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Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht (2017-)

2 x 725-hp Volvo Penta D11-IPS950

Brief Summary

A fiberglass hardtop with LED lighting and weatherproof speakers extends aft to cover the cockpit in the Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht, and isinglass windows are available to fully enclose this area during inclement weather.

Test Results

600 6.8 5.9 2.4 2.8 2.5 2155 1873.7 65
1000 10.6 9.2 8.7 1.2 1.1 928 806.6 64
1250 12.2 10.6 15.5 0.8 0.7 596 518.4 69
1500 13.6 11.8 29 0.5 0.4 355 309 72
1750 18 15.6 38 0.5 0.4 359 312.4 75
2000 24.3 21.1 51 0.5 0.4 362 314.4 75
2250 30.9 26.8 59.5 0.5 0.5 394 342.9 76
2500 36.2 31.4 74.5 0.5 0.4 369 320.4 77


Length Overall 57' 3" / 17.46 m
Beam 16'
4.88 m
Dry Weight 54,600 lbs
24,752 kg
Tested Weight 59,380 lbs.
26,934 kg
Draft 4' 2"
1.28 m
Deadrise/Transom N/A
Max Headroom N/A
Bridge Clearance 13' 4"
4.07 m
Weight Capacity N/A
Person Capacity N/A
Fuel Capacity 845 gal
3,200 L
Water Capacity 211 gal
800 L
Total Weight 59,380 lbs.
26,934 kg


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Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane N/A
0 to 30 N/A
Ratio N/A
Props N/A
Load 2 persons, 4/5 load, 1/18 water, 50 lbs. of gear
Climate 70 deg., 52 humid.; wind: 0-5 mph; seas: 0

Engine Options

Tested Engine 2 x 725-hp Volvo Penta D11-IPS950
Std. Power Not Available
Opt. Power 2 x 626-hp Volvo Penta D11-IPS800
2 x 725-hp Volvo Penta D11-IPS950

Captain's Report

Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht

The Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht has a LOA of 57’3” (17.46m), a beam of 16’ (4.88m) and a draft of 4’2” (1.28m). The company says she can cruise 300nm at 26 knots.

Overview. The 5400 Sport Yacht is part of a 4-boat lineup that as the product line continues and evolves over time through customer feedback until each one seems to embody exactly what a sport yacht should be. This yacht has such a timeless beauty and style that her lines are at once contemporary and classic. Inside there’s a level of luxury that the brand has now become synonymous with. And with 3 staterooms, she is as at home on a weeklong cruise as she is at a dockside cocktail party.

Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht

Riviera consistently makes some of the best looking boats on the water, and the 5400 is another example. The windshield brow serves as the spotters guide to the brand.

Even before stepping aboard, her sleek profile and pronounced windshield brow speaks of a yacht that successfully combines strength with style providing an aesthetic appeal that few other builders can capture.

More appealing though is her open and roomy layout that provides many sought after amenities while impeding little on the available space throughout.

Build Quality

Of the boats we’ve tested for Riviera, we’ve been continually impressed with the strength and build quality. They penetrate waves with no pounding and no rattling and indicate a vessel of strength and solid construction.

From the waterline down the hull is solid GRP with reinforcing in the keel, chines and bottom. To the sides there is additional structural core material, and this is also in the main deck and hardtop. All small components, such as deck hatches, are RTM giving a finished look to both sides.

Throughout the yacht the stainless steel is 316 marine grade with all welds ground and polished to a smooth mirror finish.

Features Inspection.

Swim Platform

We board the 5400SY from the wide hydraulic swim platform with a lift capacity of 770 lbs. (350 kg). Teak decking is used throughout and there’s a concealed stainless steel reboarding ladder.

Just ahead is a tender garage designed to hold an optional 10’ 9.6” (3.3m) tender with a 20-hp outboard still attached. The door to the tender garage opens electrically for ease of use and an electric winch is provided for effortless launch and retrieval. We also like that there’s a hatch in the cockpit just ahead that provides direct access to the tender. In this manner the launch can be loaded from above before ever coming out of the garage.

Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht

Underwater lighting shows through the teak decking of the swim platform. Notice the stairs to both sides leading into the cockpit.


The cockpit is accessed from stainless steel gates atop stairs to port and starboard, and it is here where the luxury of the 5400SY starts to become self evident. The 122 ft2 (11.4 sq m) area is at once, inviting and pleasing to the eye. The teak decking from the swim platform continues here and the entire deck is self-draining overboard making washdowns that much easier. As for amenities, this cockpit is among the more well outfitted that we’ve seen, certainly the best in class.

Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht

The first hint of the luxury present in the 5400SY begins right here in the cockpit gathering area. Notice in the aft corners how the cleats are mounted vertically to take up less space and the dock lines lead through heavy-duty stainless steel chafing gear with beefy rollers.

For seating, to the rear of the cockpit there’s a large forward-facing bench seat. It includes beverage holders and convenient fender storage in the armrests. Ahead and to starboard, there’s an L-shaped lounge with storage beneath. This wraps around a beautifully finished teak table mounted to a hi-lo pedestal for converting the sofa into a daybed.

To the port side there’s an outdoor galley with a large stainless steel cover that lifts to reveal a dual burner electric grill with sink alongside. Just aft is an open counter with sea rails keeping items contained. Below are a refrigerator, icemaker and the requisite trash receptacle.

Overhead, there’s protection from the elements via a fiberglass hardtop that extend well aft and covers the entire cockpit deck. It’s fitted with LED lighting and weatherproof speakers. Stainless steel frames to the sides support isinglass windows for an extra dose of protection from the sides.

For days when we want the sun to shine in, there’s an electrically actuated sunroof that turns the cockpit into an open al fresco dining and gathering area. Remove the side curtains for even more fresh air.


Side decks to both port and starboard are accessed from stairs in the cockpit. Wide bulwarks, high handrails, and additional rails mounted to the hardtop provide an increased measure of safety when transitioning forward through the 11.8” (30 cm) wide decks.

Atop the trunk cabin is a doublewide sunpad with adjustable backrests that allow both sides to convert into individual chaise lounges. For extending the stay, a fold-up bimini can be deployed in an instant. Speakers are mounted to the underside of the windshield brow.

Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht

The bow sunpad converts to dual chaise lounges and a pop up bimini makes the difference between enjoying your time at the bow and enduring it.

The operational area forward includes a vertically mounted anchor windlass controlled with a plug-in remote at the bow. A chain counter is located at the helm. Ground tackle includes 230’ (70m) of all chain rode leading to a polished stainless steel Ultra anchor. The 77 lb. (35kg) anchor is secured to a safety strap when not in use and dual hatches provide access to the rode to manage tangles. There are also fresh and saltwater outlets for cleaning off the rode during retrieval.

There are two of the 8 total 11” (27.94 cm) cleats at the bow. The 5400SY also includes a pair of pop-up fender cleats midships.


The entry to the salon is via a stainless steel framed sliding glass door. This opens in conjunction with a wide glass awning window opening to the galley just alongside. Combined, these two stainless steel framed openings allow a seamless transition between the outside and inside.

Add even more airflow by opening the large tinted sliding side windows and the electrically actuated sliding sunroof. This can be kept open at dockside as it’s also fitted with a sliding bug screen. Close off the area to control the temperature through the reverse cycle air conditioning.

Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht

The salon lies just ahead of the galley and benefits from the many windows that surround the main deck.

Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht

Here we can see the dual opening sunroofs, one for the cockpit and the other for the salon.

Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht

The table in the salon can be fixed or hi/lo for converting the sofa to a berth.

Guests can relax in the large L-shaped leather sofa to port. A varnished table can be mounted to a standard fixed pedestal or an optional hi-lo table for converting to a bed.

Amenities include a cocktail cabinet with separate bottle and stemware storage, twin refrigerator drawers and a wine cooler.


The galley is located to starboard and continues to just past the centerline giving more space to the U-shaped counter that makes up the working area of the galley. With the galley being located aft on the main deck, it remains between the two main gathering area and allows the chef to always be in close proximity to any gathering.

Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht

The galley is U-shaped with beautifully finished walnut cabinetry. Notice the refrigerated drawers to the aft section of the galley and plenty of open counter space.

All cabinetry is varnished walnut with positive locks on all doors. Drawers close on stainless steel sliders with soft-close hardware. A stainless steel sink is mounted into the solid surface counter. The dual burner cooktop is fitted with an exhaust fan. Cooking continues with a combination convection microwave oven. Choose between a pot drawer and a drawer style dishwasher. The forward galley counter can be fitted with optional breakfast stools.

Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht

The main deck layout shows how the galley is centrally located between the cockpit and salon gathering areas.


With all that Riviera does right, it’s no surprise that the expertly fitted helm is no exception. A fully adjustable Recaro leather seat is well padded and includes a pair of flip down armrests and flip up bolster. It can even be angled down a few degrees to make it easier to get in and out of.

This sits behind a gorgeous helm with dark tones that match the seat. There’s convenient storage for immediate access items such as binoculars, phone and iPad along with covers for all instrumentation.

Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht

The centerline helm is a first for Riviera and adds a whole new realm of usable space to the main deck layout.

No stranger to embracing new technology, Riviera equipped the 5400SY helm with glass-cockpit technology that includes dual 17” (43.2 cm) flat screen displays to the upper panel. From these screens the operator can control the display to show all navigation information including GPS, sounder, radar and auto-pilot. As it’s fully integrated into the Volvo Penta EVC system, the engine readouts can also be brought up on these screens.

Vents that keep the climate control fully equipped to combat the greenhouse effect of the surrounding glass that provides the outstanding visibility, flank these dual screens. The forward windshield includes 3 pantograph wipers with integrated washers plumbed to the vessels freshwater system.

Below and to the right is a C-Zone touchscreen that allows for control of all the vessels electrical functions as well as monitoring systems. This is augmented with push-button switches for items needing more immediate access… horns, nav lights, etc. Additionally, a separate touchscreen control is located at the salon entry and an iPad can control the system from anywhere onboard.

Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht

A C-Zone control pad is located at the helm and down below. They offer DC and AC switching and over-current protection. Full systems monitoring (with alarms) including AC voltage, current, frequency and kilowatts, DC voltage, current and remaining battery capacity, along with fluid tank levels and indication for systems in operation, is clearly displayed on the 3.5” (8.89 cm) touchscreen at the helm and 8.5” (21.59 cm) color control screen at the salon entrance. There’s also the option of additional iPad connectivity, so you can control CZone from anywhere onboard the yacht.

A sub panel to the right is home to the IPS joystick forward, the digital engine controls just behind, and the control panel for the main multi-function displays just behind that. With the integration of the glass cockpit, the joystick also functions for joystick steering when underway. For that reason we’d like to see the stick mounted further aft. It would also allows us to face astern and stand either behind the helm or to the opposite side of the panel, at the top of the stairs, giving quick access to the stern for short handed tie-ups.

Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht

The concept of the glass dash is fully embraced by Riviera. Here we see the two main displays along with the C-Zone display to the lower left.

As no captain wants to be left alone while manning the helm, to port is a generously sized L-shaped chaise lounge so the guests can enjoy the same vantage as the captain in addition to his or her company.

Lower Deck Accommodations

Stairs fitted with courtesy lights are to starboard of the centrally mounted helm and lead to a foyer below. Concealed here is an optional washer/dryer combination.

Two options are offered for this foyer area… the first being a sofa mounted to the port side. Alternatively, owners can choose to make this area into a guest stateroom with over/under berths.

Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht

The lower deck is offered in two configurations. Choose from either a two or three stateroom layout.

Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht

The guest stateroom is optional. Choose either this or a sofa in the open foyer.

