5788 Pilothouse Motoryacht

$625,000 CAD

Sidney, BC

Ready for the summer season. Just load up and go. The current owner not only has his own shipyard, he is fastidious about his personal boats. Just step into the pristine engine room and you will understand the upgrades and care that this lovely yacht has received by both this owner and its previous owner of nine years. The 5788 is well known for its quiet ride, and responsive handling. The perfectly proportioned layout is ideal for a family’s need and their joy in entertaining: a salon, galley and flybridge with space to stretch out, live, and enjoy guests; a commanding pilothouse and upper helm for runs in any weather; three fine cabins topped off by a sumptuous master stateroom; and smooth, exhilarating performance from an exceptional power package.  This particular 5788 incorporates many ideas from the later Meridian version of the same design.  

To view this vessel or for additional information, please contact Robb Butler, CPYB at (250) 656-8909 or (250) 589-6044 (mobile). Available seven days a week.

Location Sidney, BC
Condition Used
Category Pilothouse
Overall Length 57'
Year 1999
Hull Material Fiberglass
Hull Beam 17' 2"
Engine Power 1200 HP
Displacement 49,000 pounds


fresh water 1 x 222 gal
fuel 1 x 800 gal Aluminum
holding 1 x 76 gal Plastic

Engine 1

Make & Model Man D2866 LE401
Type Inboard
Fuel diesel
Year 1999
Power 600 horsepower
Hours 1850
Transmission Direct

Engine 2

Make & Model MAN D2866 LE401
Type Inboard
Fuel diesel
Year 1999
Power 600 horsepower
Hours 1850
Transmission Direct
Elements of "Who'd a Thought"

The 5788 Pilothouse is the flagship of Bayliner, as was the later version, the Meridian 580. Known as a value priced vessel, the model earned respect for:

  • generous beam - 17’ 2” creates remarkable volume of living space, giving rise to a roomy and comfortable family yacht and an outstanding yacht for entertaining
  • smooth, agile performance with a 20 knot cruise, and quite, graceful, economic ride at 10 knots, for long lazy days of summer
  • robust MAN diesel power with Germanic assurance and reliability
  • stairs lift in the cockpit for ease of stepping down into a palatial engine room, with room for ease of access, added equipment, spares, tools, etc.
  • excellent ergonomics - ease of boarding and moving around exterior decks, with exceptional flow of spaces from the cockpit, through the salon into the pilothouse, and either down into the accommodation, or up steps the enormous flybridge - fine layouts were a hallmark of Bayliner and the 5788 is no exception
  • comfortable lounging spaces: a salon with comfortable seating, outstanding surround views of the seascape, a home-sized galley with real appliances, and a dinette across from the galley
  • the pilothouse features settee and table, amazing visibility, a large dash for installed navigation equipment, access doors to either side deck and an easy traffic flow through the different areas of the vessel
  • An easily accessed flybridge with ample room for piloting, lounging in the sun at a fine anchorage storing kayaks, paddle boards, and children’s inflatable toys; or as this boat has been set up, clearing the decks, setting out their lounge furniture, and opening the patio umbrella for a spectacular barbecue overlooking the seascape!
  • Vimar plugs and switches
  • Honeywell programable thermostats
  • Vacuflow central vacuum
  • LED lighting and Intra fixtures



Who'd a Thought is a classic pilothouse design where the staterooms are accessed via a companionway forward and down from the pilothouse. At the bottom of the companionway is a foyer with doors leading into three staterooms, a fourth door opening to the guest head and shower, and a fifth door opening to a stacked washer and dryer. Forward find the generous VIP cabin, with direct access to the guest head to starboard with a sink, vacu-flush toilet and a walk in shower. Opposite the head on the port side is the guest cabin with cross over upper and lower bunks. Aft is the sumptuous, full-beam master stateroom with the queen sized bed lying athwartship. A dressing area with a sink is on the starboard side of the stateroom. The head with a separate full size bathtub, shower and vacu-flush toilet are directly aft of the dressing area. The headboard has been neatly modified and refinished to permit the berth to be shifted outboard, to increase the walk around access, like the Meridian 580.

