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Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht (2017-)

2 x 600-hp Volvo Penta D8-IPS800

Brief Summary

Our first glance at the Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht presents an astounding first impression of a sleek and stylish yacht that also has a touch of muscle with it’s windshield brow that now seems to define the brand. It also has the single level main deck that we’ve come to expect from Riviera that makes cruising and entertaining so easy. Lastly, she’s got the fit-and-finish that distinguishes Riviera from others in class.

Test Results

600 5.5 4.8 1.4 4.1 3.5 2035 1769.6 66
1000 8.3 7.2 4.5 1.9 1.6 926 805.3 67
1250 10.3 8.9 8.3 1.2 1.1 617 536.4 71
1500 11.7 10.2 14 0.8 0.7 417 363 71
1750 13.2 11.5 23 0.6 0.5 287 249.3 78
2000 18.2 15.8 28.5 0.6 0.6 319 277.4 75
2250 23.6 20.5 36 0.7 0.6 327 284.1 75
2500 29.1 25.3 42.5 0.7 0.6 341 296.9 77
2750 33.8 29.4 51.5 0.7 0.6 328 285.1 79
3030 39.2 34 64.5 0.6 0.5 303 263.6 81


Length Overall 50' / 15.23 m
Beam 15' 1"
4.61 m
Dry Weight 42,000 lbs
19,055 kg
Tested Weight 45,384 lbs.
20,586 kg
Draft 3' 10"
1.18 m
Deadrise/Transom N/A
Max Headroom N/A
Bridge Clearance 11' 11"
3.64 m
Weight Capacity 42,000 lbs
19,055 kg
Fuel Capacity 555 gal
2,100 L
Water Capacity 106 gal
400 L
Total Weight 45,384 lbs.
20,586 kg


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Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane N/A
0 to 30 N/A
Ratio N/A
Props N/A
Load 3 persons, 3/5 fuel, full water, 50 lbs. of gear
Climate 68 deg., 45 humid.; wind: 0-5 mph; seas: 0

Engine Options

Tested Engine 2 x 600-hp Volvo Penta D8-IPS800

Captain's Report

Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht

The Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht is a two stateroom, two head yacht with a single level main deck layout and yacht quality fit and finish.

Overview. Riviera quite appropriately named this boat Sport Yacht as it seamlessly transitions between the two categories. With yacht quality fit and finish this beautiful yacht carries the outdoor aft deck right to the expansive main deck with a single level living space.

Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht

Stylish lines are the hallmark of the Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht.

Features Inspection.

The exterior is where we get our first impression of the 4800, and as the saying goes, make the first one a good one. Riviera succeeded in this regard with a profile that is at once striking and elegant. Her raked rail supports match the angle of the hull side windows creating a look of sleek speed, even when at rest. The molded contour lines of her standard hardtop speak of the dedication that goes into all of the company’s products.


The swim platform is as much a play place is it is a functional member of the outdoor gathering. Start with the tender garage big enough to hold a 9’2” (2.8m) rib. The garage is accessed by an electrically actuated hatch that leads to the aft platform.

Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht

The swim platform includes removable rails. There is access to the cockpit deck to both port and starboard.

Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht

The aft section of the swim platform electrically lowers into the water to launch the tender or create a private beach.

Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht

The stern grilling area is gourmet quality and among the best we’ve seen.

Just ahead is, what is in our opinion, one of the most well equipped outdoor grills we’ve seen on any yacht, let alone in class. It includes twin burners with food prep stations to both sides and a stainless backsplash/heat guard, all under a lighted hatch held open with gas struts to both sides. A stainless grab rail runs the length and can not only hold people secure, we can hang our grilling tools from it for easier access.

Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht

Here we can see the two main exterior gathering areas, the bow and the cockpit. Notice the separate antenna arch over the standard hardtop.

Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht

A stainless steel framed awning with side curtains adds additional protection to the cockpit deck.


The aft deck is accessed by stairs to both port and starboard. If there were any doubts about the 4800 Sport Yacht’s ability to blur the line between the exterior and interior gathering areas, then this space will further serve to convince.

To the stern there’s a center-mounted, four-across, forward-facing bench with weatherproof upholstery and storage underneath. Ahead and to starboard is L-shaped seating wrapping around a solid wood table on a stainless pedestal. A glass bulkhead opens awning-style, and this, coupled with the sliding glass door, makes for an open and inviting blend to the yacht’s interior.

To port is an outdoor wet-bar with a sink recessed into a solid surface counter, a prep area, refrigerator and icemaker.

Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht

The cockpit is the first of many gathering areas we are greeted by as we enter the 4800 Sport Yacht.


The bow is accessed from side decks to both port and starboard. High side rails and a cabin side grab rail allows for a safe transition even when underway. Forward there are comfortable sunpads with a pop up bimini to add shade when the sun becomes a bit too much to bear, but the desire for the panoramic view of the water remains irresistible. Under the windshield brow are concealed weatherproof speakers.


Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht

The interior features a well laid out traffic area that runs from the cockpit to windshield on a single level.

