March 8, 2011

Project: Sunseeker 38 Portofino

Although not officially web announced by Sunseeker, the 38 Portofino project first pictures started to show since last September at the builders Southampton show stand. The 38 Portofino is to be Sunseeker's future entry level model and will compete with similar sized hard top sports cruisers. These being built mostly in Europe. As the picture shows the 38 looks similar to the ten feet bigger January 2010 presented 48 Portofino model. Size is the major difference with a smaller fore peak, which is to be expected considering the less dimensions. Sunseeker with the 38 Portofino hope to compete with similar offers in this size, although price is key for this achievement. Sunseeker used to dominate this size in the past, but its previous recent ancestors did not fare so well, and considering the higher competition today the task is more difficult. The 375 Portofino did have medium sales results in the mid nineties, and the early millennium produced 35 Portofino had low numbers, reason being a not very competitive price. So far no details are announced as to what propulsion, engine type, and the layout plan. What I do imagine is stern drive or IPS choice propulsion power, with the big windows to mid ship suggesting the 38 Portofino having a large cabin in that area. An up and down bathing platform seems also part of the package.

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