Master Stateroom:

  • Mid-ship with true island queen berth
    drawers under berth, night stands with drawers, two hanging lockers
  • modified headboard, increasing beside walk around space
  • Corian tops on bedside tables
  • vanity with Corian countertops, molded sink, drawers & mirrored cabinet
  • Ensuite with Sealand vacu-flush head
  • separate enclosed shower stall and full size tub
  • upgraded sink faucets with soap and hand cream dispenser
  • oversized portholes

VIP Guest Stateroom:

  • Forward, queen berth
  • storage drawers under berth
  • two hanging lockers
  • two custom installed Oceanair overhead hatches with sky screens and sunshades
  • direct access to guest / day head, lock off privacy door
  • Sealand vacu-flush head
  • Corian vanity with molded sink and separate shower stall
  • upgraded sink faucets with soap and hand cream dispenser

VIP Guest Stateroom:

  • twin athwartship bunks
  • storage drawers under lower bunk
  • storage locker
  • access to guest / day head, with lock off door to VIP cabin
  • oversized portholes 


  • full size separate ASKO washer and dryer units
  • lines and towels included
  • Vimar plugs and switches
  • Honeywell programable thermostats
  • Vacuflow central vacuum
  • carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
  • LED lighting and Intra fixtures
  • electronic heat and AC controls
  • hardwood and carpeting

Aft of the galley is the perfectly proportioned salon in largely original, practical finishes. The typical window mullions have been removed to dramatically enhance the views out the expansive side windows. The settee seats six comfortably plus there are two stools. The table height can be adjusted via an electric motor operated by a switch. On the starboard side of the salon there is a wet bar with a SS sink and entertainment centre. The tone is enhanced by a stunning etched glass door on the TV cabinet, behind which is the audio visual system. This cabinet has been modernized by an electric lift for the flat screen TV!  All of the lighting is now LED, and multi-colour capability. The Vimar light switches and plates, modern digital AC controls and furnace thermostats all enhance the upgraded yacht feel of the space. 

  • Danby designer beverage cooler
  • entertainment console with etched glass doors and power TV lift
  • coffee table with power lift
  • multi colour LED salon lights and remote controls
  • Trident clock and barometer
  • window coverings and blinds
  • battery monitor
  • holding tank monitor
Galley and Dining

The galley is stunning, and a feature part of the redevelopment of this remarkable yacht. It is very open to and a part of the bright, open salon/dining area.  The floor has been replaced in a blending wood, running through to the dinette, and up the stairs to the pilothouse, including the steps to the flybridge creating a modern yacht look and feel. This galley is a cook’s heaven with generous counter space, and big, clear windows, and modern appliances. 

At the base of the pilothouse stairs on the starboard side is a dinette that seats six comfortably. On the port side is the galley that features a propane stove and oven, dishwasher, microwave oven and full sized refrigerator with freezer. The counter top provides a large working space plus two deep stainless steel sinks and garburator.

  • General Electric dishwasher
  • LG, french door, stainless steel fridge and bottom freezer
  • Bertazzoni four burner propane stove (an Italian, top quality stainless steel, slide-in range)
  • LG built in Stainless steel microwave oven
  • Kenmore garburator
  • side by side stainless steel sinks
  • designer faucet set, with pull out and soap dispenser
  • Corian counter tops
  • additional overhead cabinets
  • refinished cabinets throughout
  • corner bottom cabinet with a sophisticated pullout that maximizes storage
  • hardwood flooring
  • excellent, much improved storage throughout
  • propane sensor with monitor panel
  • raised counter edge separates the galley from the salon

The pilothouse has large windows on three sides which provide excellent visibility and a bright interior. This space has been enhanced by a corian table top, an electric Stidd helm seat in rich black leather. 

Side doors access both side decks, and steps up and aft lead to the flybridge. An array of controls, gauges, and navigation electronics (including GPS, radar, autopilot,VHF radio, video depth sounder and a large screen for displaying Navionics navigation software and camera images are impressive and thoughtfully laid out.  Details follow in that section below.

Behind the captain's chair is a large "L" shaped settee, that can easily seat four. Note the following:

  • recent Stidd helm seat, with power controls
  • cabinets finished to match galley, floors etc
  • stainless handrails to flybridge and below decks
  • etched glass doors on electrical panels
  • AC panel, DC panel
  • bow thruster control
  • search light control
  • thermostat, AC control
  • charging station for portable electronics in cabinet
  • cell phone booster
  • recently installed Glendinning electronic controls with synchronizer and slow vessel mode, with SMART ACTUATOR II 3.8 Software
  • engine instrumentation and gauges
  • Trace inverter monitor panel
  • Link battery monitor
  • Weems & Plath clock and barometer
  • Meridian 580 helm wheel
  • MZ Remote - digital anchor chain counter with remote
  • Flight System raw water flow alarm monitor panel, on both main engines
  • fuel transfer control switch
  • remote emergency parallel battery switch
  • engine preheat indicator
  • visual and audible engine alarm
  • recent Exalto pentographic windshield wipers and washer with intermittent control and speed control, auto park
  • engine room camera, aft view camera, starboard view camera, displays as three images, or as one on the pilothouse monitor.
  • remote light switch enhances the image for engine room camera view
  • Pilothouse doors - new upper guides & rollers

