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February 4, 2024

Donovan Shead 1936 - 2024

Donovan 'Don' Shead left for the better World on Saturday third February, peacefully passing away at the age of 87, surrounded by his family.  Don Shead was born May six 1936, in Birmingham, Britain's most far away city to the sea.  His father Henry Shead, a mechanical engineer with passion for boats both sail and power, will pass his passions to Don at a young age, taking him to sail dinghy racing first on the lake and then at twelve years of age to Cowes, what will become his adoptive town into the years.  Both places will play an important role to Don Shead; Birmingham the UK motor city will give the passion for engines, while Cowes expands the love for the water.  Don raced his first powerboat race in 1961 with a loaned boat, and a year later purchases his own race boat.  In 1967 coming from his racing experience, and a natural design and engineering talent, Don architects his first boat, a six meter speed boat which with him on the helm will come second in the Paris six hours race.  This boat will be produced as the Avenger 21, and is followed by the Avenger 34 which will win the Round Britain race of the same year. With this Don Shead launches his career as naval architect and fast hull specialist, receiving two request for two Class Three hulls, and a Camper and Nicholson 27 meter super yacht on his first year in business.  The year of change for Don Shead comes in 1968 when his designed 25 foot single engine wood build Telstar with Tony Sopwith on the helm wins the Cowes race in rough sea conditions.  A year later in 1969 Don will present himself to Cowes with the first Miss Enfield, built of alumimium and just completed before the race starts.  Unfortunately for Miss Enfield after seventy nautical miles in first place she will retire due to engine problems.  A year later the one meter longer Miss Enfield II will win the Cowes race with Tony Sopwith again on the helm.  With Tony retiring from racing, Don will return to race helming Miss Enfield II himself, winning Cowes again, Naples and Viareggio, while a sister-boat driven by Franco Castoldi also takes line honors in Santa Margherita in 1974.  Don Shead will retire from racing in 1974 when an accident during a race will injure his back, making a one surprise come back in 1981 at Viareggio, where he places second.  Don's Italian race success in the early seventies get's the admiration of Italians Attilio Petroni and Francesco Cosentino, who will commission him a full racing boat.  This will be the 38 foot mono-hull to be build in alumimium by CUV; Cantieri Uniti Viareggio, an alloy subcontractor, and finished by long standing yacht building family Picchiotti. Fifteen of the CUV Picchiotti's are reported build, six 41's, and nine 38.  With the CUV 38 Consentino will win the Class One World Championship held in Argentina in 1978, a feat the CUV Shead hull will do two other times in 1982 and 84.  The Don Shead designed Italian build CUV was the first to break the US hulls dominion of the Class One World Championship after fourteen years from the debut of the racing formula in 1964. Unknown to many is that Don Shead also designed some sail yachts, and a windsurf which set a speed record in the mid eighties.  Miss Enfield II was also revolutionary for its signature wrap around windscreen which gave crew better safety and protection, a design feature Don Shead introduced on the Halmatic DS110 which launched in 1968 and was produced till 72 in 28 hulls.  In 1978 Don Shead will join Sunseeker debuting with the 28 Offshore model, and from their on doing all the designs from five up to 37 meters and till 2007 when he will sell his business to the Poole builder bosses Robert and John Braithwaite, remaining as a consultant until stepping down due to ill health.  Out of tens of models for Sunseeker's a note is deserved on the 34 XPS Portofino which debuted in 1983, and the Tomahawk 37 from 1987, both of these being based on the legendary CUV 38 hull, and competing in offshore racing, although without a success. Apart Sunseeker and the mentioned Avenger's, CUV, and Halmatic, Don Shead designed boats and yachts for Australian Motor Yachts, Broooke, Cammenga, Camper and Nicholson, Devonport, Feadship, Lavagna Admiral, Mefasa, Palmer Johnson, Picchiotti, Souter, Tecnomarine, and Viudes.

