by Steve Lague

The latest addition to Riviera’s impressive model range, the 57 Enclosed Flybridge, will be the first model for several years to offer the option of stern drive. For the past decade the Australian luxury boat builder has preferred Volvo’s clever twin pod configuration as its power source. The 57 Enclosed flybridge will also be offered with the pods as standard but is also catering for those who prefer the more traditional shaft-drive.
And to ensure the latter has the same low-speed maneuverability as the pods the stern drive models will come standard with a bow thruster and an aft thruster will be offered as an option.
Courtesy of the Quickshift gearboxes, owners of shaft drive models can also add the Express Joystick System (EJS) that actuates and controls the engines, transmissions, propellers and thrusters, enabling a skipper to easily and confidently manoeuvre the boat in any challenging docking situations.

While the re-engineering of the new 57, which is based on the 53 Enclosed Flybridge it succeeds, there are numerous other highlights including a new deck and revamped layouts.
The Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge creates a whole new indoor/outdoor living experience with a clever new cockpit design, complete with large transom and mezzanine lounges, wet bar, barbecue, fridge and ice-maker. It also retains the cockpit connectivity with the aft galley that is separated from the outdoor area by a sliding door and awning window that opens out over the mezzanine to position the chef in the middle of the social scene.
The spacious saloon, which has two lounges, offers almost 360-degrees of the water.
Opening tinted side windows provide natural light and fresh air into the saloon creating a bright and fresh atmosphere.
Down stairs the full beam master stateroom is located amidships, the most stable part of the boat, and features a king-size bed.
The forward guest stateroom mirrors the level of luxury in the master and has a queen-size walk-around bed. It also has a semi-ensuite bathroom that also doubles as the day head.
The starboard cabin has adult-sized upper and lower beds and a deck hatch for ventilation on those nights you don’t want to use the airconditioner.
The enclosed flybridge is another revelation, and as you ascend the internal staircase you are greeted by a state-of-the-art ergonomic forward helm. Skippers will really appreciate the three massive clear, tempered windscreens that provide excellent visibility and the two fully adjustable chairs.
Riviera 57 Enclosed FB 11
Riviera 57 Enclosed FB 10The all-new dash design has enough room for three 19-inch multi-function display screens, as well as dedicated switches for all the electrics. Behind the helm is an L-shaped settee that has rod or general storage underneath, a table, slumber seat with fridge, a wet bar and a sink. It all sits under a huge sliding electric sunroof which, together with sliding-open side windows, creates a virtual sky lounge. Aft is a rear awning window and sliding door that open out to the teak-laid rear deck of the flybridge, which also has a lounge and aft docking station with joystick, throttles and steering wheel for IPS, or throttles and bow thruster for the shaft-drive model.
The Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge will make its world debut at the Sydney International Boat Show starting on July 30.