The Riviera world premiere tour will roll into Newcastle on July 1 as the boatbuilder invites prospective owners to step aboard the new 64 Sports Motor Yacht for the first time.
Riviera is commencing the manufacture of seven 64 SMYs, and most of the new owners are yet to see this stunning new addition to Riviera's flagship Sports Motor Yacht collection due to ongoing travel restrictions.
Riviera will team up with regional dealer Garry Lee from R Marine Port Stephens and have agreed to display the new Riviera 64 Sports Motor Yacht at the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club.
The new Riviera 64 Sports Motor Yacht will be displayed on "F" arm of the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club marina, and will invite owners onboard for a private viewing.
Riviera owner and committee member of the club's cruising division Andrew Henderson was instrumental in organising the pit-stop in Newcastle.
He is excited to see the finished product.
"I'm a Riviera fan. I have one myself, a 48 Enclosed Flybridge," Henderson says.
"I'm looking forward to seeing this boat.
"Riviera are good Australian boats, built for Australian conditions. They do what they are supposed to do.
"This is a great initiative from Riviera to display their new vessel without going to a boat show.
"As a Novocastrian, I want to see as many new boats as possible to come to our city," he says.
"It's beneficial for the boaters of Newcastle to view these things on our doorstop, rather than going down to Sydney, especially when they are cruising past anyway."
Featuring elegant and contemporary lines, the Riviera 64 SMY optimises onboard space and offers excellent amenity and functionality from bow to stern with multiple entertainment, living and storage areas.
The 64 has four staterooms, including a full-beam master, three bathrooms, a superbly appointed and expansive flybridge, and a versatile foredeck with plenty of room to entertain in comfort.
Its large covered mezzanine expands the saloon deck by 50 per cent.
The mezzanine design flows through the aft galley and into the saloon, and can be enclosed with clears for all-weather boating.
The expansive flybridge feels like a second saloon, with its own rear deck and elevated views.
The accommodation deck has a versatile utility room with a washer and dryer. There is plenty of extra storage space that can be optioned as an extra bedroom or crew quarters.
The Riviera 64 benefits from the Riviera V-drive system, tunnel hull design and a lower shaft angle, which helps stability and enhances efficiency and performance.
Powered by the choice of twin MAN turbo V8 1300hp or V12 1550hp, the diesels deliver quiet, effortless and smooth acceleration, giving the boat a top speed of around 34 knots.
Among the new owners are Bruce and Sue Eddington of Melbourne.
This will be the Eddingtons' third Riviera after Bruce changed tack more than a decade ago and swapped sailing for the relaxed pleasures of owning a Riviera motor yacht.
"There's certainly a lot of expectation for the 64 SMY from our end, as we are building our new boat by remote control," Bruce Eddington says.
"Normally we'd be on the Gold Coast three times by now and spending time at the factory being part of her build process, except the travel restrictions have precluded us from doing this."
"We saw the mock-up three or four times and it was informative and impressive," he says.
"Even seeing it in the hull in the factory, she was always a very pretty boat."
After Newcastle, Riviera's world premiere tour will take the boat to Sydney, before heading down the eastern seaboard of Australia.
This will be followed by a New Zealand premiere and a tour of the US east coast later this year.
Jack O'Rourke is a contributor to Ocean Media
Following the launch of the X95, Princess Yachts has announced a new addition to the range. Due to take to the water next year, the X80 becomes the second member of their X Class 'Superfly' family.
The X80 has a flybridge with generous outdoor space and innovative separation of interior areas and decks. Fitted with twin MAN V12 1900s, the X80 will reach speeds up to 30 knots.
"The first X95 has just completed sea trials," Antony Sheriff, executive chairman of Princess Yachts, says.
"We have worked over the past two years to envelop all of the X95's unique qualities into a more compact package. The X80 is just that."
A CURIOUS CASE
NSW Police have arrested a man who was rescued from his distressed yacht and stowed away on a bulk carrier that rescued him. It is believed the man was intending to flee Australia. A bulk carrier headed for Newcastle came to the man's assistance off the coast of Yamba on Saturday morning.
"The ship attached a tow line to bring the yacht towards the Newcastle offshore anchorage," police said.
When the ship entered Newcastle waters, it was discovered the tow line had been cut, and the 31-year-old man was missing.
When the bulk carrier anchored at Newcastle on Monday, NSW Police and Australian Border Force officials found the man inside an air-conditioning vent.