Most public bars have some type of interesting feature, unusual item or conversation starter to keep patrons engaged and entertained – but The Boathouse Tavern just under 3km from Riviera … really is something else.
For over 16 years, the award-winning Queensland tavern’s Boat Bar has seen more than a few refreshing beverages served from a customised Riviera 40 Open Flybridge.
The specially made Riv was lifted into place by crane in 2000 while the Coomera establishment was under construction.
Of course, there have been many conversations around which is the best Riviera ever and quite often the issue has required time well spent to reach a consensus … at least until we release another luxurious new model.
For the record: the 40 was our most popular yacht ever – 288 of these models were built from 2000 to 2007.
So loved is the Boat Bar that when hotelier Peter Ashelford purchased The Boathouse Tavern nine months ago, he immediately decided to bring in the team of experts from Riviera Aftermarket to give her some love and attention.
The job sheet included new vinyl inside the saloon, new LED saloon lights, repairing the gelcoat from scratches and dents, a full buff and polish, a new stainless steel rail on the flybridge to fit a TV, new teak treads on the flybridge ladder, new stainless steel lockdowns, a new stainless steel gunwale strip and a smooth finish on the transom.
“I’ve admired boats my entire life and I really wanted to bring her back to her former beauty,” said Peter, the publican. “Now I can tell people I own a custom Riv.”