November 3, 2023

New Model: Sunseeker Ocean 182

Sunseeker has in the end of Summer 2023, launched its new Ocean 182 model, the enclosed bridge version developed on the Ocean 90 which debuted in 2021.  Sunseeker Ocean 182 is called for its gross tonnage volume rather then its length, and is a model designed around the North American market, were enclosed bridges are pretty popular for yachts above twenty meters in size.  Thanks to the enclosed bridge and the removal of the helm station the Ocean 182 expands the size of the entairtenment area on the main deck, freeing space for a double to size compared to the 90 relaxing sofa, with the forward area featuring a larger galley to port-side and dinning area for eight.  The helm station in the Ocean 182 is located in the enclosed bridge, which behind and fully climate controlled and protected from the environment is another large C-shaped saloon with entairtenment area opposite.  To aft of the bridge is the open part, which uses about a third of the upper deck area and features an L-shaped chaise lounge with wet-bar opposite.  For the lower deck the Sunseeker Ocean 182, features a four double cabins layout full beam but not midships located master stateroom, and a VIP suite with separate passage way forward.  Two crew cabins with a shared bathroom, and a lobby featuring a dinette and galley is located between the engine room and the guest cabins area.  The Sunseeker Ocean 182 is powered by twin Man engines from 1650 to 2000hp with top speeds up to 27 knots and a range of about 1100 nautical miles at twelve knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 27.10 m (88.9ft)
Beam - 7.16 m
Draft - 1.95 m
Displacement - 82,300 kg medium load
Fuel Capacity - 13,000 l
Water Capacity - 1500 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, three/four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1650hp, V12 1900hp, V12 2000hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 27 knots max twelve knots economic cruise with Man 1900hp
Range - 1100 nautical miles at twelve knots
Certification - CE

October 6, 2023

Project: Sunseeker 120 Yacht

During the 2023 Monaco Yacht show, Sunseeker unveiled the project for a new 120 Yacht model.  Considering the success Sunseeker had over the thirty meters size from 2000 onwards when it launched the 105 Yacht, and since then selling 147 yachts in fourteen models the Poole builder has been rather quiet in its one hundred feet plus Super Yacht range in recent years, that is excluding the 100 Yacht which launched in 2022.  The 120 Yacht project looks to be an evolution of the 116 Yacht, which Sunseeker debuted in 2016 and has sold in 24 units. Apart sharing hull dimensions and similar looks, the 120 Yacht though is rather revolutionized, and the further up you go in the more different it is to the 116, with glazing being extended and a new hard top with a forward looking inclination. The 120 Yacht has also been redesigned with an option as the rendering above shows to have a splash pool on the foredeck, while the transom area will feature opening gull wing doors which extend the bathing platform to a beach area with spaces which will include a day head with shower, and more space for waterside enjoyment.  The Sunseeker 120 Yacht will offer accommodation for ten guest suites including a very customisable owners stateroom forward of the main deck, while crew space is for six in three rooms forward of the lower deck.  The Sunseeker 120 Yacht is to be powered by twin MTU 2600hp for top speeds up to twenty knots, and a 1700 nautical miles range at ten knots.  

September 21, 2023

Projects: Sunseeker 55 Sport Yacht, Sunseeker Predator 55

On the opening day of the Cannes Festival Sunseeker announced two new seventeen meters sport yachts to launch in 2024, the 55 Sport Yacht and the Predator 55. Both the new models are to be based on the 2023 launched Superhawk 55 platform, with an identical length and beam, and are to be powered by the same twin 725hp IPS pod drives set up for speeds up to 35 knots.  Three knots less then the Superhawk 55, which is the trade off for the weight of the extra super structure.  Beside the sport bridge which you get in the 55 Sport Yacht, both the models have five choices inside, two for the upper deck; with a galley to starboard or a sofa, and three lower deck choices all about the middle starboard side; L-shaped saloon, spacious galley, and a three cabins with head choice.  More so with the 55 Sport Yacht, I think Sunseeker has something unique here, first of all sport bridge sub sixty feet are non existent, and second the three cabins three head layout is also very hard to find.  I think in the current panorama of sport yachts in this seventeen meters size no one has this option, with a couple of flybridge motor yachts offering this choice.     
The Sunseeker Predator 55 will replace the just stopped in production Predator 55 Evo, which was presented in 2020, as an evolution of the 2018 launched Predator 50.  Here the offer is nearly identical to the 55 Sport Yacht, same five total options on the main and lower deck, with a larger hard top opening replacing the mini sport bridge up top.

