April 28, 2021

Riviera Beached at Lakes Entrance

A Rivera fourteen meter sportfish cruiser was beached on a sand bank following an engine failure, at the entrance of Lakes Entrance in the South East of Australia on the evening of 27th April.  The Riviera was a day later on the 28th towed away and brought to safety by the local Coast Guard and Water Police. The boat suffered minimal damage.  This particular Riviera 48 Enclosed is doing a rather long trip of half Australia from Newcastle to Perth.  This accident will slow the journey a couple of weeks for repairs.
The Riviera 48 Open Flybridge and Enclosed model was launched in 1993 and was produced till 2004, produced in 169 units in that eleven year production run.  The Riviera 48 was the first model from the World known down under boat builder to offer open or enclosed flybridge option up top, and offered two lower deck layouts but all with three cabins and two heads.  The Rivera 48 was called a true and capable blue water cruiser, and  was initially powered by Cats 435hp, with optional GM Detroit's 600 and 625hp units. Late nineties units where powered by twin Cats 660hp which gave her a top speed up to thirty knots.  Like most Riviera's from that time the 48 was a fishing capable flybridge motor cruiser.

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