There's an air of un­cer­tainty sur­round­ing Sunseeker's lat­est an­nounce­ment, but it looks like they're set to make this dream a re­al­ity.

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With a name like Project 8X, Sunseeker's lat­est su­pery­acht sounds like some­thing cooked up in a se­cret gov­ern­ment lab­o­ra­tory. And with fea­tures such as a re­tractable 140-inch out­door cin­ema screen, it feels like it may well be a work of pure imag­i­na­tion and fancy. So while the list of fea­tures does seem re­mark­able, it's a lit­tle hard to get an im­pres­sion of ex­actly what kind of owner they're tar­geted at, given that the brand are yet to re­lease any ac­tual specs. What we do know is that the sa­loon mea­sures 8.8 metres in length, so it may be rea­son­able to as­sume that '8X' puts it­self some­where in the 80-foot range (or 30-odd metres).

The am­bi­tious new design isn't ex­pected to re­lease un­til au­tumn 2020. Nev­er­the­less, buy­ers with funds on the hunt for a 'mod­est' en­ter­tainer would be fool­ish not to con­sider slap­ping a de­posit down to se­cure hull num­ber one in an­tic­i­pa­tion of a south­ern-hemi­sphere sum­mer aboard this bold new con­cept.

Once you start to break it down, the boat's party-start­ing prow­ess be­comes un­doubtably clear. First, there's that big open plan sa­loon, which houses a num­ber of lounges and neatly con­cealed comforts, such as air-con­di­tion­ing. The cockpit isn't par­tic­u­larly spa­cious in com­par­i­son to other ar­eas, but it seems to have been a wor­thy com­pro­mise in or­der to gain ad­di­tional sur­face area down on the self-lev­el­ling hy­draulic swim plat­form. This roomy wa­ter-level area has a built-in BBQ, re­frig­er­a­tion and shower and is likely to be­come the favourite spot with both guests and own­ers. The laser pro­jec­tor and cin­ema screen are out on

the fore­deck, and can be en­joyed from the large lounge that fea­tures elec­tric back­rests. There are also elec­tric shade sails to shel­ter day dwellers from the harsh sun­shine.

Up on the fly­bridge is another space with high sea he­do­nism at heart. There's another ex­pan­sive wet bar and bar­be­cue, a huge re­tractable canopy and an op­tional hot-tub – be­cause it's not a real party boat with­out a hot-tub. Ac­com­mo­da­tion has been de­signed with the same level of liv­abil­ity, though with more of a per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence in mind. De­tails such as a wooden fea­ture wall em­pha­sise homely am­bi­tions, while the pen­t­house-style mas­ter suite main­tains a so­phis­ti­cated func­tion­al­ity.

The other suites and bath­rooms are of an equally high stan­dard, even the crew will be happy with their self-con­tained sta­ble.

The Sunseeker Project 8X of­fers a lot of fresh ideas to a com­pet­i­tive sec­tor of the boat­ing mar­ket. No doubt it'll turn some heads when (or if ) it ma­te­ri­alises in 2020.

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