August 17, 2023

New Model: Sunseeker 75 Sport Yacht

Sunseeker present the new 75 Sport Yacht, an evolution of the 74SY with improvement in every area. The new for 2023 75 Sport Yacht balances beautiful architecture with functionality and a beautiful symmetry. Dual steps lead from the bathing platform to the aft cockpit, with a tender garage capable of housing a tender just short of four meters in size. A signature walkaround step on the bathing platform elongates the yacht while providing a visual feature that creates a unique perspective from the marina. Meanwhile, access to the starboard side is improved, making full use of the side decks. Aesthetic styling is prevalent in every detail. The yacht profile turns heads with stainless steel air intake cowlings and exterior handrails, contributing to the high-quality finish. There is an enhanced material selection, with new exterior upholstery and moulding options. Adventurous buyers will be captivated by a choice of four new grey hull colours. Overall, the exterior is aggressive and imposing, with a new, angular hull and superstructure glazing design. The aft cockpit benefits from a classic seating arrangement. Popular U-shaped seating with a rise-and-fall carbon fibre table provides an intimate social area. The aft sun-pad is an ideal sunbathing space, with a large storage compartment concealed underneath. The cockpit door slides to starboard and then the door and window descend beneath the seating, uniting the cockpit with the saloon. A traditional second helm is accessible on the spacious flybridge via a stairway. Adjacent companion seating on the starboard side, adjoined by a chaise-longue sun-pad, offers an uncompromised view of the water. Complete with a wet-bar for the essentials. Meanwhile, up front there is a spacious foredeck with seating and a table for six. Cold drinks are at hand courtesy of the built-in drawer fridges whilst the broad comfortable sunpads feature tilting backrests. The design extends throughout the interior with exquisite woods, contrasting fabrics and rich lacquers, paired with indirect and dimmable lighting, create a sophisticated and striking ambience. Bold features include carbon fibre trims, sharp accent designs, reflective surfaces and stainless-steel cabinet detailing. A double-piece windscreen improves visibility and invites light into the main deck. The interior space is customisable from the material selection to the configuration. The main deck seating centres around a fold-out table on the starboard side and a large television unit on the port side in a standard arrangement, all flooded by natural light thanks to the full height glazing. The comprehensively equipped helm station is forward of the U-shaped sofa, maintaining a typical Sunseeker layout. The lower deck arrangement offers spacious accommodation for up to eight guests and two crew. A sumptuous full-beam master cabin has a dressing table fitted with storage, a chaise longue and plenty of additional wardrobe space. All three guest suites come with an en suite, and access to a shared day head is available from the lower hallway. The fully-fitted lower galley and dining space offer a social zone for intimate entertaining. With so much choice on offer, buyers can tailor their 75 Sport Yacht to fit their lifestyle perfectly. The Sunseeker 75 Sport is powered by standard Man 1550hp and or optional 1900hp engines with speeds up to forty knots from the large engines.
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.06 m (75.8ft)
Beam - 5.38 m
Draft - 1.87 m
Displacement - 46900 kg medium load
Fuel Capacity - 4800 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Accommodation - six guest in three cabins, or eight guests in four cabins, 3 crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1550hp, V12 1900hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - forty knots with twin Man 1900hp, ten knots economic long range
Range - 900 nm at ten knots

January 30, 2023

New Model: Sunseeker Superhawk 55

Sunseeker finally present the new Superhawk 55, a very much awaited model from one of Britain's favourite yacht brands which reportedly sold in twenty units before its debut in January 2022.  A creation envisioned by current Sunseeker CEO Andrea Frabetti, the Superhawk 55 is a departure to the previous eight to fifteen meter Hawks which have came since the 1987 launched 37 Tomahawk.  The Hawks had a common denominator, slim and fast, and fifty knots or more speeds with the large engine option.  This new Superhawk 55 breaks a few rules in the Hawk regulations book if there ever was one.  She is quite a fat boat sitting at just under five meters in beam, for comparison this makes her fatter to both the current Predator 55 and 60 Evo models.  Another is that she is not that super fast, by all accounts 38 knots wide open throttle is not slow, and if we look to the past over half of the 292 made 37 Tomahawks sold in its five year production where with twin Volvo 200hp diesel on stern drives, which had about the same top speed.  It was the same for the Hawk 34, and or the Superhawk 48/50, mostly sold with diesel power and speed in the high thirties.  Taking away all this and the name, the Superhawk 55 is a fantastic day yacht with Summer week or two cruising capabilities for two couples.  It is also a party yacht outside with a spacious wide body aft deck taking half the length revolving around a large central sun-pad, galley wet-bar, and two L-shaped lounge settee all sitting in a flush floored cockpit.  Conclusion is that the Superhawk 55, is a new departure for Sunseeker, and if successful might open the door for the British yacht builder for the creation of larger entertainment focused Hawks.
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.13 m (56.2ft)
Beam - 4.93 m
Draft - 1.43 m including drives
Displacement - 21,800 kg unloaded, 26100 kg loaded 
Fuel Capacity - 1800 l
Water Capacity - 430 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, plus two in convertible lounge
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 725hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS950 dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 38 knots max
Certification - CE A

