Jan 18, 2016

Riviera celebrates a year of milestones in 2015

‘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 77 Enclosed Flybridge

  • World Premiere at Dubai International Boat Show in March

 

The 57 Enclosed Flybridge

  • World Premiere at Sydney International Boat Show in August

 

The 52 Enclosed Flybridge

  • World Premiere at Sydney International Boat Show in August

 

The 525 SUV

  • World Premiere at the Riviera Festival of Boating and Gold Coast International Marine Expo in May.


Additionally, we announced three more inspiring designs:


The new 5400 Sport Yacht

  • World Premiere at Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show in Florida from 11-15 February 2016
  • Australian Premiere at the Riviera Festival of Boating and Gold Coast International Marine Expo in Australia from 19-22 May 2016

 

The new 575 SUV

  • World Premiere at the Riviera Festival of Boating and Gold Coast International Marine Expo in Australia from 19-22 May 2016

 

The new Sports Motor Yacht collection

  • New 67 design is scheduled for her World Premiere early 2017.

 

“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 largest and most successful festival of fun and learning yet has us busily preparing to raise the bar from 19-22 May 2016

 

The Gold Coast International Marine Expo

  • Riviera is a proud founding partner of the Expo, which was named the Australian Events Industry’s coveted 2015 Best Exhibition award. Expo 2016 once again coincides with the Riviera Festival of Boating from 19-22 May 2016

 

Reel Torque Yachts, Singapore – joined the Riviera and Belize network

  • Servicing Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam

 

R Marine Port Stephens, Australia – joined the Riviera and Belize network

  • Servicing the NSW Central Coast

 

Riviera’s new Stuart office, Florida, USA – commissioned

  • Manned by a dedicated team of boating professionals servicing the Americas, European, Middle East and North African markets

 

Boating Partnerships – syndication service launched

  • For Australian Riviera and Belize owners with a passion for boating but who find their time to spend out on the water is limited. This is the only syndicated boat ownership program that carries Riviera’s endorsement.

 

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.

75 Enclosed Flybridge - Shaft Drive

The Brief was simple: create the largest, most luxurious and technically advanced Riviera ever. For our designers, engineers and craftspeople, it was an invitation to express their talent and creativity like never before - and they responded magnificently.

New 63 Enclosed Flybridge

Riviera is proud to announce the launch of its new 63 Flybridge with a raft of engineering and design enhancements based on its predecessor, the superb 61 Flybridge.

63 Open Flybridge

Riviera is proud to announce the launch of its new 63 Flybridge with a raft of engineering and design enhancements based on its predecessor, the superb 61 Flybridge.

New 53 Enclosed Flybridge with IPS

Designed from the keel up, using Riviera’s Uni-Graphics NX three dimensional CAD software system, the new 53 has been developed in-house after nearly two years of detailed consultation with boat owners across the globe.

New 53 Open Flybridge - IPS

Designed from the keel up, using Riviera’s Uni-Graphics NX three dimensional CAD software system, the new 53 has been developed in-house after nearly two years of detailed consultation with boat owners across the globe. The result is a fresh approach, signalling a new generation of Riviera prowess and efficiency. The 53 is a vessel of considerable internal volume, allowing Riviera’s designers to create unprecedented living spaces, elegant amenities and unrivalled performance.

New 50 Enclosed Flybridge

The stunning new 50 Enclosed Flybridge is expected to prove equally enticing as her big sister, the 53 Enclosed Flybridge. The new model is currently under construction and will make her world debut in 2013.

45 Open Flybridge - Shaft Drive

Anyone investing in a luxury pleasure boat has developed certain lifestyle standards and an aversion to compromise. If you relate to this, welcome to the world of Riviera… and in particular welcome aboard the 45 Open Flybridge.

43 Open Flybridge - IPS

The new Riviera 43 Open Flybridge, is the latest in flybridge design from Australia’s most awarded luxury boat builder.

5800 Sport Yacht - IPS

It is a luxury boat beyond anything previously developed by Riviera, Australia’s most awarded luxury boat builder. The exciting Riviera 5800 Sport Yacht, is the latest and most dramatic of the company’s European-style Sport Yacht series.

5000 Sport Yacht - Zeus

Embarking on the development of an entirely new style of boat is one of the most challenging and exciting projects we have undertaken in recent times. The inspiration for our Sport Yacht series, came from recognising the changing values and lifestyles not just of boat owners, but people everywhere – changes that are reflected in such domains as contemporary architecture, interior design and the styling of prestige cars.

4400 Sport Yacht Series II - IPS

In our long history we have produced many new vessels, but none has challenged traditions or questioned the assumptions on which boats are generally built quite like our Sport Yacht series.

3600 Sport Yacht Series II - IPS

It is a luxury boat beyond anything previously developed by Riviera, Australia’s most awarded luxury boat builder. The exciting Riviera 3600 Sport Yacht, is the latest and most dramatic of the company’s European-style Sport Yacht series.

New 565 SUV

From the immediate acceptance and success of the 445SUV, the 565 will be a great all round entertainer. Lockable sliding rear door, 3 sided enclosed hardtop with sliding side windows as standard makes for a comfortable boat in all types of weather.

New 445 SUV

Bearing Riviera’s classic hallmark design, the new 445 SUV has been crafted with Riviera’s rich-heritage in mind. Combining the high performance, blue water cruising abilities and large open cockpit of the classic Flybridge with the fish raising abilities of the Offshore Express, and the single-level leisurely, entertaining features of the popular Sport Yacht series, has created a vessel like no other, a true bridge between all of them.

Belize 54 Daybridge

All the amenities of the Sedan but with extra benefits on top. For those who relish open-air boating, or live where the warm season is short and want to make the most of it. Arcing deep-tread stairs lead up to saloon-like amenities including large L-shaped lounge, hi-lo table, wet bar with sink and fridge, and a second day helm.

Belize 54 Sedan

One continuous level of luxury with everything to hand - helm. galley, saloon, dining, bar - in a comfy, roomy weather-proof space. The Sedan is all Sport Yacht style; less about catching fish as catching up. Rear hopper window and sliding door extends entertaining to the open air. As does the giant sliding sunroof, either at anchor or under way.