Charter Boat ‘Riviera’ Ready to Cruise

boatyard crew

The charter boat Riviera is ready for holiday season cruises after a stop at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard.

Riviera, operated by Tom Drohan of the popular Destiny Harbor Tours, had a couple of soft spots on her overhead deck that needed attention, and soon she’ll resume her Puget Sound sightseeing tours.

The Gig Harbor party boat came to the right place when her skipper wanted those worrisome soft spots on her fly bridge checked out. The open air promenade up-top is a popular place for passengers to take in stunning views of Mt. Rainier and picturesque Puget Sound during cruises. The crew at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard got busy right away diagnosing and repairing the problem area.

Sightseeing Boat Ready for Sound Tours after Overhead Deck Repair

Overhead deck repair

A new wood framework was constructed and fiberglassed on an overhead deck repair for “Riviera.” The charter boat will soon be ready to resume for sightseeing tours out of Gig Harbor.

Shipwright John Iverson and fiberglass laminator Carl Conner discovered wood rot was causing the soft places on the fly bridge. So they removed all the compromised wood and constructed new decking and framing on the overhead promenade. Conner fiberglassed over the new wood framework to create a solid new decking.

Boatyard Service Manager Chris Hawke had high praise for the two craftsmen.

New wood

Carl Conner, fiberglass laminator and yacht rigger, worked with shipwright John Iverson on “Riviera’s” overhead deck repair. They removed rotten wood on the fly bridge deck and created solid new decking.

“Carl has a work ethic that is incredible,” he said. “He used to be a home builder, fussy and meticulous about the details. John loves to work with wood and likes to make everything. He is a talented shipwright with a great attention to detail.”

Just the traits you want when your boat is in for maintenance and repair — and exactly what you get from the skilled crew at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard.

Plan a sightseeing tour this holiday season with your visiting guests aboard the comfortable, heated Riviera. Learn more about guided tours and charters at Riviera Cruises. Below is excerpt from the charter’s website:

Gig Harbor Party Boat ~ Riviera

Guided Sightseeing Tours, Charters and Expeditions on Puget Sound

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We offer our award-winning, daily, scheduled, guided sightseeing tours, plus private charters and expeditions to and from the top local and regional Puget Sound destinations year-round.

Daily tours sail primarily out of Gig Harbor. Seasonal and special event charters can sail out of any logistically suitable port as needed. For example: Seafair and Blue Angels tours will leave out of Fisherman’s Terminal in Seattle. Your private 4th of July and Tacoma or Vashon fireworks charter can leave from Tacoma or Gig Harbor.

RIVIERA is comfortable and U.S. Coast Guard certified for up to 34 guests. Accommodations feature wide, open decks and a buffet table for entertaining, covered and heated lounging areas, plus an open air fly bridge promenade and convenient restroom facility. All captains are USCG licensed, experienced on these waters and passionate about giving you and your guests a safe yet adventuresome experience to cherish.

Every cruise is an amazing trip to remember!

Thanks — Captain Tom

Check out Destiny Harbor Tours, which run from June through September.

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