25 Apr 2012

Looking for a romantic setting in which to “pop the question”? Where better than on your own luxurious Riviera 40 Sport Fisher under the stars, on the water at Durban Marina? And that’s exactly where Boating World client Graeme decided he’d take the plunge and ask the love of his life Simone – to marry him.

Even more romantic is the fact that she didn’t have a clue - as she explains in her own words:

“Friday morning came and I woke up feeling really under the weather as sinusitis had found me once again.  I immediately rushed to the doctor to get a booster shot and antibiotics, as I didn’t want to miss a weekend on our Riviera 40 “Hooked”.  I always enjoy packing a bag to go there for the weekend as it brings a certain amount of relaxation and excitement to end off a very busy week.

We got to the boat and Zane from Boating world Durban was there (as always) and we had some drinks to start off the weekend (like we always do).  It was nice to chat and have a few laughs.  Graeme and I ended up going to Spur at Wilson’s Wharf for dinner, as I didn’t feel like cooking.  After dinner we headed back to Hooked and as soon as we were back on the boat Graeme popped the question.  I have never been so happy in my life and the tears were pouring down my face.  I was so overwhelmed with excitement but I had no one to tell as everyone was already sleeping.”


Taking full advantage of a really early start the next day the excited pair and their friends headed off to do some bottom fishing.  Using live bait the guys soon had their first hit - a yellow tuna which is great for sushi.  Next was a black tip shark which flipped itself out of the water and onto the line, breaking it and the third was a really good size rock cod.  Unfortunately the weather wasn’t looking too promising and they decided to call it a day.  Sunday was extremely miserable due to the cyclone and it poured with rain so any thought of fishing had to be abandoned.

Fortunately the Riviera 40 Sport Fisher Open Flybridge has plenty of space inside to enjoy good company even if the weather is bad.  4 - 6 people can relax together in absolute comfort in her plush surroundings with a beautiful Cherrywood finish. They can comfortably be seated around the removable table, and socialising while meals are being prepared in the adjoining galley.  Five people can sleep in the two cabins and another guest can bunk down in the saloon.

The Riviera 40 boasts a host of features including a generator, air conditioning, watermaker, fighting chair, new Lowrance Generation 2 HDS-10 fishfinder/GPS, Bow thruster, radar and autopilot and Teak-laid cockpit floor – to mention a few.