Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA: First time Riviera owners Steven and Elizabeth Lowsky were proud as punch when they christened their new Riviera 50 Enclosed Flybridge at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in November, making it the first 50 to grace the shores of Florida.
“We took delivery at the show and it was a wonderful experience to christen the boat in front of many with the help Betty De Varona from Yachting Experts who came down to join in the celebrations,” Steven said.
Berthed at Coco Plum Marina in Coral Gables, Florida, this striking new 50 Enclosed Flybridge has been named Elizabeth Anne II after Steven’s wife Elizabeth because, as Steven says: ‘she is almost as beautiful as Elizabeth’.
When Experience spoke with Steven, he and Elizabeth and their three children Danielle (15), David (12) and Jonathan (9) were looking forward to their first extended cruising adventure to the Bahamas.
“Our first overnight trip will be to Bimini off the coast of Miami, about 50 nautical miles east of Miami Beach,” Steven said.
“We love cruising in Biscayne Bay in Miami to all the little islands and sand bars and our three children love enjoying water sports and experiencing nature on the many tropical islands of Florida.”
Steven said the most appealing features of the 50 were the three staterooms to accommodate his family of five and the air-conditioned enclosed flybridge.
“Air-conditioning is very important in Miami but one of the best features was the very sturdy hull for bluewater cruising to the Bahamas. We also love the beautiful lines of Riviera yachts,” he said.
“When we took delivery on November 5, I accompanied my captain, Roger Andrade, on the journey from Fort Lauderdale to Miami. During this voyage there were nine-foot seas, which for Miami is a rough day. We had to choose between going slowly inside on the intra-coastal or going outside via the ocean. Roger said it was time to test this baby so we ran at 24 knots outside and got to Miami in one hour.
“I was extremely impressed with how the boat handled the conditions and I was all smiles as I quickly realised that my ‘other’ boat would have been at the dock as the seas were too rough for that model.
“We are very excited about all the wonderful adventures we can enjoy on board Elizabeth Anne II and the children are already beginning to pack for our trip to the Bahamas.
“We are proud to now be part of the Riviera family.”