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.
|Length Overall||57' 3" / 17.46 m|
Acceleration Times & Conditions
|Time to Plane||N/A|
|0 to 30||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|
2 x 725-hp Volvo Penta D11-IPS950
2 x 626-hp Volvo Penta D11-IPS800
2 x 725-hp Volvo Penta D11-IPS950
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.