Take Your Living Room for a Spin
Take a look inside the salon. Huge windows, a windshield, and twin glass sliding doors provide rivers of light. Yet the 5800 Sovran's tastefully muted fabrics, furnishings, and fixtures make it cozy and welcoming. For example, broad daylight emphasized the grain of the 2¼"-wide, tongue-and-groove teak sole. Draw the curtains and lower the blind, and parchment-shaded directional sconces highlight its color. A pair of movable mahogany club chairs and an L-shaped settee provide the casually formal seating you need when you invite a business associate aboard.
The helm deck is forward and up two steps -- part of the salon, yet distinct. To port is a generous console housing a drawer fridge and the boat's audio equipment. To starboard is a helm station from which cruising along the Inside Passage to Alaska would be a joy. (Surely, a glacier would calve at a blast from the two Kahlenberg air horns.) Teak-topped, with tongue-and-groove footrests and a leather wheel, the helm console is big, beautiful, and artfully arranged. The joystick, tab controls, and ignition switches reside beneath a teak hatch. Tank levels are checked, wipers set to wiping, and sunroof or electric windows slid open via the touchscreen controls Tiara builds in-house. Electrical systems readouts are digital.
Sit in one of two monstrous, electrically adjustable leather helm chairs. The view would be panoramic but for a mullion abaft the helm. No doubt a wiring chase, it impedes visibility aft. The ride has to be experienced. The 5800 Sovran levitates onto plane in an arc so fair, and with such smooth delivery of thrust, that it's like flying in an airliner. Combining an enclosed helm with the underwater exhaust and low vibration of IPS converts the cacophony of diesel power into the sound of bricks dropped on a pillow.
If you're used to big boats, you may be surprised at the alacrity with which the 5800 Sovran responds to input at the wheel. Docking was a cinch in the Shinnecock Canal's notorious current. A second joystick, your cockpit wing station, provides extra flexibility.