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Riviera to showcase four Premieres at the Miami International Boat Show

Riviera to showcase four Premieres at the Miami International Boat Show

Australia’s premium luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, will proudly present four Premieres in a nine-model red carpet showcase at the Miami International Boat Show in February.

The on-water display at the Miami Marine Stadium on Virginia Key in Florida during President’s Day weekend from 14 to 18 February will Premiere the extraordinary new Belize 66 Sedan that had her World Premiere at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October.

The Riviera Miami Premieres include the long-range and luxurious Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht, an entirely new-style of motor yacht under 40 feet, the 39 Sports Motor Yacht and the sporty and adventurous 395 SUV.

The display also includes Riviera¹s stylish and sophisticated 4800, 5400 and 6000 Sport Yachts, the blue-water Riviera 52 Enclosed Flybridge model and the timeless classic Belize 54 Daybridge.

Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst said: ³We are proud to Premiere four extraordinary motor yachts in a range of highly advanced and luxurious models at the Miami International Boat Show. This distinctive range of designs cater to a wide range of motor yachting pursuits and cruising aspirations.”

He said the name Riviera was synonymous worldwide with ultra-luxury, superior design, and supreme blue-water sea-keeping capabilities.

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 maneuverability and power of Volvo Penta integrated propulsion system IPS pod drives. With Riviera, all Volvo Penta systems are covered by an industry-leading five-year limited warranty to complement the Riviera and Belize five-year limited structural warranty.

Miami International Boat Show Premiere Belize 66 – on display

The new Belize 66 Sedan builds on the heritage of a luxury motor yacht that celebrates the styles of a bygone era of yachting, of gleaming hand-crafted interiors and, most importantly, of individuality.

The Belize 66 Sedan on display at the Miami International Boat Show is a three-stateroom, three bathroom model that takes the concept of a semi-custom motor yacht to a whole new level, delivering a wonderful sense of space, comfort and luxury and offers the highest level of customisation and bespoke elements.

Special features of this motor yacht include a super yacht scale full beam master stateroom and full beam master bathroom aft of the stateroom.

The garage under the cockpit has space for a Brig F330L tender. 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. The foredeck will certainly become a favourite onboard entertaining or relaxation zone.

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. The superbly designed and crafted helm faces a wrap-around windscreen. 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 746kW (1,000 hp).

Miami International Boat Show Premiere Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht – on display

The long-range and luxurious Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht 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 1,324kW (1,800hp) or 1,397kW (1,900hp).

Miami International Boat Show Premiere Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht – on display

The latest model in Riviera’s outstanding Sports Motor Yacht collection, the 39, offers a sophisticated new design and multiple entertainment spaces that are emblematic of Riviera Sports Motor Yachts.

The cockpit is ideal for entertaining and water sports with a teak table and lounge set under the awning window to port offering alfresco dining. A stair-ladder on the starboard side of the cockpit connects with the sizeable flybridge with a forward helm and an L-shape lounge aft.

Contemporary styling throughout the 39 Sports Motor Yacht is evident in the fully-equipped aft galley on the starboard side and plush dining area opposite. A lower helm is forward to port with a lounge opposite. The accommodation deck provides sleeping for five adults in two luxurious staterooms and a large bathroom that includes a vanity, toilet and separate shower stall with a frameless glass door.

Power for the new Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht comes from twin Volvo Penta D6-IPS600 pod drive systems, each providing 320kW (435hp).

Miami International Boat Show Premiere Riviera 395 SUV – on display

The sporty and adventurous Riviera 395 SUV displays a contemporary elegance, from her entirely new hull and deck design with feature hull windows to European-inspired fabrics and cabinetry throughout.

Her open cockpit is perfectly designed for relaxing and entertaining or for a raft of water sports. A deluxe lounge and table in the forward port quarter invite alfresco dining.

