The Snapper was Sunseeker's first 37M yacht
Originally importers and distributors of boats from Scandinavia and the USA, Poole Power Boats (as Sunseeker was then known) started moulding and fitting out its own boats in the early 1970s. One day, when exhibiting its first 17 and 23 footers at a boat show, a boat dealer in the south of France commented, ‘If you can make them all in white and put a full width sunbed across the stern, I’ll buy them.’
The fact that they did so and that the boats sold well exemplified a set of attitudes that has characterised Sunseeker to this day: listen to what customers want and give it to them, don’t be afraid to try something totally new and always explore new markets.
Since those early days the size of boats built has grown exponentially and today many come into the superyacht range of over 24m.
Sunseeker exports its stunning craft across the world. In fact 98% of the vessels manufactured in its Poole and Portland factories end up abroad, with dealerships spread wide, from Helsinki to Hong Kong, San Diego to Sydney. Sunseeker yachts are sold in 61 countries and across five continents, with the company now employing more than 2,500 workers.
Over the years Sunseeker motor yachts have achieved an iconic status globally and here we present an eclectic selection of seven yachts currently listed for sale by brokers on both sides of the Atlantic.
Le Volpi | 2010 | 38.63m | £10,950,000
Built in 2010, Le Volpi is the only Sunseeker 130 Predator on the market. MCA compliant, she features a stunning interior in satin walnut, sleeping 12 guests in a master suite, two double cabins and two twin cabins with Pullman berths. Twin 3,460hp MTU engines push Le Volpi to speeds of 26 knots.
Jointly listed for sale by by Sunseeker and Dbeere Yachts, broker Stephen Handy at Dbeere comments, ‘Le Volpi comes fitted with a long list of factory optional extras, is built to RINA and MCA LY2 (Short Range) and is in better condition now than when she left the factory. Offering many millions saving over a new build, she really shouldn’t be missed.’
Tia Di Benti | 2010 | 33.91m | £7,950,000
Probably one of Sunseeker’s most significant launches in recent years, Tia Di Benti was built for a discerning Sunseeker owner who contributed significantly to the overall specification and interior design. She sleeps 10 guests in a master suite, two VIP cabins and two twin cabins, while twin 2,434hp MTU engines give her a speed of 26 knots.
Her listing broker, Gary Cleaverly at Sunseeker London, says, ‘With a complete custom interior designed by an experienced Sunseeker owner, this particular 34M Sunseeker yacht is not to be compared with other examples on the market today. Every aspect of Tia Di Benti has been improved to incorporate a relaxed and custom feel. A few examples of this are the bespoke-designed bar and free standing lounge on the flybridge. On top of this, the boat is fully loaded with all conceivable extras including stabilisers, a flybridge hard top, a Kaleidescape movie system, B&O televisions, an exterior television screen, an M9 Sat TV system, MPA monitoring system, custom crew layout for six and much more.’
The Snapper | 2007 | 37m | £6,700,000
Designed by Don Shead and delivered in 2007, The Snapper has Sunseeker’s proven deep V hull with excellent sea-keeping qualities
RINA classed and MCA compliant, The Snapper was Sunseeker’s first 37M yacht, which moved the builder into the superyacht league. The yacht sleeps up to 12 guests in five cabins including a duplex master suite and features a spa pool on the sky deck. Twin 2,812hp MTU engines give her a cruising speed of 18 knots and a range of 1,000 nautical miles at 13.5 knots. The Snapper has been constantly maintained regardless of cost by a full-time, highly experienced and qualified captain, engineer and crew.
Her listing brokers, Alex and Gaston Lees-Buckley at Camper & Nicholsons, have this to say: ‘The Snapper was conceived, planned and built in close collaboration with the builders and one of the most prominent names in the high tech world of Formula One racing and her success and indeed present condition is testament to the no compromise policy applied throughout. Having ordered a new, larger Sunseeker, we are delighted to have been chosen by the owners to represent them in finding a new home for The Snapper. Lying in the south of France and constantly maintained by her full time crew she is available for inspection at short notice.’
Samara B | 2011 | 33.91m | £7,695,000
Samara B is in an as-new condition and as such is an outstanding example of the renowned Sunseeker 34M yacht series. She has had some very interesting layout changes to the standard yacht which enhance her desirability and individuality. Currently she is being made ready for the new cruising season.
Delivered in 2011, she has the largest master suite in the series, the largest tender at 5.6m and the largest crew quarters, for six. RINA classed and commercially registered, Samara B accommodates 10 guests in a main deck master suite, two double cabins and two twin cabins. Her twin 2,000hp MTU engines deliver a maximum speed of 24 knots.
Jointly listed for sale by Oceanstyle and Sunseeker Monaco, Nigel Bristow at Sunseeker says, ‘Samara B is a great opportunity to make a substantial saving against the new purchase price of a Sunseeker 34M yacht. She also offers the opportunity of having immediate delivery for this season of an as-new Sunseeker yacht that would have an 18-month lead time if ordering new.’
Sirius of Man | 2002 | 30.48m | $2,700,000
The 30.48m Sirius of Man was delivered in 2002 and is currently moored in Nice where her skipper is aboard and happy to to show interested buyers around. Accommodation is for eight guests in a standard Sunseeker 100 layout. She has a planing hull with triple 2,000hp MTU engines powering Arneson surface drives, giving her a top speed of 40 knots.
Sirius of Man is listed for sale by John Weller at Northrop & Johnson who comments, ‘She’s in mint condition and seriously for sale by an owner who’s just purchased a 45m yacht.’
Once Around | 2004 | 28.96m | $2,950,000
Designed by Don Shead with an interior by Ken Freivokh, the 28.96m Once Around was built in 2004 and refitted in 2009.
Twin 2,000hp MTU engines give this Predator 95 a cruising speed of 30 knots and maximum speed of 38 knots and she sleeps eight guests in a full beam master, VIP and two twin cabins.
Her broker, Josh Gulbranson at Fraser Yachts, says of her, ‘Once Around has been a one-owner boat her entire life and very well maintained with a new hull paint job just completed last November. A smaller sportsfishing boat or a waterfront home in south Florida might be considered in part exchange.’
Sunseeker Predator 100 | 2003 | 29.9m | $2,899,000
The Sunseeker Predator 100 is a yacht designed for exhilarating performance, with triple 2,000hp MTU engines powering three Arneson surface drives up to 52 knots. Built in 2003 to RINA class, she accommodates six guests in a master suite, VIP cabin and twin cabin.
Says her broker, Ross Tannock at Moran Yacht & Ship, ‘An extensive refit in 2011 saw all her teak decks replaced and re-caulked, gelcoat repairs and a complete hull repaint in Awlgrip flag blue.’
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