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2
Sep

Making Waves


Color Me Stars and Stripes Blue                                
 

Colored hulls have become a popular request for Viking owners looking to add truly unique and personal touches, as this Viking 66 Enclosed Bridge Convertible in Stars and Stripes Blue so aptly demonstrates. But a peek inside reveals that the beauty goes beyond skin deep. 

Picture yourself relaxing after a perfect day on the water in the tastefully appointed salon.

In addition to a flying bridge ladder on the mezzanine deck in the 174 square-foot cockpit, the interior staircase provides all weather access to the enclosed bridge.


The master stateroom is spacious with attention-to-detail everywhere you look, including twin maple-lined hanging lockers, a credenza, the en suite head and teak joinery throughout.

Guests fare nicely in three additional staterooms, like the forward cabin (left) with a walk-around queen berth, and a private crew stateroom (right) with access from the engine room. See this enticing Viking 66 Enclosed Bridge Convertible, one of 15 new models on display at the 2014 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, October 30-November 3, 2014.


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

2
Sep

European première for Belize 54 Daybridge at Cannes Yachting Festival

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European première for Belize 54 Daybridge at Cannes Yachting Festival

 
 

The distinctive new Belize 54 Daybridge from the bespoke Belize Motoryacht Collection will make her European premiere at the 2014 Cannes Yachting Festival from September 9 to 14.

This opulent new vessel from Riviera Australia will lead an impressive line-up of luxurious Australian designed cruisers from the award-winning manufacturer, including the 4400 Sport Yacht and 45 Open Flybridge.

Riviera chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst said Riviera looked forward to showcasing its latest designs at Europe’s largest and most esteemed boat show.

 
 

 

Belize Motoryachts 54 Daybridge

·         Fresh original design blends traditional charm with the latest marine technology

·         Free-flowing feel from expansive cockpit to luxurious raised helm

·         Opulent interior – 3 staterooms/2 bathrooms

·         Full-beam master stateroom

·         High-performance hull with keel

·         Cummins Zeus pod drives x 2 (442kW x 600hp) – top speed of around 30 knots, cruising range of 304NM at 21 knots

·         Engineering excellence – hull constructed in ISO-certified yard/5-year structural warranty

·         Orders have been placed up to hull number 18

 

 
 

“Our latest models have been very well received in the Americas and we are certain the European market will be equally impressed with Riviera and Belize’s 2014 model collection,” Mr Longhurst said.

“Our new Belize 54 Daybridge is already proving popular among boating aficionados with her sophisticated styling, luxurious interior, savvy storage concepts and high-performance hull design.

“Inspired by timeless panache and Australian practicality, the Belize Motoryacht line was designed to cater for the growing affection for high-end luxury power boats that boast an original design blending traditional charm with the latest in marine technology and is available in both the Daybridge and Sedan models.”

Riviera and Belize international sales director Chris McCafferty said the Belize 54 Daybridge had the ability to transfix an entire bay of modern craft when she glides in.

“The sleek lines, sweet sheer, shippy bulwark, shapely hatches and portholes…and of course the substance to her stainless steel rails and cleats are key attributes that set this Belize apart and already 18 hulls have been purchased of this new timeless design,” Mr McCafferty said.

Long before you step on-board you get the impression that the 54 Daybridge is in a class all of its own. Belize designers have purposed every inch of available space through smart storage compartments and additional living space.

A large double sunpad sprawls the centreline of the forward deck, with stainless steel drink holders and music controls conveniently placed within easy reach. Located inside the anchor locker are fresh and salt water wash-down points, as well as a deep storage space for additional ground tackle and fenders, while a reliable Muir anchor retrieval system is located under a protective hatch at the bow of the boat, creating more deck space and a very clean appearance.

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Mr McCafferty said the centre section of the 54 Daybridge’s large teak-deck swim platform raises and lowers hydraulically to grant easy access to the transom’s electric door garage where there is space for a three-metre tender and outboard that can be easily launched or retrieved without getting your feet wet using the built-in electric winch.

“Above the garage, there’s another hatch that lifts to reveal an electric BBQ centre with grill, sink and solid surface bench top, with helpful LED lighting and stainless steel splashback in the open hatch cover that will impress the most discerning chef,” he said.

“The solid fibreglass hardtop extends aft over an expansive cockpit to ensure shade and shelter from extremities but at the same time enrich the indoor/outdoor characteristic for which Belize Motoryachts are renowned. There’s a cockpit joystick to port for easy and precise docking while, aft, is a large lounge with great storage under as well as a folding hi-lo table that can convert to a daybed. There’s even more storage at the cockpit bar with fridge and ice-maker console starboard, and swing-out stools at the breakfast bar to port … with a large glass awning window that, when open, connects the bar and galley as one – this is the place to enjoy a lazy breakfast or to drink in a sunset.”

