Sunseeker is swinging again into the yachting world’s highlight with not one however 5 new fashions showcasing this spring. As per the brand new regular, the worldwide premieres might be held on-line and might be supplemented with Asia-specific shows reflecting the British builder’s new-look regional community, which incorporates NextWave as its distributor in the important thing market of Hong Kong.
In Poole, Sunseeker’s house base for the reason that Nineteen Sixties, the primary items of every of the 5 new fashions have been within the water for a head-spinning combine of ultimate fitouts, fine-tuning, testing, sea trials, video and photograph shoots, and consumer visits.
Not solely is Sunseeker concurrently orchestrating 5 international debuts whereas most shipyards sometimes launch one or two new fashions a 12 months, however the builder’s new fashions are notably diverse. They span in measurement and vary from the Manhattan 55, Predator 55 EVO™ and 65 Sport Yacht to the immense 88 Yacht and 90 Ocean, the latter the builder’s most fun new mannequin of latest occasions.
The brand new Predator just lately appeared on the Palm Seaside Worldwide Boat Present, but the primary of the ‘Well-known 5’ fashions out of the blocks was the Manhattan 55, which already has items so far as the US – the outside pictures seen listed below are from California – and a minimum of two orders from Asia.
Already, the 55 is following the success of its large sister, the Manhattan 68 that debuted final 12 months and has a minimum of 4 orders on this area.
“We’re delighted with the preliminary demand for the Manhattan 55 as house owners and prospects are seeing the identical developments we made on the Manhattan 68,” stated Douglas Culverwell, Sunseeker Worldwide’s Director of Distributor Growth. “We count on many extra gross sales throughout Asia and the remainder of the world for the Manhattan 55 and different fashions among the many ‘Well-known 5’.”
In addition to sharing the 68’s reputation, the 55 additionally options the identical inside styling as its large sister. It’s a part of a whole improve in inside design, décor and detailing that Sunseeker has integrated in all new fashions for the reason that Predator 60 EVO™ premiered in September 2019, reflecting the design affect of CEO Andrea Frabetti, who earlier that 12 months turned the primary Italian to move the yard.
Structurally, the Manhattan 55 builds on the platform of the vastly widespread Manhattan 52, though it’s faster than Sunseeker’s fastest-selling mannequin, reaching 32 knots with two Volvo Penta D13-800 engines.
Delicate exterior upgrades embody a second, thinner stainless-steel bowrail across the yacht that’s stronger, safer and extra elegant than the guard wire it changed. Aft, the air-intakes have been upgraded from composite to a lighter carbon-fibre weave, its darkish offset matching the hull glazing.
AFT, FORE AND FLY
The yacht’s enjoyable options begin by the water, the place the full-beam hydraulic platform provides entry to a treasure chest of compartments as a part of Sunseeker’s widespread Seaside Membership bundle. The drop-down barbecue is a winner and advantages from being properly away from any inside areas, in case you barely burn the steaks.
When it’s play time, a large seaside seat folds all the way down to allow you to watch the youngsters, relaxation after a swim or placed on or pull off flippers with much more grace than should you had been standing up. To starboard is a pull-up door, which doubles as an overhead bathe together with offering entry to a good-sized storage locker for something from ropes and fenders to towels and toys.
To port is the door to the elective crew cabin with ensuite and house for a washer-dryer. Alternatively, this aft house can be utilized as a storage room. Heading up three steps and thru the lift-up aspect gates brings you to the cockpit, which has an enormous C-shaped couch and a foldout teak desk.
Helpful particulars embody a small locker for strains by the cleat and elective capstan on either side. To port there’s a chest-height locker for a 3rd helm station, the place a Xenta joystick and different controls may be fitted.
The aspect decks result in the foredeck, a calming space that mixes a settee with two loungers round a high-low desk. It’s an excellent space for sunbathing, studying or intimate gatherings within the night, when the built-in lighting and sound system can set the temper.
The flybridge is accessed from the cockpit by a starboard stairway that’s topped by a see-through hatch, which shields the rain and even acts as a sort of security internet within the case of unintended falls on the high of the steps. The steps come out by the twin-seat, twin-screen helm station, the place a wi-fi cellphone charger is amongst helpful options.
Aft is a big C-shaped couch aft that comfortably suits six or extra round a foldable desk. Add a few free chairs and you’ll have as much as eight eating al fresco, which is made extra appetising by the barbecue possibility within the portside moist bar. Under the seats are fitted audio system for an AV system that may play the identical or completely different music to that within the foredeck or saloon.