This new model offers a spacious salon with fully-equipped aft galley to starboard and a dinette opposite, a forward helm to port and a guest viewing lounge in the starboard forward quarter. The accommodation deck includes two generous staterooms and a large bathroom.

Power for the 395 SUV comes from twin Volvo Penta D6 IPS 500 pod drive systems, each providing 272kw (370hp).

Where to find Riviera at the Miami International Boat Show

Mr Longhurst said: “We are looking forward to welcoming Riviera and Belize owners and enthusiasts to inspect the latest luxurious models of Riviera excellence at our red-carpet, on-water showcase on Miami Marine Stadium, Pier 6, Slips 650-657 at the Miami International Boat Show.”


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Belize 66 Sedan

Miami International Boat Show Premiere - Belize 66 Sedan

Miami International Boat Show Premiere – Belize 66 Sedan

Miami International Boat Show Premiere - Belize 66 Sedan

Miami International Boat Show Premiere – Belize 66 Sedan

Miami International Boat Show Premiere - Belize 66 Sedan - Cockpit

Miami International Boat Show Premiere – Belize 66 Sedan – Cockpit

Miami International Boat Show Premiere - Belize 66 Sedan - Salon

Miami International Boat Show Premiere – Belize 66 Sedan – Salon

Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht

Miami International Boat Show Premiere - Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht.

Miami International Boat Show Premiere – Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht.

Miami International Boat Show Premiere - Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht.

Miami International Boat Show Premiere – Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht.

Miami International Boat Show Premiere – Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht.

Miami International Boat Show Premiere - Riviera 72 Sports Yacht Salon

Miami International Boat Show Premiere – Riviera 72 Sports Yacht Salon

Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht

Miami International Boat Show Premiere - Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht

Miami International Boat Show Premiere – Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht

Miami International Boat Show Premiere - Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht

Miami International Boat Show Premiere – Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht

Miami International Boat Show Premiere - Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht - Aft Stateroom.

Miami International Boat Show Premiere – Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht – Aft Stateroom.

Miami International Boat Show Premiere - Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht - Flybridge.

Miami International Boat Show Premiere – Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht – Flybridge.

Riviera 395SUV

Miami International Boat Show Premiere - Riviera 395SUV

Miami International Boat Show Premiere – Riviera 395SUV

Miami International Boat Show Premiere - Riviera 395SUV

Miami International Boat Show Premiere – Riviera 395SUV

Miami International Boat Show Premiere - Riviera 395SUV - Salon.

Miami International Boat Show Premiere – Riviera 395SUV – Salon.

Miami International Boat Show Premiere - Riviera 395SUV

Miami International Boat Show Premiere – Riviera 395SUV

Footnote:

Riviera, Australia¹s most-awarded builder of luxury motor yachts, currently offers 19 different models from 39 to 72 feet across five distinctive model collections: the supremely seaworthy Flybridge range, stylish and sophisticated Sport Yachts, the sporty and adventurous SUV series, the luxurious and long-range new Sports Motor Yacht design, and the timelessly classic Belize Motor Yachts.

Having now built more than 5,300 motor yachts throughout its rich 38-year heritage, the name Riviera is synonymous around the world with luxury, innovation, blue-water performance, built-to-last quality and unrivalled owner support.

Winter Boating Courses to Keep Your Skills Sharp

Whether you are a skilled offshore cruiser or a new boater with only a few seasons under your belt, there is always more to learn when it comes to boating. The New Year holiday season is an excellent time to perfect existing skills or learn a wealth of new information. We have compiled a list of courses that are offered in Victoria, Vancouver, or online. Many of the courses are offered across Canada, so it is recommended to check with your local Power and Sail Squadron for more information on courses in your area.

Marine Electrical Maintenance

This course is taught by the Vancouver branch of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron. It teaches you the basics to keep your on-board electrical systems maintained and safe.

Where: Prince of Wales Secondary School, Vancouver B.C.

