Riviera, Australia’s most awarded pleasure boat builder has recorded the best international boat show results in the past two years achieving eleven new boat sales and exceeding conservative expectations at the 23rd annual Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show.
Director of Riviera Yachts Chris McCafferty said Riviera’s new models had impressed the American market.
“This was an extremely successful show for Riviera with overall enquiry and sales up over 200 per cent from last year, further reinforcing Riviera’s reputation for quality and innovation, a tremendous achievement and a great start to 2011,” Chris said.
Riviera entertained about 350 Riviera owners and enthusiasts at its floating display on Collins Avenue over two fun-filled nights.
Live music, great food and plenty of cool cocktails set the scene for two nights of great entertainment and good company with the Riviera family.
“Our social functions were a real hit with our clients and invited guests and we received very positive feedback from everyone who visited our display. Our dealers are very confident that a number of quality enquiries received during the show will be converted into sales following a series of upcoming sea trials,” Chris said.
“It was encouraging to see a mix of sales from both the Flybridge and Sport Yacht range and there was strong interest in Riviera’s new 43 Open Flybridge and 5800 Sport Yacht.
“Among the sales at Miami were two 43 Open Flybridges, two 5800 Sport Yachts, two 4400 Sport Yachts, one 5000 Sport Yacht and several flybridge models ranging 51 to 38 feet.
“These boats are bound for diverse boating destinations including, Massachusetts, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Miami, Lake Michigan, Seattle, Canada and Bermuda. We have several sales pending and were approached by prospective dealers requesting new dealerships in territories where Riviera currently does not have dealers. This further highlights the strong presence of the Riviera brand in the Americas as the economy starts to move forward.
“We were impressed with the level of attention from the US market with several clients also expressing their interest in Riviera’s new 61 Series II and 53 Enclosed Flybridge which has already sold 12 sight unseen and is bound for Fort Lauderdale in October 2011. These boats are due for their world release at the 2011 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May.
“The results speak for themselves but it is testament to Riviera’s impeccable quality, design features and ‘built-to-last’ philosophy.”
The new 43 Open Flybridge introduces an exciting new level of cruising amenity to the flybridge market, indoor/outdoor living with the rear bulkhead of the boat opening right up to connect the cockpit and saloon as one space, there is also an optional aft barbecue centre in the transom, making this the ultimate flybridge entertainer.
Volvo Penta IPS propulsion will give the 43 Open Flybridge a powerful, smooth ride while enhancing fuel efficiency and ease of handling in close-quarters via the integrated joystick control.
The new Riviera 5800 Sport Yacht is a versatile design with the option of a galley aft in the saloon or on a lower level, an expansive cockpit with large dining table and a garage that can accommodate a 3.2-metre tender.
Accommodation on the 5800 is extremely generous with up to four staterooms and three bathrooms, plus an optional crew quarters.
Continuing Riviera’s commitment to innovation, the new 5000 Sport Yacht offers owners the option of two accommodation layouts to further personalise the vessel: a three cabin and two bathroom design or two cabins and two bathrooms plus a below-deck lounge area. The large full-beam aft cabin offers options of an athwartships double bed and single portside bed or three singles.
The option of an aft-facing lounge in the forward quarter of the cockpit, offers expansive views while protected from sun, wind and rain. In the saloon, panoramic windows and a huge electric sunroof bring the outdoors, indoors and with the centrally located gourmet galley, this sport yacht is perfect for entertaining.
The 5000 Sport Yacht is powered by twin Cummins turbo diesel engines linked to Zeus pod drives with aft facing propellers. The 5000 Sport Yacht can be operated single-handedly thanks to an advanced joystick control.