Riviera launches outstanding 645 SUV flagship

Gold Coast, Australia: Australia’s largest luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, has just announced an innovative new yacht, the 645 SUV. Riviera pioneered the SUV concept in 2012 and has since continually refined this design that brings together a single-level sports yacht entertainer with the blue water pedigree and cockpit of a flybridge yacht.

The 645 will have her world premiere in April 2021 and will be the largest SUV built to date – surpassing the current 575 as the flagship of this six-model collection ranging from 39 to 64 feet. She offers longer-range offshore cruising, extensive accommodation, premium comfort and luxury, while enhancing the superb indoor/outdoor lifestyle features that make the SUV models so practical and popular.

The Riviera design team in collaboration with 4D Designs have created a yacht that offers the choice of three or four staterooms, three bathrooms and a utility, crew or additional accommodation aft. In addition, there is a superb alfresco deck dining and gourmet galley with island bench, a side saloon door leading to generous walk-around side decks, and a foredeck that is a separate, lavish entertainment hub.

Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst says the decision to introduce the 645 SUV came after requests from current Riviera owners and the global dealer network, resulting in a number of off-the-plan orders being received.

“Our SUV collection has been extremely popular, with people embracing the unique concept of a versatile large open cockpit space combined with a grand alfresco deck and single-level entertaining and living,” Mr Longhurst says.

“The tremendous versatility of the SUV design lends itself perfectly to a larger yacht, and the 645 will certainly take our SUV to a new level with even more space, performance, cruising range, accommodation and luxury.

“We’ve incorporated many innovative design features and already our latest SUV expression has been very well received.”
First and foremost

The honour of ordering hull number 1 of the 645 SUV went to Ray and Jenny Haddrell, proud 575 SUV owners from Melbourne, Australia. It will be the 7th consecutive Riviera the Haddrell’s have owned, and also their largest.

Ray first heard of plans for the 64 Sports Motor Yacht two years ago during a chance conversation with Riviera CEO Wes Moxey, at which point there were no guarantees that an SUV would evolve. Ray told Wes: “I’m really happy with my 575 but give me a call if you ever do an SUV version of the 64 SMY.”

“He remembered,” Ray laughs. “Funnily enough, Wes rang me just as Stuart Jackson (Riviera’s Victoria dealer representative) and I were tying up my boat after returning from a fantastic Riviera raft-up experience trip to Lakes Entrance (Victoria). I thought about it for a couple of days and decided we’d take one, even though I hadn’t seen the drawings.”

Ray is firmly committed to Riviera’s exceptional SUV models, having initially owned flybridge yachts.

“Once we get underway, people invariably gravitate to the saloon or cockpit. In the SUV you’re on the same level and you can all talk,” he explains. “That’s what it’s all about – and my wife Jenny prefers the SUV because she prefers all of our friends and family to be together.”

Ray owned a Riviera 565 SUV prior to his 575 SUV Rayzaway, and between them he has enjoyed more than 1100 hours of extensive cruising over seven years and countless thousands of nautical miles. He has cruised as far north as Port Douglas and completed two trips to Tasmania, including a circumnavigation.

Plans for their new 645 yacht, once launched in April this year, include exploring the Kimberley Region in Western Australia, via northern Australia. The 645’s fuel capacity (6500 litres) and exceptional efficiency at displacement speeds will ensure ample range.

A choice of Twin MAN V8 1300 (956 kW) or MAN V12 1550 (1,140 kW) diesels have been selected by the Riviera engineers for the 645 SUV power options that offer exceptional power-to-weight performance. With the 1550’s, cruise speed will be around 30 knots and wide-open throttle around 34 knots. All Riviera MAN powered yachts come with a 5-year engines limited warranty, further supported by Riviera’s 7-year structural and 2-year express limited warranties.

Ray has opted for the MAN V8 1300 package and has specified the EJS joystick system that seamlessly marries the hydraulic bow and stern thrusters with Twin Disc gearboxes.

“A 64-foot boat is incredibly manageable these days, thanks to the EJS,” Ray says. “To be honest it has taken the fun out of parking the boat, it’s just so easy, and the side saloon deck door will make getting to the docking lines really fast and effortless.”

The layout for the 645 SUV’s cockpit includes an optional three-seater transom lounge or live bait well and optional euro awning extending from the sleek hardtop aft. It is the perfect place to enjoy a drink, cook lunch on the dual-plate, premium-quality electric barbecue, with plenty of room to fish, dive or launch any number of water toys.

The foredeck zone is cleverly created, providing seating for 8 to 10 people with an insulated ice bin, stereo and locations for fenders and ropes.