When: January 24, 2019 – March 14, 2019

Sailing

Looking to start sailing, or increase your knowledge of sailing procedures? This course goes over all aspects of sailing theory including rigging, handling foul weather conditions and much more.

Where: Prince of Wales Secondary School, Vancouver B.C.

When: January 15, 2019 – March 12, 2019

Near Shore Marine Navigation Level 1

This course dives deep into essential boating information, especially for those who spend long time frames away from shore. Course topics include: medical emergencies at sea, tides, and marlinespike seamanship. This course is also offered online from February 21, 2019 – May 16, 2019 in addition to being offered in a classroom.

Where: St. Matthias Anglican Church, Victoria B.C.

When: January 15, 2019 – April 16, 2019

Offshore Marine Navigation Level 2

Building on the information relayed in the Level 1 course, this course requires a strong foundation of navigation with topics that include celestial navigation, sextant training, offshore electronics and navigating in emergencies. This course is offered online.

Where: Online

When: January 7, 2019 – March 25, 2019

Offshore Personal Survival Course

This is a 2-day course offered in Victoria by the Vic-Maui International Yacht Race. It includes a theory session, as well as practical sessions with in pool training. Participants will learn how to properly conduct a man-overboard rescue, hypothermia & cold-water immersion, emergency signals and much more.

Where: Royal Victoria Yacht Club, University of Victoria (McKinnon Pool)

When: March 23, 2019 – March 24, 2019

What boating courses would you like to see offered in 2019?

Christmas Gifts for Boaters under $100

Living in the Pacific Northwest, chances are you may have a boater, fisherman, or sailor on your holiday list. Sure– you could get them another nautical mug or anchor key chain, but why not get a Christmas gift that they will never forget. If none of these gifts will do, a Van Isle Marina gift card is always the perfect fit.

If you’re hunting for the perfect gift for the captain in your life, we have a few ideas below that are both nautical and nice!

Christmas Gift Puddle Jump Bag Available at Van Isle Marina Fuel Dock

Puddle Jump Bags starting at $54.95

Available at the Van Isle Marina Fuel Dock, Puddle Jump bagsare versatile and highly functional for the nautical. They are made fromrecycled sails and come in a variety of styles and colours. The company standsbehind their products so firmly that they offer free repairs on your bag forthe first decade of use!

Christmas Gift YETI Rod Holster

YETI Rod Holster $49.99

This fishing rod holder is made to securely attach to your Yeti Tundra or TANK cooler by a stainless-steel, powder coated bracket. The holder is designed to work seamlessly alongside your cooler to ensure complete access to your beverage of choice. Your cooler can make a great cast-on stand!

Christmas Gift Tesalate Sand Free Towel

Tesalate Sand-Free Towel  $79

Imagine taking a trip to the beach, and not having to worry about tracking sand back to your boat! Tesalate, an Australian company, has created a towel that will do just that. The towel is lightweight, super-absorbent, and actually repels sand! The towels can absorb up to a quart of liquid and dry in half the time of a traditional beach towel. 
The towel is available in colours and prints suited toeveryone!

Christmas Gift iBobber Wireless Smart Fish Finder

iBobber Wireless Smart Fish Finder $99.99

The iBobber is a great alternative to an expensive built-in fish finder. The bobber is a portable, cast-able fish finder that marks fish,depth and water temperature accurately and transmits this information right to your smart phone. The user-friendly app identifies the length of each fish and their exact depth, up to 135’. For those social media savvy, there is a link to post your fishing finds directly on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. 
Each charge has 10+ hours of battery life.

Christmas Gift La Roche Posay Anthelios Melt In Sunscreen

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-In Sunscreen (SPF 60) $35.99

This sunscreen is perfect for the water-sport enthusiast in your life! It will protect you from UVA/UVB filters, while being water resistant for up to 80 minutes. Its velvety texture makes it a breeze to apply and ensure 100% coverage. The oil-free formula ensures you remain break-out free while staying safe in the sun.

