Riviera launches 70 Flybridge at the Barcelona International Boat Show
Barcelona, Spain: Riviera showcased the stunning 70 Enclosed Flybridge for the first time at the 2011 Barcelona International Boat Show held from November 5-13.
The 50th annual Barcelona International Boat Show is the largest and longest running boat show in Spain attracting more than 175,000 visitors and 1,600 indirect exhibitors.
In a first, the show took up five halls in the Gran Via Exhibition Centre while the on-water Show in Port Vell was expected to exceed the 250 boats that were displayed at last year’s show.
Riviera had five boats on display including the new 70 Enclosed Flybridge, 61 Enclosed Flybridge, 45 Enclosed Flybridge, 5000 Sport Yacht with Zeus and the 3600 Sport Yacht with IPS. Riviera’s floating display was located at the main entrance of the on-water Show.
Riviera director of sales and marketing for Europe, Asia and the Middle East, David Taylor said the Riviera display was at the focal point of all people entering the boat show and by far the very best location in the show.
“The location gave us great exposure for the new 70 which was officially launched in Spain at the boat show,” he said.
“The owner very kindly allowed us to display his 70 Enclosed Flybridge at the Barcelona International Boat Show this year. Several Riviera dealers brought prospective customers to Barcelona to see this exciting new boat, which is the first 70 Enclosed Flybridge to be displayed in Europe. “
The 70 Enclosed Flybridge, hailed as the most luxurious and technologically advanced Riviera to grace European shores boasts a cruise speed of 30 knots and top speed of around 34 knots and cruising range 1000nm depending upon engine options.
Since the 70’s official launch in August 2008, Riviera has built and launched an impressive six 70s, which are very customised builds rather than pure production boats.
David said the owner was from Switzerland but kept his boat in Gibraltar, which is at the mouth of the Mediterranean.
“During the summer months he spends a lot of time on his boat travelling throughout The Mediterranean. He fishes as well as entertains business clients,” David said.
“He selected the 70 Enclosed Flybridge based on his past experience with Riviera, the layout, fit and finish, quality and the soft dry ride he experienced with his pervious Rivieras, a 51 and 58 Enclosed Flybridge. Another reason he selected Riviera was the ability to customise the boat to his liking for business and entertainment such as the office, saloon layout, galley design, extended flybridge, sun pads, and crew quarters to name just a few personalised features.”
Riviera’s large boat program project manager Paul Wrench said the 70 was ideally suited for long range cruising.
“This boat will have a permanent skipper. It will be used full-time for six months of the year and being the first Riviera 70 to go to Europe, this long term and very enthusiastic Riviera owner is happy to promote the 70 in Europe,” Paul said.
“The beauty of this vessel is that it is a self-contained luxury waterfront home that can take you anywhere in the world, as it has its own fresh water maker system that produces 284 litres per hour and twin generator sets to provide all the power needed to live aboard, sleeping accommodation for up to 12 in four separate cabins each with their own ensuite, an aft galley which is centrally located between the cockpit and saloon and opens to the mezzanine alfresco dining area through a large awning window and stainless steel and glass door. The aft galley positioning also easily serves the flybridge via the internal staircase.”