Sunseeker goes aluminium!
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