August 31, 2010

Monthly News - August 2010

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Cigarette Name Top Summer Toy

Robb Report the luxury lifestyle magazine, knows a good catch when it sees one and was reeled in by Cigarette Racing Team's Top Fish, naming the 39' center console one of the "Top Ten Toys of Summer" in its August 2010 issue. Robb Report recognizes Cigarette as Top Fish Open synonymous with "fast and tough powerboats," writing that with the Top Fish, the company has ventured beyond its signature racers while staying true to its swift and sturdy heritage. Introduced originally with a cuddy cabin, a second Top Fish model followed last year with an open bow design for additional seating or improved "fishability." Both models feature a stand-up head and shower and plenty of fishing accoutrements. The magazine was particularly impressed with the latest option for the Open version, a retractable foredeck that can rise to serve as a casting platform, sun pad or table. The Top Fish swims in an impressive Top Fish Cuddy Cabin school of Top Toys, which includes the Audi R8 Spyder V10, the Porsche Boxster Spyder and the Richard Mille RM 028 sports watch, but the Cigarette is the only powerboat on the list. According to the Robb Report, in order to be included in the annual Toys of Summer feature, the product must be recently introduced or delivered, manufactured by a company whose standards of quality are consistent with those of the brands regularly included in Robb Report, of relevance to the publication's affluent audience, and readily identifiable as something most appropriately utilized during the summer season. Now in its 34th year, Robb Report describes itself as the international authority on the luxury lifestyle. Each month, the magazine reports on exceptional products and services for the affluent connoisseur.

Coronet Scale Models

Coronet will launch within the next weeks the first scale model of the beautiful and popular Coronet 290 Sport ready for sale. The model is made in scale 1:12 with a length of 70cm, and will be available in the Danish builder’s web shop during the autumn. Expected price for the scale model of the original Coronet 290 Sport will be 1.500 € including Danish VAT (25%).

Coronet Classic Models Brochures

Coronet is currently updating its webshop with more brochures for previous models. And hope you will find this of interest. The latest brochure is a combined presentation of following models: "Coronet 21 Daycruiser, 24 Family, 24 Family Fly, 24 Cabin and 24 Midi". The brochure is in Spanish language including 12 pages with color photos of both interior and exterior of the models. Furthermore the brochure for Coronet 32 Deepsea Sedan is now also available in English, earlier it was only available in Swedish. This brochure also includes color photos of exterior and interior combined with a description of the yacht. The brochures are all available at Coronets website in the category "Coronet Classics" and we hope you will enjoy the wonderful pictures and information on these classic boats.

Grand Banks Turning Heads

The new Grand Banks 72SC will be featured in upcoming issues of Yachts International, Sea Magazine and Passage Maker Magazine. She will also grace the covers of the September issue of Southern Boating and the October issue of Yachting.

Gulf Craft Appoints European PR Agency

Gulf Craft, the UAE's leading boatbuilder, has chosen The Mansell Agency in the UK to handle its PR activities in Europe. Located in Poole, Dorset, The Mansell Agency was chosen to raise the profile and cover all European public relations for Gulf Craft's range of luxury flybridge yachts — Majesty Yachts from 13m-41m (44ft-135ft) and Majesty Superyachts.

Jarrett Bay Wins NC Governor’s Cup Series

The official results are pending a few release forms, but we've been notified that the 67' Jarrett Bay Waste Knot has indeed won the 2010 North Carolina Governor's Cup Series after their strong run at Pirate's Cove last week. This conservation series tallies all billfish catches during the North Carolina tournaments and awards top boats and participants for doing their part in helping to protect our state's valuable billfishing resources. Several other Jarrett Bay boats, including Chainlink, Frequent Flyer, Sensation & Sea Striker were all doing very well in the last official release standings, so we'll be sure to pass along final results once we receive them. In the meantime, be sure to congratulate owners Ven, Scott, and Lonnie Poole along with Captain Pizza, Mate Pete and the entire Waste Knot team on another great accomplishment for our extended Jarrett Bay family!