Ahead of the moist bar is a C-shaped couch and a espresso desk, though one of the best views are supplied in entrance by the full-width sunlounger, which has handy backrests on each side. Shelter choices embody a foldable bimini or a hardtop with a sliding sunroof and which might additionally match a bimini extension aft.
NEW MANHATTAN STYLE
Again on the primary deck, the cockpit’s seamless connection to the galley and saloon is among the highlights of the Manhattan 55. You solely have to open the starboard cockpit door then watch because the galley ‘window’ robotically slides down on the push of a button, to see the inside open to the surface and create an enormous communal space.
Moreover, fold out the bar counter and also you’ve obtained a strong purpose to perch on the cockpit bar stools (elective) and calm down with drinks and snacks.
Look inside and also you’ll quickly discover the showpiece ceiling, the place LED lighting runs alongside perpendicular and diagonal strains and panels, as seen on the Manhattan 68. The overhead lighting is supplemented all through the primary deck and cabins by elegant wall lamps, additionally seen on the larger mannequin.
Nearly disguised beneath the peak of the bar and the raised saloon, the aft galley is a wonderment of design. Step inside and to the left and also you’re surrounded on all 4 sides by surfaces and storage, each of which you’ll by no means have sufficient of in a kitchen.
By the port window is a Miele oven and four-hob induction burner plus a double sink, whereas above is a large financial institution of head-height cabinets plus extractor fan. Aft is a big prep space above an elective dishwasher, whereas ahead is a chic storage space for cups, crockery and glassware, lit from inside.
Head again into the ‘hallway’ and the treats proceed with a wine cooler and full set of drawers. As an possibility, this ahead part of the L-shaped bar high also can stay open beneath to retailer two free galley bar stools that flip the world right into a breakfast counter.
To starboard, Sunseeker has designed a full-height nook unit with shelving, enclosed storage and extra energy factors – espresso machine, anybody? Underneath the countertop are two giant fridge drawers, plus there’s the choice of an additional cupboard ahead that includes one other two fridge/ freezer drawers topped by a chic serving space.
Two steps up carry you to the saloon, the place the big, three-sided couch can comfortably sit six individuals and a designer desk replicates the angular detailing of the ceiling. To starboard is a aspect cupboard with an enormous, 55in TV and surround-sound system, whereas there’s additionally an ottoman that can be utilized for storage and moved to the starboard aspect of the desk to finish a full eating set-up.
“Just like the Manhattan 68, the 55 options elegant, refined inside styling, but which is clearly distinctive, for instance, from the curvy, sporty inside of latest Predators,” says Culverwell. “The detailing in each ranges has gone to a different stage in these new fashions.”
The helm station is up a step and encompasses a leather-based bench seat with adjustable bolster and multi-functional steering wheel. The console has the choice of two touch-screen Simrad shows, plus wi-fi charging, USB ports and a show for Sunseeker’s Cm8, which manages and screens a variety of methods from energy, gasoline, tanks and engine information to lighting, air-conditioning, AV and extra.
CABINS AND STORAGE
Down the steps and it’s straight forward to the VIP cabin, which advantages from gentle by aspect home windows and a deck hatch. There’s overhead storage, hanging cabinets and drawers on each side, in addition to ensuite entry to the portside toilet that doubles because the day head, shared with the dual cabin to starboard.
The master bedroom is again down a few steps to midships, the place this full-beam stateroom stands as one other instance of the massive improve in styling, décor and detailing that personifies the brand new Manhattans.
The doorway foyer brings you first to the ensuite toilet to port, then it’s one other step all the way down to the bed room, which advantages from nice headroom and enormous home windows both aspect. The mattress faces an enormous TV and soundbar, whereas beside them is a cupboard topped by elegant cabinets with recessed lighting, ideally suited for books and different show gadgets.
There’s storage throughout, from the full-height cabinet on starboard to the massive cupboard that occupies the port aspect of the room and is filled with drawers, shelving and cabinets. Add within the bedside cupboards and there’s a spot for all the things.
There’s room for much more storage, if you want, because the house underneath the starboard window is obtainable in a number of preparations together with a mirror of the portside storage cupboard, a settee, a dinette or a chaise longue, the latter three all together with some storage beneath.
“The Manhattan 55 has taken a confirmed format and actually stepped it up one other stage by way of practicality, end and detailing, proper all through the yacht,” Culverwell says. “I can’t wait to see the primary yachts arrive in Asia so individuals can hopefully see for themselves.”
The primary Sunseeker Manhattan 68 in Asia will quickly arrive in Thailand earlier than additional hulls head for Singapore and Hong Kong.