Indeed, the opened glass awning window affirms the port galley as the key entertainment hub of the boat, where the innovative C-Zone central digital switching controls for all on-board lighting and electrics is also located.

Heading into the saloon from the cockpit, the 54 Daybridge’s rear bulkhead is toughened, curved glass, enriching the sense of light, space and liveability in the luxuriously appointed saloon, where panels of rich walnut, plush carpet and soft-touch leather are used in a contemporary palette to create a warm and inviting ambiance, with an added bonus of contributing to excellent acoustics throughout the main living areas and main helm.

Two-pack polyurethane finishes accent and protect key surfaces throughout the boat, including the galley where no less than Miele badges the induction cooktop, combination oven and microwave, and Vitrifrigo the two capacious chiller drawers and separate freezer drawer.

“To starboard is the heart of the saloon, a large L-shaped lounge and dinette where opening side windows allow natural ventilation,” said Mr McCafferty. “When the temperature calls for it, the saloon, galley and helm – as well as the below-deck staterooms – are all air-conditioned.”

The command centre of the 54 Daybridge is inspiring in its design and maintains the elegant sophistication of this boat – all key critical navigation electronics, engine instrumentation and vessel controls are within easy reach of the central high-backed Treban Italian leather electric helm seat fronting a high quality sports electric steering wheel, and providing excellent visibility of two 15-inch multifunction display screens. Alongside the helm seat is a forward-facing three-seater lounge starboard, and a two-seater lounge facing aft. At anchor or underway, fresh air can be introduced to the helm and saloon via a central overhead hatch.

Mr McCafferty said the sense of light and space flows through to the below-deck atrium and generous accommodation, which includes a full-beam master stateroom with queen-sized island bed, quality carpets, a fixed 24-inch TV/DVD and opening portlights within large portlight windows for cross ventilation. The master ensuite has satin-varnished teak floors and elegant German Grohe tapware and showerhead, adding an extra touch of opulence.

“The VIP stateroom is every bit as elegant as the master and occupies the entire forward bow section,” he said. “There are fixed portlights to port and starboard, a central round deck hatch overhead, make-up bureau with fold-out seat and mirror, hanging lockers as well as another 24-inch TV/DVD. The VIP ensuite, which doubles as the dayhead, also boasts luxurious bathroom appointments, large frameless glass shower stall, non-slip satin-varnished teak floors as well as its own round deck hatch and opening porthole, as well as more savvy storage concepts.

“The plushly carpeted guest cabin to starboard has full-sized upper and lower berths, hanging locker, bedside table and drawers as well as its own opening porthole and circular deck hatch. It’s another great example of the Belize belief system of going first-class.”

The inviting Daybridge of the 54 can be accessed via an elegantly curving, teak-tread staircase from the cockpit. Every bit as sociable as the main saloon, the Daybridge has a large L-shaped lounge to port with hi-lo table that can drop to create a second sunpad. Opposite is a wet bar with sink and fridge, as well as a second-station helm with all essential navigation aids.
Mr McCafferty said the hull of the 54 Daybridge was created with twin Cummins Zeus 600 pod drives with aft-facing propellers specifically in mind, resulting in a shape beautifully matched to her power source that slices through the water and ensures a silky and stable ride offshore.

“The highly evolved pod propulsion system not only delivers superior handling and manoeuvring in tight situations but also creates additional space to assist servicing and reduce maintenance costs.

“The pod drives deliver low noise levels, impressive fuel efficiency and high top-end speed and, in the case of the 54 Daybridge, a cruising range of 304NM at 21 knots.

“The Belize 54 Daybridge will make her European premiere at the 2014 Cannes Yachting Festival from 9-14 September.”

The bespoke Motor Yacht line, Belize Motoryachts is inspired by classic luxury details and timeless style.  Belize Motoryachts has just released the new 52 foot Sedan and Day Bridge models.

 

 

29
Aug

Viking Late Summer Updates

 


Viiing 70 Krazy Salt
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23rd Annual MidAtlantic
Cape May, NJ & Ocean City, Maryland
August 18-22, 2014

Moving day may have been nail biter but when the scales closed, Vikings stayed on top. Dave Anderson held on to the heaviest white marlin in the tournament with an 81 pounder caught aboard hisViking 70 Krazy Salt’sKrazy Salt’s fish landed them the biggest pay check of the event.

