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2016 Riviera 63 Open Flybridge
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The 63 Flybridge is a luxurious and highly capable long range offshore vessel, with many popular design cues taken from the fleet's prestigious flagship, the Riviera 75.
The 63 Flybridge incorporates a multitude of additional cruising amenities driven by direct feedback from Riviera owners all over the globe.
The 63 Flybridge features a galley positioned central to the party, a vast cockpit, a master stateroom that is bathed in light and fresh air, and refinements to the hull that further enhance performance and sea keeping ability.
In engineering terms the 63 Flybridge is a shaft drive configuration, and base power is twin 1150hp Caterpillar diesel engines with a fuel capacity of 5,700 litres (1,731 US gallons).
The 63 Flybridge incorporates the latest technology including state-of-the-art digital switching for all DC electrical components, using the proven C-Zone CAN bus system to create fingertip control of electronic functions. At the touch of a 10 inch LCD screen a multitude of pre-set functions can be activated. Whether you are at sea or in party mode at the marina, the C-Zone digital switching system will present a specific menu offering control of all necessary functions. Of course, C-Zone allows for manual override so owners can customise the system to suit their personal requirements.
The 63 Flybridge is a seaworthy, highly capable long-range offshore vessel. Riviera's in-house designers have created a superbly running boat.
The hand-laminated fibreglass hull offers a very solid feel offshore, thanks to Riviera's legendary construction method and a deadrise of 12.5 degrees.
The high flying bridge
The giant Open Flybridge floor plan features an aft helm position on the starboard side, ideally suited for sport fishing. The helm dash can accommodate an array of the latest electronics and comprises a dash panel that raises and lowers on electric rams to protect and safeguard equipment.
Forward of the helm is a U-shaped dining and lounge area. The large two leaf-table can be lowered to convert to a sun pad or additional sleeping accommodation if required.
To complete the amenity of the flybridge, the port side features a full wet bar with sink, refrigerator, storage and waste bin.
Access to the flybridge is restricted by a lockable hatch at the top of the ladder.
Relaxing made easy
The very large main saloon is bright and airy, with 360 degree tinted windows and offering views from every seating angle and position. This is the social hub of the vessel. However, the party is not constrained to stay just indoors. The 63 Flybridge has taken many design cues from the much larger Riviera 75 and has incorporated social seating into the cockpit, which is no longer the sole domain of the sports fisherman.
The cockpit now doubles as an alfresco dining experience, with optional opposing fore and aft facing mezzanine seating either side of a solid teak table. The mezzanine also contains a fridge and storage space. A full barbecue centre with sink, rubbish bin and storage is located centrally within the transom, sealed from the weather when underway but creating an entirely different focus for the party at day's end.
The practicalities of a sport fisher with fully optioned fighting cockpit are enhanced with features like below deck self-draining fish bins, game chair mounting plate solidly glassed into the cockpit floor, and recessed toe kicks. An extensive options list covering rod holders, live bait tank wells, outriggers, single side mount Palm Beach engine control levers, which are a favourite with sport fishermen, ensures the full versatility of the 63.
The galley is positioned aft, adjacent to the saloon bulkhead, and separated from the large sociable cockpit space by a large window and full glass door. The result is an extension of light and space from outside in, with guests easily able to converse with whoever is in the galley.
Galley appliances comprise high quality stainless steel combination microwave and oven, efficient induction cooktop and slimline dishwasher are installed within the U-shape galley, set to port and out of the way of the main fore and aft traffic corridor. A huge working area set atop a solid surface benchtop features an underslung stainless steel sink, an enclosed waste bin, dedicated cup, plate, pot and cutlery drawers and ample storage. Forward of the galley, also to port, and an L-shape lounge with dinette table with seating capacity for four plus two.
Opposite the galley to starboard there is a bar area with ice maker and fridge.
A special feature of the saloon bar is an electric lift glassware cabinet which retracts into the varnished cabinetry while under way, yet rises to the occasion at the touch of a button. Powered by whisper quiet drive technology, the cabinet features LED backlit shelving.
Forward of the bar there is a spacious U-shape lounge and dinette, with seating for up to 12, well positioned to take advantage of the large TV mounted on the forward dash.
Recessed grab rails are set into the head-liner, as is an overhead storage locker, while airconditioning is ducted almost invisibly from behind a varnished timber facia panel that runs virtually the full length of the saloon.
Sleeping more soundly
At day's end, the master suite below decks will be a haven for weary travellers. Acoustically shielded using a blend of soft fabric panelling, wool carpeting and visually stunning high gloss timber, the 63 Flybridge now features a flood of light and from a massive horizontal fixed port mounted in the hullside.
Comprising fixed laminated safety glass and optional opening portholes handcrafted from stainless steel and wired to the boat's ignition alarm system, for peace of mind, the sleekly designed hull windows bring a flood of light and fresh air into the master suite.
The master suite features a queen sized bed aligned fore and aft and takes advantage of the large port light while a host of cleverly engineered features make storage of luggage and clothing easy.
Proven whisper quiet technology electrically lifts the base of the queen sized bed to reveal a spacious step-down storage locker, with large soft-close drawers. Cedar-lined hanging lockers and bedside drawers complement a cabin that includes its own ensuite, with shower cubicle, vacu-flush toilet, raised porcelain sink and solid surface bench top.
The VIP guest cabin features a queen size island bed and offers its own ensuite with ample drawer and hanging locker storage. An optional three cabin layout is available with extra space absorbed by the VIP guest cabin, to include a private lounge or a writing bureau. The optional laundry accommodates washer and dryer, either totally enclosed behind cabinetry or mounted below a bunk in the starboard aft cabin. The fabric lined companionway and stairway link the accommodation space with the main saloon and create a very warm and welcoming feel to the accommodation deck.