Sunseeker Issues Update on Sunseeker 161 Superyacht
by Miranda Blazeby
British yard Sunseeker has given an update on its 49 metre aluminium superyacht the Sunseeker 161, the yard's first metal built superyacht.
Speaking at the Cannes Yachting Festival, sales director Sean Robertson said discussions were "well advanced" with the client and the cutting of the hull is expected to begin "very shortly". The contract remains unsigned while the yard works with the client on customisation requests.
"The client has made some quite bespoke requests so we’re just trying to work through those at the moment," Robertson added. He added that the potential owner of the first 161 has previously owned "smaller" Sunseekers and has previously chartered a 131 Yacht.
It comes after the customisable interior design of the yacht, which is being built with Dutch yard Icon Yachts, was revealed by studio Design Unlimited.
Styled to each owner's "unique taste", each Sunseeker 161 will feature "opulent interior spaces," Design Unlimited said. Studio chief executive Mark Tucker said the company would draw on its previous experience working on Sunseeker's Predator and Manhattan models.
"Returning to the collaboration to complete the interior design of the 161 yacht really is something special," he said.
First announced at the Monaco Yacht Show, the Sunseeker 161 represents the British company’s first foray into metal built yachts. The first hull is set to launch in spring 2021.
The yacht is being built at Icon Yacht’s Netherlands facility and will feature a fast displacement hull design. The naval architecture, design and engineering will be “unmistakably Sunseeker”, according to the British brand.
The yacht will exhibit a “completely different method of build” for the British yard and will accommodate 10 guests in five cabins. There is scope however to accommodate up to 12 guests depending on the chosen interior layout. Design Unlimited's interior will be styled to each owner’s tastes while other key features include a spacious beach club and plunge pool on the main deck.
Sunseeker sales director Sean Robertson said the concept was born from the company’s ambition to build “larger vessels for some time”. He explained why the company teamed up with the Dutch builder Icon Yachts. “A move into metal means there is no ceiling as to how big we can go in the future, but obviously this requires different expertise and so it was essential to find the right partner to support the project. Finding experience and expertise in metal build was not the issue.
“Finding a yard that shared the same progressive, innovative spirit to create something truly special and, most importantly, one which will provide us with the flexibility to build a true Sunseeker was the challenge. We have certainly found all of that with Icon.”
Icon chief executive Jen Wartena agreed that there was “a great synergy” between the two companies. “We are combining both of our strengths; our capacity and metal yacht building capabilities with Sunseeker’s sales expertise and marketing power. It is an exciting period for Icon Yachts and this new partnership with Sunseeker is part of our ongoing growth strategy where we are investing heavily in facilities and people to improve our capability and capacity.”