January 11, 2023

Project: Sunseeker 75 Sport Yacht

Sunseeker present the project for a new 75 Sport Yacht set to be presented in a weeks time at the Dusseldorf 2023 boat show. A smoothed out evolution of the outgoing and replacing 74, the 75 Sport Yacht differences are noticeable in the air engine intakes and larger hull side windows.  The Sunseeker 75 Sport Yacht is to be the flagship of Sunseeker two model sport yacht range which starts with the 65 model which was presented in 2021.  Offering a three cabins layout with the option of a fourth cabin replacing the small dinette in the lower deck.  The main deck is fully reserved for relaxing and lounging and dining with an L-shaped galley located conveniently at the entrance of the lower deck.  A crew cabin with two L-shaped bunk berths with private head is located aft to port side.  A 3.85 meter tender garage is also located aft. The Sunseeker 75 Sport Yacht is standard powered with twin Man 1550hp engines, and or optional 1900hp units with the larger units giving speeds up to forty knots.

December 3, 2022

Project: Sunseeker Ocean 460

The Sunseeker Ocean 460 is a tri-deck yacht project with a round-bilge semi-displacement hull. Whilst part of the Ocean range of models, it is also a superyacht, the first Sunseeker to feature a vertical bow and with a beam of over nine meters she has 25% more interior volume than her sister ship the 131 Yacht, thus paving the way for a completely new design philosophy for the next generation of superyachts coming from Poole. Rather than using the boat’s length within its model name, the Ocean 460 references its gross tonnage figure, the measurement of a yachts interior volume. While this is a new naming convention for Sunseeker, it truly captures why this new model is so unique. It reminds the owner that they are gaining a significant increase in interior volume in a yacht measuring 42 metres, compared with a conventional yacht layout of a similar size. The Ocean 460 is available with MAN 2000hp engines providing a maximum speed of 21kts and a range of 3,200nm at a cruising speed of circa 12kts. Optional hybrid options will also be available offering a myriad of benefits from extending the range, a period of silent running or delivering the hotel load whilst at anchor. Sunseeker has designed the Ocean 460 with discerning clientele in mind, understanding that customers are spending more time on board, both underway and at anchor, with increased comfort and quality of life of supreme importance. The new Ocean 460 will benefit from reduced noise, more usable space and the very latest technologies. She also boasts some of Sunseeker’s most sophisticated interiors to date with numerous options for owners to fully customise their yacht. The interiors are a close collaboration between Design Unlimited and Sunseeker’s in-house interior design team and are understandably sumptuous. The first impression is one of light, space and detail paired with premium technology and an infinite choice of d├ęcor and lighting to suit the mood, increased with subtle lighting integration. The styling is an evolution that is reassuringly Sunseeker, with the yacht exuding sophistication with decadent touches, seamless room transitions, and the very finest woods, leathers and fabrics to create a bespoke personality for each individual owner.

