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WHEN GIS­BORNE COU­PLE Kim and Deb­bie Cur­rie de­cided to up­date their Riviera 43 Fly­bridge, Spin­drift, pur­chased through Riviera NZ, Kim knew what he wanted: a big­ger, later model boat with a fully glassed fly­bridge and low hours, to suit the open wa­ters of the east coast.

Kim and Deb­bie first met Chris Janes from Riviera NZ at a new prod­uct pre­sen­ta­tion by Elec­tronic Nav­i­ga­tion in the R Marine show­room in Westhaven, Auck­land in April. They ex­pressed a de­sire to up­grade to a big­ger Riviera model that would com­fort­ably ac­com­mo­date ex­tended ad­ven­tures out on the wa­ter.

Given the strength of the New Zealand dol­lar against the Aus­tralian dol­lar, Kim had been think­ing about sourc­ing a ves­sel in Aus­tralia and ship­ping it back home. Af­ter a lengthy con­ver­sa­tion with friend and game fish­ing leg­end Fred Lewis, Kim de­cided def­i­nitely to look in Aus­tralia and took Fred’s ad­vice: “Don’t do it your­self. Get the ex­perts to source it for you – they have the ex­pe­ri­ence to make it a has­sle-free pur­chase.”

It was sound ad­vice as it would cost no more than buy­ing di­rect and, in most cases, saves time and money.

Kim got back in touch with Chris Janes and dis­cussed his and Deb­bie’s re­quire­ments for the ves­sel. Within a week, us­ing his con­tacts within the R Marine deal­er­ship net­work, Chris had found three ves­sels for Kim and Deb­bie to con­sider. A week later the cou­ple headed off to Syd­ney to view the boats with Chris. Af­ter care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion they chose a beau­ti­ful Riviera 47 ful­lyen­closed fly­bridge named Bel­liger­ence. Chris took care of the sale of the ves­sel as well as ship­ping and Cus­toms doc­u­men­ta­tion.

While the ves­sel was in Aus­tralia the trio cruised Syd­ney Har­bour, ex­plor­ing the wa­ter­ways and ob­serv­ing whales and dol­phins in open wa­ters be­fore the boat was taken to New­cas­tle for ship­ping to New Zealand. If you’re look­ing for a par­tic­u­lar ves­sel, lo­cal or over­seas, own­ing your next boat may be eas­ier than you think. Give Chris Janes a call on 027 451 3131 or visit the show­room at 23 Westhaven Drive, Westhaven, Auck­land. TOP: Gis­borne cou­ple Kim and Deb­bie Cur­rie hav­ing a cel­e­bra­tory glass of cham­pagne on­board their re­cent pur­chase. ABOVE: The Riviera 47 En­closed Fly­bridge Bel­liger­ence.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Neil Stewart. Run­ner-up: Ray Van Borssum

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