23 Nov 2012

Champagne corks popped, fireworks lit up the sky and tears of joy flowed freely as Riviera Australia celebrated the launch of their 5000th boat, at a fabulous gala event at their factory complex on the Gold coast recently.

Excited Riviera owners and other specially invited guests enjoyed a spectacular three-course dinner, served at a 100m table set up under the stars outside the factory, complete with entertainment.

This significant milestone in the 32-year history of the world-famous manufacturer of luxury cruisers and Sport Fishers was celebrated in style and with nostalgia as old and brand new made a grand entrance to set the scene.

Leading a stunning parade of boats down the driveway was one of Rivera’s first models, an MK38 (built in 1980), beautifully showing off her classic lines and triggering plenty of emotion. This was closely followed by the 5000th boat – a Riviera 445 - from their new SUV collection – which completely wowed guests celebrating this historic occasion.

Once the parade of boats had rolled in, the two “boats of honour” were parked side by side taking pride of place among their stunning counterparts.

Riviera’s SUV series was released in August this year and six of these new models have already been sold to owners in America and Australia. The 445 model combines the high performance, large open cockpit of Rivera’s Classic Flybridge with the fish raising ability of the Offshore Express and the single-level al fresco entertainment features of the popular Sport Yacht – creating a true bridge between them.

The launch also marked the start of the popular annual Gold Coast International Marine Expo which was held in the adjoining marina. Over three days, thousands of visitors descended on the 2.5 kilometre display circuit featuring over 500 boats from kayaks to superyachts (both on and off water) accessories and equipment. There were seven superyachts over 85feet on display.

Live entertainment, factory tours, workshops and seminars took place every fifteen minutes over the three days – keeping crowds busy with an endless variety of things to do and see. Over $12 900AUS was raised through gold coin donations and a further $4000AUS through an art auction - for local charities and sea rescue operations.