Just up from the cockpit is the 645 SUV’s entertainment and living epicentre – a semi-enclosed alfresco deck, offering a plush lounge to port that converts to a double daybed. Alfresco living and dining are enjoyed in the L-shaped settee to starboard, which includes a generous drop-leaf teak table.
Handcrafted luxury

The 645 SUV’s interior can be personalised with an array of interior packages and two design styles, the more traditional Classic Edition or the avant-garde Newport Edition.

Working in harmony with the very impressive helm station, the saloon design has been created to optimise the flow and enjoyment of guests.

The SUV’s gourmet galley is longitudinal and positioned to port, complemented by a generous island bench. It allows two or more people to work side-by-side, prepping, serving or cooking.

Comprehensively appointed, the helm station places the helm on the centreline and offers the option of two or three forward-facing luxurious leather helm seats.

Ray has specified the latter: “I wanted the three chairs so someone can be beside me operating the screens and wipers if needed when we’re coming into an unfamiliar port. There’s also an optional lounge in the forward starboard corner, which will be a nice place to read a book or be used as a relaxed workstation. A second option for this space is a beautifully appointed cocktail wet bar.

“I’m really happy with the accommodation downstairs as well. It is very generous for both Jenny and I and our family or guests with the forward VIP guest stateroom having a full queen-sized berth and ensuite bathroom.”

The second guest stateroom to port has two single berths that slide together to form a double berth and has ensuite access to the day head. Directly opposite is a fourth stateroom with twin crossover berths – alternatively, this area can be optioned as an atrium lounge.

The full-beam master stateroom is brilliantly bathed in light and fresh air from large hull windows with integrated portholes. Headroom is a generous 1.95 metres. It features a central queen-sized bed, chaise lounge, large robe and an ensuite akin to a luxury apartment bathroom.

A remarkably versatile space aft of the master stateroom can be personalised to suit an owner’s specific needs from a walk-in laundry to a utility room, crew cabin or even additional accommodation.

Ray says the desire to have extra accommodation for family members and friends was pivotal in his decision to move to the new 645 SUV.

“The Riviera 575 is a fantastically seaworthy boat and I’ve faced all kinds of conditions in her,” he says. “But after spending a month travelling around Tasmania, with 22 days at anchor, we thought it would be nice to have another couple with us, or more family members aboard.

“My son says bigger is better, and I can’t wait to go further afield in the new 645 with our family.”

Riviera owner, Rodney Longhurst agrees, saying the new 645 SUV among its many attributes will be a grand tourer in every sense.

“She offers a soft-riding, dry and seaworthy hull, breathtaking performance and handling from the MAN diesels, and a free-flowing, easy-living saloon and wonderful alfresco deck.

“With the legendary structural strength and refined luxury that Riviera is acclaimed for, we can’t wait to share the new 645 SUV with the world in April.”

More information at RivieraAustralia.com

Australia’s largest luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, officially launched its innovative new 645 SUV yesterday to mark the opening of the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.

The 645 SUV is the largest and most sophisticated model in Riviera’s SUV collection, combining the high-level blue-water pedigree of the lauded Sports Motor Yachts with the single-level living attributes so much loved by Sport Yacht owners.

The 645 is available in two editions – the Classic and the Newport. The Classic features elegant interior furnishings, a versatile foredeck entertaining space and four-stateroom accommodation. The Newport includes a distinctive Tungsten silver hardtop, a spacious foredeck sunpad, avant-garde saloon features and three-cabin accommodation with a lower-deck lounge space.

Riviera pioneered the SUV concept in 2012 and has since continually refined this design, crafting more than 170 yachts ranging from 39 to now 64 feet.

The 645 becomes the flagship of the six-model SUV collection. She offers extensive accommodation, premium comfort and luxury and longer-range offshore cruising while enhancing the superb indoor-outdoor lifestyle features that make the SUV models so practical and popular.

A ‘wonderfully versatile’ flagship

The 645 SUV offers the choice of three or four staterooms, three bathrooms and a utility, crew or additional accommodation aft of the master stateroom. In addition, she offers superb alfresco-deck dining, a saloon that includes an aft gourmet galley with island bench, a side saloon door leading to generous walk-around side decks and a foredeck that is a separate, lavish entertainment hub.

Riviera Australia owner Rodney Longhurst says the decision to introduce the 645 SUV came after requests from current Riviera owners and the global dealer network for a larger SUV, resulting in a number of off-the-plan orders being received.

“The wonderfull versatility of the SUV design lends itself perfectly to a larger yacht,” says Mr Longhurst.  “The 645 takes our SUV to a new level with even more space, performance, cruising range, accommodation and luxury.”

