Tricks of the trade – use it or lose it!

Tricks of the trade – use it or lose it!


Riviera Aftermarket & Service manager Michael Swain.

If there’s one secret to keeping all the systems aboard your luxury motoryacht in ship-shape condition it’s this: check everything!

Riviera Aftermarket & Service manager Michael Swain says it’s a simple case of “use it or lose it”.

“Owners should operate every onboard system at least once a month to ensure everything remains in working order – from ball valves, pumps and winches through to bow and stern thrusters, hydraulic swim platforms and trim tabs,” said Michael.

“Every Riviera also needs to be run on the plane at least once a month to make the most of the owner’s investment in anti-fouling.

“We make sure we explain that to all our owners when they bring their yachts here to Riviera Aftermarket & Service at the home of Riviera at Coomera on Australia’s Gold Coast for anti-fouling … and it’s vitally important.

“Getting your yacht up on the plane regularly will prolong the life of the anti-fouling and ensure your hull and engines run as smoothly as possible.”

The team at Riviera Aftermarket & Service is renowned for the quality of its workmanship for everything from anti-fouling and servicing to repairs and fully customised refits.

“We have many Riviera and Belize owners travel down from Hamilton Island or up from Sydney and even Melbourne for their annual servicing,” says Michael.


Air-less spraying at Riviera Aftermarket provides an even coat
of anti-foul, which translates to better performance.

“Some are preparing to cruise the Queensland coastline throughout the southern winter, while others return to us each year because they appreciate the exacting eye for detail we apply to everything we do at Riviera.”

The range of optional accessories includes Rupp and Reelax outriggers, tuna tubes, game chairs and teaser reels to the innovative new Seakeeper gyro stabiliser, and Twin Disc EJS – with a demonstration boat berthed at Riviera’s world-class facility at Coomera.

Michael and his team will also be on deck during the 2015 Riviera Festival of Boating to share their wealth of experience, hosting Tips of the Trade and also taking part in the new Ask An Expert seminar – one of 11 new Festival events for 2015.

“All motoryacht owners and aspiring owners are welcome to come along to the one-hour Tips of the Trade seminar, which is always popular at the Festival so I urge them to pre-register early to avoid disappointment,” said Michael.

“We will cover everything from anti-fouling the hull and running gear through to maintaining teak cockpit floors, exterior gelcoat protection and repairs, flybridge clears maintenance and cleaning, as well as removing marks from upholstery, engine room cleaning and maintenance.

“For the Ask An Expert panel, motoryacht owners will have one-on-one access to Riviera’s team of international designers, boat-builders, engineers and master craftsmen to ask any question related to any aspect of the operation of their boat and its various systems.

“Our Aftermarket team is also able to provide troubleshooting tips and handy hints on maintenance and repairs. This is a great opportunity to pick the brains of experts and find solutions to almost any issue.”


Riviera’s Aftermarket’s world-class facilities ensure world-class
anti-fouling, which means better performance for your
world class yacht.

Riviera Aftermarket & Service has an enormous experience with Riviera. They are specialists in electrical, mechanical, plumbing and shipwright skills.

Their facilities include a 75-tonne travel lift, 6-bay undercover facility; 2-bay enclosed antifoul and spray facility; 5-bay hardstand and 14 marina work berths.

Getting your boat ready for coastal or blue-water cruising is all part of the service.

It’s great to be able to start the boating season with a vessel that looks and runs as well as it can. We have our skilled team ready to help. From a simple antifoul and detail right up to a full refit, Aftermarket has the service facilities, skills and knowledge to assist you in every aspect of boat maintenance.



  • Antifoul
  • Prop Speed
  • 2 Pac Paint
  • Gel Coat Repairs
  • Fuel Sales
  • Engine Servicing
  • Interior Refurbishment
  • Upholstery
  • Timber Work
  • Stainless Repair & Modifications
  • Covers & Clear

Fishing Accessories

  • Rod Holders
  • Rod Racks
  • Padded Bolster
  • Game Chairs
  • Chopping Boards
  • Rupp Agent
  • Game Poles
  • Towers
  • Tuna Tubes
  • Bait Tanks
  • Gaff Tubes
  • Deck Washes
  • Shorten Platforms
  • Tackle Lockers


  • Teak Cockpit
  • Teak Tables
  • Side Decks
  • Teak Interior Floors
  • Flybridge
  • Semco Applications


  • Davits
  • Bow Thruster
  • Cockpit Tables
  • Karchers
  • Stern Thruster
  • Dive Compressors
  • Hydro Platforms
  • Hatches
  • Sunpads To Deck
  • Cockpit Control
  • Cradles & Tenders
  • Custom Stainless
  • Steel BBQs
  • Platform Rails
  • Sign Writing
  • Hull Paint
  • Repaint Boot Line

Interior Refits

  • Carpet
  • Varnish Repairs
  • Amtico
  • Gel Repairs
  • Timber Work
  • Vinyl
  • Blinds
  • Upholstery


  • Clears
  • Awning
  • Carpets
If you would like more information on Riviera’s Aftermarket & Service department, please click here.