2019 Riviera 525 SUV #R076L
An entirely new class of luxury motor yacht: in effect, two yachts in one. The blue-water performance and open cockpit of our Flybridge Collection, melded with the entertaining and cruising style of our renowned Sport Yachts.
Three luxury staterooms, two designer bathrooms, the flowing inside-outside saloon and galley layout … the wonderful handcrafted touches and quality for which Riviera is internationally renowned.
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The 525 SUV’s spacious saloon features a large L-shaped lounge to port with a hi-lo dining table which folds and lowers to become a coffee table. Adjacent to the dining area is a three-seater settee in which the middle seat base can slide out as an ottoman and form additional seating around the main dining table – also handy for family games nights. An additional table also lifts out from the settee and sits between the two remaining seats, forming additional dining or work space.
Forward of the three-seater settee is a 32-inch television and Fusion sound system, stored out of the way in its own dedicated compartment to starboard. It rises elegantly and electrically at the touch of a button, and swings for viewing from every saloon seating position.
Built into the solid GRP hardtop are two Webasto electric sunroofs – each with Oceanair block-out and flyscreens – which bring more light and fresh air into the saloon, enhancing that already achieved through the opening, tinted glass side windows and huge windscreen looking out over the forward deck and bow. This forward deck of the 525 can be accessed via wide walkways with high handrails on either side of the vessel, and there’s an option of including a large sun pad to add to her versatile entertaining capabilities.
The best of both worlds
The rear bulkhead of the 525 SUV is tinted, tempered glass in a highly polished and strong stainless steel frame, adding to the sense of light and space as you step into her spacious and luxurious saloon. To port is the modern and functional U-shaped galley from which the huge glass awning window opens out to the cockpit, in effect opening up the rear of the boat and, at the same time, affirming the galley as the central entertaining hub of the 525.
The galley has a contemporary two-pack finish to the overhead cupboards, complementing the satin-finish American oak timber cabinetry, which also comes with the options of high-gloss or satin cherry, satin teak or satin beach. Standard features include a two-burner electric cook-top with in-built pop-up fiddles to secure pots, a convection microwave oven and an optional drawer dishwasher within handy reach of the stainless steel sink. The solid surface bench top includes a sink-cover that doubles as a cutting board, while the mixer tap conveniently swivels so you can wash down the adjacent self-draining bin compartment.
In the headlining above the galley is a rod locker, confirming the 525’s incredible versatility, and to starboard are two drawer fridges and a freezer, as well as a drinks cabinet (of course, with easy access from the cockpit) which has built-in drawers for glass and bottle storage.
The stylish and sophisticated command centre of Riviera’s 525 SUV is truly testament to superior design elements – complementing a huge array of ultramodern marine technology are two large and luxurious low-back leather helm seats, with sports flip-up cushions for bracing in rough seas.
Of course there’s excellent visibility through the expansive windscreen that has air-conditioning outlets at its base to prevent fogging. The windscreen itself is made of curved, toughened glass in a fibreglass frame and also features two heavy-duty stainless steel windscreen wipers, as well as freshwater washers.
And there’s absolutely “no compromise” in terms of spaciousness at the elevated wrap-around console, which itself has a distinct automotive feel. All critical navigation electronics, comprehensive engine instrumentation and vessel controls are within easy and ergonomic reach of the skipper’s seat, including the helm’s sports-inspired steering wheel, the remote control for the hardtop-mounted spotlight and the helm joystick control.
There’s even room for two 17” navigations screens, and it’s here that we are delighted to say that the full features of the innovative Volvo Penta Glass Cockpit navigation and CZone digital switching systems are standard inclusions with the Riviera 525 SUV.
Window to the future
Volvo, through the revolutionary IPS pod propulsion, already offers the ease of joystick maneuverability, Dynamic Positioning System for station-holding while preparing lines and fenders or while waiting off a fuel jetty, as well Anti-Corrosion Protection and Auto-Pilot.
However, the 525 SUV’s Glass Cockpit takes the overview and control of engines and navigation, including charts, sonar and radar (even auto-pilot), to extraordinary new heights … and all in one place, and also includes auto-trim and full slow-speed steering, SportFish mode and Clear Wake.
Of course CZone extends the touch-screen monitoring and control to a suite of other onboard systems, including lighting, pumps, batteries, entertainment systems and appliances, even extending to wiper speed and wash functions.
Riviera’s steadfast commitment to going “first-class” in everything it does extends to the flexible three-stateroom/two-bathroom accommodation deck of the 525 SUV – again there’s absolutely no compromise in terms of quality or on-board liveability and luxury.
