Third-generation boaters Richard and Angela Langham had their hearts set on one key feature when they were researching to purchase their second Riviera – a hydraulic boarding platform.
Having previously owned a 45 Open Flybridge, the Sydney couple had an existing appreciation of the fun and fulfillment of being a part of the Riviera Family.
So when it was time for a bigger yacht to cruise further afield with their three children, the 48 Enclosed Flybridge they purchased through a Sydney-based brokerage seemed like the perfect fit – all it needed was a few upgrades, such as the boarding platform.
Of course, the Riviera Aftermarket team was very willing and able to assist.
“Richard had his heart set on the hydraulic boarding platform so we could easily load our jet ski,” said Angela. “But I’ve since found that it’s also very handy for cleaning fish, crabbing … and even for when I’m shaving my legs.”
Upon their purchase, the 2004 model Riviera 48 Enclosed, which Richard says performs superbly at sea, was due for some routine maintenance in terms of anti-fouling, PropSpeed coating to the propellers, a topside detail and a service for her twin C12 engines with shaft-drives.
But to truly modernise the yacht they have since named Malolo – after the island in Fiji – the Langhams also desired new roller blinds in the saloon, new timber-patterned flooring throughout the interior, a new satellite TV, new strata glass clears for the rear of the flybridge and an extended awning for the cockpit, as well as new courtesy lighting, blue underwater lighting and removable jet ski skids on the new teak boarding platform.
“We were quite specific about what we wanted as part of the refurbishment and we found the Aftermarket team very experienced, very easy to deal with and very reasonable on price,” said Richard.
“We’d had the pull-down saloon blinds in the 45, which was a newer model, and we really liked the way they look and work. We also love the clip-lock interior flooring – it’s so much more practical for wet and sandy feet and it has that premium finish to it.”
A first-class experience
The Langhams cruised the 380 nautical miles from Sydney to the Gold Coast specifically to have the work performed by the Riviera Aftermarket team of talented marine professionals.
“It’s really been a great experience,” said Angela. “We are very impressed – the service from Aftermarket is first-class.
“Michael (Swain), Corinne (Johnston) and Jason (Tocco) were fantastic and very accommodating with all our requests.”
Queensland cruising adventure
Of course, bringing their yacht to Aftermarket also provided the Sydney couple an opportunity to explore Queensland’s cruising grounds.
“We have just come back to Sydney after spending two amazing weeks cruising, snorkeling and diving,” said Angela.
“We’ve never previously cruised in Queensland – it’s just beautiful and it’s so relaxing.
“I only really find the time to read when I’m on holidays and I finished reading eight books.”
The Langhams – with their children Ashleigh (20), Matthew (17) and Jake (9) – anchored at iconic destinations such as Jimpinpin and Tipplers just off the Gold Coast at South Stradbroke Island, and Tangalooma on the western side of Moreton Island.
“We’ll keep the boat at Riviera for now and fly back for a few long weekends before cruising back to Sydney around Christmas,” said Richard.
“Next year, we will bring Malolo back to Aftermarket for some more routine maintenance … and we will probably start looking at a voyage up to the Great Sandy Straits and Lady Musgrave Island.”
From a simple antifoul and detail right up to a full refit, Riviera Aftermarket has the service facilities, skills and knowledge to assist you in every aspect of boat maintenance. Facilities include a 75-tonne travel lift, six-bay undercover facility; two-bay enclosed antifoul and spray facility; five-bay hardstand and 14 marina work berths.
If you would like to speak with the Aftermarket team about your requirements, please email email@example.com or phone +61 (7) 5501 0055.