As you step from the Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge’s large GRP swim platform through the transom door – which has a folding bridge for added safety and conveniently opens out – you’ll begin to appreciate just how this clever new cockpit design utilises every piece of available space. The standard layout features a new-style three-seater transom lounge and storage bin aft, which can be converted to a live bait tank, depending on your specific needs. Under the cockpit floor you will discover great volumes of storage – to port there is a large fish bin, with a bath-sized centre locker and direct pod access starboard. Indeed, the entire yacht is virtually an Aladdin’s cave. Even the cockpit flanks are also full of hidden storage for tackle, toys or lines. Also here in the cockpit are wash-down facilities – both fresh and salt water – a double-action manual bilge pump for the engine room and both flood and courtesy lighting, while optional rod-holders and a padded bolster can be fitted to the cockpit coaming, which conceal recessed cleats in the aft corners, so lines won’t snag, as well as toe kicks for bracing as you reel in your prized catch. Even the corner scuppers below them are covered by handsome flush stainless grates.
As you slide open the glass saloon door of the Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge, set in a polished stainless steel frame, you get the sense you are stepping into a high-end apartment, one designed to deliver all the delights of a lavish and modern city lifestyle.Immediately to port there’s the aft galley – a generous and efficient two-person U-space just off to one side of any people traffic. Here, cockpit connectivity is cultivated with a wide opening glass window that brings the outdoors (and entertainment) inside, and confirms the galley as very much the ‘conductor’s podium’ of the social scene. The Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge’s galley itself is akin to a display kitchen for the latest in premium-brand appliances and conveniences, complemented by satin oak timber cabinetry with teak accents above the solid-surface bench tops. Its warm heart is a stainless steel cooking array that includes a combination oven/microwave, induction cooktop and rangehood. The refrigeration suite features both a drawer fridge and freezer. And the well-placed dishwasher, within easy reach of the stainless steel sink and mixer tap, is also a back-friendly drawer style. Directly opposite to starboard, almost as an extension to the galley, is another drawer fridge and freezer. These operate smoothly, as does all the cabinetry that opens and shuts on the 57, on soft-close runners. But, then, everything on the Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge is intended to run smoothly.