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
Cobia 296 CC
Cobia Boats of Fort Pierce, Fla., introduced the 296 Center Console earlier this year at the Miami International Boat Show. The Cobia line includes bay boats, center consoles, dual consoles, express boats and walkarounds from 18 feet to 31 feet.
The 296 CC is designed for serious fishing with twin 28-gallon live wells and a pair of 80-gallon in-deck macerated fishboxes. There are tackle drawers in the leaning post and center console, chiller plates are available for keeping dead baits fresh, and there’s a Corian cutting board in the bait prep station.
The boat has a two-tone molded fiberglass T-top with a metal frame integrated into the console and leaning post. The design still offers 360-degree fishability.
For seating, there’s a flip-up aft bench seat, bolstered helm and companion seats, a forward console seat and optional bow cushions. Other notable features include a recessed bow rail, a porcelain marine head and a freshwater sink in the console, and hull color options including white, yellow, red, blue, light blue, black and seafoam green.
The 296 CC was the sixth new model added to Cobia’s lineup in a seven-month span in 2007-08. Cobia is part of the Maverick Boat Company, which builds flats, bay and offshore fishing boats under the Maverick, Hewes, Pathfinder and Cobia names.
Cobia Boat Company, Fort Pierce, Fla. Phone: (772) 460-5258.
EdgeWater Powerboats calls its new 20-foot dual console the 205 Crossover — or 205CX for short. It’s based on the same hull design as the company’s 205 Center Console and 205 Express.
The 205CX has port and starboard pedestal seats, with an integrated bait well module abaft the helm seat. There’s storage within the bow seating, beneath the molded transom bench seat, inside the helm console and within the transom, and an enclosed head compartment with a portable marine head in the port console. There’s an in-sole storage locker between the helm and companion seats, too.
The boat’s self-bailing cockpit measures 58 square feet and boasts nonskid decks. All deck hardware is 316 stainless steel. Hydraulic tilt steering comes standard, and the steering wheel is stainless steel. The standard cockpit toe rails and four gunwale-mounted rod holders are also made of stainless steel.
Options include a swim platform with a folding ladder, a freshwater shower with a 6-gallon tank, trim tabs, a built-in tackle box, a bow cushion package and a Bimini top. The 205CX carries a limited lifetime structural hull warranty.
EdgeWater Power Boats, Edgewater, Fla. Phone: (386) 426-5457.
Larson 330 Day Cruiser
The Larson Cabrio 330 Day Cruiser is a variation on the Little Falls, Minn.-based builder’s Cabrio 330 mid-cabin express cruiser. It’s the second such model, following in the footsteps of the Cabrio 370 Day Cruiser.
The 330 Day Cruiser is designed specifically for entertaining and lounging comfort rather than overnight cruising, according to the company. It rides the same hull, though, which has a notch in the running surface amidships that the company says lifts the stern for faster planing with minimal bow rise.
The 330 has an integrated swim platform with cockpit access on the port side. There’s wraparound lounge seating, with storage beneath, in the cockpit, and an aft-facing bench seat on the starboard side abaft the helm seat. The port side of the cockpit contains a wet bar with a refrigerator and a molded-in sink.
The raised helm deck area is laid out with a lounge seat to port and a double helm seat — with flip-up bolsters — to starboard. A walkthrough windshield, with stainless steel grab rails, provides access to the foredeck, which comes complete with lounge chairs.
Down below, rather than the dedicated forward berth found in the 330’s cruising counterpart, there’s a convertible dinette with a handcrafted wooden table. Losing the dedicated berth opens up the cabin area and makes for a larger seating area. The galley is located to port and comes equipped with a coffeemaker, a stainless steel sink, a microwave, a refrigerator, a two-burner electric stove and a wine refrigerator.
The mid-cabin area, meanwhile, has privacy curtains and a settee that converts to a full-size berth. The 330 has an enclosed head compartment with shower in the cabin area, too.
Larson Boats, Little Falls, Minn. Phone: (320) 632-5481. www.larsonboats.com