37' Riviera Flybridge Cruiser
Riviera 37 “Panacea II” is a brilliant combination of ownership, design and build! And as such, is deserving of close attention. She is, in a word, immaculate. Professionally maintained machinery. Owned by a discerning and experienced yachtsman, intent on preventative care and proud, rightly proud, of the overall and detail condition of his vessel. She is hauled and her bottom serviced annually. The machinery is serviced annually with an “as required” budget. The superstructure is waxed three times a year. We noted that the anchor appeared new; it is painted annually. And in spite of a low maintenance exterior design, Panacea has enjoyed a full winter cover providing protection from the elements since 2011.
The current owner imported the first Riviera to Canada in 1995 and traded it in for this current Riviera in 2006 when the original owner moved to a new 47 of the same make and model. This brand satisfies discerning people. The design and build of each model is a large part of that brand satisfaction.
Panacea is perfectly suited for a couple with occasional family or guests for local, extended, and even blue water cruising! Design starts with a hull, and Riviera, a preeminent builder in Australia, a land surrounded by open oceans, is renowned for hull forms. We once trialled a new model departing the factory, along calm, winding channels until we rounded a breakwater into huge breaking waves full of surfers - the next stop was New Zealand! The boat joined the surfers, “no worries.” Rivieras are designed to deal with serious conditions - the 37 is stable, soft riding, responsive, with exceptional tracking at all speeds. This hull is not about all out speed - it feels safe and is predictable and it inspires confidence, pure and simple. The build is solid. With two collision bulkheads and a water tight bulkhead and hefty stringers, there is no creaking or groaning underway. And to top off the roundedness of this design and build, this particular model is known for economical operation.
Design is also style. The sheer line states “sport.” The hardtop invites the possibility of tuna tower, and the dark tinted windows mean business. A sportsfish for sure; but much more this is a handsome yacht, with gracious and dramatic lines that suggest motion even at rest. She is a stunning and modern sports fish style, maintaining classic lines.
She is also a modern cruising yacht that features a surprisingly crew friendly configuration. Each space is perfectly proportioned and surprisingly generous even considering the almost 14’ beam. As with the exterior, where a perfect hull form marries a stunning style, so throughout the living spaces, the designers have achieved a stylish sense of space with utterly functional living. There is room in the cockpit to fish, photograph, lounge or entertain. And the salon seats 4 or 5 with ease, with a 6th perched on the helm seat. Leather and renowned gloss varnished teak, set off against views of the anchorage through big bright windows all around. And there is a lower helm - a fully functional helm with excellent visibility for night runs or on foul days. The galley is bright, spacious, fully featured with generous countertops and storage - and nicely separated from the salon. The forward sleeping quarters are bright, airy, replete with considerable storage, ventilation and good light. She sleeps four. And the salon settee pulls out for two more in a pinch. The head is large, and features a separate shower stall. The dramatic flybridge, with hardtop and a full enclosure, is a superb vantage point for heading up the Strait, or simply lounging at anchor with a great book!