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A Castaway Christmas for Riviera owners on the Gold Coast with R Marine Crawley

Riviera’s representatives on the Gold Coast, R Marine Crawley based at Runaway Bay, have hosted a very memorable weekend for their motor yachts owners and their families. Over 90 would be pirates all signed up with bells on following the invitation to be shipwrecked at the stunning Sunset Beach Bar at Couran Cove, Stradbroke Island. With the promise of pirates, Christmas cheer, festive fun, music and a barefoot beach barbeque, the Riviera owners and their families didn’t take much convincing to become castaways.

Ben Crawley the dealer principal of R Marine Crawley and RMC Service along with his dedicated team orchestrated the weekend to the finest of detail, promising their exclusive Riviera family, a weekend to remember.

“It is always a great pleasure to organise these events for our family of owners. Seeing the excitement, laughter and enjoyment on owner’s faces of all ages makes the effort worthwhile. Having everyone come together and share stories in this forum is what sets R Marine Crawley and Riviera apart,” said Ben Crawley.

The entertainment kicked off at 6.30pm with the infamous Captain Jack Sparrow marooned with the guests. The uncanny impersonator was a crowd hit, showing off his magic tricks and delighting with his cheeky comedic wit.

The enjoyment continued when the musical duo SoulCutz took to the stage. With the vocal range of Barry White and dance moves to rival Michael Jackson, the castaways quickly took to the dance floor and grooved the night away.

Glenn and Mary purchased their treasured Riviera 5800 Sports Yacht two years ago, crowning her ‘True Blue’. Proud members of the R Marine Crawley family, Glenn and Mary eagerly await each of Riviera’s exclusive events, ensuring they’re in the diary nice and early, so they don’t miss out.

The annual Christmas get together, is a firm favourite. Berthing for two nights at Couran Cove, Glenn and Mary were thrilled to catch up with their Riviera family friends, sharing a cool drink on the back decks, dressed in their pirate attire.

“We reconnected with friends and forged new ones, all dressed up in our Pirate finery as there was the threat of walking the plank if not suitably attired – we didn’t want to test that threat! Mary laughed following the get together.

“Captain Jack Sparrow the entertainer amused and delighted the children and had them following him around, swords in hand, for ages. Father Christmas also made an appearance with his sack of goodies for the little ones”.

The night was also about the spirit of giving and this year the thoughtful team at R Marine Crawley chose the charity organisation, GIVIT, to support for Christmas. GIVIT is a foundation that supports the families affected by the recent serve bush fires in Queensland. Guests were asked to bring a present for a child and leave it under the tree. By the end of the evening the tree was jammed with gifts and the spirit of Christmas well alive.

Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst values the strong family bond among Riviera owners. These events foster friendships and new connections among the growing Riviera boating community.

“The raft ups which occur all over the country bring together Riviera owners in a unique setting to share stories, inspire each other and share in the joy that is ownership of a Riviera motor yacht.” Rodney added.

Glenn and Mary are the perfect example of the sheer joy that Riviera ownership brings.

“The Crawley team are exceptional in putting together events, both on the water and on land, creating an element of surprise and fun every time.  Their genuine interest in making sure everyone is connected and confident in their boats is evident. This is the reason we love boating”, Mary beamed.

Owners, Dan and Judy Gatt also praised the event.

“Not being from the Gold Coast it was great to meet new people and learn about their experiences and find new places to visit that we can enjoy in the future with our Riviera.”

“It was lovely to catch up for a laugh with old friends and the fun team from Crawley’s.”

Riviera is Australia’s most-awarded builder of luxury motor yachts. In 2020, Riviera will celebrate its 40th anniversary and the launching of more than 5,600 motor yachts that are regarded and celebrated as one of the finest motor yachts in the world.

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