As the year draws to a close, Australian luxury boat builder Riviera has reported the delivery of more than 100 new yachts in 2019.
This year marked the debut of the Riviera 54 Enclosed Flybridge and the Belize 66 Daybridge, as well as the introduction of the Platinum Edition Sport Yachts range.
The 4800 Series II, 5400 and 6000 received the Platinum treatment, with the addition of hardtops and targa arches accented in Platinum, along with a gracious sunbed on the foredeck.
The Riviera 54 Enclosed Flybridge is topped by a solid, three-sided haven that shields occupants from the elements while at the same time can be opened-up entirely with a large sunroof and side sliding windows.
Utilising the 54's soft-riding and proven blue water hull, the 545 SUV was launched in July 2019 as a single-level adventure, water sports and entertainer with the ocean cruising pedigree of a flybridge.
In November, the bespoke Belize 66 Daybridge had her world premiere.
A finite number of Belize Motoryachts are built each year, and features styling by the 4D Designs in collaboration with the Riviera and Belize design team.
Riviera exhibited at more than 35 boat shows around the globe in 2019 including the premier international shows - Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Palm Beach and Cannes plus myriad other shows from Thailand to San Diego, Vancouver to New England, Japan to Auckland and Annapolis to Barcelona.
New representatives were appointed during 2019 in New York, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
They join representatives added recently in Turkey, Spain, Hong Kong, Macau and further appointments in the Americas.
Asia also showed growth in 2019 for Riviera with new yachts being delivered to Japan, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand.
This continued growth and global expansion is good news for both Riviera's 600-strong workforce and Australia's marine industry as a whole, with more than 70 apprentices engaged in learning and plying their craft.
In 2020, the number of Riviera apprentices will increase by more than 10 per cent.
At the company's annual end of year celebrations, Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst addressed the 600-strong team and paid tribute to both the craftsmen and women and the almost 5600 yacht owners that make up their global 'Riviera family'.
"Why are Riviera yachts in such demand?" Longhurst said.
"Why do boaters often comment that Riviera is among the finest motor yachts in the world?
"We have a special culture here that all of you have created, together. All of you work as a united team.
"You have a real commitment to excellence and you work with us to nurture future champions in our team and to create the finest motor yachts we can.
"This culture is what makes Riviera, Australia's world-class motor yacht builder and allows our owners to have the time of their lives aboard our yachts".
SailGP has announced the addition of a Spanish team to the global championship's Season 2 line-up. Spain will join Australia, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Japan and the United States in 2020.
The team will replace the China team, who was one of the original six SailGP's teams for its inaugural season. The F50 catamaran used by China will transfer to Spain.
SailGP CEO Sir Russell Coutts said: "We're thrilled to welcome Spain to SailGP and very much look forward to the new team's involvement in the league."
HanseYachts has revealed details for the Sealine C390v, the third and largest model of the sporty Outboard-V series.
Three possible double cabins - among them an owners cabin with ensuite bath, an additional guest bath and the panorama-glazed saloon - all adds up, offering a comfortable stay for a boat under 40 feet.
The foldable glass door aft can be fully opened, creating a continuous living area between pilot seats and the engines. Two Duo-prop 350 hp outboard engines accelerate the Sealine C390v up to 32 knots and guarantee a sporty driving experience.
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