October 22, 2022

Project: Sunseeker Ocean 156

Following the success of the 90 Ocean, with sixteen units sold just one year after its presentation, Sunseeker presents the project for a smaller entry level 24 meter Ocean 156. Titled 156 as in volume gross tonnage this Ocean 24 meters project follows the philosophy of the 90 model offering a larger feeling of space than other super yachts of its size, and flexible to design options.  Sleeping eight or ten guests, the Ocean 156 offers three main deck layouts, and will feature a completely enclosed upper deck with single helm station up top. The upper deck is also asymmetric, full body to starboard and offers a Portuguese deck forward of the helm station, with this space offering a forward C-shaped dinette, but can be customized with sun pads and or spa tub options. The main deck saloon will have all around panoramic views owed to the full height and vertical glazing surrounding all the area, and can be customised in three different arrangements; aft galley, main deck master stateroom forward, and or mid galley.  Beside the standard aft patio door, the Ocean 156 will have port, starboard, and forward doors on the main deck.  On the lower deck, the full beam master aft features ample storage, a vanity desk and connecting en-suite with twin basins. In a standard configuration, the lower accommodation comprises of a forward VIP and two guest cabins with an optional sliding berth cabin accommodating additional guests in comfort. There is also option for crew accommodation forward of the engine room with appliance block and worktop space for self-sufficiency. The lower deck just as the upper deck features flush level floor between all cabins. The Sunseeker Ocean 156 is to be powered by Volvo 1000hp with IPS pod propulsion and is estimated to reach top speeds up to 23 knots.

May 8, 2022

New Model: Sunseeker 100 Yacht

Sunseeker have launched the anticipated 100 Yacht at Poole Harbour, with this 29 meter super yacht seeing daylight for the very first time in the end of April. Preparing for her maiden sea trial, the 100 Yacht stands poised at the home of Sunseeker before her delivery into the Mediterranean this summer. Aggressive styling remains true to Sunseeker lineage but with a new, three-dimensional aesthetic.  The 100 Yacht is set to revolutionize the Sunseeker Yacht range, earmarking the start of a new era in design and functionality with the introduction for a semi-wide body under thirty meters of size, and also being somehow Asymmetric with the wide body being 30% to port side, and about 40% to starboard. With new entertainment features at the fore, the 100 Yacht offers great versatility with a truly global appeal. The sweeping flybridge, with complete access from bow to stern, is one of the exceptional entertainment areas that defines the 100 Yacht. The vast space on the flybridge is cleverly zoned to offer seamless entertainment. The foredeck has two separate seating arrangements with cinema screen capability, while the central flybridge has L-shaped seating, a fully equipped wet bar and space aft for free-standing furniture or a spa bath.  The near to seven meter beam adds significant interior volume feeling much larger than a thirty, matched by interior features typically found in bespoke superyachts. The full-beam master suite situated on the main deck benefits from floor to ceiling windows port and starboard as well as an exceptional glass atrium door forward, leading to an owner’s private bow terrace.  Powered by MTU 1974hp as stanard or optional 2600hp, the 100 Yacht reaches speeds of up to 29 knots with the large engine option and has a range of 1,300 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 12 knots. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 29.85 m (97.9ft)
Beam - 6.90 m
Draft - 2.10 m full load
Displacement - 94119 kg (medium load)
Fuel Capacity - 12800 l
Water Capacity - 1800 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, five crew in three cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V2000 M96X 1974hp, 16V2000 M96L 2600hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 29 knots max 12 knots economic cruise
Range - 1800 nm at 12 knots
Certification - CE A Ocean

March 14, 2022

New Model: Sunseeker Predator 65

Based on the 65 Sport Yacht platform which Sunseeker launched in mid 2021, the Poole based yacht builder presents the new Predator 65. The dramatic exterior is a striking blend of tinted glazing, carbon fibre and polished stainless steel, perfectly balancing traditional Sunseeker design concepts with cutting-edge material innovation to create a performance twenty meter sport yacht. In a standard arrangement, the aft cockpit comprises of comfortable seating backed onto a large sun pad over the garage and a social bar unit with matching stools on the port side. Owners can opt for a fully integrated wet bar or extended J-shaped lounge seating running aft from the galley across the width of the cockpit if desired. This Predator 65 benefits from an optional crew cabin, accessed via a dedicated stairwell in the aft cockpit. Below deck, the three-cabin layout provides accommodation for up to six guests. A spacious, full-beam master stateroom features a generous en-suite, while the thoughtfully designed forward VIP cabin provides an equally comfortable room for guests. Each guest cabin has an en-suite, and there is a separate day-head below. Optionally, an open-plan Owner’s Office linked to the master stateroom, a single-berth cabin, lower deck galley or saloon can be specified, delivering flexibility for any owner. An extra-wide tender garage allows a jet tender to be carried and launched via a new diagonal sliding hydraulic bathing platform. The additional garage space can store SeaBobs, inflatable paddleboards, diving equipment or racking. If specified as a Beach Club, the fully-flush floor lends itself to free-standing furniture with a rain shower, lighting and speakers built in to the opened door.  The Sunseeker Predator 65 is powered by twin Volvo 900hp or 1000hp with IPS forward looking pod drives which allows top speeds up 35 knots with the large engine choice.
Technical Data:
LOA - 20.50 m (67.2ft)
Beam - 5.10 m
Draft - 1.6 m
Displacement - 37810 kg medium load
Fuel Capacity - 3500 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, or seven berths in four cabins, one berth crew cabin
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 900hp, D13 1000hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 35 knots max with Volvo 1000hp, ten knots long range cruise
Range - 750 nm at ten knots