 

Larry Hesse’s Viking 70 Goin’ In Deep wheeled a 596 pound blue marlin to the scales to capture the second heaviest of the tournament. Goin’ In Deepalso took third heaviest tuna with a 107 pound fish.
 

Records were set during the tournament including 616 white marlin caught with over 96% released. Of the 30 blue marlin caught, 83% were released.

 


Ice Ice Baby
Viking Yachts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Viking Yachts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The summer heat is still rolling around much of the United States but lots of people have a found a creative way to cool off and make a difference.  By now you have probably heard about the viral sensation ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that has raised over $90 million. 

When Frank Rodriguez and his crew on the Viking 70 Enclosed Bridge Fa La Me challenged us, we had to take them up on it. Everyone knows the Viking 70 and Viking 62 demo crews are known to have a friendly rivalry but looks like the boys are heating it up. Now we challenge you. Are you up for it?

 

Click here for more information on ALS or on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

 


Building A Better Plant

 

Building a better plant at Viking yachts

Viking‘s ongoing improvements to enclose and enjoin our manufacturing buildings is a step closer to reality with the raising of six new 10 ton bridge cranes, each one equipped with a pair of remotely controlled five ton hoists.

 

Because the hoists also can operate independently, it will now be possible to move large molds and modular components both horizontally and longitudinally throughout the building, picking up and dropping off wherever needed to facilitate our build process. This will significantly enhance our overall efficiencies throughout the plant, remaining ever true to Viking co-founder Bill Healey’s mission to build a better boat every day.     

 


 

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

26
Aug

Experience Magazine – Issue 5 2014

 
 
26
Aug

Just Add Water

 


Viking 75 Motor Yacht                                           Like us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter 
The New Viking 75 MY

Viking Yachts‘ return to the motor yacht market became another day closer to reality last week when the new 75 Motor Yacht left the building for its proverbial Travelift ride to the launch well.

 

The New Viking 75 MY
Once in the water, Viking‘s Joe Snodgrass took bow and stern waterline measurements to mark for freeboard heights, while the dip in the basin helped establish the location for the waterline striping.

Viking 75 Motor Yacht

While the interior and exterior appointments of the yacht are still being finalized, there is no mistaking the beautiful lines of the Viking 75 Motor Yacht, which will make its world premiere at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, October 30 – November 3, 2014. For sea trial information, please contact your Viking Yachts dealer.

 


 

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

 
 
19
Aug

RIVIERA RECOGNISES MARINE INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE AT THE 2014 AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND DEALER AWARDS

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 Riviera CEO Wes Moxey (centre) congratulates the winners of the esteemed...

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Riviera CEO Wes Moxey (centre) congratulates the winners of the esteemed 2014 Australia and New Zealand Dealer Awards.  L-R: Michael Pitman (R Marine South Australia), Paul Harrop (R Marine South Australia), Wes Moxey (CEO), Michael Joyce (R Marine Sydney), and Peter Welch (Riviera’s Dealer Relationship Manager).  Absent: Carl Segreto (R Marine Mandurah).

Good things certainly do come in threes for the team at R Marine South Australia who not only won three esteemed awards at the annual Australia and New Zealand dealer awards, but also won the coveted Overall Dealership of the Year award for the third consecutive year in recognition of their exceptional customer service, innovative owner experience events and dedication to the Riviera and Belize brands.

The 20th annual Australia and New Zealand Dealer Awards were held at a special ceremony at Cockle Bay in Sydney on the eve of the Sydney International Boat Show.  The awards recognise outstanding achievement and marine industry excellence within Riviera’s R Marine dealer network – the largest luxury owner network in the region.

Riviera’s dealer relationship manager Peter Welch said the awards were designed to bring together Riviera’s Australian and New Zealand R Marine dealer network to celebrate their success and recognise exceptional customer care.

“As an Australian manufacturer of luxury boats, I would like to think that our R Marine network sets a benchmark for boat dealerships in Australia and New Zealand and indeed world-wide,” Mr Welch said.

“The dealers are judged on their overall sales success, customer service and owner experience events, as well as their ability to maintain a professional and highly ethical representation of the Riviera and Belize brands.”

R Marine South Australia did exceptionally well this year winning the coveted Overall Dealership of the Year award, the Sales Excellence by a Dealership award (which they won jointly with R Marine Sydney), and dealer principal Paul Harrop won the Sales Excellence by an Individual award.

“We are honoured to have won three awards this year.  R Marine South Australia’s focus has been on giving our Riviera owners, and potential clients, a high standard of service and an ongoing great experience well beyond the initial boat purchase,” Mr Harrop said.

