Please select your home edition
Edition
Top of the Gulf Regatta 2017 728x90

Riviera celebrates world launch of the ground-breaking 50

by Jeni Bone on 3 Aug 2013
Wes Moxey announces the new 50 and other Riviera milestons. Jeni Bone
'There's a heck of a lot of boat crammed in to this model,' said CEO Wes Moxey by way or introduction to the latest model in the Riviera range, the 50 Enclosed Flybridge - and the first under his and owner, Rodney Longhurst's reign.

'Not that it's crammed - it's extremely spacious! We learned a lot from the Belize and our customers had a lot of input into this model,' Moxey continued.

'At the Riviera Festival of Boating in May, we had a full-scale model of the interior for people to walk through and the feedback was extremely helpful. What you see now is the culmination of what they are looking for in a boat and we are confident it will do very well, both here and in the US.'

Stephen Milne, director of brand and communications said: 'From the moment you step onboard you will sense this is a fresh new approach from Riviera to the flybridge boat design. Transom doors located either side of the cockpit makes great use of the swim platform to create additional entertainment space and mezzanine seating with interchangeable cockpit table providing a versatile alfresco area.'



Featuring a flexible accommodation plan, the 50 offers three generous sized staterooms with the option to have the master forward or aft allowing owners to personalise their layout. There is plenty of room for entertaining in the spacious and relaxed saloon or flybridge which is the ultimate skylounge.

Powerful new generation and fuel efficient twin Cummins QSC Zeus pod drives with joystick manoeuvrability delivering about 30 per cent more fuel efficiency, 15 per cent faster cruise and top speeds giving the 50 an expected top speed of over 30 knots with cruising about 25 knots and delivering a range of approximately 400 nautical miles.


Since May, Riviera has done extremely well, selling 18 boats locally and more into overseas markets like Peurto Rico and the US. 'In our first year together, we have managed to bring clarity to the brand, now our objective is distribution. I have focused more on distribution in the past six months than in the past 20 years!'

Longhurst is credited with 'getting the company back on track', said Moxey, now owning both the business and the Coomera facility and land on which it stands. He has previously stated that he is in it for the long haul, and intends to build the brand and the business for his sons and their sons.

'My six year old came down to Sydney from the Gold Coast with me, taking turns in each of the models along the way,' said Longhurst. 'At show and tell next week he is going to say he drove some very big boats!'

The company is strong, we're very happy, but we're not going to rest on our laurels,' said Moxey. 'We have new boats on the drawing board, and with the Australian dollar dropping substantially, we're in a good position.'

'It's all falling in to place. We're more buzzed than ever!'

Also making its Sydney debut is the new 565 SUV, with other models on show: 445 SUV, 5000 Sport Yacht, 5800 Sport Yacht, 43 Open Flybridge, 53 Enclosed Flybridge, and the new Belize 54 Daybridge.

