Boattest.com’s Captain Steve Larivee reviews the stylish Riviera 52 Enclosed Flybridge.
“The Riviera 52 Enclosed Flybridge is designed for serious offshore work.
“When we opened her up, she immediately gave the impression of a serious battlewagon.
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“The 52 Enclosed Flybridge provided an extremely smooth ride, but at the same time she was a force for the swells to reckon with. This thing is a tank and can handle some serious sea conditions.
“Head seas had us slicing them apart and plowing right through. Here the water fell to the sides. In the beam we stayed level as though stabilizers were deployed. In the following seas, it’s as much a show as it is a ride. This is where she’ll throw enough water to put out a fire on the beach. But she won’t stuff the bow and just plow right on through.
“Rough Water Confidence. We keep using the word… “plow.” It best describes the ride but shouldn’t be taken negatively. It’s indicative of the “take anything” attitude of the 52. She shoves whatever comes aside while following the helmsman’s commands with unwavering dedication. It really is an interesting experience and one that gives confidence in this boat to get her where she needs to go safely – no matter what, short of a named storm.”