While owning “This Old Boat” has many rewards, at times I often research potential replacement for my 1985 Bertram 30. Over the years, I have always admired the designs and styling from Riviera Yachts. I surfed the net, I came across this New Boat Review of a future “this Old Boat” candidate from Soundings Magazine. Soundings is an excellent resource for general marine information, Boat and Product Reviews, Cruising information and cruising ideas and boat listing. This publication is geared for those who boat in Northeast. It’s one of my favorite magazine. The following is from Soundingsonline.com:
Australia-based boatbuilder Riviera Yachts continues to introduce new models at a fever pitch. These models include express cruisers, open express-style sportfishing boats, and open- and enclosed-flybridge convertibles to 70 feet.
The Riviera 41 Flybridge is one such boat. Built and tested in Australia, the two-stateroom, two-head convertible measures 46 feet overall and 43 feet, 3 inches on the waterline. It has propeller tunnels in the hull to reduce draft and propshaft angle, an underwater exhaust system, and engine room vents molded into the hull sides (a first for Riviera).
On the flybridge, there’s a helm station aft with helm and companion chairs; an L-shaped lounge on the starboard side, forward of the helm, with an optional filler cushion; and more lounge seating to port. The company says the cockpit, which can be accessed via ladder from the flybridge, is designed for entertaining and fishing. It has a nonskid sole, multiple storage lockers and an optional live well.
The 41’s saloon contains an L-shaped leather lounge seat to port and a raised dinette to starboard. For safety at sea, there’s a stainless steel overhead grab rail recessed into the saloon headliner, and the galley is located forward and a step down from the saloon.
The portside galley comes equipped with a solid surface countertop, a stainless steel sink, a recessed two-burner electric stove, a convection/microwave oven and a two-door refrigerator/freezer.
The below-deck accommodations include a master stateroom forward and a second stateroom along the starboard side. The master stateroom has a centerline island berth with storage beneath, a hanging locker on the starboard side and a private head compartment with a stall shower to port. The second stateroom has twin berths and a hanging locker, and there’s a second head compartment located on the starboard side.
Additional (and optional) sleeping accommodations comprise a trundle berth in the saloon and a filler cushion for the dinette.
Riviera Yachts of the Americas, Stuart, Fla. Phone: (772) 403-1060. www.rivierayachtsinc.com