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Australian yacht manufacturer launches its 6,000th motor yacht

Australian luxury yacht builder, Riviera, has launched its 6,000th motor yacht at its production facility on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

The 950-strong Riviera team formed a guard of honour in exclusive shirts to commemorate the achievement.

The Iridium silver-hulled 5400 Sport Yacht Platinum Edition, will be delivered to long-time Sydney Australia based Riviera owners, Peter and Denise Haig.

The couple have owned 10 Riviera yachts since their first, a 38 Open Flybridge in 1988.

Addressing the assembled team, Haig said he had been a proud Riviera owner since 1988.

“I would like to say on behalf of the 6,000 Riviera owners around the world, a big and sincere thank you, to all of you, for your hard work, your commitment to quality and thank you for building the best boats in world.

“One of the most important points for me is that Riviera is totally Australian. We are proud that we own a world-class motor yacht that has been designed and built by brilliant and dedicated local craftspeople,” said Haig.

Riviera Australia owner Rodney Longhurst said the 6,000th motor yacht was an incredible achievement for all the craftspeople involved.

“To be successful on the highly competitive global stage of luxury boat building, you must have an absolute commitment to design, quality and owner care.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our team, and I am grateful to all the Riviera owners around the world who not only enjoy our yachts themselves but share this wonderful experience with their family and friends,” said Longhurst.

Riviera was founded in Sydney in 1980 before moving to Labrador on Queensland’s Gold Coast and then 19 years later to its current 16.8-hectare purpose designed and built facility at Coomera.

The company today is supported by a network of specialist representatives in the Americas, Europe and Asia as well as New Zealand and Australia.

Riviera creates around 150 motor yachts per year, more than 60 per cent of which are exported around the world.

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