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14
Nov

Riviera announces the new 515 – the very latest addition to the SUV Collection

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 Riviera, Australia’s favorite and most awarded luxury boat builder has just announced details of its new 515 SUV, which now has a full interior display on show at Riviera’s Coomera facility, ahead of her world release at the Riviera Festival of Boating in May 2014.

Created in-house using industry-leading Unigraphics 3D software, Riviera’s team of talented and passionate international designers and engineers have focused on absolute maximisation of this brand new design in every minute detail.  This sophisticated software allows Riviera designers to see the exact size, space and scale of every aspect of the boat in the computer long before a single piece of timber is cut for the plug work.

Bearing Riviera’s classic hallmark design, the new 515 SUV has been crafted with Riviera’s rich-heritage in mind.  Combining the high performance, blue water cruising and fish raising abilities of the classic Flybridge with the single-level leisurely entertaining features of the popular Sport Yacht series, has created a vessel like no other, a true bridge between them both.

Riviera’s chief executive officer Wes Moxey said the new 515 SUV featured a host of clever and versatile design innovations.

“The elevated helm area provides excellent visibility and enough space for two 16 inch display screens, as well as a steering wheel position just off the centre line.  The helm features two Navigator low-back helm chairs,” he said.

The hardtop features two impressive Webasto sunroofs above the saloon area that open electrically with the push of a button.  Webasto is a highly regarded Dutch company, which was established in 1901 and pioneered the first steel sunroof to Daimler-Benz in 1956.

The incorporation of this new sunroof design marks another exciting development in the 515 SUV’s DNA, which includes purposeful lines, hefty scantlings, the solid feel in a seaway, spacious layout and Euro-style luxurious décor. And of course, a full flybridge-size cockpit.

“The spacious saloon features an L-shaped lounge to port with a hi-lo dining table which folds and lowers into a coffee table.  Adjacent to the dining area is a three-seater settee in which the middle seat base can slide out as an ottoman and form additional seating around the main dining table.  An optional smaller dining table can be fitted that lifts out from the settee and sits between the two remaining seats to form a work space or additional dining capacity.

“Forward of the three-seater settee is the television and Fusion sound system stored beneath the dash on the starboard side for all your onboard entertainment needs.  The television can be viewed from all seating positions.

“The modern and functional U-Shaped galley features a modern two-pack finish to the overhead cupboards, which compliment the satin finish American oak timber cabinetry.  There is a hopper window that opens out to the cockpit area that in effect opens up the rear of the boat to the cockpit.  In the headlining above the galley there is a rod locker complete with clips for rods and reels, making this the ideal vessel for the avid angler or cruising entertainer.”

Riviera’s chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst said the design team had retained elements of the distinctive Riviera look while introducing myriad new design aspects.  The striking exterior profile of the 515 SUV is just the first indication that this is an entirely new style of Riviera.

“From the moment you step onboard you will sense this is a new approach from Riviera.  Double side transom doors in the cockpit allow better access from both the port and starboard sides, plus we have a number of different transom door options to suit different boating applications for cruising or sport fishing,” Mr Longhurst said.

The cockpit features an island storage centre which offers space for an optional additional barbecue or live bait tank with filter and glass front.  The cockpit seating features an optional integrated and interchangeable table, which provides a versatile alfresco entertaining area.  There is a freezer and recycling bin located just behind the cockpit lounge for convenient access while entertaining.

The 515 SUV also features extensive cockpit storage with a central self-draining moulded lazarette bin that has been integrated into the cockpit floor, tender storage is on the boarding platform and there is the option for a hydraulic platform which can be fitted to the boat on which a large rigid bottom tender can be mounted.

Side deck access has been enhanced with grab rail and optional extended bow rail.  This boat also features an impressive commercial air intake system designed to keep the engine room cooler and thus reducing fuel consumption.

Below decks is a flexible accommodation plan featuring three very generous sized staterooms and two bathrooms.  The master stateroom can be located either forward or aft and has an ensuite bathroom in both optional layouts to allow owners to truly personalise their boat.  The two aft cabins offer full head-room while large hull windows with opening port holes on both sides give an abundance of natural light and fresh air.  Optional hull port lights are available for the forward stateroom.

 

Standard power is the new generation and fuel efficient twin Cummins QSC Zeus 600 pod drives that deliver improved fuel efficiency, faster cruise and top speeds with aft facing propellers and joystick control for close quarters manoeuvring.  Riviera’s new 515 SUV is expected to top 29-30 knots, cruising at 22-24 knots and delivers a range of 390 nautical miles with 10 per cent reserve fuel.

There are two engine options available on the new 515 SUV.  The Volvo Penta IPS 800s – 441kW (2 x 600hp) or IPS 950s – 533kW (2 x 725hp).

Be among the first in the world to inspect the full interior display of the striking new 515 SUV at Riviera’s 14-hectare, state-of-the-art Coomera facility, Waterway Drive, Coomera.  Your nearest Riviera dealer can arrange a private inspection.

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 33-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.

For more information, please go to www.rivieraaustralia.com

8
Nov

UK Debut for Princess Lastest Sport Yacht at London Boat Show 2014

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Princess Yachts is set to showcase the new V48 Open sports boat for the first time in the UK at the forthcoming London Boat Show, taking place from 4-12 January 2014 at ExCel, London.

She will be presented amongst a show stopping collection of ten motor yachts, including the new 88 Motor Yacht and Princess 43, both of which are also appearing at London for the first time, as well as the Princess 56, 64, 72 Motor Yacht and 82 Motor Yacht flybridge models and the Princess V39, V52 and V57 V Class sports yachts.

