Riviera 56 Enclosed Bridge
Riviera Yachts of the Americas introduced four new models at the Miami International Boat Show in February: the 4700 Sport Yacht, M470 Sport Cruiser, 56 Open Flybridge and 56 Enclosed Flybridge. All four are built in Australia.
The 56 Enclosed Flybridge is a convertible with an air-conditioned flybridge that can be accessed from the saloon via teak steps. The helm station is forward and has a full-beam console to accommodate three 15-inch monitors. The flybridge also contains an L-shaped lounge, table and aft-facing seating. There is a second helm station aft for docking or perhaps backing down on a fish.
The interior layout includes three staterooms and three heads, as well as a galley, dinette and saloon on a single level. The U-shaped galley, aft and to port, is equipped with a three-burner stove, convection/microwave oven, and a pair of refrigerators. Forward of the galley is the dinette. The saloon comes with a 32-inch flat-screen television and Bose Lifestyle audio system. An aft window hinges up to open the saloon to the cockpit.
Below, the master stateroom is to starboard and has a large porthole to provide a light and airy feel, according to the builder. A storage area beneath the island berth can be accessed with the help of gas struts. Both the master and forward guest staterooms have an en-suite head compartment with stall shower. The third head compartment also has a stall shower. The third stateroom, meanwhile, is to port and has bunked berths and a large porthole.
Riviera Yachts of the Americas, Stuart, Fla. Phone: (772) 403-1060. www.rivierayachtsinc.com
LOA: 63 feet, 4 inches
BEAM: 17 feet, 4 inches
DRAFT: 5 feet
DISPLACEMENT: 66,300 pounds
HULL TYPE: planing
TRANSOM DEADRISE: 11 degrees
TANKAGE: 1,500 gallons fuel, 264 gallons water, 73 gallons waste POWER: twin inboard diesels
SPEED: 45 mph top, 40 mph cruise (with twin Caterpillar C32s)
PRICE: $1.7 million (with twin Caterpillar C18s)
Rinker 330 Express Cruiser
The twin-engine Rinker 330 Express Cruiser is available with MerCruiser or Volvo Penta sterndrive propulsion. It has sleeping arrangements for six in addition to dayboating and entertaining amenities up top.
The 330 EC has an integrated swim platform and an aft-facing transom “rumble seat.” In the cockpit, there is U-shaped lounge seating aft with a cockpit table, and a wet bar to port. The wet bar comes equipped with an icemaker, refrigerator, Corian countertops, stainless steel sinks, an integrated trash can and — believe it or not — a built-in blender.
Forward of the wet bar is a lounge seat. To starboard, the helm station has a double-wide bolstered seat and comes with a color Lowrance GPS. A Raymarine C-80 multifunction chart plotter also is available. The boat has a forward-raked aluminum radar arch with lights, a television antenna and stereo speakers.
Below, the 330 EC has a settee that converts to a double berth, flat-screen television and DVD player, a forward cabin, midcabin with a convertible berth and privacy curtain, an enclosed head compartment with shower and a galley. The galley comes equipped with such appliances as a microwave and coffeemaker.
Rinker Boats, Syracuse, Ind. Phone: (574) 457-5731. www.rinkerboats.com
LOA: 35 feet, 8 inches
BEAM: 11 feet, 4 inches
DRAFT: 3 feet (drives down),2 feet (drives up)
DISPLACEMENT: 14,100 pounds
HULL TYPE: modified-vee
TRANSOM DEADRISE: 18 degrees
TANKAGE: 168 gallons fuel, 40 gallons water, 47 gallons waste
POWER: twin sterndrives to 640 hp
SPEED: 45 mph top, 30 mph cruise
PRICE: $205,762 (with twin 300-hp MerCruiser 350 Mag MPI)
Regal 2750 Cuddy
Regal Marine builds runabouts, express cruisers and sport yachts that range from a 19-footer to a soon-to-be-launched 52-footer. The 2750 FasTrac Cuddy is the largest boat in the Orlando, Fla., builder’s Sport Boats lineup.
FasTrac refers to the boat’s patented deep-vee hull design, with a stepped bottom and 24 degrees of deadrise at the transom. Power options include gas MerCruiser or Volvo Penta sterndrives or a Yanmar diesel. The gasketed engine hatch is electrically actuated.
