Australian motor yacht builder Riviera will present four premieres in a nine-model red carpet showcase at the Miami International Boat Show.
The on-water display at the Miami Marine Stadium on Virginia Key, Florida from February 14-18 will premiere the new Belize 66 Sedan that had her world unveiling at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October.
Among the Riviera Miami premieres is the long-range Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht, the 39 Sports Motor Yacht and the 395 SUV.
The display also includes Riviera’s 4800, 5400 and 6000 Sport Yachts, the blue-water Riviera 52 Enclosed Flybridge model and the classic Belize 54 Daybridge.
“We are proud to premiere four extraordinary motor yachts in a range of highly advanced and luxurious models at the Miami International Boat Show,” Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst said.
“This distinctive range of designs cater to a wide range of motor yachting pursuits and cruising aspirations.”
Every model in the display features the very latest in marine technology, including Volvo Penta glass cockpit navigation and systems monitoring as well as touch-screen digital switching and joystick controls for superior handling and low-speed manoeuvring.
Each motor yacht features the outstanding manoeuvrability and power of Volvo Penta integrated propulsion system IPS pod drives.
The new Belize 66 Sedan on display at the Miami International Boat Show is a three-stateroom, three bathroom model, delivering a nice sense of space, comfort and luxury while offering customisation and bespoke elements.
This motor yacht includes a superyacht scale full beam master stateroom and full beam master bathroom aft of the stateroom.
Wide and high bulwark side decks lead forward to a massive sundeck that offers a large sunken U-shape lounge and a central dinette table. A large awning window opens out to the large cockpit and connects its multiple lounges and barbecue centre, to the galley while a sliding glass door provides entry to the salon. When the window and door are both open, this creates one enormous entertaining area.
The large U-shape gourmet galley is aft and the dinette is forward to starboard with a free-standing lounge or armchair opposite. A watertight pantograph door opposite the dinette provides immediate access to the port deck and introduces more fresh air into the salon.
Power for the new Belize 66 comes from twin Volvo Penta 1350 IPS3 pod drive systems, each providing 1,000 hp.
The long-range and luxurious Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht on display at the show delivers spirited performance and super-smooth running at speed.
This new Sports Motor Yacht offers a large open cockpit, perfect for entertaining or water sports, high bulwarks with wide side decks, a foredeck entertainment centre and an immense covered mezzanine dining and relaxation area.
A door on the port side of the mezzanine leads to a staircase down to the day head and shower. Adjacent to the day head is a utility room or optional crew cabin with direct access to the engine room.
The large aft U-shaped galley is designed to cater for the chef's every requirement while a plushly carpeted salon features a large lounge to port and, to starboard, a leather dinette that seats up to eight.
The fully enclosed flybridge with a forward helm, guest lounge and an alfresco dining area aft is accessed by internal stairs.
Accommodation options include Grand Presidential or Classic layouts with three or four staterooms and three bathrooms.
Power for the Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht comes from twin MAN V12 turbo diesel 1800 or 1900 engines, each providing 1,800hp or 1,900hp.
If you happen to be there, Riviera can be found on Miami Marine Stadium, Pier 6, Slips 650-657 at the Miami International Boat Show.
DOCK TO THE FUTURE
Mercury has teased a self-learning, automated docking system for outboard motors – the first time the emerging technology has made the leap from stern-drive systems.
The Raymarine DockSense assisted-docking system uses “advanced machine vision technology” to identify potential obstacles in the vessel’s path. It feeds this information back to the Mercury system to allow the boat’s JPO to respond and ensure a smooth docking process.
While not in the marketplace, it promises to revolutionise “assisted docking” systems, providing a glimpse into the future of boating.
DREDGE PROJECT AT BATEMANS BAY
The NSW government has confirmed work on dredging the entrance to Batemans Bay will undertaken over coming months.
A hydrographic survey is expected to be completed in February, weather permitting, to determine the scope of the project.
Nearly $450,000 had been allocated for the work as part of the government's maritime infrastructure plan. The plan notes the importance of maintaining accessible navigation channels in key investment locations.
As part of the works, the council has been asked to identify foreshore areas which may benefit from sand replenishment.