Do you have any Christmas gift ideas that could help a fellow shopper? Comment below!

ROAM – Clearing Customs by Boat

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency has announced the launch of a new streamlined, yet comprehensive way to clear customs for boaters travelling from Canada to the United States. ROAM (Reporting Offsite Arrival-Mobile) is an alternative method to the typical face-to-face customs clearing that most people are used to.

Small pleasure craft arriving to the United States must immediately declare themselves to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Using ROAM, boaters have the option of remotely reporting their arrival through the app on their mobile phone. This method reduces wait times for clearance, as no officer is required on board to search the vessel. Instead, boaters input their personal information and the specifications of their trip and officers can choose to video chat with boaters and remotely inspect if they deem it to be necessary.

Exceptions to using the app are:

  • Travelers who require an I-94;
  • Travelers who wish to obtain a cruising license;
  • Travelers who must pay duties on imported goods; and
  • Other circumstances as applicable.

The app is available on Google Play and Apple iTunes Store, and is currently in use in Alaska, Washington, Detroit, Port Huron and Sault St. Marie.

More information can be found on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s website, or contact your local port of entry.

Protected Anchorages in the Gulf Islands

The sun has officially set on summer, and winter is on the horizon. The “off-season” brings a plethora of wild and glorious weather to the Pacific Northwest. In an instant, things can change and even the most experienced boater may need to seek refuge. Below is a list of a handful of the many anchorages in the Gulf Islands that can provide shelter during a storm.

Ford’s Cove – Hornby Island

Ford-Cove-Harbour-Hornby-IslandFord’s Cove – Hornby Island

Ford’s Cove is the only completely protected anchorage on Hornby Island. The southern tip of Denman Island blocks any south winds, while Hornby and the Ford’s Cove spit protects from the other directions.

The bottom is a mix of sand and mud which provides a lot of hold during stormy weather, and the depth of the water typically ranges from three to five meters.

If amenities are needed, the Ford’s Cove Harbour has washrooms, electricity and a small store.

Annette Inlet – Prevost Island

Annette Inlet Anchorage – Prevost Island

Prevost Island has no lack of great anchorages, but Annette Inlet is a local favourite.

Not only is it beautiful, but it is easy to maneuver and sheltered. While this area does lack immediate amenities, Annette Inlet is spacious and less busy than most other anchorages its size.

The surrounding area is private property, so trips ashore are discouraged.

Royal Cove – Portland Island

Royal Cove, Portland Island, BC

Royal Cove Anchorage – Portland Island

 

Royal Cove is nestled in the northern most part of Portland Island. It is a quiet alternative to Princess Bay, which is located on the southern side of the island.

The cove is quite sheltered, however if you are avoiding a strong north wind, there may be a better suited anchorage for you elsewhere.

Your anchor is sure to stay put, as the bottom is made up of thick mud. If you have a deep keel, be wary of the rocks located on the west side of the cove.

Clam Bay – Thetis Island

Clam Bay Thetis Island

Clam Bay Anchorage - Thetis Island

The aptly named Clam Bay (previously the site of a large shellfish operation) is tucked in between Thetis Island and Penelakut Island. The two islands are separated by a very small channel which is maneuverable by dinghy and will lead you right to the amenities at Telegraph Cove.

This anchorage will provide you shelter in all but an easterly wind. The bottom is stable with mud and sand, and anchor holding is typically found around six to twelve metres.

We encourage you to refer to your navigational aids and do your research before checking out a new anchorage. Do you have a favourite location to anchor during troubled seas? Let us know in the comments!

The Hauntings of the Gulf Islands

In the spirit of all things spooky, this Halloween we have complied a list of the scariest stories from across the Gulf Islands. Whether or not you believe in ghosts, these tales are sure to send a shiver down your spine. Continue reading, if you dare…

The Heriot Bay Inn, Quadra Island

The Heriot Bay Inn Gulf Islands

Nestled in the hub of beautiful Quadra Island sits a quaint and beautiful Inn.  The Heriot Bay Inn was built in 1894 and was very popular for local trades in fishing, prospecting and logging.  More recently, it is known to locals and tourists as a place to get a great bite to eat and a pint.