The flying bridge is accessed from both the pilothouse or the molded steps from the aft cockpit. This space has been adjusted for the purpose of entertaining and enjoying time with family and friends. With no flybridge tender, the addition of a home sized barbecue, and repositioning of the bridge seats, the entertainment space has been extended back to the rear of the bridge deck. A large umbrella, with proper anchoring was added. Deckadence deck covering plus new upholstery (Sept 2022) 

The upper helm station has a full set of engine instruments, navigation aids, (details in that section below), trim tab controls, bow thruster controls, and remote anchor windlass controls are provided along with a digital anchor rode counter. There are two helm chairs and seating for up to six more people. Custom barbecue console with sink and portable freezer. Electric davit and space for suitable tender.

  • stunning new Philbrooks custom SS bimini extended back to the arch
  • Meridian 580 stainless steel venturi frame
  • 2 x Flexsteel helm seats
  • Glendinning engine controls, instrumentation and gauges
  • stainless steel ships wheel
  • radar arch, Raymarine HD scanner, and various antennas including new VHF antennas
  • 2 x Intellian Satellite Domes 
  • deck crane, fabricated, installed drum bushings, re-wired electrical, new internal switches, new wire rope & swivel hook
  • sink with hot and cold water
  • Solaire full sized backyard stainless steel barbecue with new SS backsplash
  • sealed and vented propane locker
  • Waco portable freezer (large marine unit), on custom pullout from FRP locker
  • new upholstery on bridge seating
  • extra large folding sun-shade umbrella
  • Deckadence marine carpet
  • Fusion sound system speakers and three wired remote controls and bluetooth adapter
  • canvas covers for seating, helm, and barbecue
Electronics and Navigation


  • Autopilot-Raymarine ST8002 display with S3G AST course computer, c/w wireless remote to control the pilot from seat back in the Stidd chair, or on the flybridge
  • 3 x Raymarine E120 Displays - generally set up as radar, plotter and general data display
  • GPS - Raystar 125 Satellite differential GPS sensor 
  • Raymarine VCM 100 digital radar - 4kW digital pedestal scanner
  • Raymarine AIS 250 receiver
  • Raymarine DSM 30 depth sounder
  • Raymarine RF base and full function Raymarine remote keyboard 
  • ICOM model IC-M506 VHF radio
  • Secondary emergency 12 volt supply to Navigation suite
  • Ritchie Compass
  • Iris Marine Seesea TV split screen video camera system, 4 cameras positions.
  • Wilson cellular signal booster
  • Fusion stereo control panel


  • Raymarine E80 GPS chart plotter / sonar / radar repeater
  • Uniden ES model UM 625c VHF radio
  • Current VHF Antennas and new RG213U cables (2017)
  • Raytheon ST60 Multi function, boat speed, depth sounder, heading
  • Ritchie Compass
  • Fusion stereo control panel
  • Deckadence marine carpet

Entertainment Systems:

  • Bose Lifestyle Surround Sound with docking station
  • Wavejammer Bluetooth receiver
  • Sirius satellite radio
  • Fusion stereo system throughout
  • LG model CD/DVD player
  • Clarion AM/FM stereo radio and CD player
  • Bell 6131 HDTV satellite receiver
  • 26” flat screen TV (pilothouse)
  • 42” flat screen TV (salon)
  • 26” flat screen TV (forward stateroom)
  • 26" flat screen TV (master stateroom)
  • Clarion AM/FM stereo radio and CD player ( VIP Cabin)
Deck and Hull

Access is accomplished two ways, by the broad swim step and through transom gates either side or by stepping off the dock directly through the custom starboard side gate and into the spacious cockpit. Large hatches access the huge lazarette, a sliding glass door to the salon with new cover, moulded steps to the flybridge, which when electrically raised provide entry to the engine room. Step up to side decks on both port and starboard with good sized handrails leading to the forward deck, with two door access to the pilothouse, and a large foredeck with provision for a sun pad, chain locker deck access and a substantial anchor windlass. 

