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Riviera Teams with Bay Marine in Wisconsin

Australian boatbuilder Riviera expanded its U.S. dealership network by making Bay Marine of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, its exclusive dealer in the Western Great Lakes. “Their specialized team of experts and marine-industry experience will ensure Riviera’s customers receive the highest quality service that befits our brand,” said Chris McCafferty, Riviera’s U.S. director. Riviera currently offers 20 boat models ranging from 36 to 85 feet in four basic configurations: Flybridge, Sport Yacht, Offshore Express, and Motor Yacht.

John Wayne’s Megayacht Named ‘Historic Place’

John Wayne’s 163-foot motoryacht Wild Goose was added to the National Register of Historic Places in August. The True Grit Oscar-winner bought his all-wood converted minesweeper in 1962 and used her regularly until his death in 1979. Wild Goose earned the special historical status because of its “expression of John Wayne’s personality and outsized image,” according to the agency. Fans of the Hollywood legend can even enjoy the boat for themselves. Hornblower Cruises & Events runs day trips on Wild Goose out of Newport Beach, California.

Feadship Mystery

Prior to FLIBS last week, I was reading a summary of the new Steve Jobs biography in the New York Times, when I came across an interesting little nugget among the general backstory of Jobs's life:

Sealine Sold

In September the Oxford Investment Group announced that it had acquired UK-based boatbuilder Sealine from Brunswick Corporation for an undisclosed sum. Maintaining offices in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and San Diego, California, as well as in Paris, Shanghai, and Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, the Oxford Investment Group is described as a private investment and corporate development group that acquires majority equity positions on behalf of its principals in various business segments, including manufacturing. “We have been looking to enter the leisure marine sector for some years, and it was important for us to find the right business,” explained Selwyn Isakow, chairman of Oxford Investment Group, in a press release. “Sealine has produced some world-beating boats in the last five years, and their success with a rejuvenated brand in a difficult market is a fantastic story.” Sealine launched its newest model, the C48, at the 2011 Southampton Boat Show in September. For more information on Sealine’s range of models, go to click here.

Like Geese in Winter

Megayachts are like migratory birds. For the summer, they head north to Cape Cod, Maine, and other northern destinations. And then as winter creeps in, the yachts begin to head south.

This year, some late-departing geese—I mean, yachts ended up roosting—sorry! docking at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. So this morning, I headed downtown.

There was Nobiskrug's nearly 195-foot Jamaica Bay, No. 40 on our November list. Check out her rounded stern:

Starry nights and sunny days

The number of yachts it is possible to see during the Monaco Yacht Show is staggering. And without the aid of well-kept notes, sometimes boats start to blend together. So it's the bits that stand out that stick in your memory.

How Do You Say "D'oh!'' in Mandarin

Listen, I have no idea what these people are saying, or why they built a boat that doesn't float, or why this video went viral referring to this thing a "yacht" (looks like a ferry to me). But I do know that when you roll a $2.6 million dollar vessel right off the blocks and straight to the bottom of some nasty-looking river in China, there really is only one thing to say: In the immortal words of the great Homer Simpson ... D'oh!