Written by Jeni Bone
Photography by Jeni Bone/Forest Johnson Photography
Former Riviera dealer, Mark Riley has showcased a host of new products at this weekend’s Gold Coast International Boat Show & Marine Expo, under the latest incarnation of his company Marine Riley, specialising in “Motor Yachts, Sailing Yachts, Tenders, Trips and Toys.”
Mark and his wife, Darja scoured the world – from Fort Lauderdale to Estonia – to find the latest and greatest marine lifestyle and boating products, among them Delta Powerboats from Sweden, Comitti boats from Italy, Mistral inflatable boards, Rib Jet tenders from the US, FunAir range of inflatable toys and watersports products, 727 Sailbags and Motion Global Glassware.
“Our key focus in transitioning our business, has been to bring to market in Australia and New Zealand the very latest and highest quality motor and sailing yachts and marine equipment,” Mark told Ocean at the GC Expo.
“The past three and half years have provided us with a wealth of knowledge, provided by clients, telling us what you want to enjoy boating and water sports even more. With this information, we set about travelling to the world’s biggest and best boat shows, seeking out the most innovative and highest quality suppliers from around globe.”
Marine Riley has moved off water to a showroom at Jubilee Avenue in Warriewood on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
Collaborating with FunAir, Riley designed and manufactured a 4 x 3-metre pool, 2-metres deep, ideal for the Australian market for its “stinger proof” netting, and already proving popular with yacht clubs, superyachts and other vessels.
It’s made from a new material so it folds and packs 30 percent tighter and lighter than industry standard pools.
The pool uses a high-grade mat for the netting to keep out even the smallest critters, and it’s so fine they’ve added a lockable zipper so water can be quickly released from the pool when it is being packed away.
Plus you can use the adjustable weight system in each corner to accommodate changes in ocean conditions.
The Rib Jet Tenders are custom made in the US, a 3-metre tender boasting Rotax petrol motor, like the Seadoo Spark and able to be serviced by any jetski dealer.
The award-winning carbon fibre Delta boats are built in Sweden, from 26 to 88-foot.
Riley will bring in the 54-foot model in time for the Sydney International Boat Show in August.
Designed for both long-haul and day cruises built Delta 54 IPS carbon fiber which makes her the only mass-produced carbon fiber boat in the world. The responsive IPS system means that this mini yacht – which measures more than 18 meters in overall length – can be operated with dinghy-precision via joysticks located at the driver’s seat and on the aft deck.
"Our aim is to collate the world’s premium boating lifestyle products for the Australian market,” Mark explains. “We went to Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, Miami, Dusseldorf, METS, China, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Sweden and Estonia to find these products. And there are many more to come.”marineriley.com.au