  • Remarkable is the detail work, such that Meridian 580 elements and much more have been incorporated. The custom side gate is a substantial example, but so is all the detail work:
  • The transom (outboard) storage hatch hinges up, which was changed from the manufacturer's set up of it hinging out, for ready access for storage and to the cablemaster controls, and is gas assisted. So the cable runs neatly aft, instead of across the cockpit deck. A neat shelf is built in for dock lines.
  • new Presto XL500 hydraulic davits in the extended swim grid 
  • pop up cleats for tender tie to swim platform
  • Walker Bay Generation 360 inflatable, electronics and cover
  • newer 40hp Yamaha outboard
  • large hawses with substantial cleats inboard on the transom, both sides, ideal for towing a tender
  • all deck cleats have been replaced with large stainless cleats on backing plates
  • cockpit courtesy lights are SS framed LED
  • VAC Ocean LED underwater lights
  • engine room door upgraded electric Bennett hoist
  • the main salon door has been modified with proper handles, such as the Meridian 580, to open and close and secure with minimal effort.
  • Deckadence marine cockpit covering, with hatch cut-outs
  • two LED floodlights
  • the black trim above the salon windows and the black “intakes” just aft of the pilothouse windows has been painted white, to clean up the lines
  • all of the white plastic vent covers, undersized plastic drain covers, filler caps and cleats have been replaced with stainless on the hull and deck to enhance detail.
  • 88lb custom stainless Lewmar Delta plough anchor
  • 250’ feet of 3/8" High Test Galvanized chain and 100 feet of rode
  • freshwater anchor wash down
  • Jabsco spotlight with controls at bridge and pilothouse
  • stainless bow pulpit and side deck handrails
  • swim ladder
  • hot and cold freshwater cockpit shower
  • port and starboard side transom gates
  • storage in two lazarette compartments
  • cockpit lockers either side
  • Glendinning Cablemaster system
  • shore power input receptacles two aft and one starboard side, along with a TV and cable input.
  • 20 lb. fibreglass propane tanks with solenoid and vapour detector
  • Makita portable air compressor and 50 foot hose
  • Fusion stereo control panel and speakers
  • custom prawn puller mount, fittings & electrical
  • dock lines and fenders
Engines and Mechanical

"Who'd a Thought" is powered by renowned, twin 610 HP MAN turbo diesel engines with approximately 1850 hours. The electrical system is powered by a 15 KW Westebeke generator, now housed in a custom fabricated sound box and with the exhaust routed through a water/gas separator to reduce sound levels to an absolute minimum.

Most hoses have been replaced with new, heavy duty hoses running off through hull valves, exhaust risers, bilge pumps, engine coolant fuel lines etc. The blue hoses are Trident, the best and most expensive hose available.  

Heating for the boat is provided by a 60,000 BTU diesel fired hydronic furnace. Separate digital thermostats are available in four zones for warm, drying comfort throughout the vessel. The water capacity is augmented by a new Rainman water maker capable of producing up to 25 gallons per hour.

In the lazarette, a custom built sound shield was built for the 15Kw genset and a water separator fitted. There is an air compressor to power the boat horn and pump up water toys for the kids.

 Big, oversized Johnson bilge pumps, in a pair in the bilge below the stairs, with one way valves to reduce back flow - these pumps vacate bilge water. There are eight, likely double the standard, and each of greater capacity. The pressure water system is powered by a Headhunter and the deck outlet for and aft by a Johnson pump that will spray water 40 feet!

  • Twin Man D2866LE401 turbo diesel engines 610hp with approximately 1850 Hours
  • Genset engine hours 15.OBTTB 15kW genset 
  • Bennet dual ram electro hydraulic trim tabs
  • 24VDC Max Power bow thruster
  • Reverse cycle AC, with high pressure pump, new digital control panels in main salon and pilothouse

Again, there are many detail upgrades and improvements in the engine room, noted below:

  • Care was taken to deck the aft areas of the engine room, with access below for storage between hull structures. Painted out, the engine room is tidy, well ordered, and, frankly, to a standard unknown in Bayliners. The silver deckhead, white engines and painted out space, with polished bronze, gleaming stainless steel, and bright blue trident hoses create an engine room decor, unprecedented.
  • high speed engine ventilation system - four Delta T Fans, two intake and two exhaust to provide air to the engines underway, and vent heat on arrival. This significantly reduces moisture in the machinery space, and carbon in the engine exhaust.
  • Racor air separator crankcase vent upgrade
  • four new coolant thermostats 
  • new coolant cross over hoses
  • new factory spare raw water pump
  • newer fuel lines with stainless valves on Racor fuel filters, with vacuum pressure sight guages.
  • engine block heaters
  • ITR Hurricane II 48000 BTU 3 zone-hydronic diesel furnace with new loops pumps
  • 5 zone-VAC Marine reverse cycle air conditioning / cabin heating system
  • Rainman Watermaker system RSU-115-1300 approximately 25gph c/w with pressure washer attachments
  • new or rebuilt sanitation system: tanks, dual vacuum generators and pumps, hoses and switches 
  • industry leading Trident marine (silicone hoses, braided etc) throughout - exhaust, cooling system, raw water pickups, fuel lines, oil lines
  • Sundown engine room insulation overhead
  • LED lighting
  • double stainless hose clamps on raw water runs with red end protectors
  • rebuilt Groco sea strainers, polished and coated bronze housings
  • 7 x 24VDC automatic bilge pumps throughout
  • electric lifter on engine room access hatch
  • new stainless tool box, custom storage lockers and parts cabinets
  • assorted spare parts and fluids
  • Flight Systems seawater flow monitor system for each main engine, with sight guage and alarm in Pilot House
  • shaft brushes linked to bonding system
  • Glendinning engine and gear power controls
  • Excalibur Headhunter XRS124 fresh water pump with high pressure Johnson WD5.2 deck wash down pump, both with strainers, and a Groco accumulator tank c/w pressure gauge
  • K&N engine air filters
  • Tides Marine shaft seals
Electrical System