Natural light filters into the wide accommodation atrium, courtesy of the massive windscreen and saloon sunroofs above and complemented by the accommodation deck’s own clever design elements. You’ll immediately garner a sense of spaciousness as you step down the non-slip, natural timber-finish companionway – the extent of headroom is clearly evident below deck.
The very generous master stateroom aft on the port-side features a contemporary palette of elegant fabric, soft-touch leatherette and satin oak with teak accents – another subtle reminder that you are aboard a world-class Riviera. Natural light is achieved through a large hull window and, although air-conditioned, there’s an opening porthole to bring in extra fresh air, which is alarmed to CZone as a precaution.
The master’s walk-around queen-sized bed is supremely comfortable and clever storage solutions include large under-bed drawers and a huge locker under the inner-spring mattress, in addition to the two bedside tables and cedar-lined hanging locker. From the comfort of the master bed, you can watch your favourite movie or television program courtesy of a 26-inch LED TV and Samsung home theatre system.
The master ensuite forward also features full headroom, luxurious bathroom fixtures, ample storage cupboards, overhead and vanity lighting, solid surface bench top as well as a contemporary porcelain sink and mixer tap. The large frameless shower-stall has a teak-lined seat and showerhead on a slide bar, while the bathroom floor is a high-quality, non-slip, timber-finish platform enabling excess water to drain quickly, ensuring that owners remain dry and comfortable. Maximum privacy is assured here – an overhead deck hatch brings in additional light and fresh air but, when required, an Oceanair block-out screen slides across.
Depending on specific owner requirements, the aft master stateroom can be configured as a guest stateroom featuring full-length, adult-sized twin beds, with the forward stateroom becoming the master.
First-class all the way
In keeping with its commitment to going first-class all the way, the air-conditioned VIP guest stateroom boasts all the luxuries of the master – indeed there’s the option for it to actually be the master stateroom with its own private ensuite. This forward stateroom also has a comfortable queen-sized walk-around bed, cleverly placed overhead cabinets with positive locking hardware and gas support struts as well as large his/hers cedar-lined hanging lockers. Expansive hull windows and dual deck hatches maximise natural light and ventilation. Entertainment to this guest stateroom is via an optional 22-inch LED TV and Samsung home theatre system.
Of course, the premium finish philosophy also applies to the ensuite, which mirrors the luxurious master bathroom, complete with overhead deck hatch and Oceanair block-out screen. In the standard layout, the guest ensuite starboard doubles as a day head.
There’s an opening port hole and large hull window in the starboard aft twin cabin as well, enhancing the abundance of light and ventilation throughout the accommodation deck.
Consistent with the “nothing less than the best” philosophy at Riviera, there is full headroom and adult-sized twin beds, as well as cedar-lined hanging locker, drawers and under-bed storage. At the entrance to the cabin there’s a large and convenient storage compartment which accommodates the optional laundry centre and 22-inch LED TV and, again, Samsung home theatre entertainment system.
Standard power in the 525 SUV is the new-generation and fuel-efficient twin Volvo IPS2-800s (460kW/626hp x 2) pod drives featuring forward-facing, counter-rotating propellers.
Quiet operation is achieved through under-water exhausts, an effective silencer, state-of-the-art turbocharger and an air filter with improved insulation. At the same time, the robust engine design contributes to minimizing on-board vibrations.
In addition to superior handling maneuvering in tight quarters, IPS2 also offers excellent power-to-weight ratio, impressive fuel efficiency, long cruising range and high top-end speed. Sea trials with the twin IPS2 800s had the 525 SUV cruising at 24 knots with a top speed of 31 knots under full load (full fuel and water), and achieving a cruising range of 355NM at 24 knots.
The 525 model comes with the option of IPS2-950s (525kW / 725hp x 2).
Dry where it counts
The “no compromise” approach is certainly evident in the flow-coated engine room, where the volume of space cannot be understated – access is gained through at hatch with gas strut located at the mezzanine step at the entrance to the saloon, thoughtfully opening forward to enhance passenger safety and, at the same time, maintaining walk-through access to the saloon from the cockpit when the hatch is open.
You’ll notice that, where possible, every wire, loom and plumbing line is coded, coloured, numbered and saddled neatly to ensure easy access for servicing. All fittings to the hull skin are double hose-clamped on or below the water line and the GRP 3500L fuel tank has both sight and electronic gauges. Additionally, each engine has Raycor fuel filters, with an option for dual filters. Emergency fuel shut-off valves can be accessed from outside the engine room for added safety.
