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Experience Magazine – Issue 5 2014




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


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.


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Experience Magazine – Issue 4 2014


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


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.

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Riviera invests in Australia’s manufacturing future

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.

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Kooringal Experience fun for young and young at heart

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Kooringal, QLD, Australia:  As nine month old baby Kristy Bielenberg sat perched in her high chair in the cockpit of her parent’s 47 Flybridge, it was clear that this was going to be an experience to remember for the whole family.

Her parents, Scott and Raelee, took delivery of their 47 in July of last year, and whilst this was their second Riviera, this was their first R Marine Jones Experience.  It was also the first time they had taken their new boat to Kooringal.

Joining 22 other Rivieras ranging in size from 40 feet to 56 feet, Scott, Raelee and their four daughters, Bianca (12), Emily (10), Jaimee (3), and Kristy (9 months), met Randall and the R Marine Jones team at the southern end of Moreton Island before venturing up the channel to Kooringal.

Listed on the Australian Heritage Register, Moreton Island is located 35 kilometres off the coast of Brisbane and is renowned for its crystal clear water, white sandy beaches, and marine life such as green turtles, humpback whales and dugongs.

The annual experience is usually held on the Australia Day long weekend at the end of January but the day before scheduled departure, R Marine Jones dealer principal, Randall Jones, decided to postpone the Experience.

“At first, I thought it was the wrong decision, especially given the number of people who had been waiting for this event to come around,” Randall said.

“After losing sleep about postponing our first event in 11 years, I woke up to hear the weather report and soon realised it was the right decision.”

South East Queensland was battered with torrential rain, flash flooding, 60 knot winds and tornadoes as ex-tropical cyclone Oswald tore through the state during the Australia Day long weekend.

R Marine Jones rescheduled the Kooringal Experience to be held on February 15, 16 and 17, and although the wet weather was still hanging around, it didn’t dampen the spirits of the 53 adults and seven children who joined R Marine Jones for the 4th annual Kooringal Experience

For Scott and Raelee, it was an amazing experience, and one that the whole family enjoyed.

“We wanted to catch up with other Riviera owners and meet some new friends who we could go out boating with,” he said.

“We met a couple of families who had young children too, and all the kids had a great time together.

“The poor weather didn’t disappoint.  Jaimee (3) had a ball, she was into everything helping dad and Bianca drive the boat while Emily was wakeboarding behind.

“Kristy, our nine month old baby had a great time as well.  We bought along her portable high chair which we clamped onto the cockpit table and she was the centre of attention with all the ladies making a fuss over her.

“For me, the highlight of the trip was getting together on the beach for fresh prawns and oysters.

“We were out in the tender and saw the funniest thing, when Sharm (from R Marine Jones) was pulling squid onto the back of the boat and ink was squirting everywhere, but he did catch 17 squid.

“It was a great cruise to Kooringal and Randall went to a lot of effort to mark out the course to ensure we didn’t run aground.

“We had a fantastic weekend away and it was nice to meet the other Riviera owners.”

Randall said the 60 nautical mile round trip from the Gold Coast to Moreton Island was one of the most popular experiences on the R Marine Jones calendar of events.

“Once we reached the entrance to Kooringal, Sharm, on board Riv1 led the fleet through the narrow channel dropping marker buoys so the group had the best track in.  This entry can be challenging,” Randall said.

“The weather was overcast at times, but all in all, the group enjoyed our favourite experience.

“We organised a social night for owners to get to know each other with king prawns, freshly shucked oysters, and Thai style hot food at the Gutter Bar, which is one of our favourite watering holes.  We had a great meal and enjoyed a few drinks.

“The next morning we organised a walk around the Spit of Moreton, and the timing was right on cue for a big down pour, but that didn’t deter our keen walkers.  As the weather improved, we guided the group in their own tenders to the local shallows where there is always plenty of marine life to see under the water including, sting rays, shovel nose sharks, and turtles.

“That afternoon our expert fisherman and on site service support Sharm Brown caught 17 squid, which made for a nice feed of calamari cooked on the barbecue after being spiced with whatever we could find.”

On the Sunday morning, R Marine Jones led the group out of the narrow inlet and back into the main channel where they each went their separate ways homeward bound and with fond memories of another enjoyable R Marine Jones Experience.

For more information about the next R Marine Jones experience, contact the team on +61 7 5502 9544 or

Riviera offers 15 different models from 36 to 75 feet across four model series Flybridge, Sport Yacht, Offshore Express 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


Riviera SUV 445

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Riviera 63 Enclosed Flybridge

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Riviera 63 Enclosed Flybridge

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