Riviera chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst announced today that his family will purchaseRiviera’s 14-hectare state-of-the-art Coomera facility on Queensland’s Gold Coast.
It is the largest luxury boat building facility of its type in the Southern Hemisphere and the purchase of the property and all of its capital improvements will be completed before June 30.
When Mr Longhurst purchased Riviera on 8 March, 2012, he agreed to a long term lease with the option to buy the property.
Over the past 14 months, Mr Longhurst has been very focused on Riviera’s future and has placed a great deal of time into restructuring the business, reviewing all internal processes and procedures, investing in new model development, recruiting the right people for the right job, and growing Riviera’s team and talent.
Mr Longhurst said the purchase of the property truly cemented Riviera’s future in building boats in Australia, employing Australians and continuing to drive the company’s long established export markets.
“Last financial year Riviera exported 56 per cent of its total production, which is a staggering result given the dollar was above parity during this period with the US and the overall impact of the GFC on the market globally,” Mr Longhurst said.
“Luxury brands that have true integrity and are driven by excellence, such as Riviera, have stood the test of time through the GFC. Riviera is proud of its 33 year heritage and commitment towards design, our built to last philosophy, and our relentless focus on delivering the ultimate boating experience.
“Riviera continually sources expertise and components from around the world. Many high quality master crafts people are drawn to live in Australia. I believe in South East Queensland’s and Australia’s manufacturing future, which is why we have undertaken this considerable investment.
“Riviera’s Australian headquarters is unique to this part of the world and adds real strength to our brand as Australia is very much a part of the Riviera DNA, and by that I mean that Rivieraboats are built for Australia’s harsh boating conditions, and they are built with great strength for whatever the elements try to throw at them. Our designs also incorporate the great Australian outdoors lifestyle, which means our boats tend to be bigger in internal volume, brighter and more airy and open.”
After visiting some of the world’s highly regarded boat building facilities, Mr Longhurst is confident the Riviera site compares favourably in terms of location, size and technology.
“What we have here gives us enormous potential to further grow and diversify the Rivierabrand. We have the capability to future-proof the company in terms of being able to create and build different types and sizes of boats and that really excites me,” Mr Longhurst said.
“It is a very positive time for Riviera and we are fortunate to have a great number of people who have been here for a long period of time and whose passion, drive and belief in Riviera has allowed our brand to withstand challenging times.
“I am also pleased to announce that Riviera has won the large exporter of the year award at the esteemed 2013 Australian Marine Industry Export Awards held on Tuesday night at the InterContinental Hotel at Sanctuary Cove.
“This is a fantastic achievement and I commend our 300 strong team who share my desire to create and build award-winning luxury boats.
“Our team is inspired by the future of Riviera as they see our new models coming down the line and this award is testament to the hard work and loyalty of our staff as we work together to create the ultimate boating experience for our owners.
“The purchase of this highly developed facility means we can focus on our international efforts as the global market recovers and continue doing what we do best – creating the ultimate boating experience.
“Riviera has built and delivered more than 5000 luxury boats over its rich 33 year heritage and I look forward to being a part of building the next 5000 boats.”
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 32-year history.
Riviera also offers the bespoke Motor Yacht line, Belize Motoryachts. Inspired by classic luxury details and timeless style, Belize Motoryachts has recently released the new 52 foot Sedan and Daybridge models.
For more information, please go to www.rivieraaustralia.com
Joe Posillico and his team on the Viking 61,Torta made their presence known at the second leg of the
Bahamas Billfish Championship. Although the Torta crew started off slow they came on strong with two white marlin and one blue releases. BBC newcomer Joe Posillico and Torta received a Third Place award for their accomplishment.
Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Bahamas Billfish Championship is the oldest billfish tournament series in the world. Anglers can fish any or all of the tournaments with cumulative points determining the overall Bahamas Billfish Champions.
Strong sales during the past year have contributed to our production schedules and the 2014 model year is shaping up nicely. To maintain this momentum, following our annual Viking Yacht Dealer Meeting at the Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, we will be hosting a VIP Preview on Tuesday June 25th starting with a 6:00 p.m. cocktail party and a 7:00 p.m. dinner at the Chart House restaurant for dealer sales people attending with customers.
On June 26th and June 27th you can experience the excitement and power of the world’s largest manufacturer of luxury convertible sportfishing yachts by arranging a sea trial aboard the fleet of new Viking models from 42 to 70 feet. This will include the very special premiere of our just launched 42 Sport Coupe, as well as the 52 Convertible. After your sea trial, you are cordially invited to visit our plant on the Bass River for a factory tour of our 810,000 square-foot facility. We encourage you to contact your Viking dealer, or Gwaldron@vikingyachts.com for more information and to schedule a sea trial next month in Atlantic City.
|Continuing our relentless campaign to bring new product to development, much excitement surrounds the Viking plant as the 52 Convertible nears completion. This new Viking, one of three slated for the 2014 model year is a showpiece of Viking heritage and tradition clearly demonstrating once again our commitment to design and build better boats every day.
Bursting with evolutionary design and engineering from its refined running surface to maximize performance and efficiency from MAN V12 1400 CRM engines to a spectacular interior with a luxurious three-stateroom, two-head layout and overflowing with Viking’s signature craftsmanship throughout, the new Viking 52 Convertible will premiere at the Viking Yacht Dealer meeting next month Atlantic City. Get in on the fun and call your Viking dealer today to sea trial this amazing ride. You won’t be disappointed.