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Owners Tips

R Experience is pleased to announce a new section for Riviera owners called ‘Owners Tips’ which is aimed at encouraging Riviera owners to submit photos of themselves enjoying their boat along with a boating tip they would like to share with readers.

If you would like to share your owners tip for the chance to win a Riviera gift; send a photo and your tip to rthacker@riviera.com.au or post to Riviera, 50 Waterway Drive, Coomera, QLD 4209, Australia.

 

Owner of Riviera M400 ‘Devils Lair’, Ray Read shares his owners tip about the importance of disabling the Fire Suppression system when traversing a bar or dangerous section of water.

One thing that was embedded into Ray’s mind during the Captains handover of his new boat was the valuable words from a skilled Riviera sales consultant about the importance of turning off the Fire Protection System when traversing a bar or dangerous section of water.

Recently Ray was preparing for a few days out on Devils Lair when he was startled by a piercing screech from the fire suppression alarm when he turned on the ignition.

“I flicked the switch to discharge, the red light came on and the alarm ceased so I started the engines and all was sweet,” he said.

“Heading down the river towards the Broadwater, I thought I would give the switch a quick flick back to the normal position to see if the alarm had reset itself, it hadn’t, and beside the piercing alarm, both engines cut immediately.

“Flicking the switch back to discharge, both engines started and I continued my journey but the one-liner from a skilled Riviera salesman came flooding back in an instant and I am glad I wasn’t crossing a bar or travelling at high speed – the damage to the engines with turbos spinning at very high revs and no oil could have been disastrous.

“This I could have recovered from, albeit an expensive exercise, but imagine the consequences when crossing the Wide Bay Bar or a similar nasty stretch of water and instantly no engines.

“A little bit of advice – don’t be complacent regarding your fire suppression system or you may pay the price.

“As for me, I will always remember to turn the switch to discharge when negotiating a difficult stretch of water.”

But always remember to turn it back on immediately after negotiating the dangerous passage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Click to enlarge image: Ray and his wife Sue enjoy a Margarita on deck

Ray and his wife Sue enjoy a Margarita on deck


Ray Read's granddaughter Tahlya,4, in her Riviera outfit

Ray Read's granddaughter Tahlya,4, in her Riviera outfit


Whale watching off the Gold Coast

Whale watching off the Gold Coast


Devils Lair at Jumpin Pin bar in Queensland

Devils Lair at Jumpin Pin bar in Queensland


Devils Lair anchored at the Pin

Devils Lair anchored at the Pin


A storm chased the Riviera fleet home from Kooringal

A storm chased the Riviera fleet home from Kooringal


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