Legend has it that many years ago, a bar-fight broke out between a few resident fishermen and a single unknown logger.  The fight went too far and resulted in the death of the logger.  No body was ever found.

To this day, guests and staff experience spiritual encounters while at the Inn.  Stories of spirits screaming, hanging out of windows, and requesting drinks at the bar are common.

The Haunted Yew Tree, Pender Island

The Haunted Yew Tree, Pender Island Gulf Islands

Bedwell Harbour on South Pender Island is a popular, sheltered anchorage for many boaters in the Gulf Islands. In the forest you will find a few yew trees; with their poisonous, red, berrylike fruits. In certain folklore, a yew tree is often associated with death and despair.

One specific yew tree has a spooky history, as many years ago a young woman died at the base of the tree and was later buried underneath.  There have been many stories of suspicious poltergeist activity have been reported around the tree and at a local pub.  Fog-like apparitions of the deceased woman have been reported as well.

Weston Lake, Salt Spring Island

Weston Lake, Salt Spring Island Gulf Islands

Weston Lake is among the trees in southern Salt Spring Island. It is a natural access lake, without a beach of any kind and is primarily known as a swimming hole for locals.

This lake is known to be haunted by a man who drowned here in the late Sixties.  Since then, there have been multiple recorded sightings of ghost-like figures along the shores of Weston Lake. There was a memorial for the man that was built near-by, which has apparently ceased the sightings of this ghost.

The Zephyr

The Zephyr Gulf Islands

It was a dark and stormy night off the coast of Mayne Island in February of 1872. The 200 ft Zephyr was a three-masted brigantine making a trip from Nanaimo to San Francisco carrying large slabs of stone.  Snowy skies and rough seas saw The Zephyr thrown onto rocks just past David’s Cove off the Northeast corner of Mayne Island.  Many of their crew narrowly escaped drowning however three men did perish with the ship and their bodies never washed ashore.  Local legends say that the sound of wood cracking can be heard during stormy days off the coast of Mayne.  Since the wreck was found in 1976, it has been established as a scuba diving site. The stone was lifted from below 40 ft of water and placed in Nanaimo and on Mayne Island.

Halloween falls one week today! What spooky stories will you be telling?

Four Premieres for Riviera and Belize at the 2018 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Four Premieres for Riviera and Belize at the 2018 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Australia’s premium luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, will proudly present the World Premiere of its much anticipated flagship Belize 66 and the Americas Premieres of the Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht, the 39 Sports Motor Yacht and the sporty and adventurous 395 SUV at the opening of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in the United States on October 31, 2018.

The spectacular new Belize will be the centerpiece of a nine-model red-carpet showcase that also includes the sophisticated 6000, 5400 and 4800 Sport Yachts, a blue-water Riviera 52 Enclosed Flybridge model and the classic Belize 54 daybridge model.

World Premiere Belize 66 – on display at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

The Belize 66 builds on the heritage, first unveiled in 2011, of a luxury motor yacht that evokes the styles of a bygone era of yachting, of gleaming hand-crafted interiors and, most importantly, of individuality.

Riviera CEO Wes Moxey said: “We have been able to include a wide range of options as standard in the Belize 66, beginning with the overall layout of a single-level lifestyle sedan or a daybridge with classic bimini top or hardtop.”

A swim platform is submersible to assist in launching and retrieving the tender from the garage and the large cockpit features a dinette and L-shape seating in the starboard fore quarter, a comprehensive barbecue unit and a second lounge. A massive forward sundeck offers a large sunken U-shape lounge and a central dinette table.

