By: KEVIN GREEN, Photography by: Supplied

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Sydney’s R Marine supplied the very first of the Riviera 5000's back in 2009, making them the authority on these seaworthy luxury motor cruisers.


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Second Hand Riviera 5000 Sports Yacht For Sale

The Riviera 5000 has sports yacht performance in an ocean-going hull that comes with three cabins – an ideal family boat. This example is a beautifully cared for 2012 model that comes with a long list of options, all built to exacting Australian and ISO standards. The 55-foot hull was built around the revolutionary Zeus pod drives, powered by Cummins diesels, which gave unheard of manoeuvrability at the time; allowing larger vessels such as this to be easily handled by only a couple of people when docking. The Zeus rear-facing propellers are a tunnel-mounted design which protects the pod drive from underwater debris, unlike some other pods that are forward facing. This means that the oceans debris is deflected by the skeg on the pod and away from the propellers.


The curvaceous topsides and low slung lines of this Riviera give it a modern look, the inside showing Queensland builder’s legendary attention to detail throughout with immaculate Cherry wood joinery and twin leather helm seats setting the tone in the saloon. Here, the aft-located galley faces the U-shaped lounge area which can be easily aired with the opening of a large window and sliding doors. Vertical side bulkheads create good sun protection while the sweeping forward window allows the skipper clear visibility.


Stepping up to the console shows the Raymarine C140 navigation screens, joystick pod controls and the twin throttles for the twin 600 horsepower Cummins diesels. Other useful smarts fitted to this example include an autopilot and the Mercury Skyhook GPS system, which holds the boat’s position automatically when switched on, ideal for hovering over a reef when fishing or waiting near the fuel dock. The Smartcraft engine monitoring system was another good step forward when this hull launched in 2012, as it gives menu driven information on the Cummins diesels.

In the galley the spacious Corian worktops have enough room for food preparation and below the end hatch is a twin electric hob and microwave. All doors have that classic Riviera outside catches to avoid opening in a seaway. Other cooking can be done on the transom-mounted barbecue while diners are shaded on the aft deck in the corner lounge. This Riviera is much more than a mere weekender when it comes to live aboard facilities.



The 5000 launched with two accommodation layouts – either a three cabin as standard or a two cabin with corridor lounge. This particular boat has the former; six berths, ideal for families or social sailing. The owner enjoys the bow en suite while aft is a double on starboard and a twin bunks. A second bathroom off the corridor is the day head. Typical of Riviera, the forward en suite cabin uses the full bow to maximise space around the island bed while overhead is a large skylight for natural light and ventilation.



Deep draft and a sturdy keel with flared bows are all part of what makes a Riviera a good sea boat, and also why buying one is a smart move if coastal cruising is in your plans. Exploring shallow creeks is easily done when the transom garage is opened to reveal the inflatable tender with 15 horsepower Yamaha outboard. The large teak swim platform is an ideal launch pad for this when it is hydraulically lowered. This Riviera 5000 is worthy of serious consideration for sailors seeking a good sea boat that has both performance and luxury.



PRICE $879,000

Location Sydney
Year 2012
Length 16.69m
Beam 4.76m
Weight ~17,800kg (approx.)

ENGINES 2 × Cummins QSC 600 (600hp)
Engine Hours 800

Fuel 2,300L
Water 750L

R Marine Sydney

Sydney Super Yacht Marina Suite B,
2 Maritime Court Rozelle. NSW 2039
W www.rivierasydney.com
P (02) 9327 0000

This story was originally published in issue #512 of Trade-a-Boat magazine. Subscribe today for all the latest boat news, reviews and travel inspiration.


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