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A moving ceremony launches the 5000th Riviera

by Stephen Milne on 10 Nov 2012
More than 180 Riviera owners celebrated this milestone at the gala dinner Stephen Milne
It was an emotional and moving ceremony for multiple Riviera owners Peter and Denise Haig, who had the honour of unveiling the signed six metre by two metre banner, which marked Riviera’s 5000th boat launch.

Peter and Denise travelled from Sydney to join 180 Riviera owners as they became part of Australia’s maritime history at the special gala dinner celebration held at the company’s manufacturing facility on Queensland’s Gold Coast on November 2nd.

Peter, who currently owns a 51 Enclosed Flybridge, said it was an honour to be invited to participate in the event.

'When we unveiled the banner with all of the Riviera staff’s signatures and messages on it, we felt incredibly proud to be Riviera owners. The comments on the banner show just how dedicated and passionate the team at Riviera are to building the best, and it was great to be a part of that,' Mr. Haig said.


'It was very emotional watching the first Riviera model, the 38 MKI, roll down the driveway because my very first Riviera was the model straight after that, the 38 MKII, so it brought back a lot of memories.

'It made me realise how lucky I have been over the years to be able to own five Rivieras, and the strength of the brand is testament in that first 38, which 32 years later is still going strong.

'It’s great to celebrate with Riviera owners and the set up was unbelievable. My heart was pounding with excitement as the 5000th Riviera was revealed. It was definitely a proud moment in Riviera’s history.'

The 5000th Riviera boat to be launched was a 445 SUV. This whole new series of boats was released in August this year and already six of these new models have been sold to owners in the United States and Australia. The SUV concept draws its DNA from Riviera’s Flybridge, Sport Yacht and Offshore Express series and is a true bridge between them all.

The Riviera 38 MKI’s Brisbane owners, Scott and Michele White, are new to the Riviera family having purchased their 38 only six weeks ago.


Mr. White said it was a very proud moment when their Riviera rolled down the driveway with spotlights shining on her hull, showing off her classic lines.

'When we saw this boat for sale, it was exactly what we were looking for. It had to pass survey, which it did with flying colours. It is mechanically and structurally sound, and inside is perfect. The shape is timeless and we felt humbled and proud when Riviera approached us about displaying our boat at the 5000th Riviera celebration.


'It is our first Riviera and to see her at the gala dinner was a surreal moment for us and something we haven’t experienced before.

'We felt privileged to be invited to the gala dinner to celebrate this milestone in Riviera’s history. The food was excellent and we met some lovely people. Riviera has a strong family culture, it is a breath of fresh air and we look forward to being a part of future events.'

Melbourne based Riviera owners, John and Fiona Zammit, said it was an event not to be missed.

The couple own a 40 Flybridge, which is their second Riviera.

Mr. Zammit said it was a sensational achievement for Riviera, Australia’s largest and most awarded luxury boat builder.

'For an Australian organisation to get to a stage where they are reaching a milestone of building a 5000th boat, and we are not talking about small boats, 5000 boats in anyone’s language is a shipload,' Mr. Zammit said.

'The brand loyalty says a lot about the company and the atmosphere on the night was a real buzz. There was the right balance of theatrics, formalities and celebrations, which made it a lot of fun.

'The gala dinner was like a family reunion; everybody was friendly and relaxed and enjoyed catching up with old friends.

'The thing I admire about Riviera is it is very customer focused. Once you become an owner of a Riviera, you become part of the Riviera family, and it was great to be part of this very significant event in Riviera’s history.'

Riviera CEO, Wes Moxey, said the launch of Riviera’s 5000th boat was a very memorable and momentous occasion.

'It was very moving to see the first Riviera model and the 5000th Riviera side by side, and to share this moment with more than so many Riviera owners was one of the most rewarding experiences in my entire career,' Mr. Moxey said.


'The 38 MKI was built in 1980 and as it rolled down the driveway I could see a few tears of pride on the faces of our loyal Riviera enthusiasts. This was followed by our 5000th boat, the new 445 SUV from Riviera’s newly released model series, and it was a great honour to celebrate this achievement.

'From the young children performing the ribbon dance through to the delightful meal and formalities, and concluding with the Riv nightclub in the factory, complete with giant mirror ball and slide show projecting 32 years of Riviera boats – certainly gave us 5000 reasons to celebrate.


When you look back over 32 years of Riviera and the launching of 72 individual models, the most popular of which we built 288 boats, the launch of the 5000th Riviera is a major milestone in the Riviera history books.'

Riviera offers 15 different models from 36 to 75 feet across four model series Flybridge, Sport Yacht, Offshore Express and the new SUV collection.

Riviera also offers the bespoke Motor Yacht line, Belize Motoryachts. Inspired by classic luxury details and timeless style, Belize Motoryachts has recently released the new 52 foot Sedan and Daybridge models.

For more information, please go to www.riviera.com.au.

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