“It is a great work environment here at our Holdfast Shores office in Glenelg, South Australia and I believe our team’s enthusiasm flows on to our amazing owners who have been incredibly supportive over the years and love their Riviera boats.

“It has been a fantastic year for R Marine South Australia and our success wouldn’t be possible without the tremendous support of our families and administration team who truly are the backbone of our business.

“Our team consistently goes the extra mile to ensure complete customer satisfaction and I am proud to be part of such a dedicated team of marine professionals.”

Mr Welch commended the team at R Marine South Australia for their commitment to excellence.

“What really stood out from R Marine South Australia was their relentless passion.  They are committed to the Riviera lifestyle – it is not just a job for the team at R Marine South Australia, they live and breathe boating and this is evident in their strong relationships with their Riviera owners.”

For the first time in the award’s 20-year history, Riviera recognised two dealerships for Sales Excellence, R Marine South Australia and R Marine Sydney.  Mr Welch said both dealerships achieved the highest sales results across the Australia/New Zealand dealer network and deserved to be equally recognised for this achievement.

R Marine Sydney’s dealer principal Michael Joyce commended his team for their positive attitude and continued commitment to the Riviera and Belize brands.

“Our team’s camaraderie is evident in this award and it’s an honour to be recognised for our commitment to caring for Sydney customers,” Mr Joyce said.

The Service Excellence by a Dealership award was presented to one of Riviera’s newest dealers, R Marine Mandurah, located about 72 kilometres south of Perth, who over the past 18 months established a reputation for high quality service within their local boating community.

“We usually give this award to an individual but this year we felt that all of our dealerships had provided exceptional service, and in particular, R Marine Mandurah.  Carl Segreto and his team have done an amazing job in Western Australia since they officially opened in May last year.  We are continually hearing positive feedback and their commitment to service has been the most outstanding in the country,” Mr Welch said.

R Marine Mandurah dealer principal Carl Segreto congratulated his team on their dedication and commitment to servicing Mandurah’s Riviera owners.

“With over 600 Riviera’s in Western Australia there was a real need to open a dealership in Mandurah and I am grateful to all our loyal customers for their ongoing support over the past 18 months.  It was a real honour to be recognised for our service commitment at the annual Dealer Awards and I am proud of my team’s commitment to customer service and in particular, our service technician Mark Cole who does a fantastic job,” Mr Segreto said.

“Our fixed price servicing and ‘no fix, no pay’ guarantee is a great incentive for our customers and they also appreciate our 24/7 phone support and call out service.  It truly is the little things that can make all the difference in customer satisfaction and at R Marine Mandurah, our customer care is our number one priority.”

Riviera’s esteemed Dealer Awards have recognised excellence in sales, owner care and service innovation for the past 20 years and instils Riviera’s commitment to quality as championed by the entire Riviera factory team of over 400 people, the company’s CEO Wes Moxey and owner Rodney Longhurst.  These awards encourage the dealer network team to consistently go above and beyond for their Riviera Family of owners.

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.

5
Aug

Summer’s Fun Four

 

Summer’s Fun Four                                                      Like us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Viking‘s prowess at building a model within a model is a mainstay in our efficacy to regularly introduce new members into the Viking family as our popular 42 series so readily demonstrates. The 42 hull is the genesis for the42 Convertible, the 42 Open, the 42 Sport Tower, and the 42 Sport Coupe. Each is powered with fuel efficient Cummins QSC 600 mhp diesels matched to the Zeus pod-drive propulsion system with joy stick controls for rapid response and amazing maneuverability.

Viking 42

There’s no mistaking the modern yet classic style cues of the 42 Convertible, which showcase Viking’s attention to detail flowing from bow to stern. Equally impressive, the inviting salon is reminiscent of its larger siblings.

42 Open

The 42 Open expresses your passion for offshore fishing and cruising with delightful overnight accommodations in its two-stateroom layout with a full galley and salon.

A three-sided fiberglass deckhouse complements your style aboard the 42 Sport Coupe while upping the convenience factor. Easily customized, you can quickly add personal touches for all your boating needs.

42ST

Equipped with a custom tuna tower and overhead rod lockers designed by our subsidiary Palm Beach Towers, the 42 Sport Tower broadens your horizons. Go ahead and take the wheel.

