The sea trial was pubblished on Superyacht 33 – summer 2012

One of the most established British ship yards around today, much appreciated for its fast cruiser line of Predators and its elegant Manhattan flying bridge series has now decided to impose itself on the superyacht market.

It’s a known fact that when recession hit us the world of recreational boating above all the motor yacht section changed tendencies radically in the choice of one’s boat. We’ve seen owners switching from planing to displacing hulls in order to reduce running costs without doing away with the pleasure of going out to sea. Sunseeker shipyard has instead wanted to stick by to its company policy in that it has gone on to satisfy the requirements of that portion of the market still looking out for lots of excitement.

We can highlight this yard’s philosophy as far as superyachts are concerned with a few indicative numbers: LOA 40 metres, beam 8, displacement fully laden over 200 tons, accommodation for twelve guests and nine crew, with engines up to 6,362 HP and an incredible top speed of 24 knots.

An interesting performance, but without forgetting we’re looking at a 40 metre superyacht from which we expect qualitative comfort and we’re not disappointed on this score either. The 40 metre Sunseeker is a semi custom built yacht which can be personalised in both the choice of materials and fabrics, and layout with several solutions available specially regarding the owner’s suite which extends for the full beam of the wide bow area on the main deck and is comprehensive of a walk in wardrobe, a lounge corner and a generously sized bathroom en suite. The owner may of course opt for something less than a king size bed or for a little more room which could be “stolen” from the galley which is situated just aft of the owner’s suite next to a landing leading to stairs connecting to the other decks. The remaining portion of the main deck is taken up by a dining room, and living room which in this case boasts different dark shades of fabrics and features welcoming sober styling. A bar corner and cabinet is situated aft of the living room so as to serve drinks up to the “al fresco” lounge area as well. The lower bridge houses the guest quarters which are made up of two VIP suites and two with twin beds all with dedicated bathroom. The crew’s quarters are in the bow end of the same deck and are accessed through a separate entrance. The captain’s cabin is placed on the upper deck in the bow area just aft of the modern and technologic command/controls station.

The layout here foresees an alternating arrangement of open and covered spaces where the superstructure houses a lounge area with corner bar and a dining area along the stern extension with a suggestive ocean view. Tan fans will certainly appreciate the top sky deck which is equipped with sun pads, a lounge area, and an inevitable circular shaped Jacuzzi tub.

For further information West Quay Road,Poole Dorset, BH15 1HW +44 1202 666767 [email protected]

Marco Troccoli

LOA: 40 m – LWL: 31.19 m – Beam: 8.00 m – Draught: 2.25 m – Lightship displacement: 176,000kg – Displacement fully laden: 260,000 kg – Fuel tank capacity: 23,080 litres – Water tank capacity: 5,630 litres – Engines: up to 6,362 HP – Declared top speed: up to 24 knots.