As well as this, Princess will also be revealing further information about its eagerly anticipated S Class. The new S72 will be the first Princess based around an exciting new Sportsbridge concept, and will be the first S Class yacht to be unveiled to the public, in 2014.

Visit us on stand E250, ExCel, London from 4 – 12 January 2014.

8
Nov

Americas market enthusiastic towards the latest Riviera and Belize models

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Fresh from the 54th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in Florida, USA, which wrapped up on Monday of this week, Riviera secured buyers for eight of its luxury boats in the American market.

Totalling US$9million, retail sales in the “yachting capital of the world” included Riviera’s 43 Open Flybridge, 445 SUV, the yet-to-be-released 50 Enclosed Flybridge and Belize 54 Motoryacht.

This outstanding result for Australia’s favourite and most awarded luxury boat builder, signals an immediate acceptance of the latest models to be released in the Americas, which Riviera Chief Executive Officer, Wes Moxey, welcomes with open arms.

“Americans love what they’re seeing from Riviera, which is gratifying to us indeed,” Mr Moxey says. “With our series of new models being launched at Fort Lauderdale this year and Miami next February, the future looks very promising.”

The new models, which were launched and received with great enthusiasm at the Fort Lauderdale boat show were the new Riviera 565 SUV and new Belize 54 Motoryacht,

Described as a “unique cross-over craft between a Flybridge and Sport Yacht”, the 565 SUV is the latest luxury cruiser born of more than 33 years of boat-building design, experience and global owner feedback. The spacious 565 SUV features a flexible accommodation plan with sleeping capacity for six to seven adults in three cabins with two bathrooms.

Set to premier at the Miami International Boat Show in 2014, two of the new 50 Enclosed Flybridge have already sold off the plan at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, a very strong endorsement for the luxury pleasure craft brand. Created in-house using industry-leading Unigraphics 3D software, Riviera’s team of talented and passionate international designers and engineers have focused on absolute maximisation of space and aesthetics of this brand new Enclosed Flybridge design.

The sleek lines of the Belize 54 Motoryacht, not only delivers style, with art deco influences and a bespoke finish, but real substance with resin-infused composite construction, double vinylester outer skin, watertight stepped collision bulkhead and independent foam-filled hull compartments. Featuring three cabins with two bathrooms, including a full beam master stateroom with ensuite and opening port lights on either side to provide cross-ventilation, the Belize 54 is available in either a Sedan or Daybridge model.

Riviera chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst, is ecstatic about the recent international sales, with American buyers hailing from the Great Lakes to Florida, and attributes this success to Riviera’s hard-working, professional team and their commitment to detail.

“The result from Fort Lauderdale is a fantastic recognition of the efforts over the last 12 months of Riviera’s experienced and talented team of designers and craftsmen,” Mr Longhurst says.

“Together, they’re working hard with a unified purpose and desire, knowing that they’re creating beautiful, world-class boats.”

Mr Longhurst notes that being the largest island continent, surrounded by some of the world’s roughest seas and oceans, Riviera boats are designed to take the worst that Mother Nature can deliver.

“I think boating enthusiasts from the Americas appreciate this fact and love the tough character of our boats just as they love our tough, iconic Australian characters such as Crocodile Dundee and Steve Irwin.”

The New Year will see an increase in staffing levels at Riviera, in line with growing international and national demand for Riviera’s luxury boats, adding to the company’s impressive growing forward order bank.

“We’ll also be recommencing Riviera’s awarded apprentice training program, taking in 15 to 20 apprentices across a number of trades in January – the first of two intakes in 2014,” Mr Longhurst says. “We’re proudly helping to create the next generation of Australian world-class boat builders.”

Running from October 31 until November 4, 2013, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show culminated in a VIP event for Riviera’s America’s owners to celebrate the US premiere of the Riviera 565 SUV and Belize 54.

Approximately 100 Riviera owners attended the Saturday evening event to celebrate the arrival of two striking new models amidst a sea of fine food, entertainment and good company.

Currently exporting 55 per cent of Riviera’s annual production of luxury boats, Mr Longhurst is both humbled and delighted by this historical resurgence in the Americas. The best Americas boat show result in many years.

“I’d like to thank the passion of our dealer network in the Americas whose continued commitment to Riviera is now being rewarded with the welcome addition of these new boat owners to the Riviera family,” he says.

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show covered six locations and over three million square feet of space. With over 1000 exhibitors including a variety of runabouts, high performance boats, motor yachts, catamarans, ski boats, jet skis, canoes and even exotic cars, the show was a sight to behold. There were also fishing seminars, presentations of art, jewellery and design for yacht and home plus fine dining and cocktails aplenty.

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 33-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.

For more information, please go to www.rivieraaustralia.com

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8
Nov

Ft. Lauderdale By The Numbers for Viking Yachts

 

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The 54th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show ended on Monday, November 4th and by all accounts it was an exceptional representation of the state of the marine industry. We enjoyed meeting and chatting with Viking owners, families and friends, and hope you liked the Viking Yachts display. Here’s a scorecard of what you missed if you couldn’t attend:

News from the Ft Lauderdale Boat Show
5,131
3,600
303
262
visitors to the Viking Yachts display
bottles of water chilled in step box coolers
Spirit Air flight # to Fort Lauderdale from Atlantic City
Spirit Air flight # home from Florida

 

Viking News from the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

 

84
43
days to the 2014 Viking VIP in Riviera Beach
largest Viking on display
largest convertible sold during the show

total of show hours
smallest Viking yacht sold at show
Viking News from the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

 

15
12
5
2
new Vikings on display
Viking yachts sold during the show
days of perfect South Florida weather!
pairs of lost shoes

For more information please visit, www.vikingyachts.com or call us at 609-296-6000.

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