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Welcome to issue #96 of Ocean. Our front cover highlights Riviera’s pioneering of the SUV, and how its latest offering, the 645 SUV, is the class’ next evolutionary step.

The past few months have reminded us yet again just how quickly life can flip in a pandemic – and to seize opportunities as we find them. An important lesson in the value of change that we explore in our latest issue, with the innate luxury embedded throughout Fiji, how Gold Coast City Marina are utilising their industry experience to reach their potential, and why three magic numbers led to Cantiere delle Marche’s first Flexplorer yacht, plus much, much more.

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The past few months have reminded us yet again just how quickly life can change in a pandemic – and to seize opportunities as we find them.

At the end of May, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) dazzled with record-breaking sales and attendance. Everything about the show was stunning, and it was so refreshing to catch up with the industry and owners after a year of border closures.

We have a full round-up of SCIBS within this issue, including the two Ocean Club events held during the show. One was for owners and VIPs and the other was for captains and industry leaders. In all, over 200 people at these events enjoyed a freedom that few had experienced for some time. 

By contrast, not more than a month later, here in Sydney we’re again in an extended lockdown due to the current outbreak. Unfortunately, one of the casualties of these restrictions is the Sydney Boating Festival, which was due to run at the end of July. Disappointing, yes, but sadly necessary in these changeable times.

Still, it brings into focus how even in the current boating market, which is strong, we still need boat shows for brands to showcase new models and educate buyers. Not to mention the enjoyment we all get from viewing the models in one location and catching up with long-time industry friends. So, until we can gather at a show again, we hope you enjoy this edition.

Gracing our front cover is the next evolution in Riviera’s SUV range, the impressive flagship 645. Embodying the SUV philosophy, the 645 is in essence two boats in one – the large cockpit of a flybridge model and its offshore bluewater hull, which comes together with all the ease of the single-level amenities found on the Sport Yacht. There’s so much deck space on this model you really do need to step on board to truly appreciate its charm.

Other reviews include the Prestige X70, which boasts a fresh interior layout and enormous flybridge with all the amenities. 

One of the smaller yards in the United Kingdom, Pearl Motor Yachts, is producing some impressive models, including the reviewed 62, and taking on the big brands in the 20-metre market. This issue, you’ll also find a review of Cantiere delle Marche’s 40-metre Flexplorer Aurelia, which as the name suggests, will be a yacht you’ll see traversing our oceans. 

In Ocean Life, we rediscover what makes Fiji and her islands so special. Many of us will be longing for the day we can visit again, but if you have access to a private jet or yacht, you can leave right now with their Luxury Vacation in Paradise program. Fiji awaits. 

Closer to home, we hope to inspire you with our Ocean Charter feature on the 74-metre superyacht Lady E. The pinnacle of charter experiences in Australia, your expectations will be quickly surpassed when cruising with family and friends through the Kimberleys or the Whitsundays, connecting with the beauty of this vast and ancient land. 

Speaking of exploring, in the first of a two-part series on explorer vessels, we look at this burgeoning sector and uncover why looks can be deceiving when considering both production brands and those custom-built.

And last but not least, our company profile takes an in-depth look at the Gold Coast City Marina and Shipyard. We profile some of their unique refits and repair projects as well as the 90-plus marine businesses on site that all take great pride in what they achieve as part of this exceptional company, which has risen from the cane fields. 

Whether you’re in lockdown looking for some pure escapism or are craving the next boat show and want to assess the latest releases, we hope you enjoy the articles we have curated for you in this edition.

And be sure to sign up for all our OceanLIVE weekly news at oceanmagazine.com.au.

See you on the water soon.

HILLARY BUCKMAN

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Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief

Ocean Media