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Replete with intriguing names like “Mea Culpa”, “Vertigo”, “Slojo” and “Spirit of Ulysses”, some of the world’s most fabulous superyachts have been moored at Rivergate Marina and Shipyard (Rivergate) on the Brisbane River during July, enjoying make-overs, maintenance and re-fits before cruising the famous waters of the Queensland coastline.
Recently appointed manager of Rivergate, Andrew Cannon, said July and August were recognised as the start of the cruising season for Queensland.
“With destinations such as the Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands appearing more frequently on the itineraries of the world’s superyachts, Rivergate is fast becoming recognised as the best set off point where refuelling and resupply can be combined with a wide range of maintenance services,” Mr Cannon said.
He said during July Rivergate had hosted superyachts from Italy, Ireland, the Marshall Islands, the United States and Australia’s southern ports.
“Superyachts have earned their title through a combination of luxury design, overall length and, of course, price.
“It’s been very exciting for our team to work on vessels with a cumulative value of more than AU$250 million and measuring up to 165 feet in length,” Mr Cannon said.
He said that since the beginning of 2011, Rivergate had provided safe mooring and marine services to 12 superyachts, a number he expected would continue to grow as the word spread through the world superyacht community.
“Owners and their permanent crew are part of a very tight knit group who rely on the exchange of advice and recommendations when it comes to destinations and maintenance.”
Mr Cannon said Rivergate housed 20 different trades on-site, which meant all marine services sought by prestige yacht owners were on hand.
“In addition to providing deep water berthing for these yachts, we have stripped and anti-fouled hulls, serviced high performance engines and undertaken both internal and external re-fits, in one case overseeing the fitting of a sonar device that alone cost $250,000.”
He said Rivergate’s growing reputation for high quality work and competitive prices validated any downsides to a sometimes long sea voyage to Brisbane.
“It can take a long time to break into the superyacht circle, with competition abounding in exotic places from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean.
“However, with forward bookings for more superyacht work during the balance of this year and into 2012, we are confident that Rivergate and Brisbane have made it onto the map.”
He said in addition to providing for the needs of the superyacht industry, Rivergate was also a popular mooring and maintenance facility for local boat owners.
“From our perspective, boats of all shapes, types and sizes are welcome at Rivergate.
“Our team has salt water running in its veins and the skills to service all craft from runabouts and tinnies through to graceful superyachts,” he concluded.