-T fans and demisters are installed on the 575 SUV. These are the best demisting systems on the market and have a complicated internal baffle system, with vanes that take salt spray out of the air and drain it overboard, thus keeping salt out of the engine room to reduce corrosion. Note the premium Mastervolt inverter and charger systems at right. Note the fuel tank sight gauge at the bottom of the image.Marking the engine mount nuts and bolts is something we only occasionally see. This lets owner/operators know at a glance if they need to be tightened. Note the heavy CAT bushing and engine mounts.We like the bilge water sump, another good idea in the 575 SUV engine room. A seawater strainer is at right and easily accessible.In Capt. Steve’s left hand is a simple remote control device that allows him to dock the boat from the cockpit. They are ideal for an owner/operator.There is a lot of boat in the Riviera 575 SUV, and she looks sleek and modern, as well as being a good vessel offshore. She has 12’10” (3.91 m) air draft.
Put simply, we find the Riviera 575 SUV to be an extraordinary boat. Virtually everything has been done correctly, all equipment is the best available on the market, the boat is built to go to sea, she has attractive styling, her joiner work and fiberglass fabrication is first rate, and she can be used for cruising, entertaining and fishing. What more could we ask for?
Test Result Highlights
Top speed for the Riviera 575 SUV (2017-) is 33.1 mph (53.3 kph), burning 100.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 378.5 liters per hour (lph).
Best cruise for the Riviera 575 SUV (2017-) is 22.0 mph (35.4 kph), and the boat gets 0.4 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.17 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 391 miles (629.25 kilometers).
Tested power is 2 x 1000-hp 12.9 CAT.
Standard and Optional Features
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc
Boats More Than 30 Feet
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