Published in: Saturday, 14 August 2010
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Riviera 5800

The Riviera 5800 Sport Yacht unveiled at the 2010 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, gave yachtsmen plenty to cheer about

Making its debut at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May, the new Riviera 5800 Sport Yacht heralded Riviera’s entry into the luxury motor yacht domain previously dominated by European names. Riviera’s decision to develop the 5800 Sport Yacht was announced at the 2007 Sanctuary Cove show and during the subsequent 12 months, the firm’s engineers, naval architects and interior designers set about developing a sport yacht with world-class credentials. That they have succeeded is no small feat, considering the difficult times the company has endured.

The 5800 is the product of fresh ideas and the latest in technology. The hull was designed to provide a smooth ride, deliver exceptional economy and accommodate Volvo’s IPS technology – the 5800 is powered by triple IPS 600 Volvos. As a result of incorporating the IPS engines into the hull design, the 5800 enjoys internal space savings, with a sizeable crew quarters as well as a tender garage.

On hull number one, a crew cabin had not been installed, and this provides for an enormous storage space, that could easily be used for water sports equipment and cruising essentials. Head height is enormous and as a consequence, this space offers so many options for the creative mind.

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The engine room is protected by a water-tight bulkhead and despite the intrusion of the garage floor which limits overall head height, the engine room is impressive. The 5800’s beam yields a spacious, workable bay which easily accommodates the triple IPS installations as well as a Cummins Onan genset, air conditioners, holding tanks, SeaFire cannister and engine bay washdown. The engine room is fully glassed, well vented and the sound-proofing is excellent.

A walkabout on the 5800

To match the yacht’s good performance aspects, Riviera’s internal designers have delivered a four-cabin accommodation deck and a single level cockpit. From the moment one steps aboard the 5800, there is a feeling of spaciousness. The submersible swim platform is generous in size and there is both port and starboard entry to the cockpit. The cockpit is uncluttered and yet is able to accommodate a transom lounge and large unstained teak and holly table. For outdoor entertaining, the 5800 features utility cabinets in the port and starboard side shoulders which house a sink, Kenyon electric grill with stainless steel mirror splash back, stainless steel fridge and ample storage. Hoods completely conceal the utilities while grab rails have been added to the face of the cabinets.

Teak decking has been used throughout the cockpit and extends to the transom steps and swim platform. The sunken, self-draining side decks are protected by stainless steel rails and safety lines, making passage fore and aft safe. Riviera’s designers have done a good job making use of space available to them. Up on the bow section, there is the vessel’s anchoring system – a Muir winch, stainless steel anchor, 70 metres of chain, wash down points and lockers – and a gigantic sunbed. Just forward of the screen in the coach house roof are two shallow lockers where a stainless steel, sound system is located to provide a separate entertainment medium when topside.

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Around the decks, the quality of brightware is exceptional with both fairleads and cleats perfectly positioned for mooring. The deck cleats have also been scalloped into the toe rail. Externally, the 5800 offers a large, hydraulically-operated garage for tender storage, complete with electric winch, a submersible swim platform, voluminous cockpit, wide walk around self draining decks and a forward bow area which can also be used for entertaining or relaxation.

Internally, the 5800 offers an impressive and innovative saloon, rear galley, state-of-the-art starboard helm and a mezzanine, which opens to the accommodation deck. The saloon is bright and airy and has a fully retractable sunroof. The U-shaped galley has a two drawer fridge, dishwasher, convection microwave, three-ring ceramic induction hotplate and a stainless steel sink. All electrical appliances are from the house of Miele. The solid benchtops are equally impressive and offer plenty of preparation space for meals.

Between the starboard side galley and the helm is a bar area with free-standing stainless steel and leather stools. It is a great area for conversation and a clever use of space. Opposite is a U-shaped leather lounge wrapped around an expandable polished dining table, which has clear vision to the pop-up flat screen plasma housed in a cabinet forward of the galley.

The saloon has side windows and forward screens, letting in plenty of natural light while the opening glass sections in the side windows are a bonus. Riviera have retained the alfresco window from their earlier sport yachts which, when open, expands the saloon and cockpit areas. The ceiling tray and overhead air conditioning vents enhance the saloon’s ambience and the overhead speakers create a virtual surround sound lounge when entertaining aboard. Side blinds create a feeling of complete privacy when drawn. The timber flooring is completely scratch proof and designed to be long wearing and maintenance free. Similarly the lounge fabric is Alcantara, a man-made upholstery material with the look and feel of suede and designed to handle the most severe climates. Timber finish throughout is cherry in high gloss.

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