The best of both worlds
Befitting a pleasure boat of this calibre, the 525 incorporates clever and convenient alfresco lifestyle concepts and ultramodern technology with luxurious appointments … not to mention enhanced serviceability, savvy storage and an exacting eye for detail from fit to finish that reminds you that she is nothing less than an Australian-built Riviera.
And while she retains the distinct indoor/outdoor characteristics for which Riviera is internationally renowned, this is an entirely new style of luxury pleasure boat. You will sense this new approach from the moment you step onboard – double transom doors allow better access from both the port and starboard sides creating a walk-around island storage centre. In effect, this adds the large swim platform to what is already a full, no-nonsense Flybridge-scale cockpit.
The swim platform, with lift-out stainless steel rails, also has a number of options to suit individual owner requirements, for example: custom rod holders and a bait preparation station can be fitted for the angler, as well as a 400kg hydraulic lift to assist with tender storage.
The strong fibreglass lid of the transom storage centre lifts up to reveal double BBQ with grill, stainless steel splashback and LED lighting – features that will impress even the most discerning chef. Port-side is a large self-draining locker ideal for swimming and diving gear, which can be converted into a live bait tank with a filter and glass front, or even an additional BBQ for the grand entertainer.
In the floor of the 9.90 square metre cockpit are separate hatches – with stainless steel lock-downs – providing direct maintenance access to either of the pod drives, as well as a large, central, self-draining moulded lazarette locker to store cockpit furniture and water toys, and also a deep fish bin to port.
Forward there is a comfortable three-seater cockpit lounge to port – upholstered in high-quality weather-proof vinyl – and there is an optional integrated and interchangeable table providing a versatile alfresco entertaining area.
Behind the cockpit lounge is a refrigerated cool box and self-draining recycling bin, as well as manual bilge pump access and lockable cabinet containing battery switches and AC/DC control board.
To starboard there’s a sink, solid surface bench top and even more storage, and there’s the option of including an ice-maker here. The cockpit’s innovative joystick docking control is also starboard, although owners have the option of having it located on the port-side. This control is protected from the elements in an enclosed fibreglass compartment.
The GRP hardtop of the 525 extends out and over the cockpit and owners can extend this with a stainless steel and acrylic canvas awning for further protection from the sun and extremities. There’s also the option of a rear-mounted camera, should owners desire.