Riviera, the legendary Australian builder, just introduced its new Belize 54 Daybridge to the United States at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Riviera says the new Belize, with its distinctive flowing lines and relatively low profile, is a “striking keen-eyed balance between European panache and Australian practicality.”
The new Belize has three cabins and two heads below, and a lot going on in the main deck, which is filled with light from sweeping tinted glass windows all around. A curved bulkhead aft includes a glass door and large awning window that open up to unite the salon and cockpit into one large social area.
The fully equipped galley is aft in the salon, so it also acts to serve both the interior and exterior spaces; it has an oven, induction cooktop, fridge and freezer. Another small galley is built into the transom, just above the garage. Lift a hatch and you’ll find an electric barbeque, ice maker and sink, exactly what you need for relaxing after a swim or watersports. The wide teak swim platform can be lowered for launching the dinghy (up to eight-feet-long) and water access.
The cockpit is protected by an overhang from the flybridge. It has a large lounge aft and a table; a bar is forward on the port side with swing-out stools. A fridge and storage are to starboard. In the salon, the helm is centered, with a companion seat to starboard. A large L-shape settee and table are just aft to starboard; the galley aft to port.
Up top, the captain’s seat is centered at the helm; a matching seat is to port. A large L-shaped settee is aft to port, with a highly polished table. A bar is to starboard.
Below, the master stateroom is full-beam amidships, with a queen-sized bed, tables, drawers and long hull windows. The en suite head is to port, with a vanity, porcelain sinks, and a recessed glass shower.
The VIP stateroom is all the way forward, with an island queen bed, hull windows in both sides, a circular overhead hatch, and cedar-lined wardrobes. It shares the day head with the third cabin, on the starboard side, with twin beds.
Standard power on the Belize 54 comes from twin 600-hp Volvo IPS800 pod drives. Twin 725-hp Volvo IPS950s are optional. The yacht has two IPS joysticks for easy maneuvering and docking; one at the lower helm and one in the cockpit.
Specs.: LOA: 54’2”; Beam: 16’6”; Draft: 4’5”; Disp.: 48,281 lbs.; Fuel: 793 gals.; Water: 185 gals.; Power: 2×600-hp Volvo IPS800 pod drives. Read more: