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New Riviera is for cruising

Australia’s largest builder of convertible sportfishermen and sport yachts has a new 36-foot cruising boat and a new U.S. headquarters to go with it.

Australia’s largest builder of convertible sportfishermen and sport yachts has a new 36-foot cruising boat and a new U.S. headquarters to go with it. Riviera Yachts of the Americas, a subsidiary of Coomera, Australia-based Riviera Yachts, recently purchased the former Stuart (Fla.) Yacht boatyard, from which it manages distribution, sales, marketing, service and warranty claims in North America and South America.

“It’s a commitment that we’re in the States to stay,” says Michael J. Scruggs, president and CEO of Riviera Yachts of the Americas.

The 1.4-acre Stuart facility, which employs about 40 people, is located on the St. Lucie River and includes the Riviera Service Center, a full service marina that will handle repair and custom work. Scruggs says the yard allows the company to triple its parts supply in the United States. Riviera’s U.S. operation previously was headquartered in Riviera Beach, Fla.

Along with the new facility, the company has launched the 3600 Sport Yacht, which features a fully enclosed hardtop and single-level design for cockpit, saloon and helm areas. Although the hull lines and construction reflect Riviera’s bluewater sportfishing background, the new line is designed around cruising.

“This is a new class for Riviera,” says Scott MacFarland, director of marketing for Riviera Yachts of the Americas. “Our new Sport Yacht line is solely for the boater who likes the cruising aspect of being on the water. It’s not for the gamefisherman.”

He says the design accommodates boaters who enjoy “al fresco entertaining,” and describes the arrangements as a “condo-style on-water layout.” In addition to a starboard-side glass cockpit door in the aft saloon bulkhead, a hinged aft window to port further opens the saloon to the cockpit.

“The ability to have both the cockpit and the saloon as one open-air area is a huge benefit,” says MacFarland.

There is a leather L-shaped lounge to port in the saloon, while a galley-up is located along the starboard side, abaft the helm station. The galley comes equipped with an electric stove, microwave, and under-counter refrigerator. For entertainment, a flat-screen television pops up from the bulkhead forward of the L-shaped lounge.

Below deck, the 3600 has two staterooms: a master stateroom with double island berth forward, and a guest stateroom with upper and lower berths to port. Each stateroom includes a hanging locker.

“It has room to sleep four in berths,” MacFarland says, “which is uncommon for this size boat.”

An enclosed head compartment to starboard has a stall shower with a glass door. The head compartment can be accessed from the companionway or from the forward stateroom.

The 3600 Sport Yacht and the recently introduced 51 Enclosed Flybridge convertible begin a spate of new-model introductions, according to Riviera. The builder plans to introduce a new yacht to the U.S. market every 90 to 120 days for the next two years, according to Scruggs, including four new models at the Miami International Boat Show in February: the 56 Open Flybridge, 56 Enclosed Flybridge, 4700 Sport Yacht, and an express cruiser called the M470.

Riviera builds 400 boats each year for distribution to its worldwide dealer network.


LOA: 38 feet, 6 inches

BEAM: 12 feet, 2 inches

DRAFT: 3 feet, 3 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 20,300 pounds

HULL TYPE: modified-vee


TANKAGE: 265 gallons fuel, 103 gallons water, 18 gallons waste

ENGINE OPTION: twin diesel inboards to 750 hp

SPEED: 28 mph top, 23 mph cruise PRICE: $368,405CONTACT: Riviera Yachts of the Americas, Stuart, Fla. Phone: (772) 403-1061.