Acoustic and thermal insulation linings are key features of the 525 SUV, as is the impressive commercial air intake system helping to keep the engine room temperature less than the maximum recommended by the engine manufacturer, and also reducing fuel consumption even further.
The air-conditioning units are mounted high so gravity feeds condensation water out the side, while an advanced mist elimination system with veins draw additional moisture from the air and feeds directly overboard. All onboard drains including air-conditioning compressors feed into the common drain lines located on earth side of the yacht and drain aft, and four automatic bilge pumps with manual override are located at various points throughout the hull and pump directly overboard.
There are two CZone panels on board the Riviera 525 SUV – one in the galley and one at the helm – with the option of additional iPad connectivity.
CZone allows owners to operate multiple circuits at a touch, energising all lighting and electrics depending on your requirements. You no longer need to decide which circuit-breakers to turn on – simply select the mode which best suits the operation of the vessel and the appropriate circuits will be energised or disengaged.
It comes pre-programmed with three Modes – “entertaining”, “cruising” and “dock unattended” – and these modes can be customised by the owner so the system works exactly how you want.
There’s also a “service” mode that shuts down all power and systems. Other user-friendly features include interior light-dimming, timer controls, automated circuit control, wiper speed and wash functions.
CZone is based on industry-proven Controller Area Network (CAN) technology, and offers DC and AC switching and over-current protection.
Full systems monitoring (with alarms) including AC voltage, current, frequency and kilowatts, DC voltage, current and battery capacity remaining, along with tank levels and systems in operation indications, are clearly displayed on the CZone colour touch-control screens.
Additionally, ensuring you can fully tailor you’re your Riviera experience, there is a comprehensive range of optional and innovative factory-fitted electronic packages and custom fitments are also available through Riviera Electronics – everything from state-of-the-art fish-finders to cameras and underwater lighting.
The 525’s maintenance-free batteries ensure carefree boating and are housed in special battery boxes in accordance with American Boating and Yacht Council standards. The boat also includes individual start battery banks for increased reliability with emergency parallel function. All battery banks are individually isolated at the main battery panel located in the cockpit, providing peace of mind in the unlikely event that one engine shuts down.
Watching television while at anchor or in the marina is now whisper-quiet through Mastervolt on-board DC-AC inverter for all installed televisions.
LED lights also provide trouble-free boating while reducing electrical current draw. The lamps use less than 10 per cent of the power required to run a bulb lamp – no bulbs mean no maintenance and long service life.
Also, Residual Current Device/Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (RCD/GFCI) protection over the entire boat complies with international standards fore safer boating.
And the 13.5kW Onan Marine Generator provides peace of mind and superior performance whilst at sea – it features state-of-the-art diagnostics and sound shields to minimise noise and deliver better sound quality.
The 525 SUV’s confident poise is just as evident offshore as it is at anchor – her solid and robust hull with keel is the evolution of Riviera’s rich 35-year heritage in building world-class luxury powerboats that are proven in the tough Australian blue-water conditions.
Our leading-edge technology and legendary build quality combines super-strong hand layups with solid GRP hull from the waterline down, structural core material in the hull flanks, main deck and hardtop, as well as precisely fitted, lightweight resin transfer-moulded small parts that are pre-fitted for a perfect seal when all major components are bonded together.
However, even before a single piece of timber was cut for the plug work, the 525 was created in-house using industry-leading Unigraphics 3D computer software, allowing Riviera’s team of talented and passionate international designers and engineers to put to purpose every inch of available space, with a firm focus on convenient access to every key maintenance point – any issues can be quickly identified and addressed, and service costs are kept to a minimum.
Of course, this thoughtful consideration for our Riviera family of owners is a key part of our ethos of doing all we can to help our valued owners achieve … ‘the ultimate boating experience’.
- Beam: 16.42 feet
- Cabin: 3
- Cruising Speed: 29.2 knots
- Dry Weight (lbs): 52000
- Fuel Type: Diesel
- Head: 2
- Hull Material: Fiberglass
- Length Overall: 57.75 feet
- LOA: 52 feet
- LWL (feet): 57.75
- Max Draft: 3.67 feet
- Max Speed: 30.5 knots
- Range: 394 nautical mile
- Trim Tabs: true
- Windlass: Electric
- Total Horsepower1450 horsepower
- Engine Hours
- Engine TypeInboard
- Engine Location
- Engine2019 Volvo IPS D11 IPS 950 725 horsepower 2019 Volvo IPS D11 IPS 950 725 horsepower
- Capacity925 gallon
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