07 July 2022
Riviera is celebrating more than 40 years and the launch of over 5,800 yachts with the publication of an historic, limited-edition, full-colour and fact-filled coffee-table book.
Riviera – 40 Years of Evolution is a truly magnificent 280-page hard-bound and elegantly sleeved book that charts the course of Riviera from a small factory in the northern beaches of Sydney to the immense admiration for Riviera today on the world motor yachting stage.
“This exceptional book encapsulates everything that drew me to be a part of Riviera in 2012, from the global family of Riviera owners to the highly skilled and experienced team who have built the yachts we celebrate in Riviera – 40 Years of Evolution,” said Riviera Australia owner Rodney Longhurst.
“I am proud of the passion for Riviera shared by so many of our owners and our craftspeople, some of whom have been with us for decades.
“We learn from them all each day, speaking of their ownership experiences on board or our team working to build our finest yachts ever while mentoring young apprentices eager to learn the craft and to build on the legend they are inheriting.
“Every Riviera enthusiast will revel in the informative and detailed descriptions and data collated in this book about their Riviera I believe that Riviera – 40 Years of Evolution belongs in the library of every Riviera owner and admirer.”
The book travels though time to follow the extraordinary course of Riviera, from humble beginnings to great international demand, through changes of ownership, the tumult of the global financial crisis and its rise to world-class yacht-building status under Longhurst ownership.
Each of more than 100 individual models – from the very first 38 Open Flybridge launched in 1981 to the 78 Motor Yacht that premiered in March 2022 – is described in detail, including photographs, layout drawings, specifications and production information as well as comments from some of the world’s leading boating journalists.
Riviera owners and enthusiasts are sure to delight in the archival record of numbers of each model built and the number of years each was in production.
A 42-year timeline at the end of the book lays out every model over every year – a real treasure trove of reference data.
Riviera – 40 Years of Evolution includes a collection of images created over those years, from early black-and-white to the superior quality that reflects current Riviera technology.
In addition, there is a collection of front covers of some of the world’s most respected boating publications, visually charting a course of significant development, technological improvement and, most important, immense experience that has led Riviera to create some of the best luxury motor yachts in its history.