Riviera Yachts 525 SUV

Riviera Yachts- 525 SUV

Model Profile

Two Boats … In One

The sporty and adventurous Riviera 525 SUV is the latest new model to join our growing collection of luxury yachts opening up a whole new world of boating enjoyment for both the avid angler and the cruising entertainer. Indeed, our owners tell us it’s a lot like having two boats … in one. The SUV series is the perfect pairing of two legendary designs, each with its own formidable pedigree … hence its name has automotive origins. Created after worldwide global input from owners the SUV, in many ways, is really your idea. The result, of course, is a versatile vessel like no other – she combines the high-performance, blue-water cruising and fish-raising abilities of the classic Riviera Flybridge with the single-level, leisurely entertaining features of our very popular Sport Yacht design. The SUV truly is … the best of both worlds. Model Profile

Key features

Sleek and stylish external design with contemporary hull windows and opening portholes

Wide walk-around side decks with thoughtfully placed hand rails for added safety

Large foredeck with optional sunpad

Full-scale 9.90 square metre (106.6 ft2) no-nonsense cockpit, with large transom and mezzanine lounges, clever storage, BBQ and wet bar

Large awning window and sliding glass door set in a strong stainless steel frame connects the modern aft galley with the cockpit

Luxurious internal furnishings with the finest fabrics and leathers, as well as premium-brand appliances

Spacious and sumptuous saloon, with 2 x Webasto sunroofs, opening side windows and massive front windows enhancing cross ventilation of fresh air and natural light

Flexible three-stateroom, two-bathroom accommodation plan. The master stateroom, with ensuite, can be located forward or aft

Feature bed headboards in every stateroom, complemented by subtle LED mood lighting

Luxurious, sports-inspired helm with ultramodern technology, including glass bridge navigation features and C-Zone digital switching system as standard

Joystick controls x 2, at the helm and in the cockpit

Volvo Penta IPS2-800 (2 x 460kW / 626hp) propulsion system with twin D11 engines and drive units, with optional IPS2-950 system (2 x 533kW / 725hp)

Clever lifestyle and storage concepts abound

Thoughtful access panels to all key service points throughout the yacht

Maintenance-free battery banks, Mastervolt battery chargers and inverter

Fuel capacity 3500 litres (925 US gal), water capacity 750 litres (198 US gal)

Watertight collision bulkhead forward

Riviera’s renowned, hallmark built-to-last philosophy

Strong, robust hull with keel, backed by a 5-year structural warranty

Exclusive membership of a global family of luxury motor yacht owners

Riviera has, over the past 35 years, launched almost 5200 luxury yachts that today can be seen cruising the seas, oceans, lakes and rivers of the world.

Length Overall (Inc. swim platform & bow roller)
Beam (inc. gunwale)
Maximum Draft (inc. props)
Dry Weight** (approx., depends on engines & options)
50,300 lbs
Fuel Capacity***
925 gal
Water Capacity***
198 US gal
Holding Tank Capacity***
106 US gal
Sleeping Capacity
6 persons
Total Cockpit Area
91.5 ft2
Bridge Clearance
Standard Engine x2 – Volvo IPS 800
626 hp
355 nm @ 23.9 knt
Optional Engine x2 – Volvo IPS 950
725 hp
*Length of the hull (Lh) : Includes all structural and integral parts (ie. the moulded length of the hull). It excludes parts that can be removed in a non-destructive manner without affecting the stuctural integrity of the craft, eg. pulpits, outdrives, driving platforms, rubbing strakes.**Dry weight represents the estimated minimum weight of a boat with standard engines and options, no fuel or water on board, no equipment or provisions and no personnel. The stated dry weight may be exceeded.***Denotes net tank capacity. For useable capacity do not rely on more than 90% of tank capacity. Actual capacity will vary according to boat trim and sea state.
All information is subject to change at anytime without notice

The Best of Both Worlds

Befitting a yacht of this calibre, the 525 incorporates clever and convenient alfresco lifestyle concepts and ultramodern technology with luxurious appointments … not to mention enhanced serviceability, convenient 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, the 525 SUV is far more than a model refinement to suit the industry nomenclature that enhances Riviera’s appeal on the world stage.

In fact, after speaking with members of our global family of owners, we’ve seized the opportunity to incorporate a wide range of standard inclusions that in the past may have been considered options.

You will sense these additional refinements from the moment you step onboard – double transom doors allow better access from both the port and starboard sides creating a walk-around transom lounge which, in effect, adds the large boarding 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.

Owners have the option of a shorter lounge with transom storage bin for swimming and diving gear, or even a live bait tank with glass front, depending on requirements. 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 equipment, and also deep fish bin to port and starboard. Forward there is a comfortable three-seater cockpit lounge to port – upholstered in high-quality weather-proof vinyl – and there is an integrated table to provide a versatile alfresco entertaining area, and which can also be converted to a day-bed. Behind the cockpit lounge is a double-plated refrigerated cool box and self-draining bin, as well as manual bilge pump access and lockable cabinet containing battery switches and AC/DC control board. To starboard there’s a lift-up lid with gas strut which reveals a double BBQ with stainless steel splashback and LED lighting, ice-maker, sink, solid surface bench top and even more storage – enough to impress even the most discerning chef. The cockpit’s innovative joystick docking control is also to starboard, although owners have the option of having it located on the port-side. This control is protected from the elements in its own enclosed fibreglass compartment. The GRP hardtop of the 525 extends out and over the cockpit and owners can extend this further with an optional stainless steel and acrylic canvas awning for additional protection from the sun and extremities. There’s also the option of a rear-mounted camera, should owners desire.

All the comforts of home 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.

Relax in style 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.

Take command 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.

Opulent accommodation 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.

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.

Perfect package

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.

The ease of joysticks

Having now launched hundreds of pod-driven luxury yachts, Riviera is at the forefront of a marine revolution offering impressive fuel economy, high performance, quiet operation, more internal space and, of course, joystick control.

The innovative joystick offers slow-speed maneuverability when backing up on a prize catch, in addition to precise docking. Indeed a skipper – either solo or with a novice crew – can simply push and twist the joystick to make the boat respond immediately, pivoting in place or crabbing sideways into a berth that’s just long enough to fit the vessel.

There’s also an additional joystick to starboard in the cockpit, the option of having it located on the port-side if owners desire.

CZone convenience

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.

Electrical excellence

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.

Impeccable pedigree

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’.

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