Reynolds releases the New Riviera 43 Open Flybridge
Veteran sailor Ian Reynolds unveiled the latest in flybridge design with the world release of the new 43 Open Flybridge at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.
Mr Reynolds, who at the age of 79 circumnavigated Australia, a distance of some 9,000 nautical miles, aboard his Riviera 56 Enclosed Flybridge, Investigator IV. At Sanctuary Cove, Mr Reynolds had the honour of raising the silver curtain and unveiling Riviera's stunning and much anticipated new model.
The 43 Open Flybridge with Volvo Penta IPS is a luxury vessel built for entertaining and long-term cruising.
From the moment you step on board this opulent cruiser, the combination of great function, form and style is apparent.
The large cockpit features an optional electric barbecue centre complete with sink, storage and rubbish bin giving boat owners a gourmet alfresco galley at the rear of the boat. The cockpit also includes a mezzanine seat and drinks fridge located below the floating stairs that lead up to the open flybridge.
The open flybridge features an optional two-pac dash to match the hull and the new structural hard top provides 360 degree vision with minimal interruption. Swivel companion and helm chairs allow finger tip console control, a large L-shape lounge in front of the helm provides seating for four around a solid surface top table, while a wet bar with settee is opposite on the port side.
A large sliding door and awning window opens the saloon into the cockpit, bringing the outdoors in and creating an alfresco living experience. The large U-shaped lounge to starboard around a generous sized, timber convertible table is perfect for relaxing in front of the optional retractable TV. To port is a two-seater leather lounge that can be brought forward to the saloon table as two separate dining chairs and then stowed neatly between the bar and open plan galley on the port side when not in use.
The galley has plenty of storage and features solid surface bench tops and quality appliances.
The proven Volvo Penta Inboard Performance System (IPS) has allowed Riviera designers to create a fresh accommodation layout on the new 43 Open Flybridge. With all major engineering positioned well aft, enormous gains are made with beam-width space amidships.
The cockpit floor has a hydraulic lift, which lifts up to give excellent all round access to the two Volvo Penta IPS engines.
Twin counter-rotating, three-bladed forward facing propellers drive ahead of the pods in what is turbulent-free water to deliver a powerful and smooth ride.
The new 43 has optimum handling in close-quarters via the use of the integrated joystick control. With a cruising speed of 28 knots and a top speed around 31 knots, the 43 Open Flybridge has a range of 340 nautical miles from its 1800 litre tanks.
Sleeping accommodation for up to six in two large cabins offers a range of sleeping options in the aft cabin including a sliding double bed and single, two sliding single beds which can slide together to form a double plus one fixed single bed or four bunks. The forward stateroom includes a two metre long king-size island bed, wardrobe and ensuite with solid surface benchtops, raised porcelain sink and separate shower stall.
Controlling all onboard electrics is the digital CZone system. A revolutionary solid state Controller Area Network (CAN) bus design, that allows for the ultimate in customisation and finger-touch control of all aspects of electrical operation, from entertainment lighting to navigation equipment.
There are multiple custom settings for easy operation and the CZone system allows for the ability to ‘drill down’ within each setting in order to control or change specific operations.
In fact CZone talks the same data language as the Volvo Penta IPS system, so all your engine parameters are metered through the same monitoring system.
The new style air-conditioning vents are discreet with a glossy grain finish to match the timber work, giving the impression of a feature in the timber rather than an air-conditioning vent.
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Ian Reynolds has proved age has no boundaries when he circumnavigated Australia aged 79
The 43 Open Flybridge combines great function and style
The open flybridge features a newly designed hardtop to increase visibility
The cockpit and saloon on the new Riviera 43 Open Flybridge connects as one giant entertaining space
A sliding door between the saloon and cockpit brings the outdoors in
The saloon features a plush L-shaped lounge and dinette
Two luxuriously appointed cabins make the 43 Open Flybridge perfect for long range cruising
From every angle the new Riviera 43 Open Flybridge is a beautiful, well proportioned design