March 26, 2020

Riviera Sinks off Rainbow Beach Queensland

A sixteen meter Riviera flybridge motor yacht titled m/y Shelly 2 sank off Rainbow Beach, in Queensland Australia on the morning of Monday 23 March.  According to some unconfirmed reports the origin of sinking started with a fire from a burning and overheating exhaust.  The four shocked persons onboard Shelly 2 where rescued by a commercial line fisher.  A man exploring the area with the canoe also rescued two dogs of the family. An update on the 26 March appearing on social media outlet Facebook by salvage company Rainbow Repairs showed Shelly II beached in a total loss situation without super structure and an open hull deck, with the engines still mounted.  
Shelly 2 is a 2013 Riviera 53 Enclosed Flybridge, a model the Australian builder produced from 2011 to 2016 in 36 units.  The 53 Enclosed Flybridge featured a three double cabins interior layout, and was powered by standard triple Volvo 435hp, with optional twin Volvo 900hp with IPS pod drives, and or Cats 1015hp with ZF aft looking pod drives also being available.  The model was replaced and evolved into the Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge in 2016.

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