In addition to performance, the focus of the 2750 is the cockpit. There is a transom sunpad and U-shaped aft seating, and the filler cushions can be removed to reveal a centerline walkthrough from the swim platform. The boat has a ski locker with a protective rubber mat and a 36-quart removable cooler with storage, among other storage options. To port is an entertainment center with a Corian countertop, sink, stereo system and an optional refrigerator. An optional stainless steel gas grill can be placed on the starboard side. The double-wide helm seat is to starboard, with a companion seat to port. The cabin contains U-shaped seating, which converts to a berth, and a removable dinette table.
Regal Marine Industries, Orlando, Fla. Phone: (407) 851-4360. www.regalboats.com
LOA: 28 feet, 6 inches
BEAM: 8 feet, 6 inches
DRAFT: 3 feet (drive down)
DISPLACEMENT: 6,100 pounds
HULL TYPE: deep-vee
TRANSOM DEADRISE: 24 degrees
TANKAGE: 86 gallons fuel, 11 gallons water
POWER: gas or diesel sterndrive to 420 hp
SPEED: 48 mph top, 30 mph cruise (with 320-hp Volvo Penta 5.7 GXi DP) PRICE: $73,277
The 230VBX is the latest center console fishing boat from Angler Boats in Miami. A description of the boat should start with decoding the “VBX” in the 22-footer’s name. The “V” is Angler’s code for a deep-vee hull. The 230 has a 21-1/2 degrees of deadrise at the transom, compared to the outgoing model’s 17-degree hull. The “B” is for bracket, as in the engine bracket, where either a single or twin outboards are mounted abaft the boat’s full transom. Finally, the “X” denotes a head compartment for this model.
Angler builds a hand-laid fiberglass boat that’s 100 percent wood-free. Hulls carry a lifetime limited warranty. All critical hardware, according to the builder, is through-bolted with stainless steel locking nuts and bolts, and sealed with 3M 5200 adhesive.
A typical layout for the 230VBX might include an integral live well in the transom, in-deck storage boxes, gunwale rod storage, a bait prep station with tackle drawers on the back of the fiberglass leaning post, enclosed head compartment in the center console, cushioned storage boxes in the bow area and a recessed bow rail.
Angler Boat Corp., Miami. Phone: (305) 691-9975. www.anglerboats.com
LOA: 22 feet
BEAM: 8 feet, 6 inches
DRAFT: 1 foot, 4 inches
DISPLACEMENT: 3,200 pounds
HULL TYPE: deep-vee
TRANSOM DEADRISE: 21-1/2 degrees
TANKAGE: 114 gallons fuel
POWER: single or twin outboards to 300 hp
SPEED: 52 mph top, 28 mph cruise (with Yamaha F250)
PRICE: $48,660 (with Yamaha F225)
Cobia Boats of Fort Pierce, Fla., describes its new 186CC as a hybrid, falling in between a bay boat and a traditional center console. The 186 has a modified-vee hull with a transom deadrise of 15 degrees, a forward casting platform, and integrated telescoping swim ladder aft.
For fishing, it has a 12-gallon live well with a gasketed lid and 800-gph pump system, a pair of stainless steel gunwale rod holders and gunwale rod storage. There is storage in the console, a windshield with a stainless steel grab rail, 50-quart cooler flip seat, and a pair of integrated stern seats with backrests.
Other features include a self-bailing cockpit, heavy-duty rub rail, flush-mounted pull-up cleats, Yamaha analog gauges, console drink holders, stainless steel through-hulls below the waterline, LED courtesy lights and waterproof electrical connectors. Options include a couple of 48-quart coolers with cushions, an additional pair of rod holders for the gunwales, Bimini top, bow cushion, trim tabs, trolling motor wiring and three hull colors.
Cobia Boats, Fort Pierce, Fla. Phone: (772) 460-5258. www.cobiaboats.com
LOA: 18 feet, 5 inches
BEAM: 7 feet, 3 inches
DISPLACEMENT: 2,300 pounds
HULL TYPE: modified-vee
TRANSOM DEADRISE: 15 degrees
TANKAGE: 30 gallons fuel
POWER: single 90-hp outboard S
PEED: 42 mph top (with Yamaha F90)