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Igave my boat a birthday the other
day. It’s been about 14 years since
we bought her. The Riviera 42 with
twin 480hp Cummins engines and a
boatload of mod cons has been like a
family member. We were childless when
we bought it with 80hrs on the clock on
the Gold Coast. Our two kids now aged
seven and eleven have been aboard since
they were tiny babies.
Over more than a decade, and about
$12-$20k spent on annual expenses and
maintenance each year including slipping
and antifoul, our boat is in remarkable
condition. It was a stipulation that I
maintain it and, being a bit of a clean freak
and a stickler for making sure everything
works, I have spent a lot of time and money
looking after our Riv’.
But for the hatch over the anchor
well, and a few hairline cracks in the
swim platform, the gelcoat has stood
up exceptionally well. I invested in an
integrated high-pressure wash with a long
non-kinking hose and a screw-in wand
some years ago. This lets me wash the
non-skid decks and the salt off the boat
no matter where I am including at anchor
after a passage.
With a 450lt tank aboard, water has
always been our issue. So, I fitted an HRO
desalinator with an automatic freshwater-
flush system. It makes 110lt of water an
hour. This has been useful not only for
washing the boat but filling our kids’ baths.
They got many years out of the large plastic
tubs on deck. They use about 100lt of water
a fill, but the kids would sit there happily
for hours playing away.
We installed aft stainless-steel poles
and a zip-in extended cockpit canopy for
sun protection. This Euro awning option is
a must in the height of summer and, also,
during period of torrential rain. You can
turn the cockpit into a little camping area.
The stainless-steel fittings on the
boat, the Muir windlass and the plough
anchor have all stood the test of time. A
little light polish is all you need to make
stainless looking great. If you chamois the
underside of the rails you won’t get ‘tea’
staining from the minerals in the usual
‘ tap water’ used to wash your boat.
We just replaced the Strataglass
clears around the flying bridge after 14
years. That is a remarkable innings and
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we attribute their long life to the use of
IMAR cleaners and polishes, which we
sourced from America but are available
in Australia now. This product really
nourishes the Strataglass while providing
a dust-repelling surface. We wash them,
then use a silicon blade to get rid of the
water, then chamois. I have a pair of cotton
gloves that I always don when rolling up
the clears. Finger prints and sunscreen
are their nemesis of Strataglass but I
The teak deck on the swim platform is
getting a little long in the tooth, with the
black caulking pulling out, so, it’s probably
time for re-teaking the swim platform after
15 years. There’s a lot of wear and tear here,
what with the kids jumping off all day long.
But the cockpit teak is in good shape.
We’re not a fan of that Semco coating,
but instead use a light application of the
two-part Teak Wonder that you can buy
at chandleries. We apply this with a white
non-marking scourer without too much
hand pressure, as you don’t want to wear
away the teak, and rub only at 45 degrees
to the grain.
We aren’t party-poopers but we do
have a strict no-chip, no -sausage, no -
wine, no -oil, no -sunscreen kind of policy
in respect of doing stuff directly over the
teak cockpit. The kids have eaten dinner
on a picnic blanket for years. The food we
cook on our electric outdoor barbecue is
always lean. But we tend to use a health
grill and electric frypan for cooking in the
cockpit these days. When they lose their
non-stick, they are cheap enough to throw
out and buy a new one.
The boat’s soft furnishings aren’t too
bad, although the leather lounges are
looking lived in due to the kids jumping
on them. We try our best to keep the doors
closed when the engines and generator
are running to prevent the ingress of soot.
The carpets are in good shape, because
we have carpet runners. We’re on our third
runner now and, being new, it repels spills
Some new bedding bought at Avalon
has added a fresh look for summer. The
washing machine still works well, though
the dryer has never really dried clothes.
That happens pretty quickly on the rail,
using those big plastic pegs you buy from
Whitworths, or in the flying bridge.
The dishwasher has an eight-litre
water cycle, so it’s better than washing
up by hand, the air-con has a new pump,
and the engines and generator are pretty
much just using new consumables each
year. We have rebuilt the Sherwood water
pumps on occasion before replacing them
entirely. Standard maintenance. There was
a blockage in a shaft bearing this year, but
that’s been fixed.
We have an inverter so we don’t have to
run the generator all the time. The batteries
last about five years. We just overhauled
the duckbills and seals on the toilets after
14 years of flushes. Everything is working
well right now.
Kudos to Rivera for building a
simple-to-operate, reliable, seaworthy
and homelike boat in our 2004-model
42-footer. Modern boats have some
wonderful technology, but I can’t afford it.
As a boatowner I’m happy being old school.
Simple switches, 12V and A /C systems,
shaft drives and an Onan generator. More
than a decade of reliability and use says
it all. h
The Riviera 42 is a great family holiday boat.
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