Dec 22, 2016

Riviera toasts a successful 2016 and prepares to launch into 2017

Australia’s Riviera is celebrating a year of major milestones and special memories as the renowned luxury motor yacht builder prepares to enter an exciting new era of boating excellence and enjoyment in 2017.

The outstanding highlight for the now 500-strong team at Riviera, once again, is the continued strengthening of the global Riviera Family of discerning luxury motor yacht owners.

“It really is a privilege to play a part in helping our Riviera Family experience and enjoy all the relaxing and rewarding benefits that only the Riviera luxury life can bring,” said Riviera chairman and owner, Rodney Longhurst.

“We give a warm welcome to all those who have joined our ever-growing global Family of owners this year.”

Mr Longhurst said that Riviera will continue to provide first-class customer care through its active program of boating education and social events worldwide in 2017, both at major boat shows around the globe, and also in partnership with the international network of dedicated Riviera and Belize dealers.

“We also look forward – together with our dealers – to creating many more memorable cruising experiences for the Riviera Family throughout 2017,” he said.

“This year Riviera dealers helped dozens of owners develop the confidence to use their yachts more and, equally importantly, form new friendships through an inspiring program of cruising events.”

On the US West Coast, the Riviera Family gathered for the largest Americas Riviera Rendezvous ever. In South Australia, Riviera owners gathered for the largest Port Lincoln Experience ever, and in Western Australia, the Riviera Family has just this month rafted up in world record numbers.

“We are now helping more Australian Riviera owners than ever to enjoy the camaraderie of cruising in company, and more international owners to experience the exhilaration of cruising Australia’s East Coast as part of their yacht delivery program,” said Mr Longhurst.

“All these milestones make us strive to create an even better boating experience for our owners,” he said.

The year 2016 also marked the World Premieres of three impressive new Riviera models:

  • 5400 Sport Yacht - World Premiere at Yachts Miami Beach in February

  • 575 SUV - World Premiere at the Riviera Festival of Boating in May

  • 4800 Sport Yacht - World Premiere at Sydney International Boat Show in August

A further milestone for 2016 was the commencement of construction of the new 68 Sports Motor Yacht that will make her World Premiere mid-2017 and this very significant design has been created in-house by Riviera’s world-leading designers.

“While awards are not our key inspiration, it would be remiss not to mention that Riviera, in 2016, was named the Australian Marine Industry’s Exporter of the Year for the second consecutive year,” said Mr Longhurst.

“Once again we are honoured by the industry’s recognition for Riviera, and will be striving in 2017 to take the growing global affection for Australia’s Riviera to even greater heights.”

Another award in which the 500-strong Riviera team can take great pride is Queensland’s Best Corporate Event at the Australian Event Awards in September, reflecting the learning and fun of the 2016 Festival of Boating and the amazing entertainment at the Viva Las Riviera gala evening.

The 2016 Festival of fun and learning was the largest in the event’s six years and registrations are now open for the 2017 Festival, to be held at Riviera’s world-class facility from 17-19 March.

“This year we have also welcomed a new European-based sales manager, Jan Van Oostenryck, to further support our international team based in Florida as part of our significant owner and dealer care commitment,” said Mr Longhurst.

“And we have also welcomed more high-achieving apprentices to our very experienced team here on Queensland’s Gold Coast, many of whom are already recognised by our training partners as leaders in their chosen crafts.

“Significantly, in 2016 we introduced the new 5-year warranty on all Volvo Penta systems, spanning helm stations, steering and propellers as well as the major componentry of Volvo’s high-performance drivelines and engines.

“Available worldwide, this extended warranty complements the Riviera 5-year structural warranty and provides even greater peace of mind for our valued Riviera boating family who we strive to help enjoy the time of their lives.

“On behalf of the 500-strong Riviera team here on Australia’s Gold Coast, we look forward to sharing the inspiring Riviera journey with you in 2017.”

 

 

Please click on the above image to enjoy our 2016 Year in Review video.

 

 

 

Please click the play button above to view our Festival of Boating highlights video. 

 

 

The US West Coast Riviera Family of luxury motor yacht owners gathers in the San Juan Islands for the largest ever Americas Riviera Rendezvous, hosted by Riviera and Belize dealers Emerald Pacific Yachts and Van Isle Marina.

A total of 24 Riviera luxury motor yachts rafted at Reevesby Island, South Australia. 

West Australian Riviera owners rafted-up in world record numbers on the Swan River in Perth.

Riviera’s 5400 Sport Yacht – The Spirit of Excellence.

The sporty and adventurous Riviera SUV series opens up a whole new world of boating enjoyment for both the avid angler and cruising entertainer.

Riviera’s 4800 Sport Yacht opens up a whole new world of boating fun.

The luxurious, long-range Riviera 68 Sports Motor Yacht, the collection will also include a 72 model.

Jan Van Oostenryck - Riviera's new appointed European Sales Manager.

Riviera Boat-building apprentices Ricky Miller-Krohn, Emma King and Nicholas Moxey.

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.