As the Riviera brand grew, so too did LDM, expanding from its first dealership at Rushcutters Bay to operations at The Spit Mosman, Newport, Cabarita, Port Stephens and the Port Hacking River.
The opening of Luxury Design Motoryachts (LDM) at the Spit Mosman heralds not only the return of Lee Dillon and Wesley Moxey to the luxury boating arena, it will also serve as the retail arm of a stunning new range of motoryachts currently under development and consequent construction.
Many will know Lee Dillon from his earlier days as a dealer for Riviera luxury cruisers. Almost 3 decades ago, Lee entered the industry and was involved with Riviera right from the very beginning of the brand. After working in a highly successful Riviera dealership, Lee went on to create his own operation known as ‘Lee Dillon Marine’, or ‘LDM’ as it was affectionately known. As the Riviera brand grew, so too did LDM, expanding from its first dealership at Rushcutters Bay to operations at The Spit Mosman, Newport, Cabarita, Port Stephens and the Port Hacking River.
Ultimately Lee moved on to take up a managerial role at Riviera as well as serving as a director on the board of The Riviera Group where his long association with Wesley Moxey gained further momentum. With Wesley as CEO of Riviera, the brand continued to experience global success and became Australia’s most awarded brand of luxury motor cruisers. Eventually both Lee and Wesley moved on to each pursue different business interests, yet remained close friends.
Through the ensuing period, Lee and Wesley began formulating plans for a new range of motoryachts. With the recent improving confidence that the industry is experiencing, Lee and Wesley decided that now was the time to put plans into action and move to the construction phase. To provide a customer service experience befitting this new brand they decided a dedicated dealership was required, so Luxury Design Motoryachts was born.
Lee is joined by Anthony Starr who will be an integral part of the dealership. Anthony did the original conceptual design work for the new motoryacht range and continues to play a significant role in the ongoing development and design process. Anthony is a unique talent who is instilling a European design influence to the new range, while carefully integrating Australian practicalities.
Anthony has enjoyed a long association with Lee and Wesley, and has been responsible for styling some striking craft in his own enterprise Anthony Starr Design by iconic brands like Buizen Yachts and Warren Yachts. More recently he has been working in the Middle East as Design Coordinator for an interior outfit company working on some of the world’s finest European megayachts.
Looking to the future, Lee wants LDM to remain a boutique dealership which will grow organically through quality rather than quantity; by striving to deliver a higher calibre of service and customer care. Such ethics were the hallmark of LDM in the past, and will continue to steer the growth of the operation amid a more competitive and quality-focused industry.
Initially, LDM will provide a venue for existing boat owners to trade up to newer and better craft while the new motoryacht range is under construction. Prospective owners are invited to visit the new sales office, peruse the current stock of motoryachts on offer and learn more about what lies just around the corner.