Riviera continues to build US Distribution

Riviera, Australia’s most awarded pleasure boat builder welcomes the appointment of Sarasota Yacht and Ship Services to its growing US dealer network.

This is the second Florida dealer to be appointed in the past month for the iconic boat builder, who is expanding its US dealer network to meet growing international demand for its exciting new models.

 Sarasota Yacht and Ship is one of the longest established full service yacht brokerages on the West Coast of Florida having operated from its Main Street location for the past 25 years.

Dealer Principals Gary Smith and Jason Mashke both have an extensive marine industry background. 

Gary joined Sarasota Yacht and Ship in 1999 and has dedicated his life to boating.  He enjoys scuba diving and spent 12 months cruising the Bahamas, Eastern Caribbean and South America. 

Jason comes from a career boating family and has grown up around boats and the water, he is an avid scuba diver and holds certificates in divemaster, rescue diver, Nitrox diver and underwater naturalist.

A professional and dedicated team of 16 staff including 13 sales professionals and two service personnel who are all are committed to the highest level of service and customer satisfaction.

Riviera Yachts USA Inc Director Chris McCafferty said Sarasota Yacht and Ship is a premier brokerage for yacht and larger power boat sales.

“Sarasota Yacht and Ship is dedicated to providing superior customer service and education and these skills fit well with the Riviera ethos.  I am very confident in their ability to represent Riviera’s high quality range of pleasure boats,” Mr McCafferty said.

Mr Smith says, “Our values dictate that we provide our clients with superior service and information and we are proud to be the first and one of the few dealers in the state of Florida to be designated ‘Certified Professional Yacht Broker Endorsed Brokerage’.”

Mr. Mashke said Sarasota Yacht and Ship is proud to represent Riviera from its two locations.

“We operate from two offices in downtown Sarasota.  Our main office is located at 1306 Main Street and our marina location is 1000 Marina Plaza at Marina Jack; we are fortunate to have an exclusive arrangement with the marina to be the only in-house yacht sales company at Marina Jack.  We also maintain slips at this marina and host two shows a year from this site,” he said.

“Our philosophy is hard work and all our staff know how to best utilise their many years experience in the boating industry to ensure we offer our clients the best possible boat buying experience and we look forward to working with Riviera as they release a series of exciting new models in the US at the upcoming Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.”