In Brief: Riviera, MRAA, Quickline, Lazzara Yachts

Australian boat builder Riviera will once again exhibit at the Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail Miami. More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the 2010 event, which spans 2.5 million square feet at the Miami Beach Convention Center from February 11-15, according to the boat builder. Director of Riviera Yachts Chris McCafferty said Riviera had held a strong presence at the Miami Boat Shows for the past 10 years and would display six boats at the 2010 show. Riviera CEO John Anderson said new boat sales were on the rise in both the U.S. and European markets and Riviera anticipates continued success at the international boat shows in 2010. “As the market recovers, we have increased our new product development team considerably to cope with the mounting demand for new Rivieras,” Anderson said. “As we look forward and prepare our forecasts, we have restructured our production lines to a continuous flow line that will better allow us to further ramp up production in 2010 to meet rising demand.” Riviera offers 20 different models from 36 to 85 feet across four model series Flybridge, Sport Yacht, Offshore Express and Motor Yachts.

In a letter to Representative Chellie Pingree of Maine, the primary sponsor of H.R. 2548, the Marine Retailers Association of America (MRAA) expressed strong support for the Working Waterfronts Grants Bill, it reported in a recent statement. The bill currently has 22 cosponsors and has been referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources. MRAA pledged to work with Rep. Pingree to ensure final passage of her bill. “MRAA believes H.R. 2548 would start to address many of the issues facing our industry, including water access and technical job retention and creation. We are dedicated to preserving working waterfronts to enhance the boating and fishing experience,” said Ed Lofgren, MRAA chairman.

Quickline, an importer of marine gear and accessory products, has formed a distribution partnership with Italian manufacturer Quick Nautical Equipment. Quickline will sell and support Quick’s range of nautical equipment and accessories throughout the west coast region of the United States. The company will carry Quick’s line of anchor windlasses as well as water heaters, battery chargers/inverters, bow thrusters and marine lighting systems.

A FOXNews blog posted yesterday reported that the last two quarters have been very busy for Lazzara Yachts, Tampa, Fla., with several yachts on order. As a result, the boat builder is looking to create a third shift early next year.

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