Celebrating two new arrivals in Tahiti

Celebrating two new arrivals in Tahiti

hero-tahiti2Sometimes things just falls into place … naturally.

This certainly seems to be the case for seasoned skipper Teiva Leroi.

One of the newest members of our growing global family of Riviera and Belize owners, 43 Open Flybridge owner Teiva and his wife Aodrena are also expecting a new addition to their own family.

In fact their second daughter is due any day now.

Teiva, from the fabled French Polynesian island of Tahiti, has been enjoying the boating lifestyle since he was 10 years of age, learning the ropes from his father and dreaming of upgrading to a luxury motor yacht so he could share the same enjoyment with his own, growing family.

IMG_8801“I decided last year to go to Palm Beach International Boat Show in Florida to see a 54-foot boat in which I was very interested, and took a good look around.

“I saw lots of other boats but when I saw the Riviera 43, I fell in love instantly,” he says.

“It’s a perfect size and not too big for our requirements – two staterooms, a double bed and three single beds (amidships), with the possibility of sleeping more in the saloon and the flybridge.

“Then I discovered the Volvo Penta IPS – the joystick and the small draft of the yacht. I thought this is perfect to use with my wife and our three-year-old baby, and the daughter we are expecting at the end of February.

“The 43 is so easy to skipper, it’s not necessary for us to take a skipper out with us if we just want to cruise as a family.”

Teiva then decided to come to the home of Riviera at Coomera in Australia for our Festival of Boating, where each May we welcome luxury motor yacht owners, and aspiring owners, to celebrate with us hone their boating knowledge and skills so they can use their yachts to their full potential.

“After a sea trial at the Festival, the decision was taken and we placed our order for our new 43, which we have named O’hanalei.”

Teiva says he loves the joystick maneuverability of the 43’s IPS drive configuration, as well as the easy access to the engine room.

“She so very easy to skipper,” he says.

After his beautiful new baby daughter arrives, the Leroi family will enjoy some marlin fishing with friends, some cruising in the picturesque lagoons of the Society Islands such as Raiatea, Huahine and the Bora Bora Islands.

“And maybe some tourist charters if the resorts ask me,” says Teiva.

  • On behalf of the 480-strong team here at Riviera, welcome to our global family of owners and congratulations on your new arrival later this month.

To view the 43 Open Flybridge video, please see below.