USED REVIEW: 2001 Riviera 4000 Offshore


the large cockpit has a teak sole that has been left natural for low maintenance

By Mike Gridley

In 1980, Riviera was launched in New South Wales, Australia. Since then the company has been building its sales and reputation internationally with a model range from 36 to 75 feet.

The 4000 Offshore was a popular model offered in three versions: an enclosed cockpit, a hardtop and open with a radar arch. An enclosed model, our 2001 test boat had an appealing profile with flowing lines and soft curves.

Starting at the transom, this Riviera sports a Tend’R Roller system mounted to the swim platform to handle the dinghy. Designed for fishing, the large cockpit has a teak sole that has been left natural for low maintenance. A canvas top extends from the hardtop, shading the cockpit so you can enjoy a drink or a snack in comfort. Space meant to handle fishing duties doubles nicely as storage and a cooler. Hatches in the deck open to reveal storage and a fish box. Amenities also include an AC/DC refrigerator/freezer and a sink with hot and cold water.

The upper cockpit powers up to reveal the engine room, where access to the Twin Cat 3208 diesels, the enclosed 9kW Kohler generator and other systems is first rate. A hatch in the upper cockpit sole provides quick access for daily checks.

Serious railings with safety lines and wide decks provide security moving forward while underway. The foredeck also has plenty of space for relaxing in the sun, especially on the double sun pads. Forward there’s a massive anchor locker, windlass with pedals and a remote control. Twin anchor rollers allow for serious cruising anchors.

Two steps lead from the open cockpit to the enclosed upper cockpit. One of the really great features of the 4000 Offshore is its wide open space on deck. This is where you are really going to spend your time. You can be under the hardtop with the canvas on the back enjoying the air conditioning, then simply remove it if you want to spread out into the spacious cockpit. The L-shaped seating and facing settee provide ample room for guests, while the removable pedestal table opens up for dining. Under the seating there’s storage and an icemaker is located under the helm seat.

A centre companionway leads below to the salon. Below, the design, layout and finishes are clean – almost minimalist – resulting in a pleasant, easy-to-care-for interior.

To starboard is the modern functional galley with ample cabinet space, solid surface counter and moulded sink. Appliances include a Sharp microwave, Princess two-burner cooktop and a second AC/DC fridge/freezer. Under the counter there are several drawers and a large locker.

To starboard, the comfortable Ultraleather L-shaped sofa converts to a lower double bunk and an upper single. Shelving, lockers and drawers provide display space and storage. On the aft bulkhead there are the entertainment systems, climate controls and the electrical panels. The television has been upgraded to an LCD flat screen with TracVision satellite TV.

When you open the stateroom door and fold back the bulkhead, you can watch your favourite TV program while relaxing in the island queen berth. For extended cruising, there are clothing drawers under the berth and a hanging locker with auto lighting.

The head has private access from the stateroom and day access from the salon. Features include a shower stall and Vacu-Flush head, along with a solid surface moulded sink and vanity.

Back up top, I checked out the helm. Featuring triple wipers, the massive windshield will shed water readily in open water. Underway, standing or sitting will be comfortable with great sightlines. The instruments are both comprehensive and ideally positioned.

A cruiser’s dream, the navigation suite consists of dual Furuno chartplotters, radar, Raymarine sonar/fishfinder, Raytheon speed/depth, Simrad auto pilot and Icom VHF. Getting underway, it was easy working my way out of the marina with the fingertip control of the digital shifters and throttles. The twin 435-hp Cats helped the 4000 cruise comfortably at 21 knots at 2200 rpm. If you want maximum range, knock the rpm back to 1700 and the owner reports a range of 422 nautical miles.

Our first attempt at filming the on-water test proved too rough for the following camera boat, but the Riviera handled the conditions with ease. The second test day was absolutely calm, a great day just to cruise and enjoy putting the Riviera 4000 Offshore through its paces. The hull, power and control is effortless and flawless – well balanced and solid.

The Riviera 4000 Offshore is a bit of a unique boat in North America as Riviera did not import a high volume of them here. If you do happen find one on the used market, like this 2001 model, it makes a great long-range cruiser for a couple with its comfortable stateroom, efficient diesels and great sea-keeping abilities. For a weekend, a second couple can utilize the convertible berth in the salon and, of course, it has plenty of space to handle a gang in the cockpit for short-term entertaining.

This boat is featured in the Fall 2014 issue of Boats&Places and in episode 1 of the 2015 Season of PowerBoat Television.

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Mike Gridley is a Producer and Host of PowerBoat Television and contributor to Boats&Places Magazine, and A lifelong boater, Mike started on the water with a 12-foot Peterborough cedar strip. Graduating to fibreglass, he has owned a series of boats from cuddy cabins to cruisers. He has come full circle back to wood with the purchase of a 1964 Greavette. After graduating from Ryerson University, Mike joined Molson Breweries where he spent 17 years in a variety of sales, marketing and promotions positions. He went on to hone his marketing communications, creative and advertising skills as a Senior Account Director with several national advertising agencies for clients including Bank of Montreal, Petro-Canada, Canadian Tire and Polaroid. In pursuit of his love of all things boating, Mike joined Lifestyle Integrated in 2004 and assumed the role of Producer in 2006.