06 Jul 2011

Boating enthusiast and avid angler Kim Labuschagne is clearly delighted with his newly-purchased Riviera 37 and he cannot wait for her arrival in Durban – she is currently moored in Cape Town.

Having long admired the finish and comfort of these magnificent Sport Fishers, Kim finally took the plunge into the big boating scene – an exciting move which he expects will change the way he does leisure time.

“I have enjoyed many hours fishing with my two sons off my Grady White Walkaround over the last 17 years but now I want to extend this pleasure to a wider circle of family and friends.” He said. And all the signs are there that this new direction is the way to go. 

Crystal clear conditions and mirror-smooth waters have heralded each trip out to sea and on a recent test ride with Boating World’s Derrick Levy and Greg Alice - a sudden light rain shower produced a beautiful rainbow over Clifton – a promise of good things to come.

Derrick knew that Kim and the Riviera 37 would be a perfect match - as this 13.9 m Sport Fisher offers luxury leisure with fishability and enough power to suit both needs. “Very economical twin diesel Volvo D6 (370 HP) engines with four-blade propellers can easily handle rough conditions should they crop up and the fuel capacity of 1225 litres means hours of long distance cruising or finding those perfect fishing spots.” Derrick said.

Kim can switch from cool, relaxed host to action man in the same space, within seconds - thanks to the large cockpit which is wider-than-usual - ideal for entertaining and extra protection at sea. While the boat was previously used only as an entertainer, he is in the process of kitting it out for fishing with fighting chair, outriggers and a host of other conveniences.

 Dual controls mean Kim and four companions can enjoy the comfortable seating on the flybridge with a commanding view over the water while drinks and snacks are prepared in the fully-equipped galley just two steps below the saloon.

Four to six family members or friends can spend the night on board in absolute comfort and style – complete with air conditioning and great sound in the saloon, cockpit and flybridge.

As soon as the new teak decks are fitted Kim says his Riviera 37 will make the sea trip from Granger Bay in Cape Town up to her new home on the East Coast where she will be moored at the Durban Yacht mole.