A large awning window links the outdoor space with the galley while a sliding glass door provides entry to the salon. The large U-shape gourmet galley is aft and the dinette is forward to starboard with a free-standing lounge or armchair opposite.

A water-tight pantograph side door opposite the dinette provides immediate access to the port deck.

The lower helm area offers a range of options; a minimalist single-seat layout to starboard or a more expansive central location with companion seating.

The accommodation deck offers many layout options: three or four staterooms including a midships Master, and three bathrooms. A space aft of the master stateroom can  be fitted out as full beam bathroom, a massive walk-in wardrobe, a utility room, workshop or a crew cabin.

Power for the new Belize 66 comes from the proven Volvo Penta 1350 IPS3 pod drive system, with Volvo Penta’s Station Hold and joystick control for fingertip maneuverability.

The systems, drives, engines and electronics on all Volvo Penta-powered Riviera motor yachts are covered by an industry-leading five-year limited warranty to complement Riviera’s structural five-year limited warranty.

Americas Premiere Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht – on display

The latest model in Riviera’s outstanding Sports Motor Yacht collection, the 39, offers a sophisticated new hull and deck design and multiple entertainment spaces that are emblematic of Riviera Sports Motor Yachts.

The cockpit is an open space for entertaining and water sports with a teak table and lounge set under the awning window to port offering alfresco dining. A stair-ladder on the starboard side of the cockpit connects with the extended flybridge with a forward helm and an L-shape lounge aft.

 Contemporary styling throughout the 39 Sports Motor Yacht is evident in the fully-equipped aft galley on the starboard side and dining area opposite. A standard lower helm is forward to port with a lounge opposite. The accommodation deck provides sleeping for five adults in two staterooms and a fully equipped bathroom.

 Power for the new Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht  comes from twin Volvo Penta D6-IPS600 system with twin diesel engines (2 x 320kW/435hp), IPS pod-drives and joystick control.

Americas Premiere Riviera 395 SUV – on display

The sporty and adventurous Riviera 395 SUV displays a contemporary elegance, from her entirely new hull and deck design with feature hull windows to European-inspired fabrics and cabinetry throughout.

Her open cockpit is perfectly designed for relaxing and entertaining or for a raft of water sports. A lounge and table in the forward port quarter invite alfresco dining.

This new model offers two generous staterooms and a large bathroom on the accommodation deck, a spacious saloon with fully-equipped aft galley to starboard and a dinette opposite, a forward helm to port and a guest viewing lounge in the starboard forward quarter.

Power for the 395 SUV comes from twin Volvo Penta D6 IPS 500 turbo diesel engines providing 272kw (370hp) of power with IPS pod drive units with joystick control.

Americas Premiere 72 Sports Motor Yacht – on display

The long-range and luxurious Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht 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 a covered mezzanine dining 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 fully enclosed flybridge with a forward helm, guest lounge and an alfresco dining area aft is accessed by internal stairs.

The large aft U-shaped galley is designed to cater for the chef’s every requirement while a plushly carpeted saloon features a large lounge to port and, to starboard, a leather dinette that seats up to eight people.

Accommodation options include Grand Presidential or Classic layouts with three or four staterooms and three bathrooms.

Power for the Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht is provided by twin MAN V12 turbo diesel 1800 or 1900 engines, providing 1,324kW (1,800hp) or 1,397kW (1,900hp).

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World Premiere – Belize 66 Sedan

World Premiere – Belize 66 Sedan

Americas Premiere – Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht

Americas Premiere – Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht

Americas Premiere – Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht – Saloon.

Americas Premiere – Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht – Flybridge.

Americas Premiere – Riviera 395SUV

Americas Premiere – Riviera 395SUV

Americas Premiere – Riviera 395SUV – Saloon.

Americas Premiere – Riviera 395SUV – Stateroom.

Americas Premiere – Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht

Americas Premiere – Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht.

Americas Premiere – Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht.

