About

Welcome To R Marine Flagship

With over 255 years of combined marine industry knowledge the team at R Marine Flagship are suitably qualified to take care of all your boating needs and assist you in getting the maximum enjoyment from your boating experience. Our mobile professional service team provide the same high level of after sales service care Riviera are renowned for whether you are in New Zealand or the wider South Pacific.

“The R Marine Story”

The name Riviera is synonymous around the world with quality, style, innovation, sea keeping ability and value. The company’s primary objective is to continue to deliver outstanding boating options to its ever-increasing owner base.

Riviera is the largest and most respected luxury boat building company in Australia and a major player in the global marine industry. Today, the company builds luxury boats from 36 to 85 feet in length across five lines: Open and Enclosed Flybridge, Sport Yachts, SUV Motor Yacht models.
The R Marine Network extends from Fremantle in Western Australia to Auckland in New Zealand, from Victoria in the south to Queensland’s Gold Coast in the north.

Founded in 1980, Riviera now operates from the largest luxury boat building facility in the Southern Hemisphere, a 14-hectare state-of-the-art waterfront site at Coomera on Queensland’s Gold Coast.
When you invest in a Rivera, you benefit, not just from the sheer quality of the build, but from inclusion in an extended family of like-minded owners. Not just here, but right around the world.

Whether the boat you buy is new or pre-owned, you gain access to exciting events, cruising convoys, Riviera VIP membership and much more.

You’ll find your own new family of friends out there in the waters you explore. Fellow-owners tend to look out for each other.

Beyond that again, there’s yet another supportive family – R Marine Flagship New Zealand

Liam Power

Introducing Director – Liam Power

Liam Power has 37 years in the marine industry. Completing his apprenticeship in boat building with John Lidgard Yachts in custom boat building, the yard was renowned for designing and building power and sailing vessels for coastal and off-shore clients. Over the years Liam has clocked up a number of miles through yacht racing and deliveries with sail and powered vessels, coastal and offshore. After a number of years involved with offshore boat building projects, Liam returned to New Zealand where he joined Riviera in the new year of 2001 and has been with the brand ever since. Our harbour and coastal waters is what Liam loves and to help turn client’s dreams into reality with the brands he represents.

Craig Torkler

Introducing Boat Broker – Craig Torckler

Craig began his working life as an apprentice plumber until a Motorcycle accident put him out of action. With his planned career path jeopardized a lucky break came in the form of a job offer as Deckhand on the renowned 70ft Luxury Motor Yacht D’urville. Craig climbed the ranks to become a sought after Skipper. Marine projects and Boat Brokerage sales occupied Craig for two decades prior to purchasing the Boat Chandlery at Westpark Marina to run with wife Tanya for eight years. Craig has a wealth of knowledge and contacts in both the sail and power boat circles.

What do you like to do in your spare time? Craig lists his interests as his family, hunting, diving, golf, game fishing, boating,yacht racing and swimming and making the most of each day.

Tony Johnston

Introducing Boat Broker – Tony Johnston

Tony has been involved in boating through clubs, family and friends from a very young age throughout Southland, Otago and Canterbury eventually making it his profession in 1996 as a skipper, fishing guide and jet boat driver in Lake Wanaka.

Though 1997-98 he became involved with helping set up a jet-boating venture that took him to Canada and Alaska in the New Zealand off season. He then swapped horse power for wind power and took up an invitation to sail around Papua New Guinea on the 52ft ketch Little Swan.
He spent 4 months exploring the outer islands and villages until the adventure was cut short when pirates boarded the ketch in the night, stabbing the captain, ram-sacking the boat and throwing Tony overboard.

Tony went back to Christchurch where he found a new passion for diving, gaining an SSI Dive Instructor certification. He worked out of a dive shop where he sold equipment, dive trips, courses and instructed/guided dives with clients.

In 2000 he began a new adventure of self-employment, starting the Hanmer Springs Bakery with his wife Bridget, they quickly gained a understanding of dealing with staff, product management, sales and marketing; taking them to the new business of owning a carpet franchise in North Canterbury. All throughout staying involved in boating and diving in a recreational sense.

Tony and his family moved to Auckland after the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes still involved in the carpet industry and in sales.

In his spare time he enjoys exploring the Hauraki Gulf beaches and bays with family and friends, fishing, boating and Saturday sports with his two boys.
Welcome on board Tony!

Sam Fenwick

Introducing Boat Broker – Sam Fenwick

Sam has always been passionate about boats and his experiences began at a very young age. His first sailing exploits were in the Optimist Junior class, where success began with a second in the Nationals and a good placing in the Optimist World Championships. He then progressed to the P class where he won the Tauranga Cup for the 75th jubilee sailed in Tauranga. Following that he moved on to the Starling, Laser and 29er classes.

In his early days he also set a Guinness World Record for how far you could travel on a gallon of fuel in a small carbon canoe. Sam’s passion is diverse and his next dream was to experience Offshore Power Boating. He campaigned in his own boat winning Sports B Restricted classes and soon after became very involved in New Zealand Water-Ski Racing. In this sport he soon set new F2 class records in his boat and still enjoys competing in the river races every year (where he is the team to beat!).

His profession came clear after leaving school; he became a boat builder for Cookson Boats where he was involved in building hi-tech race yachts such as Volvo Round the World yachts & America’s Cup boats for Emirates Team New Zealand. After finishing his 4 year apprenticeship for Mick Cookson he then travelled to Wally Yachts in Italy to build Super Yachts. After returning he has been with Oracle’s America’s Cup team and has worked now for two America’s Cups as a team leader assembling the all new AC50’s .

Sam’s progression to the Flagship Marine team is a step he has long aspired to. With his passion for boats and all things boating, he keenly looks forward to learning and developing in a professional brokering role as part of the prestigious Flagship Marine Team.

Steve Domigan

Introducing Service Manager – Steve Domigan

There were no Marine Engineering Apprenticeships back in Steve’s day, his engineering career began in a factory environment working for Plastic Developments Ltd as a Tool Maker after his time at PDL Steve began carving his niche in the Marine Industry in the Commercial Marine sector working for Fullers Ferry’s Steve’s diverse history includes managing new builds on behalf of clients and overseeing many yards engineering teams to ensure the owners exacting requirements are being met. With many many thousands of offshore miles completed he has firsthand experience of most problems you could ever hope to experience whilst on the water. Steve particularly enjoys making sure our owners have the most enjoyable and rewarding as possible.

What do you like to do in your spare time? Car Racing and Flying Drones

Jonathan Taylor

Introducing Parts Administrator – Jonathan Taylor

A keen boatie from the age of 7 and an architectural draftsman by trade Jonathan’s career took a path in the marine industry with General Marine Service’s and he has never looked back.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your current position? Being able to share my experience and technical knowledge to help others on a daily basis.

What do you like to do in your spare time? My son and I are building a Ford Mark II Escort rally car