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

28
Jul
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PUERTO BAHIA OPEN – Fishing Tournament

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PUERTO BAHIA OPEN

Fishing Tournament

Marina Puerto Bahia – Samaná, Dominican Republic

August 7-9, 2014

Tournament Director: Maximin Vidal

Dedicated to Mr. Jaak Rannik

Sponsors:

B&R Marine

Cerveza Presidente

Propeller Dominicana

Aeropaq

Endy Agroindustrial

Ron Macorix

Valiente Fernandez

McDonald’s

Caucedo Marine Services

Todo Pesca

Abaste Dominicana

DP World Caucedo

Farmacia Carol

Baterias Cometa

PIISA Industrial Park

Body Shop Athletic Club

Pinturas Tropical

Puerto Bahia – Marina & Residences

Bancalari Corredores de Seguros

Abordo Magazine

Organized by:

WT Events and Puerto Bahia Marina & Residences

Information and Registration:

Alma Tavares: wtevents01@gmail.com  |  (809) 780-0466  |  (809) 688-0056

26
Jul

Riviera today 2014

26
Jul

Breaking News from Viking Yachts

 

Triple Twice!                                                                  Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter  

Frank Rodriguez, and his outstanding crew on his Viking 70 Enclosed Bridge Fa La Me, made history this month when he won the Bermuda Triple Crown for the second time! Fa La Me is the first boat to ever win this prestigious accomplishment twice. Comprised of a series of three major Bermuda-based billfish tournaments, the points earned at each event follow the boat, crew and anglers.  Fishing for blue marlin, as that is where the big points are, was a ponderous task for the team.

 

The Bermuda Big Game Classic, the first in the series, was a slow start with a lone white marlin release. Things picked up during the second event, the Bermuda Billfish Blast with four white marlin.  After 14 days, the frustrated crew was still looking for the elusive blue marlin bite.  Then it happened!

 

On the first day of the Sea Horse Anglers Club Billfish Tournament, Frank hooked up with a blue and 18 minutes later the team was back in the saddle. Four blue marlin and a wahoo followed to win not just the Sea Horse event but take the title of the Bermuda Triple Crown Championship. Frank also took Top Angler in the Sea Horse Leg. Congratulations Frank, captain Rob Moore, mates Taylor and Tyler Beckford and anglers Dave Berard and Jeffrey De Silva. We’re looking forward to a triple Triple next year!

 

Congratulations are also in order to Lainey Jones fishing on her Viking 66 Mama Who. Lainey was Second Place Lady Angler in the Billfish Blast leg of the series.

 

Bragging Rights 

 

Viking Ocean

A fleet of 40 boats, half Viking half Ocean yachts, converged on the Canyon Club Marina for the annual Viking Ocean Showdown.  Amidst dinner, dancing and a lively pool party complete with grilled steaks and tropical drinks the anglers did find some time to fish on Thursday and Saturday.

 

When lines were called at the end of the final day, Viking Yachts had the edge over Ocean Yachts winning the coveted Grand Champion trophy. Captain Ryan Higgins claimed Most Points Tuna on the Viking 70 while Team Viking member Beth Cesarini nabbed the Heaviest Tuna with a 68 pounder while fishing on Gypsea.  Kaela Colyar, aboard the Viking 60 Gigabyte II,  was the Top Junior Angler. The release only billfish tournament pits these two New Jersey boat manufacturers against each other in a friendly rivalry for bragging rights. Tournament Director Bob Glover said, “It’s a fun get together between these two boat builders. Everybody is friends, so it’s a one of a kind, unique situation.”

 

Ciao Viking!

 

Ciao Viking

Viking yacht dealers are frequent visitors to our facility on the Bass River and all enjoy the opportunity to tour our 810,000 square-foot manufacturing plant, as well as to board new boats that are in the water on the make-ready dock. This week, co-principal Francesco Pirro from SNO Yachts, our representatives of Italy and southern Europe, joined us with sales staff and clientele for two days to catch up on the new models for 2015 including the Viking 92 Enclosed Bridge Convertible, the Viking 75 Motor Yacht and the Viking 52 Open/Sport Tower.

 

Pausing in the cockpit aboard a Viking 66 Enclosed Bridge Convertible are (left to right): Viking’s Steve Boerema, Francesco Pirro, Viking’s Anthony Scola, and Giorgio Sinistrario. Based in Olbia, the yachting center of the island Sardinia in Italy, SNO Yachts also has state-of-the-art facilities in the exclusive Sardinian ports of Porto Cervo, Porto Rotondo, Puntaldia and Portisco. Additional SNO Yachts locations are situated along the peninsula in Rome, La Spezia, Lavagna and Lignano Sabbiadoro, as well as Monte Carlo in Monaco. SNO Yachts prides itself on its experienced staff for both sales and complete yacht services for vessels 12 to 70 meters in length ranging from routine maintenance to major renovations.

 

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

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