2018 Sydney International Boat Show a stellar industry showcase

IMPRESSIVE OPENING: The Riviera 39 Sport Motor Yacht at anchor. Its world premiere will open proceedings at the Sydney International Boat Show, which will run from August 2-6.
IMPRESSIVE OPENING: The Riviera 39 Sport Motor Yacht at anchor. Its world premiere will open proceedings at the Sydney International Boat Show, which will run from August 2-6.

The 2018 Sydney International Boat Show, to be held on August 2, has become the industry focal point for presenting and launching the latest and greatest in manufacturers’ premieres, products, marines services, technology and design.

Leading boat builders will gather for the five-day event at the International Convention Centre and adjoining Cockle Bay Marina in Darling Harbour to showcase their offerings.

Prominent Australian boat builder, Rivieria, will be debuting the 39 Sports Motor Yacht as a part of their 11-model display on the water in Cockle Bay Marina. The world premiere of this  model will open proceedings at the Sydney International Boat Show, among other displays from well known boating brands.

Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst says, “Our team at Riviera is proud to unveil our outstanding new 39 Sports Motor Yacht to boating aficionados in Sydney. She provides a compelling new entree to the Riviera family”.

Access to the 39 Sports Motor Yacht is through a fixed swim platform, where a barbecue unit is set across the transom.

The boat features an open cockpit for entertaining and water sports and includes a teak table and a lounge set under an awning window, offering an alfresco dining option.

The foredeck will have optional large sunlounges.

A stair-ladder on the starboard side of the cockpit connects this space with the extended flybridge where a twin helm-and-companion seat forward faces a helm with comprehensive engine controls and navigation displays behind a raked windscreen. The flybridge also features an L-shape lounge aft of the helm, and sun protection is provided by a folding bimini top.

The interiors feature American white oak timber panelling and cabinetry, for a contemporary look throughout the 39 Sports Motor Yacht.

In the saloon, there is a fully-equipped aft galley on the starboard side, with a dining area opposite, offering 360-degree views. The standard lower helm is forward to port with the lounge opposite.

The lower deck has sleeping accommodation for five adults in two staterooms, and the master stateroom forward has a queen-size walk-around bed, wardrobe, overhead lockers and shelving. The bathroom includes a vanity, toilet and separate shower stall.

Access to the engine room is via a large hydraulic lifting hatch while a smaller hatch, immediately aft of the saloon door, is available for day-to-day maintenance. Power for the 39 Sports Motor Yacht comes from twin Volvo Penta D6-IPS600 system with twin diesel engines (2 x 320kW/435hp) and IPS pod-drives and joystick control.

Ten other boats in the Riviera range will be available for viewing, including the 6000, 5400 and 4800 Sport Yachts, the blue-water 52 Enclosed and 43 Open Flybridge models, the 575 and 445 SUV models and an offering from Riviera’s other brand, the Belize 54 Daybridge. It will include the Sydney premiere of the Riviera 395 SUV and the long-range 72 Sports Motor Yacht.

Jeanneau’s latest evolution

The latest model to join Jeanneau’s Sun Odyssey range has been announced. The Sun Odyssey 410 is the third model in the range, designed by naval architects Philippe Briand and Marc Lombard, with contributing design by Jean-Marc Piaton. Jeanneau are hoping this model will shake up sailing design in this size category. The Marc Lombard designed Sun Odyssey 410 features a hard chine running the full length of the hull, an inverted bow, self-aligning rudders and a powerful retractable bow thruster for greater manoeuvrability. The deck plan of the 410 also benefits from a lower boom to facilitate access and increase sail area, and centralised winches for ease of control from within the cockpit.

FISH TO WATER: Australian Alex Luther completes his epic water-skiing adventure in Cervia, Italy.

FISH TO WATER: Australian Alex Luther completes his epic water-skiing adventure in Cervia, Italy.

Luther chasing Canguro

Australian Alex Luther, following in his grandfather’s footsteps, has completed a water-skiing epic around the Mediterranean, finishing in Cervia, Italy, on July 7. The journey started in Tangier, Africa, on the June 26, 2018, and took a total of 10 days, 2 hours, 17 minutes and 36 seconds. A total of 3699.3 kilometres. The remarkable feat was completed despite Alex never having water-skied before deciding to take on this challenge. The journey replicated the world-record-setting marathon water-ski by his grandfather, Harry Luther, affectionately known as Canguro, in 1970. Axopar boats supplied Alex with the boat, their latest 37 Sun Top R, which was powered by twin Mercury engines. 

Jack O’Rourke is a contributor to Ocean Media