Master Stateroom

The master is located just aft from the foyer and features a king-sized island berth mounted on the centerline to minimize motion. It includes an innerspring mattress and upholstered headboard. Along with ample room to both sides there are ample storage solutions under the generous hull side windows to port. A chaise is to starboard. Opening portlights to port and starboard are stainless steel framed and offer flow through ventilation of natural air, and they are alarmed to the helm when in the open position. Roller blinds match those of the salon windows.

His and hers cedar hanging lockers are to both sides. The bulkheads and overhead are lined with leatherette upholstery.

Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht

The full-beam master stateroom features a centerline mounted king-sized berth.

Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht

Note how the fit and finish calls for all matching grains to the woodwork.

Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht

The ensuite head is located forward and to port in the master stateroom. A full length cedar hanging locker is adjacent to the door.

Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht

To starboard there’s a settee just under the hull side windows. This is opposite the storage to port.

Master Head

Ahead and to port is access to the master ensuite head. Solid surface counters continue here with a vessel sink mounted atop the counter with storage below. The overhead vanity mirror has LED lighting. Flooring is synthetic to prevent moisture damage after years of hot showers.

The shower stall has a frameless glass partition and door.

Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht

The master ensuite head shows that Riviera doesn’t hold back on the luxury just because we move beyond the living spaces.


The forward stateroom is the VIP and features the usual island berth with access to both sides. We’re happy that Riviera correctly takes full advantage of the available space above the hull side windows for use as storage. Additional storage is below the berth in the form of drawers to the aft side.

There’s private access to the ensuite head. With its separate entrance to the foyer, this head also serves as a day head for the upper deck.

Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht

The VIP stateroom is equal amounts of comfort and luxury. We particularly like how the area over the windows is used for storage, and notice the headboard is upholstered. Others use mirrors to create the illusion of space.

Engine Room

The engine room is accessed from three hatches in the cockpit deck. Stainless steel turn-and-lock latches keep the hatches secured when not in use. The engine space is flow-coated and includes acoustic and thermal insulation along with LED lighting and an average overhead clearance of 6’7" (2.01m). A commercial air intake system keeps the standard twin 600-hp Volvo Penta IPS 800 engines operating at full efficiency as well as keeping the engine room temperature well below the engine manufacturers formal recommendation. 725-hp IPS 950’s are available as an option.

Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht

The Riviera 56400 is powered by Volvo Penta IPS pod drive engines.

All through-hull fittings are mated to ball valves and properly double clamped per ABYC guidelines. The 792-gallon (3000L) fuel tank is mounted on the centerline so the fuel levels do not impede on the weight and balance of the 5400SY. Fuel levels can be read remotely from the glass cockpit display or directly from the fixed sight gauge.

All air conditioning units are mounted high so gravity brings condensate into common drains to both sides of the engine room, and then directly overboard.

Under the tender garage is dedicated space for an optional gyrostabilizer. Another example of how Riviera embraces new technology.

BoatTEST Performance Numbers

Underway, the slight downward slope of the bow enhances the visibility so that even in her 5-degree bow high running attitude there’s optimal visibility.

Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht

With the 600-hp IPS 800’s driving the 5400 Riviera reports a top speed of 29.3 knots.

The Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht has a LOA of 27’3” (17.46 m) and a beam of 16’ (4.88 m). With an empty weight of 54,600 lbs. (24,752 kg), 82% fuel and 2 people onboard, we had an estimated test weight of 59,380 lbs. (26,934 kg).

With the twin Volvo Penta 725-hp D11-IPS950s powering our test boat, we reached a top speed of 31.4 knots/36.2 mph at 2500 rpm. Best economic cruise came in at 2250 rpm and 26.8 knots/30.9 mph. It was at that speed that the 59.5 gph fuel burn translated into 0.5 nmpg and a range of 342.9 nm.

Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht

Here we can see the slight dip to the bow as it comes forward. This improved visibility, even with the 5400’s slight 5-degree bow high cruise attitude.


With over 30 orders for this boat before the hull #1 was even launched, it’s easy to see that customer feedback was met and exceeded with the 5400. In fact, it seems that each new launch from this company consistently outdoes the model before it.

Such is the case with the 5400 Sport Yacht.