Jarrett Bay August Tournament Wrap Up

Fishing was pretty darn awesome for the WMO and Pirate's Cove with some really big whites and blues being caught almost daily. The Jarrett Bay family created their fair share of buzz both at the scales and on the release boards, with Waste Knot, Ravaganza, Rameseas & Builder's Choice all doing some really pretty work out there!

Nimbus Teams with Simrad

Simrad Yachting and its Swedish distributor, Sportmanship Marin, have been awarded an exclusive four-year supplier contract with Nimbus Group, Scandinavia's leading manufacturer of cruising and sport leisure boats. As of this summer, Simrad's new NSE system will be fitted as standard to every boat in the Nimbus range, which includes the Nova Series, R-Series, Coupe Cruisers, Commander, Paragon and Storebro. The NSE multifunction displays incorporate "best in class" radar, chartplotter and echo-sounder technology. In choosing the Simrad NSE, Nimbus will be able to offer their customers the option to add additional hardware such as the award winning Broadband Radar, along with a range of other echo sounder and autopilot options.

Magnum Refit

Magnum Marine is offering its outstanding new boat building capability for refit services. That means returning an old boat to a new condition. The renowned mechanical, carpentry, electrical and fiberglass specialists who built the unique Magnum boats will take the best care of your boat and update it to your wishes. This can vary from a reconditioning to upgrading. Magnum welcomes clients at the yard in Aventura Florida to discuss the needs and wishes and obtain an estimate.

Marquis Appoints New Dealer

US boatbuilder Marquis Yachts has chosen Whale Yachts Ltd as its new dealer in Cyprus. The company, which is based in Limassol, serves markets in Russia, Cyprus, Lichtenstein, Israel and Luxembourg. The company is now awaiting delivery of a customised 22m (72ft) Marquis, as well as a custom-built Marquis 15m (50ft) Sport Bridge powered by triple diesel engines and computer controlled pod drives.

Mulder Mobile Web Site

During the end of August the Dutch Mulder shipyard has launched and put online its new mobile website. So now Mulder can be visited on your traveling with this new portal by using your mobile phone or your PDA.

Mulder Live on Radio Station

Mulder Shipyard was interviewed by Paul van Liempt of the BNR News Radio programme ‘Aan de slag’ translated to To work during SAIL Amsterdam last week. We thank BNR News Radio for their interest. You can listen to the interview on the Mulder website.

Palmer Johnson Closes UK Operations

Palmer Johnson said it will be closing its UK operations in Hampshire, with the loss of around 110 jobs. The site in Hythe Marine Park, Southampton, recently saw the launch of the US builder's first UK-built superyacht — the 51m Sport Yacht. The company had also been planning to build a new facility in the former VT shipyard in Woolston, Southampton. The Wisconsin-based builder, which received planning permission to build the yard last month, had forecast the creation of about 800 local jobs. Kelsey said there are currently five yachts under construction at the Sturgeon Bay facility. But Palmer Johnson has not entirely closed the door on building from the UK in the future.

Princess to Implement Goldmine CRM Solution

The UK's Princess Yachts International has decided to implement the GoldMine Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solution from Access. The consulting-led business and finance software provider won the contract against Microsoft Dynamics.Princess Yachts is one of the UK's leading boatbuilders, with revenues in excess of £200m. The company employs around 1,900 people and exports account for 90 per cent of all sales. The 25-user system will be implemented within Princess Yachts' sales and aftersales departments. GoldMine from FrontRange Solutions is a world leader in the development of business and CRM software. Over the last 10 years, Access has grown to become one of the largest GoldMine resellers in Europe.

Riva at 5th Edition of Salon Prive in London

Riva participated to the 5th edition of Salon PrivĂ©, the exhibition dedicated to luxury and super cars, held in the enchanting frame of the exclusive Hurlingham Club in London, from July 21st until the 23rd. Ventura UK, Riva’s exclusive dealer for United Kingdom and Ireland, attended the show for the third year in a row and exposed a specimen of the model Aquariva in Riva Cream colour, the modern icon of the yard, which stood out among the stands located in open air inside the park.

