Chicago Premiere from Australia’s Riviera – the adventurous 445 SUV

Australia’s favorite and most-awarded luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, will showcase the adventurous and luxurious 445 SUV for the first time in Illinois at the Chicago Boat Show from 11-15 January 2017.

Riviera’s innovative SUV design combines the high-performance, blue-water cruising and luxury livability attributes of the classic Riviera Flybridge collection, and the single-level, leisurely entertaining features of the stylish Riviera Sport Yachts.

Many SUV owners say it’s like having two boats … in one.

Riviera chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst said the 500-strong Riviera team was delighted to be a part of the Chicago luxury display presented by Riviera and Belize dealer, Bay Marine.

“Since 1980, Riviera luxury motor yachts have been well and truly proven in the wide range of boating conditions throughout Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas,” he said.

“The superior luxury cruising and entertaining design of the SUV collection receives glowing comments from visitors to our boat show displays around the world where we continually hear that Riviera’s design and hand-crafted finishes are the best in the show.

“Our Chicago showcase will reflect how we continually strive for excellence, for exceptional blue-water sea-keeping capabilities and for a totally fulfilling boating experience.”

Riviera 445 SUV – The Spirit of Adventure

Chicago Premiere

The very versatile 445 SUV offers myriad options to suit specific boating requirements – from recreational cruising and luxury entertaining to serious deep-sea fishing.

Key features include a Flybridge-scale cockpit with massive side lockers/fish bins, an aft-facing mezzanine lounge with storage underneath, an awning window that opens to the cockpit to create a free-flowing space from the forward port-side helm, past the aft galley through to the large rear boarding platform.

“The salon is both elegant and practical with starboard U-shaped premium leather lounge encompassing hi-lo-dining table that folds and lowers to become a coffee table, or extra bed, complementing those on the accommodation deck where the master stateroom forward features a queen-sized island bed and en suite bathroom,” said Mr Longhurst.

“The full-beam guest aft stateroom features three adult-sized beds, two of which can slide together to create a double. This stateroom has private access to the second bathroom as a true en suite, or can be closed off to allow this bathroom to serve as the day head.”

The 445 SUV also features the very latest in marine navigation and onboard systems technology, including digital switching, simplistic joystick maneuverability and incredible fuel economy and with popular smooth power of twin Volvo Penta D6-IPS600 system with twin diesel engines and IPS10 pod-drives.

Riviera’s growing global appeal

Represented by an international dealer network spanning the globe, Australia’s largest and most-awarded builder of luxury motor yachts continues to expand its international footprint, with support from the world-class factory on Australia’s Gold Coast.

In the Americas, Riviera has a headquarters in Stuart, Florida, where a talented team of highly regarded owner care, service and sales staff led by international sales director Chris McCafferty provides support for both owners and dealers in every market outside Australasia.

In Barcelona, Spain, Riviera has recently appointed European sales manager Jan Van Oostenryck to further strengthen and enhance the service and support offered to both existing and new owners.

International purchasers are also offered the opportunity to take delivery of their new luxurious Riviera in Australia, exploring the Queensland and NSW coastlines aboard their motor yacht and taking in iconic destinations including Sydney Harbour and the Great Barrier Reef.

The Riviera Advantage

Riviera is recognized as being at the forefront of the luxury motor yacht market, not only in terms of superior design and build quality but through fully embracing innovative and easy-to-use systems and technology onboard its internationally acclaimed designs.

“A 5-year warranty on all Volvo Penta systems is now standard with every new Riviera and Belize, spanning Volvo Penta helm stations, steering and propellers as well as the major componentry of their high performance drivelines and fuel-efficient engines,” said Mr Longhurst.

“Riviera has a rich 36-year heritage of enhancing the fun and fulfillment of our global community of luxury motor yacht owners,” he said.

“The Riviera showcase in Chicago will reflect how Riviera continues to reward owners with ‘the time of their lives’.”