More at www.riviera.com.au

Doyle Sails NZ - Never Look BackTop of the Gulf Regatta 2017 660x82Yamaha - F25

Related Articles

New Pacific 52 class makes its debut in San Francisco
The first of two new-build Pacific 52's from Auckland's Cookson Boats is now sailing in San Francisco. The first of two new-build Pacific 52's from Auckland's Cookson Boats is now sailing in San Francisco. Invisible Hand for San Francisco's Frank Slootman replaces his earlier RP63 of the same name. She will soon be joined by a second Cookson build, Bad Pack (Tom Holthus) from the same moulds. A third, RIO 52 is for RIO 100 supermaxi owner Manouch Moshayedi.
Posted on 18 Mar
Securely moored to the quay, or cast adrift?
With boating, you have to cast the lines off in order to go and get into it. With boating, you have to cast the lines off in order to go and get into it. However, when it comes to your insurer, you kind of expect that they’re going to be as bound to you as the standing rigging is to the mast, the ring frames to the hull, or the engine mounts to the runners, and the propellers to the shafts, skegs and cutlass bearings. Whom would you rather be insured with?
Posted on 15 Mar
Gladwell's Line - Of Carnage, Characters and Colour
About this time of an America's Cup season, the sap begins rising as new boats are launched About this time of an America's Cup season, the sap begins rising as new boats are launched, and Cup fans get their first sight of the various team designers' response to the latest America's Cup Class rule. In the monohull days, of course, we initially only got a partial glimpse thanks to the shrouding practices adopted by all teams to hide the nether regions of their America's Cupper
Posted on 13 Mar
So what’s it really like?
For ages now, these editorials have talked about multihull this, record that, outrageous boat speed and 24-hour runs For ages now, well it seems like that anyway, these editorials have talked about multihull this, record that, outrageous boat speed and incredible 24-hour runs. In their own very unique way they totally represent the technical avant-garde, and thank God for that. Where would we be without their impressive shapes, wonderful rigs, and now of course, foiling magic.
Posted on 6 Mar
JJ Giltinan 18ft - Kiwi Champion the subject of two protests in Sydney
Overall series leader Yamaha will have her position put on the line in a series of protest hearings on Friday Overall series leader Yamaha will have her position put on the line in a series of protest hearings Friday morning in Sydney. She faces two claims - both from Appliancesonline (David Witt). The first is an attempt to re-open the Hearing held on Wednesday morning after Yamaha was suffered damage in Race 3 as a result of a collision with a give way yacht, and Yamaha received redress of average
Posted on 3 Mar
America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ give first look at the pedaling AC50
Emirates Team New Zealand formally christened their new AC50 America's Cup Challenger on a rainy Auckland afternoon. Emirates Team New Zealand formally christened their new AC50 America's Cup Challenger on a rainy Auckland afternoon. The team has been sailing for the previous two days making news headlines after it was revealed in Sail-World.com that the AC50 would become only the second yacht in America's Cup history to use pedal power.
Posted on 16 Feb
America's Cup - Kiwis sign Olympic Cyclist for the Tour de Bermuda
Ttop cyclist Simon van Velthooven, a 2012 Olympic Bronze cycling medallist had been signed by the America's Cup team Emirates Team New Zealand put in a second foiling display on Auckland's Waitemata harbour ahead of the official launching of their AC50 tomorrow. With brighter skies the cycling team took their places on the pedalstals and used leg power to provide the hydraulic pressure necessary to run the AC50's control systems for the foils and wingsail.
Posted on 15 Feb
A Q&A with Anna Tunnicliffe about her return to competitive sailing
I talked with Anna Tunnicliffe before the Sailing World Cup Miami to learn about her return to Olympic-class sailing. Anna Tunnicliffe won gold at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in the Laser Radial before shifting her sights to the Women’s Match Racing event for the London 2012 Olympics. Here, she came up shy of expectation and left sailing for the CrossFit Games, but now she is returning to her roots. I talked with Tunnicliffe before the Sailing World Cup Miami to learn about her return to Olympic-class sailing.
Posted on 23 Jan
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race – Race record smashed
On Day Three (just) of the 72nd Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race Perpetual Loyal smashed the race record On Day Three (just) of the 72nd Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, in the strongest downwind conditions in recent times, certainly as good as the 1999 iteration of the blue water classic, Anthony Bell’s supermaxi, Perpetual Loyal, the former Speedboat and then Rambler 100, smashed the race record for the famous 628-nautical mile event.
Posted on 27 Dec 2016
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race – right turn means record in mortal danger?
A while ago we talked about not unprecedented conditions, but certainly ones that had not been seen for ages. A while ago we talked about not unprecedented conditions, but certainly ones that had not been seen for ages. Those that did a lot of Hobarts in the 90s would scoff at the thought of using the kite sheets for the whole journey. Their memories would be why they even bothered to clip them onto the rail at all.
Posted on 27 Dec 2016