Americas Premiere – Riviera 72 Sports Master Stateroom, Classic layout

Footnote:

Riviera, Australia¹s most-awarded builder of luxury motor yachts, currently offers 19 different models from 39 to 72 feet across five distinctive model collections: the supremely seaworthy Flybridge range, stylish and sophisticated Sport Yachts, the sporty and adventurous SUV series, the luxurious and long-range new Sports Motor Yacht design, and the timelessly classic Belize Motor Yachts.

Having now built more than 5,300 motor yachts throughout its rich 38-year heritage, the name Riviera is synonymous around the world with luxury, innovation, blue-water performance, built-to-last quality and unrivalled owner support.

 

Five Reasons to Plan a Fall Cruise

Summer has officially come and gone. As much as we love Summer and all it has to offer, Fall is a close second when it comes to our favourite season. At Van Isle Marina, we are lucky to be experiencing lovely warm weather, while still being treated to the beautiful Fall colours. Transient moorage guests continue to rolling in, and we think they have the right idea! The Fall is an excellent time to experience boating in the Pacific Northwest, and we have compiled our top five reasons why we think you should get out on the water.

Less Traffic

As the majority of boaters head home for the season, this opens the waterways to those determined enough to face the Fall weather. Marinas and anchorages will have substantially more availability for transient boaters. Rather than being stressed about your neighbours swinging into you at anchor, you can enjoy the serenity and solitude of a Autumn day.

Fall Scenery & Wildlife

Vancouver Island’s bright green Summer foliage is fantastic, but it is simply no match to the reds, oranges, and yellows of a fall backdrop. In combination with the lush lavender fields and vineyards of the Gulf Islands, this area is a beautiful sight to see in the early weeks after Summer.

The Saanich Inlet is especially beautiful, as while the salmon run is on, hundreds of eagles can be caught hunting for their prey. The same can be said about the bears further north who are taking every opportunity to fill their stomachs before hibernation and rely on the spawning salmon to do so.

Great Sailing Conditions

As the weather becomes colder and the days become shorter, the winds increase, and storms become more frequent. For some boaters this is bad news, however for seasoned sailors, this is welcomed with open arms (and hoisted sails).
The sun is still shining; however, the temperatures are less extreme, so dehydration and heat stroke are less of a concern. Layer up!

Fantastic Fishing

In even the most popular fishing destinations around southern Vancouver Island, Coho and Chum salmon are in ample supply. Although sometimes slightly overlooked, Chum salmon is the second largest of the Pacific Salmon and due to their delayed spawning, they are typically the last species of salmon to complete their migration up river. Like Coho, Chum rely on the heavy rains and colder temperatures that are found in the Fall for successful spawning.

Fall Food & Drinks

Fall in the Gulf Islands is full of bountiful apple trees, pumpkin patches and delicious wild mushrooms. In late September and early Fall, the Gulf Islands and Saanich Peninsula have several apple themed events and harvest festivals to celebrate the delicious local food. The famous Salt Spring Saturday Market runs until October 27th.

Many of the local cideries are bursting with apples and pears and host daily tastings. Oktoberfest celebrations can be found on the more populated Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands, as well as here in Sidney.

Are you planning on taking a Fall cruise? Let us know your favourite destinations in the comments.

Van Isle Marina Donates to RCM-SAR

Van Isle Marina Donates to Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue

As part of Van Isle Marina’s Corporate Social Responsibility, we chose to support the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCM – SAR).

RCM – SAR is a highly-trained, all-volunteer unit with a 24/7 state of readiness. In a situation of marine distress, they would be the first rescue vessel on scene. The rescue vessel, rescue equipment and personal safety gear are all paid for through donations and grants.

Key background considerations:

  • Volunteer members of your community
  • Annual operating budget of $100,000
  • Trained in Marine Search & Rescue, and Marine Emergency First Aid
  • 24/7 Response to Marine Emergencies with a fast response vessel in the Southern Gulf Islands and Saanich Inlet

Through the generosity of our moorage and storage guests, Fuel Dock customers, and contributions matched by Van Isle Marina we were able to raise $11,266 for RCM – SAR!

