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Posted on: Wednesday 02 April 2014
• The yacht has just been imported from France
• 1st hand : It is the 8th Riviera owned by the owner who just took delivery of his
new 70'
• The yacht is having all possible options from shipyard
• Immaculate condition: like new.

The Australian builder tends to be more open-minded in terms of design than most who
compete in this active market. The new 58 Enclosed Flybridge can be used for fishing and
cruising-the essence of a convertible design. However, Riviera has added a third component
to this iconic American genre. The 58 has a Euroyacht flavor that takes convertible design in
a new direction.
From the outside the 58 follows the same creative path as the other semi-enclosed bridge
models in the Riviera line. It is not easy penning a good looking convertible that's less than
70 feet without having it appear top-heavy. Riviera's design team has done a good job of
diminishing this with a silky smooth unbroken sheer sweep that visually adds to her length.
This effect is embellished by the 58's long, slim window line and blacked-out house face.
Like her smaller sisters (47E and 51E), her bridge is semi-enclosed with the after end fitted
with isinglass. On inclement days one can ride in climate controlled comfort and, if the
weather improves, drop the curtains, open the side windows, and retract the electrically
operated sunroof. Those that find an enclosed bridge too confining should take a close look
at this arrangement because it offers an interesting indoor-outdoor alternative.
The helm-forward design allows plenty of space for electronics. There is helm and
companion pedestal seating as well as an adjacent bench seat. I would opt to mount the
engine instruments on the dash instead of overhead. An L-shaped seating area with a table
and a wet bar is aft. Those who favor fishing will find the second control station on the after
end of the bridge essential with its clear view of the transom. Fishermen will want to add a
monitor for the sounder and radar. A staircase with a door/hatch leads below to the saloon.
In my opinion, the bridge has a rather interesting all-weather layout but since the 58 is
"semi-enclosed" it would be best to leave the isinglass curtains in place if the weather
The cockpit has a partial mezzanine with builtin bench seating. A small bait-prep center
with a sink and tackle storage is at cockpit level. There is a freezer within the bench seat
and storage beneath the step that can be refrigerated and used as a drink box. In-sole
storage/fish boxes are plumbed for overboard discharge and there is storage beneath the
coaming. A transom livewell has a viewing port and a door/gate leads aft to a swim platform
that serious fishermen will likely do without. Decks are finished in molded nonskid and steps
at the cockpit sides make moving forward less of a challenge. A teak sole is offered in the
cockpit and is standard on the bridge.
It is the 58's open saloon/galley-aft arrangement that sets her apart from her competitors.
While I have seen other galley-aft arrangements on convertibles over the years they have never
made much sense-a sofa with a cockpit view is hard to beat. The 58 has an additional twist,
however. A Euro-style opening bulkhead window creates an alfresco galley for sharing food,
beverages, or fishing stories with those in the cockpit-brilliant! An L-shaped saloon sofa facing
a built-in TV is forward, as is the dinette. House-face windows on convertibles are not popular
in the U.S. since serious fishermen consider them unnecessary. Normally I would agree, but
given the 58's saloon-forward conguration the option is worth considering.

Arabia Yachting

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