Belize 54 Day Bridge Review

I’m not going to kid you. When PassageMaker editor-in-chief, Jonathan Cooper, called to ask if I was available to test a

Belize 54 for an upcoming issue, I wondered what the world of yachting journalism might be coming to.

Oh sure, I’ve tested and reviewed several hundred boats and yachts of all kinds, back when I was a senior editor at one of PassageMaker’s sister publications and during the intervening

years. But I’m a motorsailer and trawler-yacht kind of guy, and from a professional standpoint, for the most part I’m a large- and megayacht-builder and project manager. Could I achieve the right perspective for evaluating this type of planing sportyacht?

Well, not to worry, my friends. Notwithstanding that the Belize 54 Daybridge isn’t even a distant relative of a trawleryacht, I didn’t have to break a sweat to grow to really like her. It just happened pretty much on its own.

I admit that part of the reason is she’s built in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, a yacht-building center where I’ve found the level of craftsmanship these days to be second to none. And I guess another part of the reason I took an immediate liking to the Belize 54 Daybridge is that she’s entirely designed and engineered by Riviera Yachts in Australia, a firm with 34 years in the business, its own manufacturing facility on the Gold Coast of Queensland, and some 500 yachts currently cruising the world. All of which becomes immediately evident in the first impression the Belize 54 Daybridge makes.

First Impressions

The positive gut-response to the Belize 54 that I had as I approached her on the fuel dock at the Sailfish Marina in Stuart, Florida, was triggered, no doubt, primarily by her seriously good looks. (Yep, I can be just as superficial as the next guy—but cut me some slack and call it being “aesthetically sensitive.”) With her low profile, unbroken sheer, single large deckhouse, swept-back windscreen, and deftly shaped large side-glass, the

54 Daybridge radiates a strong hint of the powerful and capable offshore sportfishing yachts so well known in the Carolinas and South Florida—but made over by what could be mistaken for the best of Italian design genius. Visually, she oozes power and stability and is thoroughly contemporary yet not in the least finicky, a winning combination according to my “aesthetic sensibilities.”

My first impression of the 54 Daybridge was that she was designed and built by people who have their kit together. My subsequent impressions, gained as I “looked under the hood,” confirmed that.

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