Riviera Got the X Factor

Riviera, Australia’s most awarded pleasure boat builder will show Australia it has the X Factor when the iconic boat builder stars in episode one of Channel Seven’s new hit TV talent show ‘The X Factor’ that goes to air on Monday August 30. According to the world’s most discerning boat owners, Riviera has always had the X Factor and proof of this will be seen on Monday night when four of Riviera’s latest models from its spectacular Sport Yacht range grace the nation’s television screens. The sleek, stylish and sophisticated black hulled beauties will be seen escorting the X Factor judges, singer Natalie Imbruglia, former Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian, radio host Kyle Sandilands and Irish singer Ronan Keating to the first round of auditions at Sydney’s Luna Park. Riviera’s Director of Brand and Communications Stephen Milne said it was an honour to be invited to star in Channel Seven’s new TV talent show. The first episode of Channel Seven’s ‘The X Factor’ will be screened on Monday, August 30 at 7.30pm EST so tune in to see Riviera’s Sport Yacht range powering up Sydney Harbour.

Riviera Rides Sydney Boat Show High

Australia’s most awarded pleasure boat builder Riviera, has achieved an amazing result at the Sydney International Boat Show selling 19 new boats over the five days of the show and its subsequent sea trial days immediately following the show and winning an award for Display Excellence at the marina. Riviera’s new boat sales were across the flybridge, sport yacht and offshore express ranges and included multiple sales of the 47 Enclosed Flybridge, 5000 and 5800 Sport Yachts with a total value of AUD $26,246,000. The incredible popularity of the new 43 Open Flybridge continues with four sales achieved at the Sydney International Boat Show. Since its launch in late May several international orders have also been received. Riviera now holds orders for 16 of these exciting new models. The announcement of the new 53 Enclosed Flybridge was extremely well received on day one of the boat show. This new model retains the distinctive Riviera styling but incorporates a new generation of technology and comfort. The 53 combines contemporary thinking with traditional Riviera elements. There is a lot of boat for its length and a great many key design features including an enclosed flybridge, internal staircase, full beam master cabin, a total of three cabins, two bathrooms aft galley and the flexibility of choice with a range of different pod drive and engine plant configurations. This new model has been entirely designed around these proven and efficient drives and is due for release in March 2011. Riviera CEO John Anderson said these results showed the market was falling in love with Riviera’s new designs and new thinking. Riviera’s brand and communications manager Stephen Milne said the sales results were a direct reflection of the factory teams working in partnership with Riviera’s dealers. Shares in Riviera Syndication boats were snapped up by enthusiastic owners in the Sydney based 5800 Sport Yacht which sold out at the show. Four more boats are on order including a second 5800 Sport Yacht for Sydney, a second 5000 Sport Yacht for Sydney which has already sold eight of the 10 shares, a new 5800 Sport Yacht for Hamilton Island and also the 5800 Sport Yacht for Sanctuary Cove. Riviera Syndication managing director John Russell said it was a ‘stunning response at the show’. Riviera’s I Love Riv team greeted more than 300 guests on the Saturday night of the show for the launch party held on Riviera’s floating display. Riviera’s brand and communications manager Stephen Milne said spirits were very high as party-goers celebrated the launch of Riviera’s 43 and 53 flybridges and the company’s strong performance over the past 12 months. Mr Anderson said Riviera started a new production line at its Coomera Gold Coast facility on Monday this week to help meet growing local and international demand.

