Riviera toasts a successful 2016 and prepares to launch into 2017

Australia’s Riviera is celebrating a year of major milestones and special memories as the renowned luxury motor yacht builder prepares to enter an exciting new era of boating excellence and enjoyment in 2017.

The outstanding highlight for the now 500-strong team at Riviera, once again, is the continued strengthening of the global Riviera Family of discerning luxury motor yacht owners.

“It really is a privilege to play a part in helping our Riviera Family experience and enjoy all the relaxing and rewarding benefits that only the Riviera luxury life can bring,” said Riviera chairman and owner, Rodney Longhurst.

“We give a warm welcome to all those who have joined our ever-growing global Family of owners this year.”

Mr Longhurst said that Riviera will continue to provide first-class customer care through its active program of boating education and social events worldwide in 2017, both at major boat shows around the globe, and also in partnership with the international network of dedicated Riviera and Belize dealers.

“We also look forward – together with our dealers – to creating many more memorable cruising experiences for the Riviera Family throughout 2017,” he said.

“This year Riviera dealers helped dozens of owners develop the confidence to use their yachts more and, equally importantly, form new friendships through an inspiring program of cruising events.”

On the US West Coast, the Riviera Family gathered for the largest Americas Riviera Rendezvous ever. In South Australia, Riviera owners gathered for the largest Port Lincoln Experience ever, and in Western Australia, the Riviera Family has just this month rafted up in world record numbers.

“We are now helping more Australian Riviera owners than ever to enjoy the camaraderie of cruising in company, and more international owners to experience the exhilaration of cruising Australia’s East Coast as part of their yacht delivery program,” said Mr Longhurst.

“All these milestones make us strive to create an even better boating experience for our owners,” he said.

The year 2016 also marked the World Premieres of three impressive new Riviera models:

  • 5400 Sport Yacht – World Premiere at Yachts Miami Beach in February
  • 575 SUV – World Premiere at the Riviera Festival of Boating in May
  • 4800 Sport Yacht – World Premiere at Sydney International Boat Show in August

A further milestone for 2016 was the commencement of construction of the new 68 Sports Motor Yacht that will make her World Premiere mid-2017 and this very significant design has been created in-house by Riviera’s world-leading designers.

“While awards are not our key inspiration, it would be remiss not to mention that Riviera, in 2016, was named the Australian Marine Industry’s Exporter of the Year for the second consecutive year,” said Mr Longhurst.

“Once again we are honoured by the industry’s recognition for Riviera, and will be striving in 2017 to take the growing global affection for Australia’s Riviera to even greater heights.”

Another award in which the 500-strong Riviera team can take great pride is Queensland’s Best Corporate Event at the Australian Event Awards in September, reflecting the learning and fun of the 2016 Festival of Boating and the amazing entertainment at the Viva Las Riviera gala evening.

The 2016 Festival of fun and learning was the largest in the event’s six years and registrations are now open for the 2017 Festival, to be held at Riviera’s world-class facility from 17-19 March.

“This year we have also welcomed a new European-based sales manager, Jan Van Oostenryck, to further support our international team based in Florida as part of our significant owner and dealer care commitment,” said Mr Longhurst.

“And we have also welcomed more high-achieving apprentices to our very experienced team here on Queensland’s Gold Coast, many of whom are already recognised by our training partners as leaders in their chosen crafts.

“Significantly, in 2016 we introduced the new 5-year warranty on all Volvo Penta systems, spanning helm stations, steering and propellers as well as the major componentry of Volvo’s high-performance drivelines and engines.

“Available worldwide, this extended warranty complements the Riviera 5-year structural warranty and provides even greater peace of mind for our valued Riviera boating family who we strive to help enjoy the time of their lives.

“On behalf of the 500-strong Riviera team here on Australia’s Gold Coast, we look forward to sharing the inspiring Riviera journey with you in 2017.”


Please click on the above image to enjoy our 2016 Year in Review video.



Please click the play button above to view our Festival of Boating highlights video.