The Australian builder says exports now account for 55% of annual production

Riviera Boats says that exports now account for 55% of its annual production. The Australian builder expects to export 50 boats this year.

Stephen Milne, communications and brand director, told the Courier Mail that the lower Australian dollar has helped exports. The company’s brand has also become known overseas.

“Over the past 37 years, we have built more than 5,000 boats,” Milne told the paper. “Traditionally our main customers have been owners of small to medium sized business, many of whom become repeat customers.”

The company will have nine boats at the Miami Boat Show next month.

Riviera has a staff of about 500, including 53 apprentices, at its Coomera shipyard.

“Great effort is being employed by the company to increase production volume by training more apprentices and attracting more skilled craftsmen and women,” said Milne.