December 12, 2021

Project: Sunseeker 90 Ocean Enclosed

Following the success of 90 Ocean, Sunseeker where quickly to present a new project based on the same model but with the feature of an Enclosed Bridge, enters the Sunseeker 90 Ocean Enclosed. Enclosed Bridges are pretty popular in the USA and down under Australian and New Zealand market and here we see Sunseeker doing a first with this model.  In the Sunseeker 90 Ocean Enclosed the pilot house will be only located on the fly deck, covered by the fully enclosed hard-top.  This gives space for a larger saloon, and a dining area located in replacement of the helm station.  The Enclosed fly deck will offer a central helm station with a bar and wet-bar area and lounging sofas.  An option exists where the L-shaped dinette in the Enclosed bridge is replaced by a central dining table.  On the lower deck the 90 Ocean Enclosed will be the same double four cabins layout, as the standard Ocean model.

November 11, 2021

Improve-it = Sunseeker Manhattan 68

Sunseeker present a new arrangement called Pacific for its popular Manhattan 68 model. Fundamentally about offering versatility to owners, the Pacific arrangement reinvents the space for the twenty meter motor yacht. In a standard configuration, owners benefit from a four cabin, three head layout with the galley set aft at main deck level. In lieu of a fourth cabin and private staircase to the master cabin, the Pacific arrangement offers a double U-shaped seating in the saloon and an exceptional ‘Grand Master’ suite below deck. The generous saloon features social seating to the port and starboard side with a discreet rise and fall TV that can be tucked away when not in use, promoting uninterrupted views out to sea. The dining area has L-shaped seating and a table that effortlessly folds away, freeing up more floor space and again promoting a spacious and welcoming main deck. The master cabin affords owners with flexibility to use their private space however they wish. Upon entering, a new ‘Grand Master’ layout delivers deep comfortable companion seating outboard, positioned opposite an expansive sideboard with stowage. On the portside, adjacent to the king bed, owners can then opt for a chaise longue, breakfast table and seating, vanity table with additional drawers or another comprehensively equipped sideboard. What’s more, the master cabin benefits from its own private bar complete with glass stowage and refrigeration. This exceptional layout strikes a perfect balance between ample social spaces and generous private quarters. The new interior design is matched with a peerless level of comfort and detailing; from recessed feature lighting to chrome highlights and luxurious furnishings, the overall impression is one of immense comfort to anyone stepping on board.

October 5, 2021

Project: Sunseeker Predator 65

Sunseeker present the project for a new Predator 65.  Based on the 2021 launched 65 Sport Yacht but without the sport flybridge, and this being replaced by a large half roof opening hard-top.  The Predator 65 just like the 65 Sport Yacht is pure classic Sunseeker essence, a sporty profiled yacht aggressive yet smooth lined and modern as it can get.  The Predator 65 offers a three double cabins lower deck layout with a single berth crew cabin aft.  All living is on the single floor flash main deck and here Sunseeker went for an aft galley layout, with a dinette forward to port side.  The Sunseeker Predator 65 is to be powered just like the Sport Yacht 65 by twin Volvo 1000hp engines with IPS pod drives, with top speeds up 35 knots, and a cruise which by my estimates should get you less to ten litres per nautical mile.

