Sun­seeker goes alu­minium!

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Sun­seeker has re­leased com­puter ren­der­ings of its largest ever boat and the first one made of me­tal. The new 49-me­tre 161 Yacht, due to be launched in 2021, will be built out of alu­minium in part­ner­ship with Dutch builder ICON Yachts.

It fea­tures a fast dis­place­ment hull and a strik­ing new look de­signed by Sun­seeker’s Poole-based team, but will be built at the Dutch yard’s fa­cil­ity in Har­lin­gen, Hol­land – the first time a Sun­seeker has been built out­side the UK.

Dubbed ‘Sun­seeker by ICON’, the styling bal­ances fa­mil­iar Sun­seeker de­sign cues with an ag­gres­sive pi­lot­house and a long, strik­ing bow with a near ver­ti­cal en­try. It’s an ar­rest­ing propo­si­tion and, teamed with the fast dis­place­ment hull, hints at more of an ex­plorer-style yacht de­signed to travel long dis­tances com­fort­ably and ef­fi­ciently.

Sun­seeker In­ter­na­tional sales di­rec­tor, Sean Robert­son ex­plains: “This will cer­tainly not be a badge en­gi­neer­ing ex­er­cise. We are an es­tab­lished su­pery­acht brand in our own right and so we are merely com­bin­ing the me­tal build ex­per­tise of ICON with our de­sign DNA, tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise and mar­ket know-how. She will ab­so­lutely be a Sun­seeker,” says Robert­son.

The in­te­rior, which can be styled to each client’s wishes with the aid of Sun­seeker’s Be­spoke ser­vice,

will ac­com­mo­date ten guests in five cab­ins, with the abil­ity to in­crease that to 12 de­pend­ing on the lay­out cho­sen. Spec­i­fi­ca­tion will in­clude a plunge pool on the main deck and an ex­pan­sive wa­ter­level beach club at the stern.

The move from GRP to me­tal com­bined with ICON’S larger build sheds re­moves the two key hur­dles pre­vent­ing Sun­seeker from build­ing larger boats than its cur­rent flag­ship, the 131 Yacht. It only ever built one 155 Yacht in 2014 due to the ex­pense and lo­gis­ti­cal dif­fi­cul­ties of build­ing such a large GRP struc­ture at its ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties in Poole .

“We have wanted to build larger ves­sels for some time; we know there is de­mand for larger Sun­seeker yachts, as the 155 Yacht proved,” ex­plained Robert­son. “The de­ci­sion to stop build­ing that model was a com­mer­cial one based on space and ca­pac­ity, and cer­tainly not due to lack of de­mand. We knew we needed to re­think our ap­proach to this size of ves­sel and have spent con­sid­er­able time look­ing at var­i­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Sun­seeker moved into the su­pery­acht sec­tor in 2001 with the 105 Yacht and has since built 125 craft over 100ft, mak­ing it one of the world’s most suc­cess­ful yards in the 100-150ft sec­tor.

Jen Wartena, CEO of ICON Yachts, com­mented: “There is a great syn­ergy be­tween ICON and Sun­seeker be­cause we are com­bin­ing both of our strengths; our ca­pac­ity and me­tal yacht build­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties with Sun­seeker’s sales ex­per­tise and mar­ket­ing power.”

TOP Sun­seeker’s dis­tinc­tive trape­zoid win­dows en­sure the 161 still looks part of the Sun­seeker fam­ily L E F T The ver­ti­cal bow and re­verse an­gle pi­lot­house add a mod­ern, pur­pose­ful edge ABOVE The beach club

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