Riviera Awards Sales and Service Excellence

Riviera’s R Marine Perth has been recognised for excellence in customer service and always going the extra mile at the Australia/New Zealand Dealer of the Year Awards, held this month in Sydney. R Marine Perth has taken the proactive move to offer break-down assistance during the busy Christmas holiday period and they also host regular owner information evenings, trips and fundraisers during the year for the year ending June 2010 to ensure they are constantly educating and listening to their customers. R Marine Perth was awarded overall Dealer of the Year while R Marine Sydney was awarded the dealership award for Sales Excellence. Individual awards went to Peter Devery from R Marine Sydney for Sales Excellence, Tim Wright from R Marine Perth for Service Excellence and Stephen Milne from Riviera for Excellence in Dealer Support. These Dealer Awards have been running consistently for the past 16 years and were created to recognise outstanding achievement and dedication to Riviera’s loyal owners and brand. Dealers are judged on their ability both to service customer needs and boats, conduct client events and professional representation at boat shows, overall boat sales both of new and pre-owned Rivieras, co-operation with the factory’s business guidelines and communication with dealer support services, dealership presentation and customer satisfaction. R Marine Perth dealer principal Brendan Grieve said this was the first time they had won this award. Riviera Chief Executive Officer, John Anderson, said these awards were a credit to the dealerships and he commended the dedication, enthusiasm and positive attitude of the staff who have received Riviera’s highest accolade. Serviceman of the year was awarded to Tim Wright from R Marine Perth, his exceptional customer service. Brendan Grieve said Tim was a real asset to the R Marine Perth team. R Marine Sydney was recognised for its outstanding sales success with the highest number of boats sold during the past 12 months. Peter Devery from R Marine Sydney sold the most new boats for an individual over the past 12 months and was awarded the Salesman of the Year award for this outstanding achievement. R Marine Sydney dealer principal Michael Joyce said it was an honour for his dealership to receive these awards. Riviera’s annual Dealer Awards acknowledge outstanding achievement, professionalism, sales success and work ethic.

Riviera Launches Recruitment Drive

Riviera, Australia’s most awarded pleasure boat builder is ramping up production to meet the growing demand for its range of luxury and boats is actively recruiting qualified tradesmen to work on its new 10 day production line that officially started this month. The multi award-winning company based on the Gold Coast in Queensland has already re-hired several staff who were made redundant last year, when the full impact of the GFC was felt and has recently recruited eight former Mustang Marine employees. Riviera’s HR manager Deanne Lugton said the company was searching for quality, skilled tradespeople and production employees with a positive and committed attitude. Brothers Jason and Rick Wieland were re-hired earlier this month in Riviera’s lamination department after being made redundant in May last year. Jason began his career with Riviera in 2001 when he worked as a detailer in Fit Out One. The following year his brother, Rick, also started working as a detailer in Fit Out One. When Rick was made redundant last year, he moved his family to Harvey Bay in search of work, while Jason remained on the Gold Coast doing odd jobs repairing boats and servicing pools before being hired by Mustang. Jason said it was great to be back at Riviera with a stable income and he also enjoyed working a four day week so he could pursue his interest in dirt bike riding.

Rybovich Awaits New Yard Plan

It will be early November before US boatbuilder Rybovich Yachts learns whether it will be able to develop a superyacht repair and refit facility at Rivera Beach Marina. The company has developed a plan that could handle yachts of 76m (250ft) and above, which is larger than at its present Palm Beach, Florida facility. Rybovich has been cooperating with Viking Developers, the company that was recently awarded the mandate to create a master plan for the 150-berth marina. There has been a sizeable amount of opposition to the Rybovich plans from local residents. They have produced a petition which, under local laws, means a decision will have to be put to a local vote. This is due to be held on November 2, 2010. Viking will have the task of totally revamping the marina and modernising it. The proposal between Viking and Rybovich is that the latter would lease part of the marina site for a 25-year period to operate it as the yacht refit and repair facility. If it goes ahead it would complement Rybovich's existing Palm Beach yard, which offers berthing for yachts of up to 90m (300ft) but cannot build or repair as its shoreside facilities are limited to 55m (180ft). The Rivera Beach yard would give Rybovich the capacity to cope with the large yachts that are increasingly visiting Florida.

Tiara Goes Facebook

Tiara Yachts has established a presence on Facebook! You will notice the “f” logo on the homepage of Tiara yachts which will allow you to like us and follow us through your Facebook account. We are excited about the new online presence and hope you will “like” the posts including; corporate & dealer event timing & information, new product updates, and customer & dealer stories. Keep up with all the stories, photos, and video and don't hesitate to let us know what you think and what else you want to see.

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