September 14, 2021

Project: Sunseeker Superhawk 55

Sunseeker went all guns blazing during the Cannes 2021 boat show, presenting four new models and three upcoming projects for 2022, and announcing the return of the Superhawk name since the demise of the 43 model around 2012 with this new 55 project.  With Andrea Frabetti at the helm great things are coming from the Poole based builder, and now his work is turning full circle.  The Superhawk 55 is a sixteen meter with a beam of just under five meters sport yacht, offering a spacious main deck layout with central sun-pad, and a nice central wet bar behind the centre console type helm station.  Of note is that half of the exterior is covered by an overhang, side opened hard-top, and another important detail is that the aft part from the radar arch to the stern makes also full use of the beam.  Down below the Superhawk 55 also offers nice spaces with a standard two cabins layout; owners room at midships, and guest forward, and an option for a third in replacement to the lower deck saloon to starboard.  A galley is also located below to port side in between the cabins.  Performance wise the Sunseeker Superhawk 55 will be powered by twin Volvo 725hp with IPS pod drives and speeds up to 38 knots.   The Superhawk 55 is an innovative project to come from Sunseeker, with some brilliant ideas on the main deck giving the feel of a large centre console and when launched should be one of the most good looking sport yachts in its size.  My only gripe is that with the near to five meter beam and performance numbers it is difficult to picture this model in the Hawk-Superhawk line-up, but more about this in an upcoming blogger. 

September 5, 2021

New Model: Sunseeker 88 Yacht

Sunseeker 88 Yacht has new to the brand, exterior lines and a sleek flybridge hardtop roof with an optional central opening canopy. Powered by twin MTU 1950hp as standard, she accommodates eight guests and four crew in complete luxury and comfort reaching speeds of up to 28 knots. The 88 Yacht features Sunseeker’s industry-leading ‘Beach Club’ accessed by dual teak staircases featuring recessed LED lighting. The ‘Beach Club’ transforms the area into a private outdoor sanctuary complete with an innovative X-Tend sunbed that converts to face aft at water level or when raised forward into the cockpit. Set beneath is an overhead rain shower and plentiful stowage, including dedicated lockers for two SeaBobs with charging points. The extended bathing platform is perfect for carrying a tender with an optional flybridge crane for a jet ski or similar.  The vast flybridge on the 88 Yacht enjoys a superb layout with beautifully appointed furniture on a spacious aft deck and the option of an infinity spa bath with a sun pad. It’s a brilliant space for entertaining with ample places to sit and relax thanks to companion seating adjacent to the helm and extended U-shaped seating opposite a feature wet bar with ice maker, grill and two fridges or optional drawer-refrigeration. There is also the option for fixed stools to turn this into a social bar area. The teak foredeck features another private, social space with a Portuguese bridge, a large sunbathing area and comfortable lounge seating complemented by premium teak side decks as standard. The main deck is nothing short of spectacular. Inside, there is a large forward galley that maximises an open-plan entertainment space. Owners and crew can enjoy making use of ample practical storage space, as well as a dedicated fixed breakfast bar unit with two stools, creating an additional informal dining area. The galley has a full-height premium fridge freezer and dishwasher as standard with space for wine coolers.  There is also the ability to fully close off the galley, allowing the crew to move around the yacht unnoticed with access from the lower helm on the starboard side that gives owners the chance to enjoy complete privacy. The interior exudes luxury and has clever design cues throughout that make the yacht stand out, including diagonal stainless detailing on cabinetry and doors. The layering of textural elements and the mix of furnishings and fabrics feels timeless with a modern twist with a range of colours and finishes available. Sunseeker has located the grand master stateroom central to the yacht, making the most of her substantial beam to maximise this private space. The master stateroom, enjoys a spacious dressing area with a double wardrobe and adjacent in the en suite featuring exquisite surfaces throughout are double sinks, an overhead rain shower, and plentiful stowage.
Technical Data:
LOA - 26.38 m (86.7ft)
Beam - 6.47 m
Draft - 1.95 m
Displacement - 75400 kg medium load
Fuel Capacity - 11000 l
Water Capacity - 1500 l
Accommodation - eight guests in four cabins, four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 10V2000 1950hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 28 knots 12 knots economic cruise
Range - 1300 nm at 12 knots

August 20, 2021

Improve-It = Sunseeker 76 Yacht

New for 2021 Sunseeker present a galley aft layout on the 76 Yacht model. This layout choices make dining and entertainment all set in one place and makes also the galley adjoining to the aft deck.  The standard galley layout on the 76 Yacht is offered on the forward part of the saloon behind the helm station to starboard.  The Sunseeker 76 Yacht is powered by twin Man 1600hp and reaches speeds up to 32 knots and a cruise of 25 knots.  The Sunseeker 76 Yacht has been a popular model and with this new main deck option will add to its current market success.