The flush transition to the salon is via a large sliding glass door on a stainless steel frame. The galley is to port, centrally located between the dining area and aft deck ensuring that the chef/host remains at the social hub of the yacht. This also ensures a free flow of traffic throughout the main deck. Additional natural light comes in from the side window that remains unobstructed. Appliances include two refrigerators, a freezer, two-burner ceramic cooktop and microwave. Solid wood cabinetry throughout highlights the fit and finish of Riviera’s in-house cabinetmakers.

Opposite is a buffet area with a solid wood top and storage underneath that includes bottle and stemware storage.

Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht

Matching grains highlight the stunning woodwork in the galley. Solid surface counters have raised edges and low backsplashes to keep the view uninterrupted.

Dining Area

The dining area consists of a C-shaped lounge to starboard wrapping around a dining table that can easily accommodate 4, all on an elevated platform. The opening side windows are situated such that a view to the horizon is always possible, even from the seated positions. This is an important factor in preventing discomfort for those guests that may not be as acclimated to being on the water as others. An opening sunroof further serves to blend the interior with the exterior.

Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht

The dining area is on an elevated platform to starboard.

Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht

An opening sunroof blends the inside with the outside and let’s natural light pour into the main deck areas.


To the port side is the helm with twin high-backed leather seats that are electrically adjustable, and a panel that is nothing short of a testimony to Riviera’s commitment to embrace new technology. A “glass dash” features a pair of 12” (30.5cm) multi-function displays as the focal point and these can be used to display everything from the nav data, to the engine displays, to the radar and closed circuit cameras situated around the boat.

Visibility is astounding through the surrounding glass, including the two-piece windshield with narrow mullions.

Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht

The helm embraces the “glass dash” technology without utilizing a single analog gauge. Notice the air conditioning vents to both sides of the panel.


Below and to the right is a 10” (25.4 cm) CZone touchscreen that allows for control of all the vessels electrical functions as well as monitoring systems. This is augmented with push-button switches for items needing more immediate access like horns, nav lights, etc… Additionally, a separate touchscreen control is located at the salon entry and an iPad can control the system from anywhere onboard.

Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht

A CZone control pad 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, is clearly displayed on the touchscreens situated throughout the yacht. There’s also the option of additional iPad connectivity, so you can control CZone from anywhere onboard

Lower Deck

Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht

The lower deck features a two stateroom, two head layout.

We move down to the accommodations level via a centerline staircase to the starboard side of the helm. This leads us to a large open atrium with plenty of natural light. The area is also functional as to starboard there is an L-shaped couch that can accommodate up to five adults. This not only makes for a quiet retreat but can also serve as an extra sleeping area. It includes storage drawers beneath.

Opposite is the day head that includes space for a washer/dryer.

Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht

The lower atrium lounge is to starboard and makes a more secluded conversation area.


The master stateroom is located forward with the usual setup of a queen-sized island berth nestled into the bow. There’s access to both sides via steps. A private ensuite head includes a walk-in shower.

Riviera’s penchant for use of space is highlighted with upper cabinets to both sides of the stateroom and storage access under the berth.

Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht

The quality woodwork that we saw on the main deck is repeated down below, seen here in the master stateroom forward.

Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht

The master head has a separate walk-in shower. A vessel sink is mounted atop a solid surface counter.


The guest VIP stateroom is located aft and reflects a departure from what we usually see as the location for the master. Instead, more berths are made available by moving the master forward and taking more advantage of the available space here for extra guests. The stateroom includes three single berths, of which two can slide together to form a double berth. Hull side windows allow for natural light and opening portlights are connected to alarms at the helm.

Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht

The full-beam VIP features three berths. The two can slide together to form one large berth.

Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht

The hull side windows have opening portlights just ahead that are alarmed to the helm through the CZone system.

Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht

The guest head also serves as the day head. Notice the opening portlight in the shower for added ventilation.


Powering the 4800 Sport Yacht is the twin 550-hp Volvo Penta IPS 700 pod drive engines. Optional power is the 600-hp IPS 800’s. These engines share space with the 11kW Onan generator supplying the electrical demands when away from shore power.

Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht

Even with a tender garage there’s still plenty of room to move about in the engine room.

BoatTEST Performance Numbers

The Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht has a LOA of 50’ (15.23 m) and a beam of 15’1” (4.61 m). With an empty weight of 42,000 lbs. (19,055 kg), 58% fuel and 3 people onboard, we had an estimated test weight of 45,384 lbs. (20,586 kg).

With the twin Volvo Penta 600-hp D8-IPS800s powering our test boat, we reached a top speed of 34 knots/39.2 mph at 3030 rpm. Best economic cruise came in at 2500 rpm and 25.3 knots/29.1 mph. It was at that speed that the 42.5 gph fuel burn translated into 0.6 nmpg and a range of 296.9 nm.


The Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht combines stunning good looks with a grace and poise that seems to be the hallmark of the company. She’s clearly laid out to spend the days above deck and nights below. And with all her entertaining and gathering areas being on a single level, it’s easier and more inviting to circulate throughout the yacht during those many gatherings that her owners are sure to have.