‘Proud’, ‘passionate’ and ‘positive’ – these three words perhaps best describe the vibrancy of the worldwide Riviera team as the renowned luxury motor yacht marque recaps a year of significant milestones and memories and prepares to enter 2016 with a number of superb new model releases.
Riviera chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst said the outstanding 2015 highlight for Riviera has been welcoming 85 members to the global family of Riviera and Belize luxury motor yacht owners.
“For us, there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing our valued owners enjoy all the rich and rewarding benefits that only the Riviera lifestyle can offer,” he said.
“Together with our dedicated international Riviera and Belize network spanning some 60 countries, we look forward to continuing our advancement in providing first-class customer care, and expanding our truly unique program of educational, social and cruising events throughout 2016.”
In 2015, Riviera was honoured by being awarded the prestigious Australian Marine Industry Exporter of the Year for 2015, in addition to Large Exporter of the Year for 2015.
Riviera was also named as a finalist in two categories of the international IBI-METS Boat Builder Awards – the Retail Marketing and the International Dealer Development categories.
“We are delighted by the industry’s recognition for Riviera,” said Mr Longhurst. “And it reflects the continued growth in global affection for our world-class luxury motor yachts.
“Of course these honours strengthen our passion for creating the best Rivieras ever.”
Notably, 2015 marked the World Premieres of four impressive new models:
The 57 Enclosed Flybridge
The 52 Enclosed Flybridge
The 525 SUV
The new 575 SUV
The new Sports Motor Yacht collection
“Of course, our commitment to constant refinement also plays a significant role in how we are striving to cater for the needs and desires of luxury motor yacht owners,” said Mr Longhurst.
“Just one example is the presidential design of the very popular 6000 Sport Yacht, which we also unveiled with great success during 2015.”
Additional 2015 highlights included:
The Riviera Festival of Boating in May
The Gold Coast International Marine Expo
Reel Torque Yachts, Singapore – joined the Riviera and Belize network
R Marine Port Stephens, Australia – joined the Riviera and Belize network
Riviera’s new Stuart office, Florida, USA – commissioned
Boating Partnerships – syndication service launched
As 2015 draws to a close, Riviera is continuing its recruitment drive, through which the marque is building its talented team of designers, engineers and master craftsmen. Riviera today has 480 dedicated team members on-site at the Coomera manufacturing facility on Australia’s Gold Coast, including some 36 school-aged, workforce entrance-aged and mature-aged apprentices. This number will grow to over 50 in 2016.
“At Riviera, we believe strongly in the future of Australian marine manufacturing and that is why we are so committed to investing in the marine industry champions of tomorrow,” said Mr Longhurst.
“I was recently asked to describe Riviera in one word and it immediately struck me that ‘proud’ truly represents all the key attributes that have helped Riviera to be considered as amongst the best builders of luxury yachts in the world,” he said.
“Every day we focus our efforts, enthusiasm, experience and energy on finding the next incremental improvement so that recreational luxury boating continues to become easier and more enjoyable for Riviera and Belize customers.
“It is this culture of excellence and a passionate, professional team relentlessly moving forward that is making all of this possible.
“I feel enormously proud to be a part of it.”
The new Riviera flagship, the supremely seaworthy 77 Enclosed Flybridge.
The spacious and opulent saloon of the Riviera 77 Enclosed Flybridge is connected to the mezzanine entertaining and dining area via an awning window opening out from the gourmet galley.
Supremely seaworthy – the new Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge.
The spacious Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge Master Stateroom postions a queen-sized walk around bed in pride of place.
The stylish new Riviera 52 Enclosed Flybridge.
Riviera’s new 52 Enclosed Flybridge has a large awning window that brings the outdoors into the main salon area.
The sporty and adventurous Riviera 525 SUV.
Riviera 525 SUV Glass Cockpit takes control to extraordinary new heights.
The new 5400 Sport Yacht from Australia’s Riviera – sleek, stylish and sophisticated and featuring a new level of internal volume.
The new 5400 Sport Yacht from Riviera has proven an immediate success with astute luxury motor yacht owner.
The new Riviera 575 SUV – very versatile.
The new cockpit design for the 575 SUV from Riviera enhances the indoor/outdoor lifestyle.
The luxurious, long-range Riviera 67 Sports Motor Yacht offers the exhilaration of supreme sports performance as well as fantastic interior flexibility.
Riviera’s new 67 Sports Motor Yacht has a wide array of luxury lifestyle features to enhance your precious time aboard.
Huge crowds inspect the latest in luxury motor yacht design from Riviera at the festival fun and learning.
Riviera rolls out the red carpet at its festival of fun and learning each May.
Visitors flock to the Festival to hone their boating skills.
The Festival social events are always popular, especially the Ladies Luncheon.
Fully narrated factory tours by train of the largest luxury motor yacht manufacturing facility in the Southern Hemisphere.
The gala dinner at Festival brings over 400 Riviera owners and friends together for a fun-filled night of celebration.
The boating public voted with their feet for the Expo.
Fun on the water at Expo.
Two of the 3 Expo marinas – a massive showcase of on-water luxury.
Inspiring a new generation of boaties – the Sirocco Bumper Boats at the Expo.
Waterfront dining overlooking beautiful boats at Expo.
Olivia Branson from Reel Torque Yachts in Singapore was welcomed to the global Riviera network.
Welcome to the family – R Marine Port Stephens director Gary Lee and sales & marketing executive Mike O’Brien.
Riviera’s America’s team (L to R) – Cameron Dewhurst, Sabrina Jurak, Steve McCarthy, Leo Wellence Jr and Chris McCafferty.
Tom van Vliet – Managing Director of Boating Partnerships.
57 Enclosed Flybridge with IPS
|Length:||18.5 m (60' 8")||Beam:||5.13 m (16' 10")|
|Draft:||1.58 m (5' 2")||Standard Power x 2:||533 kW (725 hp each)|
|Range:||379 nm @ 28.4 knt||Sleeping Capacity:||6 persons|