Pacific Yacht Systems was invited to help design and install a robust AC and DC system of current design built with redundancy in central components, and the latest in electrical technologies, and laid out for efficiency, ease of use, and total dependability.

 The entire DC wiring system has been replaced from the panels back to the power sources to contemporary large yacht standards to achieve: the highest level of safety, efficient charging, new age batteries, redundancy, serviceability and convenience of use. The design of the system planning with Pacific Yacht Systems and weeks of their work. Instead of simply strapping up cables to the engine room deck head and running them behind a panel on the bulkhead - a wire nest as before - a conduit was laid beside a stringer, and new cables pulled.  A row of battery switches neatly labeled show clearly where power is routed to, which allows it to be safely shut down for service of that sector as need be. 

 There are two inverters - both function as chargers - to supplement output, one functions as and inverter, the other a standby in case the first malfunctions.

240/120VAC power is distributed through a circuit breaker protected panel with appropriate volt and amp gauges, and switches for fore and aft shore selection and shore and ship power. AC power is provided by 240/120V50Amp shore connection, with a Charles isolation transformer to the panel, by a 15Kw diesel powered generator, and, for light 120VAC loads, by a Trace 4000 Watt inverter, powered by the house bank of batteries.

24/12VDC power is distributed through circuit breaker protected panels, one for 24VDC and the second for 12VDC, both with volt and amp gauges. There are two banks of batteries. The house bank is comprised of 8 x 12VDC batteries, linked in series and parallel to provide 800 amps at 24VDC. The start bank is comprised of, two for each engine, Deka Sea-Mate 8A27 batteries in series for each 24VDC starter. Each engine battery is remotely switched from the pilothouse.

The battery banks are charged by alternators on each engine with port and starboard intelligent alternator power distribution system. When AC is present, a Promariner battery charger charges the engine start battery bank and the two Trace inverters with 125 amp charge capacity each, charge the house bank. Note that only one inverter puts out AC. It is wired to a switch and a simple hook up to replace the primary inverter in the event of failure. 

  • Reece Neville High Output 75amp alternators
  • Balmar Smart Regulators
  • ProIso Charge intelligent alternator distribution system 150 1-2 24VDC
  • Pro Mariner - Pro-Nautic 2425 Battery Charger - regulator and isolator wired with Xantrex Link Pro Battery monitor system
  • Trace Engineering SW4024 4000 watt Inverter/charger
  • Trace Engineering SW4024 4000 watt charger (inverter disabled until needed)
  • 8 X 12 VDC Odyssey Extreme Marine 1800 FT-1450 house batteries - 800 amp hours
  • 4 x 24 VDC Deka Sea-mate 8A27 AGM start batteries
  • Blue Seas ML-RBS 7702 remote battery switches
  • Westerbeke 15kW generator with upgraded custom sound shield - 1713 hours
  • 240V/50A Cablemaster power cord at transom
  • 10V30 A shore power connections at transom and starboard side deck
  • VAC Ocean LED underwater lighting system
  • custom and upgraded cable conduits throughout
  • remote solenoids in pilothouse
  • LED Nav lights

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


All personal property is excluded unless specifically identified and included in the sale agreement and listing specifications. Personal property refers to all items not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, furnishings, and recreational or entertainment items. Advertisements, marketing materials, and/or other photography may depict the vessel with personal property, however, such personal property is excluded unless otherwise specifically included as provided herein.

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Disclaimer: The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigatge such details as the buyer desires validated. Price, if shown, may not include applicable state or government fees, taxes, destination charges, preparation charges, or finance charges (if applicable). Final actual sales price may vary depending on options or accessories selected. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, manufacturer revision, or withdrawal without notice.

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