Contributions paid by moorage and storage guests: $4,560

Contributions matched by Van Isle Marina: $4,560

Contributions made by Fuel Dock customers: $2,146

Total Contribution $11,266

Greg Dickinson, the President of Van Isle Marina was proud to present Kevin Begley the Station Leader of RCM-SAR 36, Sidney and Pat Fogarty the President of the Saanich Marine Rescue Society with the cheque.

Thank you to all who participated in this great cause and from all of us at Van Isle Marina we wish you safe boating!

If you would like to donate or find out more information please click here to visit the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue website.

Breweries by Boat – BC’s Boat Accessible Brew Companies

Microbreweries, craft beer and distilleries have taken over British Columbia by storm. Our accessibility to fresh hops and local ingredients creates a tremendous variety of brews from the few hundred craft breweries in our vast province.

Moorage for these breweries are within 20 minutes of walking, which make them great pit-stops for trips up the Strait of Georgia. Check out the list below for our go-to spots for a brew!

Howl Brewing Company


Starting off local, Howl Brewing is brand new to the scene of craft beer. Since their commencement in June 2018, locals have been raving about the beer, the service and the location. Adjacent to The Fickle Fig, Howl is in a prime location for anyone who might be popping by to pick up fresh produce, a breakfast sandwich or a few scones. On any given Saturday or Sunday, the brewery is a place of refuge for local cyclists while they tour the challenging roads of North Saanich.
Van Isle Marina is located 10 minutes away by car, and 15 minutes by bike. Please stop by the main office and sign out a Courtesy Bicycle for a easy trip into town!
Staff Recommendations:
• Old Tavern ESB
• Raspberry Pale Ale

Spinnaker’s Brewpub and Guest House, Victoria


Spinnaker’s Brewpub and Guest House in Victoria B.C. is home to the oldest brewpub in Canada. The Guesthouse was constructed in 1884 (and still operates to this day!), while the brewpub came only 100 years later. The pub has one of the best views in the city, as it overlooks Downtown Victoria, and the famous Songhees Walkway. The closest moorage can be found in Esquimalt or in the Inner Harbour.
Not only does Spinnaker’s have a fantastic assortment of craft beer and cider, their menu is full of fresh and local ingredients that will blow your taste buds away. They also offer exquisite truffle and beer pairings. What more could you ask for?
Staff Recommendations:
• Peach Paradise Hefeweizen
• Blue Bridge Double Pale Ale

Bridge Brewing Company, North Vancouver


Bridge Brewing Company started first as a nano-brewery, but due to popular demand, increased their volume and varieties. Beyond their delicious brews and great snacks, Bridge is a zero-waste company. They produce essentially no garbage, participate in a “rye cycle” program and are committed to an environmentally sustainable business practice. If you have been with Van Isle Marina for a while, you may recognize a friendly face in the Tasting Room!
Bridge Brewing Company is a 20-minute walk from moorage in North Vancouver.
Staff Recommendations:
• Semi-Formal Brut Pale Ale
• Side Cut IPA

 

Howe Sound Brewing, Squamish


Imagine sipping a hand-crafted beer, on a patio, while observing some of the most quintessential mountain views that British Columbia has to offer. Howe Sound Brewing delivers that, and more.
Their brewpub is large with a bench style seating area, surrounded by a wood interior. In the wintertime, the roaring fireplace and floor to ceiling glass windows create a cozy and welcoming experience, perfect for after a long hike or solo sail.
Moorage is available on the Squamish waterfront, in the beautiful Howe Sound inlet.
Staff Recommendations:
• Pot Hole Filler Imperial Stout
• Howe Sound Lager

What are your recommendations for local breweries? Let us know in the comments!