Long-term Riviera owners Ray and Jenny Haddrell from Melbourne, Australia, are proudly the first to own a 645 SUV. It will be the seventh consecutive Riviera the Haddrells have owned, and their largest.

Ray first heard of plans for the 64 Sports Motor Yacht two years ago. He told Riviera CEO Wes Moxey: “Give me a call if you ever do an SUV version of the 64 SMY.”

Ray and Jenny owned a Riviera 565 SUV prior to his current 575 SUV Rayzaway and between them they have enjoyed more than 1,100 hours of extensive cruising over seven years and thousands of nautical miles. Ray has cruised as far north as Port Douglas and completed two trips to Tasmania, including a circumnavigation.

An entertainment epicentre

The 645 SUV teak-laid cockpit layout includes an optional three-seater transom lounge or live-bait well and optional awning extending from the sleek hardtop aft. It is the perfect place to cook a sumptuous lunch on the dual-plate, electric barbecue. There is plenty of room to fish, dive or launch any number of water toys through the twin transom doors to the large hydraulic swim platform.

A few steps up from the cockpit is the 645 SUV’s entertainment and living epicentre – a semi-enclosed alfresco deck offering a plush lounge to port that converts to a double daybed. Alfresco living and dining are enjoyed in the L-shaped lounge to starboard, which includes a generous drop-leaf teak table.

The foredeck zone is a unique entertainer space, providing plush lounge seating for up to 10 people, an insulated ice bin, stereo and locations for fenders and ropes. The Newport Edition includes a large sunpad.

Handcrafted luxury

The saloon has been created to optimise the flow and enjoyment of guests. A gourmet galley is along the port side with a generous island bench that provides more than enough space for two or more people to work side-by-side, prepping, serving or cooking. A three-burner induction cooktop includes removable pot holders and there are two-drawer fridges, two-drawer freezers, a combination oven/microwave and a dishwasher under the benchtop.

Saloon dining is through an innovative feature – the walnut dining table is located behind the lounge and can be deployed simply by moving away four cushions and easily lifting the table up and out.

The helm on the centreline offers the option of two or three forward-facing luxurious leather helm seats facing three 24-inch screens and comprehensive system controls.

The forward starboard corner of the saloon can be a relaxing lounge, a workstation or a beautifully appointed cocktail wet bar.

Grand accommodation

On the accommodation deck, the full-beam master stateroom is brilliantly bathed in light and fresh air from large hull windows with integrated portholes. Headroom is a generous 1.95 metres. It features a central queen-sized bed, chaise lounge, large cedar-lined wardrobe and a generous aft en-suite bathroom. A space beside the en-suite can be personalised to suit an owner’s needs: laundry, utility room, crew cabin or even additional accommodation. This space includes a water-tight door to the engine room.

The VIP guest stateroom forward includes a full queen-sized bed and en-suite bathroom.

The second guest stateroom to port has two single berths that slide together to form a double berth and has en-suite access to the day head. Directly opposite is a fourth stateroom with twin crossover berths. The Newport Edition configures this area as an atrium lounge.

Power at your fingertips

Riviera engineers have opted for a choice of Twin MAN V8 1300 (956 kW) or MAN V12 1550 (1,140 kW) diesels that offer exceptional power-to-weight performance. The 1300 engines deliver a cruise speed of 28 knots and 31 knots at wide open throttle. The optional 1550s provide a cruise speed of about 30 knots and wide-open throttle around 34 knots.

The Twin Disc Express Joystick system (EJS) seamlessly marries hydraulic thrusters with Twin Disc gearboxes. Joysticks are at the helm and in the cockpit.

All Riviera MAN-powered yachts come with a five-year engines limited warranty, further supported by Riviera’s seven-year structural and two-year express limited warranties.

 

The Newport Edition of the Riviera 645 SUV featuring the distinctive Tungsten silver hardtop.

An entertainment and living epicentre – the 645 SUV’s semi-enclosed alfresco deck offers a plush lounge to port that converts to a double daybed.

A sumptuous saloon setting, shown here in the Classic Edition, has been created to optimise the flow and enjoyment of guests.

The commanding helm offers seating in absolute comfort for three on plush Selto London pilot seats for the captain and companions.

A full-beam master stateroom that is brilliantly bathed in light and fresh air from large hull windows.

The versatile utility room can be personalised as either a laundry, crew cabin or even additional accommodation.

The VIP guest stateroom forward includes a full queen-sized bed and en-suite bathroom.

A second guest stateroom to port offers two single berths that slide together to form a double berth.

The 645 SUV is the largest and most sophisticated model in Riviera’s SUV collection.

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