Riviera 565 SUV

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A sporty refinement on the successful Riviera 53 Flybridge

John Willis
Reviewed Oct 2016
We often find limited visibility at the helm when there is a variety of instruments and electronics, however. Ray’s Riviera 565 SUV has three colour 15.4in Raymarine e165 multifunction displays providing sonar, radar, GPS-plotter, thermal night vision, NMEA, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Further to the Raymarine displays is a Volvo Penta EVC 7 inch digital and analogue engine management screen.

For docking and low-speed manoeuvring there are remote joysticks on either side of the cockpit as well as the portside helm. The Volvo Penta IPS joystick has two speeds for all windage, current and experience levels, and makes low-speed manoeuvrability a breeze...
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A rugged and versatile boat made for enjoying the bounties of Mother Nature with a few of your best mates

Kevin Koenig
Reviewed Oct 2016
This is a boat that begs you to challenge the harsh Australian seascape, and have fun with your mates while doing it. She’s part of Riviera’s SUV line—which now includes the 445 and the new 515—and looks the part. Her lines, slightly boxy but not overly so, reminded me of a Range Rover, another rugged and versatile vehicle. And that makes sense, since the SUV line is a hybrid of sorts. One part gentleman angler, one part express cruiser, and all about having fun while out on the water, regardless of what the water is doing...
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A testament to the iconic Australian brand’s ability to combine the best of many worlds

John Zammit
Reviewed Oct 2016
Push the throttles forward and the Riviera 565 SUV gets up and going without any hesitation – the set-up and match of these engines with this hull is just right with plenty of power and low noise. When I looked down I was surprised how quickly we’d got up to 27 knots (2150 rpm). Top speed on the day was just under 32 knots at 2400 rpm. The boat handles well, soft riding, dry, predictable and the way it leans in the turns feels almost sporty, a characteristic of IPS drives. A nice cruise speed for this boat is at around 2000 rpm and at that rate you’d be doing 24.4 knots for a fuel burn of around 161 litres per hour. Leaving 10 per cent of fuel in reserve, that would mean a range of about 477 nautical miles, which is a good range for this type of boat...
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Like the smaller 445 SUV it is truly a boat for all reasons.

Barry Thompson
Reviewed Oct 2016
But it is when you get to the master cabin that you get the WOW factor – this cabin is the pièce de résistance of the 565 SUV and would single-handedly sell the boat to a lot of people. The interior volume is more than you’d expect, and is probably more akin to a 60-footer. Centre of the stateroom is the fore-and-aft king-size bed, with flat-screen TV on the forward bulkhead complete with a DVD and Fusion entertainment system. There’s plenty of storage space, including a full walk-in closet. Aircon is standard throughout the yacht, and all cabins have their own temperature controls...
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Truly a boat for all reasons!

Pacific Powerboat Magazine
Reviewed Oct 2016
A key design feature of the 565 SUV is the open and uncluttered cockpit, with both wet and dry storage areas in the coamings and under the optional teak sole. These include three large fish bins. The mezzanine seating to port has to be one of the best spots on the boat if you want to be outside when underway and it’s perfect to keep an eye on activities around the transom when at anchor. While it is well protected under the sleek cabin overhang, there is extended overhead protection available with an optional awning and side clears.

The standard 565 SUV has a transom moulding that incorporates a built-in barbeque, but in our boat we had a central island unit which was equipped with a large electric grill. While this could double as a bait station with the right cutting board, it would be right in the way if you wanted to mount a game chair...
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