June 29, 2021

New Model: Sunseeker 65 Sport Yacht

Suneeker present the all-new 65 Sport Yacht expanding its range of next generation yachts with  innovation. The opyional SkyHelm sport bridge helm comes complete with IPS docking joystick, can be used in an upright position for low speed manoeuvring or lowered to fall perfectly into outstretched arms when sat low in the bespoke helm seats, cossetted by carbon fibre back rests and an integrated centre console. The modular layout allows for a variety of specifications and enhancements, with space that adapts seamlessly to all kinds of socialising and adrenaline-seeking. Three cabins including a full beam master stateroom accommodate up to six guests in luxurious comfort, with a fully appointed crew cabin located forward of the garage. Take your Sport Yacht to new heights by carrying the tender on the bathing platform and reconfiguring the vacated space as a dedicated ‘Beach Club’ with direct sea access, bar, fridge, BBQ, and free-standing seating. The perfect space for those happiest close to the water. The  Sunseeker 65 Sport Yacht is powered by twin Volvo 1000hp engines with IPS pod drive propulsion allowing for top speeds up to 35 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 20.50 m (67.2ft)
Beam - 5.10 m
Draft - 1.6 m full load
Displacement - 35810 kg half load
Fuel Capacity - 3500 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 1000hp 
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Speed - 35 knots max 
Range - 750 nm at ten knots

May 21, 2021

New Model: Sunseeker 90 Ocean

Presented as a project in 2019 as 8X, the Sunseeker 90 Ocean is a revolutionary new model part of the famous Poole, British boat builder Yacht line.  This new 90 Ocean is a forward thinking model which goes away from the usual schemes we are used from Sunseeker; the forward upright full bow, and the aft 24 square meters open beach club are different to what has come before her from Poole.  Yet upward to the shear line it is all so distinctive Sunseeker, with the radar arch an always important design feature showing aggressiveness and sportiness.  We have a lesson and statement from the 90 Ocean; forward thinking yes, but forgetting your design distinctiveness never, and why should Sunseeker forget, considering they have one of the most known boating signatures in the World.
Technical Data:
LOA - 27.10 m (88.9ft)
Beam - 7.16 m
Draft - 1.86 m
Displacement - 85000 kg half load
Fuel Capacity - 13000 l
Water Capacity - 1500 l
Accommodation - eight/ ten guests berths in four cabins, 2/4 crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Man 1900hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 26 knots max, 12 knots economic cruise
Range - 1800 nm at 12 knots

January 27, 2021

New Model: Sunseeker Manhattan 55

Coming as a development of the successful Manhattan 52, Sunseeker present the Manhattan 55. This new flybridge motor yacht shows Sunseeker’s design capabilities, to enhance comfort and cruising whilst providing owners with a vast array of social spaces. The exterior styling incorporates unparalleled amounts of curved glass and stainless-steel detailing to emphasise its prowess, whilst exclusive images reveal the innovative design and attention to detail that has gone into this new flybridge model. A key feature that truly sets the Manhattan 55 apart from its peers is the innovative powered glass cockpit/galley window that can be lowered at the touch of a button and which, alongside the open cockpit door, creates a truly exceptional inside/outside environment. The Manhattan 55 enables its owner to enjoy the sumptuous space the open layout provides, showcasing the wonderfully well-equipped bathing platform and Beach Club. This area offers an inviting space for family and friends to enjoy the optional built-in barbeque, overhead shower and fold down transom seating. Powered by Volvo 800hp engines, the Manhattan 55 can cruise comfortably at 25 knots with a range of 250 nautical miles or achieve in excess of 30 knots at full throttle.
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.21 m (56.6ft)
Beam - 4.87 m
Draft - 1.36 m
Displacement - 27000 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 2200 l
Water Capacity - 600 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 800hp
Propulsion - line shaft or Volvo forward looking IPS pod drives
Speed - 25 knots cruise 32 knots max speed
Range - 230 nm at cruise 21 knots