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Riviera to stage major showcase and new model announcements exclusively at 2015 Gold Coast International Marine Expo

Iconic Australian luxury yacht builder Riviera has confirmed it will announce three new yacht models plus an entirely new yacht design at its giant $15 million showcase that will be exclusive to this year’s Gold Coast International Marine Expo.

The Riviera Festival of Boating this year aligns with the dates of the Expo – a massive showcase of all things aquatic, from superyachts to jet skis, kayaks to fishing gear … and everything in between.

Although full details of the new-generation yachts are being kept under wraps until the Expo (21-24 May 2015), the pending announcement is creating excitement within the global family of Riviera and Belize owners, many of whom will attend the Expo and the prestige marque’s unique festival of fun and learning at the world-class Riviera facility at Coomera on Australia’s Gold Coast.

Riviera chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst confirmed the new-generation models would feature the latest in marine innovation and luxury lifestyle concepts across the classic Riviera Flybridge and new SUV crossover collections.

“We will also be announcing an entirely new style and design of Riviera that will create a new model collection within the diverse Riviera range,” he said.
“In addition to unveiling details of our latest luxury models, we will be showcasing a stunning line-up of yachts – it will be a $15 million red carpet, on-water, undercover display of Riviera and Belize yachts that you won’t see anywhere else in May.”

On display at the Riviera Marina will be every yacht in the adventurous SUV collection – the 445, 515 and 565 models – as well as the stylish and sophisticated 3600, 5000 and new 6000 Sport Yachts, the seriously seaworthy 43 Open Flybridge, the 50 Enclosed Flybridge and 53 Enclosed Flybridge models, and the classically inspired Belize 54 Daybridge.

Mr Longurst said the Riviera Festival of Boating is open to motoryacht owners and aspiring owners and included over 70 educational seminars, practical workshops and social events across the festival’s four fantastic days.

“Everyone is welcome to come and harness the full power of knowledge about boating and their on-board systems, and to see how boating is now such an accessible, enjoyable and rewarding lifestyle,” he said.

Among the 11 new Festival educational seminars for 2015 are Marine Assist focusing on emergency essentials, Understanding the Weather conducted by an expert meteorologist, Living the Riviera Dream with David and Sue Rogers who spent three months living aboard their 43 Open Flybridge, Escape, and Sydney to Singapore with Riviera skipper Tim Edwards, which includes details of an epic leg from Darwin to Singapore aboard the 75 Enclosed Flybridge, Seabreeze, without stopping for fuel.

All the Festival’s most popular workshops and demonstrations also return with refreshed content, and cover everything from line-work and maintenance ‘tricks of the trade’ to offshore seamanship and navigation.

Mr Longhurst said the Festival – now in its 4th year – is about helping people to understand their boats and onboard systems, developing their skills and confidence to use their boats to their full potential.

“It’s all about enhancing the boating experience … helping people to stretch their sea legs and experience the exhilaration of blue-water cruising, from weekend excursions to extended coastal passages,” he said.

“Pre-registrations are essential as places in each workshop are limited, so I urge anyone who is interested to register today via www.festivalofboating.com to avoid disappointment.”

The very popular Festival social events require tickets to be purchased in advance for catering purposes. This year the social events include a Perfume Masterclass ladies luncheon on Friday, a seafood-inspired Dock of the Bay marina party on Friday evening, as well as a spectacular R Factor gala on Saturday evening where some of the best voices in Australia will battle it out for supremacy.

“The Festival itself will be held within the Riviera factory, with a significant part of the rest of the 14-hectare Riviera facility being made available to Expo as one of five key event sites spanning the entire Gold Coast Marine Precinct at Coomera,” said Mr Longhurst.

“Riviera will also be conducting 60-minute fully narrated train and bus factory tours of our world-class luxury boat building facility – the largest in the Southern Hemisphere – with the train departing every hour on the half-hour from 9.30am to 3.30pm,” he said.
“This will be an opportunity to see behind the scenes how a Riviera is built – from hand lamination through to engineering, to quality control and right through to final fit-out. In fact the train tours were so popular when we first introduced them in October, that this year we will have a bigger train.”

Mr Longhurst said Riviera’s support of the not-for-profit Gold Coast International Marine Expo recognises the event’s growing in stature within the wider marine industry.

“As one of the founding partners of the Expo, we wanted to show our commitment to creating a new paradigm of boat show, one not only that has been created by marine industry leaders to foster growth and prosperity in the wider marine industry, but one which also opens up and showcases the fun and enjoyment of boating to everyone,” he said.

“The Expo’s success can be measured by the fact it has the support of many of Australia’s marine industry leaders and some of the world’s leading marine brands, and has donated considerably to major local service groups and charitable organisations.”

If you would like to register for any of the Riviera Festival of Boating educational or purchase tickets to the social events, please visit www.festivalofboating.com.au

Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht makes her Queensland Premiere at Gold Coast International Marine Expo

Iconic Australian boat-builder Riviera has confirmed its stylish and sophisticated new 6000 Sport Yacht will make her Queensland premiere at the 2014 Gold Coast International Marine Expo from October 17-19.

The flagship of Riviera’s award-winning Sport Yacht collection is supremely comfortable with innovative alfresco lifestyle concepts, ultramodern marine technology and palatial appointments – a high-performance yacht akin to a floating six-star resort.

Riviera owner and chairman Rodney Longhurst said that in addition to showcasing the range of luxury pleasure boats at its state-of-the-art facility at Coomera, the company will for the first time at Expo host guided factory tours via a fully narrated train ride, The Riviera Express, taking in many sections of the impressive, 14-hectare world-class site.

