Riviera 5000SY reins supreme with new Zeus drives

Riviera's new 5000 Sport Yacht might not be able to control the weather but its revolutionary Zeus drives will make it a lot easier to maneuver in close quarters and windy conditions.

The new model and its innovative technology will be launched at the Sydney International Boat Show at the end of July.

Powered by twin Cummins turbo diesel engines linked to the revolutionary Zeus pod drives, this new model builds on the extraordinary success of the Riviera 4700 Sport Yacht that won the AMIF Boat of the Year award in 2007.

Zeus is an integrated system of marine diesel engines and steerable drive units mounted under the hull with twin counter rotating, aft-facing propellers. This system offers easy handling and maneuvering even in tight situations and a joystick for easy docking. Cummins claims up to 30 percent improved fuel economy, as well as 15 percent faster cruise and top speeds over conventional drive units.

The 5000SY is the fifth member of Riviera's European-style Sport Yacht family and replaces the shaft drive 4700SY.

The elegant 5000SY maintains and expands on the single-level lifestyle design of the Riviera Sport Yacht line, including an aft galley and stainless steel pillar less aft bulkhead door and fold-up awning window that opens the saloon right out into the cockpit.

The underwater profile of the Riviera 5000 Sport Yacht includes two Zeus drive units with aft-facing counter-rotating propellers and underwater exhausts mounted in tunnels that protect the pod drives from underwater debris.

An advanced joystick control system for slow-speed maneuvering can be operated with one hand and a single turn of the wrist; from sideways tracking, to spinning on a pin, to precise speed control. Zeus also features SkyhookTM, a system that will maintain the vessel on a fixed heading within a tight area - even in strong currents and windy conditions.

Continuing Riviera's commitment to innovation, the 5000SY offers owners the option of two accommodation layouts to further personalise the vessel: a three cabin and two bathroom design or two cabins and two bathrooms plus a below-deck lounge area. The large full-beam aft cabin offers options of an athwartships double bed and single portside bed or three singles.

Concept Design Manager Neil McCabe said: "Our computer modeling systems are giving us greater opportunities to offer these options. Our goal with the 5000SY was to create a fully specified boat while giving our customers the opportunity to tailor it to suit their individual needs and tastes."

Expansive panoramic windows and a huge electric sunroof in the saloon enhance the relaxed, refreshing and airy ambience of this new model.

Another innovation of the 5000SY is the option of an aft-facing lounge in the forward quarter of the cockpit, offering expansive views while protected from sun and wind.


Length overall 16.69 metres 54 ft 9 in
Hull length 15.46 metres 50’ 9”
Beam 4.76 metres 15’ 7”
Draft 1.10 metres 3’ 7”
Dry weight 18,000 kg 39,700 lbs
Fuel capacity 2,300 litres 608 US gal
Water capacity 750 litres 198 US gal
Holding tank capacity 151 litres 40 US gal
Standard engines:
442 kW 600 hp
Cummins QSC 8.3 turbo diesel (each)    
Sleeping capacity 7 persons
Generator: Onan 11 kW




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Click to enlarge image: Zeus Drives Side Profile

Zeus Drives Side Profile

Deck Plan

Deck Plan

Main Saloon

Main Saloon

Accommodation Arrangement

Accommodation Arrangement

Optional 2 Accommodation Arrangement

Optional 2 Accommodation Arrangement