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Riviera 6000 sport yacht makes her Queensland premiere

Riviera 6000 sport yacht makes her Queensland premiere

Iconic Australian boat-builder Riviera has confirmed its stylish and sophisticated new 6000 Sport Yacht will make her Queensland premiere at the 2014 Gold Coast International Marine Expo from October 17-19.

The flagship of Riviera’s award-winning Sport Yacht collection is supremely comfortable with innovative alfresco lifestyle concepts, ultramodern marine technology and palatial appointments – a high-performance yacht akin to a floating six-star resort.

Riviera owner and chairman Rodney Longhurst said that in addition to showcasing the range of luxury pleasure boats at its state-of-the-art facility at Coomera, the company will for the first time at Expo host guided factory tours via a fully narrated train ride, The Riviera Express, taking in many sections of the impressive, 14-hectare world-class site.

“The factory tours are a great opportunity for Expo visitors to see behind the scenes of how we craft a Riviera from the early lamination stage to engineering and final fit-out. This is a prime opportunity for families and friends of our 400-strong team to come and see the result of the commitment and passion that our people every day put into our premium luxury yachts,” Mr Longhurst said, adding that around 55 per cent of Riviera’s production is exported.

The 6000 Sport Yacht has been billed as ‘the ultimate entertainer’ since making her world premiere in Sydney in August and will now be on display at the Gold Coast International Marine Expo.

Her key features include an impressive sports-styled helm with full joystick steering control while underway, a flexible four-stateroom accommodation layout with luxurious full-beam master, three bathrooms, contemporary and stylish hull windows and portholes, dual electric sliding sunroofs and fixed skylights … as well as a large, open cockpit with BBQ centre and undercover seating and dining areas.

Underneath the cockpit of the 6000 Sport Yacht is a large garage for a 3.2-metre tender and outboard that can be easily loaded using the built-in electric winch, or for a jet ski to be securely stored with additional room for accessories and water toys.

“The 6000 Sport Yacht also has a level of attention to every detail that confirms she is indeed a world-class Riviera,” said Mr Longhurst. “This is one of the first boats in Australia to have full joystick steering while underway and it comes as a standard feature,” he said. “Also standard are full auto-pilot, auto-trim, Dynamic Positioning System (DPS) for station-holding while rafting up or waiting off a fuel jetty, as well as Anti-Corrosion Protection (ACP).

For the 6000 Sport Yacht, Riviera has employed the revolutionary Volvo Penta propulsion system with twin IPS2-950 (533kW /2 x 725hp) pod drives which, in addition to superior handling and manoeuvring in tight quarters, also offer impressive fuel efficiency, low noise levels, long cruising range and a high top-end speed.

“The Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht has a top speed of around 31 knots under full load and has a cruising range of 281nm at 22 knots (with 10% fuel reserve),” said Mr Longhurst. “Of course there’s an additional pop-up joystick in the cockpit for precise docking control. Indeed a skipper – either solo or with a novice crew – can simply push and twist the joystick in the direction required to make the boat respond immediately, pivoting in place or crabbing sideways into a berth that’s just long enough to fit the boat.

Mr Longhurst said Riviera’s international designers and engineers incorporate state-of-the-art technology from around the globe to help Riviera owners achieve ‘the ultimate boating experience’.

For example, the 6000 Sport Yacht includes C-Zone digital switching. This means that you no longer need to decide which circuit-breakers to turn on or off – simply select the mode which best suits the operation of the yacht such as ‘cruise’, ‘entertain’ or ‘dock unattended’ … and the appropriate circuits will be energised or disengaged,” he said. “These modes can be customised by the owner, so the system works exactly as you want.” C-Zone control panels in the 6000 Sport Yacht are located at the saloon entrance, at the stylish helm and also in the impressive full-beam master stateroom below deck.

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