NEWS - R Marine Master Class bonus for new boat owners

NEWS - R Marine Master Class bonus for new boat owners

R Marine, the retail arm of luxury boatbuilder Riviera, has launched a Master Class training program for new and existing boat owners that will be offered free of charge for the entire month of May, including the duration of the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (May 21 to 24).

The Master Class is available to anyone who purchases or orders a new Riviera, Princess or Grand Banks through an R Marine Dealer during May.

The Master Class program offers owners the chance to spend 12 days learning the finer points of boat handling, navigation and maintenance, safety and even fishing, aboard their own boat, trained by an experienced and skilled skipper, said R Marine.

Tim Sayer, Riviera’s director of sales and marketing, said: “This is a chance for the whole family to get involved and learn every aspect of boating. We encourage couples and their children to take part and learn more about their new boat and its operation — as well as a lot of the fun aspects of the boating lifestyle.

“It’s like winning a place in Boating University. The families who take up the offer will learn skills and confidence to last a lifetime. In fact, we’ve even created special R Marine University shirts to present to the Master Class graduates that they can wear with pride.

“We are offering these Master Classes to everyone who purchases during May. Unfortunately, the program ends at 5pm on Sunday, May 31,” Sayer said.

The program has been created by R Marine in conjunction with Nomad Sportfishing Charters. R Marine said Nomad was founded in 2000 and today operates an 80ft mothership Odyssey plus a range of smaller boats from Mackay and Cairns.

“The Class Act Master Class is yet another way that R Marine helps our owners make the best of their boating lifestyle,” said Sayer. “Training programs and our dealers’ Experience events are all aimed at helping R Marine boaters really enjoy the water in safety.”

Designed to involve the entire family, R Marine said the key modules for the course include: Navigation and seamanship; Manoeuvring and securing the vessel in a marina; Anchoring and boat handling at sea in varying conditions; Effective maintenance and care for the new vessel; Scuba diving and snorkelling; and, Bluewater fishing techniques.

R Marine said owners can choose how intensive or how relaxed they want to make the 12 days. This it said can be anything from a skippered 12-day holiday to the Whitsundays on their new boat through to an intensive bluewater fishing course taught by some of Australia’s best skippers and guides.

The 12-day package is modular and the owner can select the most appropriate components or they can describe what they want to achieve and the training team will package a course to suit over the 12 days to achieve the desired outcome, explained R Marine.

For more information, including a sample of the comprehensive course manual, or to find your nearest R Marine Dealer, visit

PHOTOS: Learn the finer arts of boat handling during the Master Class; You could simply laze on a Whitsundays beach during your 12-day course; Scuba diving is an exciting option during the Master Class.