Video: Inside the First Sunseeker 161
by Miranda Blazeby
The yacht is due to begin construction at Dutch yard Icon Yachts after the yard confirmed the sale of its first metal-built superyacht last month.
New renderings show the tri-deck yacht and its exterior social areas in more detail. Described as a "generously sized and versatile top deck", the sundeck features four free-standing sun loungers, an integrated spa tub and a fully kitted out bar and stone counter-top.
Another social area sits on the wheelhouse deck, which features a circular wooden dining table for 10 and access to the "contemporary" interior. Forward of the wheelhouse is another large bespoke circular seating area, which is separated from the aft dining space and boasts 360 degree views.
The main deck meanwhile has two distinct spaces inside and out, with a soft upholstered seating area. Aft of this area is a raised deck with room for five flush sunpads behind a deep plunge pool.
The lower deck beach club meanwhile consists of three hydraulic balconies extending over the water. It also features a bar flanked by a glass wall, which offers guests a view into the plunge pool above. A door leads down from here into the tender garage, which is large enough to house a seven metre tender. Alternatively the space can be used as a gym, workshop, sauna or dive room at the owner's discretion.
Set to be built at Dutch yard Icon Yachts, the first Sunseeker 161 will be delivered in September 2022. Discussions are also underway for the confirmation of the second and third hulls in the series.
The customisable interior design of the yacht meanwhile is being penned by 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 last year, the Sunseeker 161 represents the British company’s first foray into metal built yachts. The naval architecture, design and engineering will be “unmistakably Sunseeker”, according to the British brand, but exhibit a “completely different method of build”.
Accommodation is for a total of 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.
Sunseeker sales director Sean Robertson previously explained that 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.”