13 Mar 2015

The talk of the town in prominent angling circles is the arrival of the luxurious new Riviera 50 Enclosed in May, which is destined for Richards Bay, South Africa!

This is the one packed to capacity with features high on the list of Sport Fishermen which the Australian manufacturer has not only heard but taken to heart.

After years of consulting with their clients at special forums, Riviera has produced a craft worthy of praise. Every inch has been carefully designed to meet angler’s needs from extra rod and fish storage, well-placed toe kicks to the extra helm at the rear of the flybridge – to mention a few.

Docking in Durban, her maiden voyage will take her up the East Coast to her permanent home in Richards Bay – the playground of Billfish and big game fishing.

Powered by twin Volvo IPS 950 Diesels (725hp), the 50 Enclosed Flybridge is expected to cruise between 25 and 28 knots and deliver a range of 400 nautical miles. Once safely there and languishing on her moorings, she won’t fail to turn heads. Hot on the gossip list will be her new design from the keel up giving her a sleek, modern appeal.

The Riviera 50’s new owner has had her kitted out for absolute fishing success. The electronics list reads like a book and includes GPS, Chirp and down vision sounders, fish attracting underwater lights and much more. There’s an abundance of rod holders, spreader and central outriggers and cleverly concealed storage for rods in the most unexpected places.

A quick peak under the beds exposes the hideaway of 5-6 heavy tackle rods with another 3 – 4 rod spots in the companionway lockers.

The huge flybridge is probably the most popular spot on board with excellent communication between skipper and crew in the cockpit (only three sides are enclosed) – essential when backing up to a billfish.

A clever addition is the second control station (in addition to the forward helm) mounted on the aft rail of the bridge - a great vantage point.

The expansive cockpit is specially geared with rod holders, a tournament fishing helm with joystick engine control and autopilot and there’s a spot for a fighting chair. Toe kicks have been fitted into the side lockers for comfort and extra safety when leaning over to fight a big fish.

Fish storage is well catered for thanks to a large fish box fitted into the cockpit floor, tuna and other large tubes, a live bait tank with window in the transom alongside and bait prep station under the lift up lid. Four tackle boxes are also found in the transom locker. These are just a few of too many features to mention.

Once the fishing’s done there’s endless al fresco living space in which to relax with wonderful amenities to keep anglers replenished and comfortable. Up to ten people can be seated inside should the weather turn – the ideal spot for dissecting each moment of the day.

Below decks is a choice of three very equally generous sized staterooms with inviting beds for overnighting or simply taking a break.

Boating World’s Derrick Levy and his team are expecting loads of calls once anglers catch sight of this stunning Rivera 50 on the water!