“The factory tours are a great opportunity for Expo visitors to see behind the scenes of how we craft a Riviera from the early lamination stage to engineering and final fit-out. This is a prime opportunity for families and friends of our 400-strong team to come and see the result of the commitment and passion that our people every day put into our premium luxury yachts,” Mr Longhurst said, adding that around 55 per cent of Riviera’s production is exported.

The 6000 Sport Yacht has been billed as ‘the ultimate entertainer’ since making her world premiere in Sydney in August and will now be on display at the Gold Coast International Marine Expo.

Her key features include an impressive sports-styled helm with full joystick steering control while underway, a flexible four-stateroom accommodation layout with luxurious full-beam master, three bathrooms, contemporary and stylish hull windows and portholes, dual electric sliding sunroofs and fixed skylights … as well as a large, open cockpit with BBQ centre and undercover seating and dining areas.

Underneath the cockpit of the 6000 Sport Yacht is a large garage for a 3.2-metre tender and outboard that can be easily loaded using the built-in electric winch, or for a jet ski to be securely stored with additional room for accessories and water toys.

“The 6000 Sport Yacht also has a level of attention to every detail that confirms she is indeed a world-class Riviera,” said Mr Longhurst. “This is one of the first boats in Australia to have full joystick steering while underway and it comes as a standard feature,” he said. “Also standard are full auto-pilot, auto-trim, Dynamic Positioning System (DPS) for station-holding while rafting up or waiting off a fuel jetty, as well as Anti-Corrosion Protection (ACP).

For the 6000 Sport Yacht, Riviera has employed the revolutionary Volvo Penta propulsion system with twin IPS2-950 (533kW /2 x 725hp) pod drives which, in addition to superior handling and manoeuvring in tight quarters, also offer impressive fuel efficiency, low noise levels, long cruising range and a high top-end speed.

“The Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht has a top speed of around 31 knots under full load and has a cruising range of 281nm at 22 knots (with 10% fuel reserve),” said Mr Longhurst. “Of course there’s an additional pop-up joystick in the cockpit for precise docking control. Indeed a skipper – either solo or with a novice crew – can simply push and twist the joystick in the direction required to make the boat respond immediately, pivoting in place or crabbing sideways into a berth that’s just long enough to fit the boat.

Mr Longhurst said Riviera’s international designers and engineers incorporate state-of-the-art technology from around the globe to help Riviera owners achieve ‘the ultimate boating experience’.

For example, the 6000 Sport Yacht includes C-Zone digital switching. This means that you no longer need to decide which circuit-breakers to turn on or off – simply select the mode which best suits the operation of the yacht such as ‘cruise’, ‘entertain’ or ‘dock unattended’ … and the appropriate circuits will be energised or disengaged,” he said. “These modes can be customised by the owner, so the system works exactly as you want.” C-Zone control panels in the 6000 Sport Yacht are located at the saloon entrance, at the stylish helm and also in the impressive full-beam master stateroom below deck.

Riviera’s floating display at the 2014 Gold Coast International Marine Expo will be located on Arm B in front of the Riviera Yacht Club restaurant and bar, where the 6000 Sport Yacht will be showcased alongside the new 515 SUV, the very popular 445 SUV, the stylish and sophisticated 3600 and 5000 Sport Yachts, as well as the classic 43 Open, 53 Enclosed and 63 Enclosed Flybridge models.

The Expo will mark only the second Queensland appearance for the new 515 SUV which is proving immensely popular with boating aficionados, and opening up a whole new world of boating enjoyment for both the cruising entertainer and the avid angler.

“The SUV combines the high-performance, blue-water cruising and fish-raising abilities of the classic Flybridge collection with the single level, leisurely entertaining features of our very popular Sport Yacht series,” said Mr Longhurst. “Our valued owners tell us it’s like having two boats … in one.”

Riviera’s top-of-the-range Flybridge series offers seven magnificent long-range offshore vessels that are all immensely capable for extended adventures and each of which has an exquisite finish and unique level of luxury on all decks. The 53 and 63 Enclosed Flybridge models are among the most popular, although there is growing worldwide interest in the 75 Enclosed Flybridge – the flagship of the Riviera fleet.

Mr Longhurst said Riviera was proud to be a founding partner of the not-for-profit Gold Coast International Marine Expo, alongside Gold Coast City Marina and Shipyard, Quintrex, International Paints and Clipper Motor Yachts.

“Now in its fourth year, the Gold Coast International Marine Expo has quickly grown in terms of visitor and exhibitor numbers and in terms of its stature within the marine industry, evidenced by the growing list of products and boats making their world, national and Queensland premieres this year,” he said.

The Expo will bring together everything from super-yachts to jet skis and fishing equipment … and everything in between … and will feature a huge range of live attractions and demonstrations every 15 minutes across a 3km-long display circuit

Tickets for the Gold Coast International Marine Expo are available online so keen patrons can avoid any queues at the gate. Simply visitwww.gcmarineexpo.com.au to pre-purchase tickets for any of the three big days.

There will be free on-site parking and a nominal ticket charge of $8 per adult, $5 for seniors and children under the age of 15 years will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult, making Expo not only one of Australia’s largest boat shows, but also one of the most affordable as well.

To date the Gold Coast International Marine Expo entry fee has contributed towards raising over $50,000 for charity. This year’s beneficiaries are the Rotary Club of Coomera River, Sailability Gold Coast, Sea World Search and Rescue Foundation, and the Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter Rescue Service.

Riviera offers 15 different models from 36 to 75 feet across three model series Flybridge, Sport Yacht and the new SUV collection.

In 2012 Riviera celebrated the launch of its 5000th boat, the 445 SUV, a significant achievement in the company’s rich 34-year history.

Riviera also offers the bespoke Belize Motoryachts.  Inspired by classic luxury details and timeless style, Belize Motoryachts has recently released the new 54-foot Sedan and Daybridge models.