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Name: 33 Convertible
Length: 33
Hull Type: Modified-V
Gross Weight: --
Fuel Capacity: 264 gals.
Model Years: 2005—2008
Draft: 3'3"
Beam: 12'7"
Water Capacity: 103 gals.
Waste Capacity: 18 gals.
Length w/ Pulpit: 37'3"
Small flybridge convertibles are rare in today’s market—most manufacturers find it far more profitable to concentrate their efforts on larger, more expensive models. The Aussie-built Riviera 33, however, offered buyers the opportunity to purchase a smartly styled pocket convertible able to hold her own with boats costing many thousands more. Built on a solid fiberglass hull with prop pockets and underwater exhausts, the Riviera’s forward collision bulkhead and watertight compartments offer a level of security seldom found in a boat of this type. Her single-stateroom interior was offered with or without a lower helm. While the salon dimensions are modest, a U-shaped settee doubles as a dinette and wraparound windows admit tons of natural lighting. Engine room access is via a hatch in the salon’s teak and holly sole or directly from the cockpit. The 33’s well-lit cockpit has a tackle station with a freshwater sink to starboard, bait freezer cabinet to port, two in-deck fish boxes, and transom livewell. Topside, the bridge area accommodates five in comfort. Note the raw water washdown in the anchor locker. Volvo 310hp diesels cruise at 22–24 knots (high 20s top).


Name: 33 Convertible
Length: 33'0"
Hull Type: Modified-V
Gross Weight: --
Fuel Capacity: 296 gals.
Model Years: 1990—1997
Draft: 2'7"
Beam: 12'6"
Water Capacity: 84 gals.
Waste Capacity: 25 gals.
Length w/ Pulpit: --
Introduced to the American market in 1990, the Riviera 33 ranks among the most popular small convertibles of her era. For years, Riviera was the largest builder of production boats in Australia. They quickly gained a reputation in this country for durable construction, modern design, and good open-water performance. Initially, the appeal of the Riviera 33 was linked to her very affordable price, the result of a favorable exchange rate versus the Australian dollar during most of the 1990s. Hull construction is solid fiberglass, and like all Riviera models she has a collision bulkhead forward and two watertight bulkheads aft. Riviera produced the 33 with a single-stateroom interior featuring an island queen berth forward, spacious salon, and standard lower helm with deluxe helm chair. (A less popular two-stateroom configuration has V-berths forward, over/under bunks in the guest cabin, and a smaller salon.) Note the storage area below the galley floor. The cockpit — large for a boat this size — includes lazarette storage, freezer and sink, transom door, and direct engine room access. Cummins 315hp diesels cruise in the low 20s (26–28 knots top).

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