September 26, 2012

New Model: Sunseeker 40 Portofino

It's been one of the most waited new models from Sunseeker in recent times, and finally it has arrived. This is the 40 Portofino hull one launching in mid Summer and making its World premier in Cannes, France.  A return from the British Poole based boat builder to a forty feet entry level sport cruiser.  It is very interesting how the British have in recent times attacked this 35 to forty feet sport cruiser bracket.  Sunseeker has in previous years performed below expectations with its latest entry level models, 375 and 35 Portofino respectively so it will be interesting to see what the 40 will do. The new 40 Portofino follows a family feeling on the looks emulating the larger 48, and Predator 54 and 60 models, with the integrated hard top and huge side view glass surfaces being an important part of its design.  Sunseeker with the 40 Portofino go a different route to most offers in this segment for the cockpit layout, going for a small aft sun pad which can convert to double in size, C-shaped settee, wet bar to port side, and two forward looking settees the one to starboard being for the helm.  There is also the option for an extended up and down bathing platform which increases tender capacity and makes lifting and lowering easier. Down below design by renowned Ken Freivokh is a standard layout of two cabins, C-shaped saloon, galley and one guest head.  The midships guest cabin has also option to be a three berth cabin, with bed three replacing the unit on the entrance.  Standard engine power is twin Volvo 330hp give a 35 knots top speed.  A faster 40 knots max is being estimated with the larger 400hp units.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.9 m (42.4ft) including extended bathing plaform
LOA - 12.5 m
Hull Length - 11.97 m
Beam - 9.87 m
Draft - 1.06 m drives down
Displacement - 11,600 kg
Fuel Capacity - 750 l
Water Capacity - 295 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths, or 5 + 2
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 330hp, D6 400hp
Propulsion - Volvo Dual propeller stern drives
Speed - 35 knots with 330hp, 40 knots with 400hp
Construction - Vinilester resin skin coat with Powerder bound mat, balsa cored hull sides, PVC cored deck
Project - Ken Freivokh interior
Certification - CE