Gilman Yachts has listed Optimist, a 2013 Riviera 5000 Sport Yacht, with an asking price of $649,000. The express-style cruiser has a two-stateroom, two head, layout that can sleep seven thanks to a convertible sofa in the lower salon that converts into a Pullman berth forming upper and lower bunks.
One of this yacht’s highlights is the helm-station experience. Yachting has previously reported how well Riviera designed the double-leather-seat helm space on the 5000 Sport Yacht, including its sightlines: “Two forward-facing windows have uncluttered views and are served by decently sized wipers. Add the long side windows and the open after bulkhead, and you have a near-flawless, 360-degree line of sight.” Additionally, there is a retractable sunroof in case the skipper wants to bring breezes and more natural light into the salon. The helm is also set up with a Garmin electronics suite, including multifunction GPS, displays, radar, autopilot and more. There is also joystick driving and a Skyhook vessel-positioning system.
During the sea trial we said, “Coming off of the four-foot swells at 30 knots, my body automatically tightened. I’m getting too damn old for this routine, I thought, preparing to flex with the expected impact. And then there it was: nothing. I felt absolutely nothing. The Riviera 5000 Sport Yacht settled effortlessly, like a piece of cotton falling gently to the floor, into the trough outside of Sydney Harbor.”
Enhancing the driving fun, is the 5000 Sport Yacht’s performance. Twin 600 hp Cummins QSC8.3 diesels are paired to Zeus Pod drives and propel Optimist to a reported 30-knot top hop, which is in line with our previous findings.
This yacht is also about comfort at sea, and to that end the salon layout includes a C-shaped sofa and table to port and the galley to starboard abaft the two-seat helm station. The galley is equipped with Corian countertops, high-gloss cherry cabinets, custom Riviera plates, cups, dishes, glassware, a microwave/convection oven, a dishwasher, stainless-steel refrigerators and freezers, and cruiseworthy provision stowage.
Belowdecks, there is a lower salon, which has the sofa that converts into the Pullman berth, a great addition for larger cruising families. The owners’ stateroom is forward with a centerline queen berth and an en suite head. The amidships VIP stateroom has a queen berth and a single berth.
When it comes to outdoor spaces, the 5000 Sport Yacht teak cockpit has a bench seat aft with a fixed table, just add some loose chairs and there’s alfresco dining for up to six. Forward and to port is an L-shaped sofa for additional cockpit seating. Side decks lead to the foredeck where there is a two-person sun pad, making it a great spot to catch some sun or enjoy some Sundowners with friends. There is access to tender stowage via the transom door. A hydraulic swim platform works in tandem with an onboard launching system to easily store a 10-foot-2-inch tender.
Some other notable features on board include a yacht tender winch, Cummins Engine Management Electronic Displays, automatic trim adjustment, fuel-management display with gph read out and total fuel burn data, a depth sounder, VHF, and an Onan 13.5 KW genset.
From the Archive: Riviera 5000 Sport Yacht
“On the salon level a settee runs most of the length of the port side. You’ll need a few stools to accommodate six people, assuming your staterooms are full up. Otherwise, it will seat four comfortably as is, and flanks the fully equipped galley. Features include one drawer-style refrigerator and one freezer, a microwave, a dishwasher and a two-burner cook-top under the counter.” – Yachting, October 2010
Where is Optimist located? The yacht is currently lying in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Take the next step: contact the listing agent, John Noone, 561-307-6353, gilmanyachts.com
- Length Overall: 54′
- Maximum Beam: 15′
- Fuel Capacity: 634 Gal.
- Draft: 3’4″