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Review: Sunseeker 75 Yacht

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  1. Sunseeker 75' Motoryacht


    Sunseeker, formerly known as Poole Powerboats, a British company based in Poole, England, began manufacturing boats under the Sunseeker name in the 1980’s. An appropriate name for a boat built in England. Given their weather, they generally have to seek sun elsewhere! ​


    For many boaters, the name Sunseeker is as recognizable as a soft drink trademark. In the states, this can be attributed to an aggressive and successful marketing campaign, but it is primarily due to Sunseeker’s contemporary designs that instantly ignite interest wherever they are seen.

    The change to the Sunseeker name ushered in new era in hull designs utilizing techniques, materials and knowledge gained from racing. Sunseeker places an emphasis on performance with aesthetic design elements that reiterate the same.

    In the past, viewing the outside world was a little limited on some Sunseekers. Not the case with the new 75’. Not only is the view unobstructed, the windows place a bold accent on the exterior that is abstractly unique. Unique might be a word that best describes this yacht... or is it a sport yacht? With it’s low profile foredeck and an aft mounted radar arch that looks like a spoiler, the new 75’ might be the first yacht that conjures up the question… wanna race?
  2. Sunseeker has sought to balance performance with luxury and sophistication. The word performance is generally not used with a yacht that is 75’ in length, however this is the exception. The fully planing, shallow deadrise hull, which is comprised of a deeper, sharp bow entry with multiple lifting strakes, is closer in design to an offshore performance hull, rather than a traditional semi-displacing motoryacht. This design negates the need for stabilizers, further reducing drag. While most people are enthralled by the looks of certain yachts, it’s the technology below the waterline that is equally important.

    Integrated into the 75’s hull is a tunnel drive propulsion system that reduces drag, concentrates thrust and allows the props ventilate at higher speeds, thus increasing RPM’s. Because its sharp bow entry is carried to midship, where the planing surface takes over, the bow is capable of absorbing a fair amount of chop without transferring impact into the hull.

    This elongated bow section also creates a hydrodynamic slot that helps the hull maintain a designated track without the use of a keel. The absence of a keel, coupled with recessed props, allow the aft section of the hull to pivot around the forward section of the hull, greatly enhancing the turning ability of this yacht. Essentially... passengers will need to hold on tight during a high speed, full lock turn.
  3. The sub-surface technology is only the beginning here. Take the hydraulic swim platform for instance, which can be lowered below the waterline to aid in tender retrieval or deployment. There is a safety switch to prevent the engines from going into gear with the platform down, and if you have a hydraulic pump problem, a manual pump enables you to get the platform up again. Redundancy is a good thing! The swim platform can also double as a sundeck when it’s not playing a supporting role for tender. To make the most of the salon's interior space, access to the flybridge is via a stairwell from the aft cockpit, as seen in this shot.
  4. This pictures clearly depicts the amount of lift this hull generates. The freeboard looks much greater when she is on plane. Also note how far back the wake table is behind the transom. This Sunseeker is no slouch!
  5. One of the best features about the flybridge is the aft-deck, which is large enough for several sunlounges and whatever you’de like to decorate them with. If it weren’t for the radar arch, the aft-deck is almost large enough to double as heli-pad. There are also several "bars" on the flybridge. One to serve refreshments and the others… to hold onto when turning.
  6. On the flybridge, the helm has two bench style seats, to port and starboard that allow upwards of 5 guests to enjoy the captain’s perspective. Just aft of these command posts is a crescent shaped settee. (see the deck layout rendering earlier in this thread)
  7. The inside helm is not really a traditional bridge, it’s more like a sports car. (zoom- zoom!)
  8. Sleek lines are synonymous with Sunseekers and that motif is carried through to their interiors. While the salon provides ample dining and entertainment areas, as well as a fully-equipped galley, space might be the only area that has not kept pace with the other advancements this yacht features. The problem that every manufacturers faces is how to incorporate all of the features of their larger yachts, into their mid-size offerings.
  9. The interior décor and appointments on Sunseekers has traditionally put a capital on the word "Plush" and the 75 is no exception. However, space has taken a back seat to creating a dimensional environment in the salon. This includes having the dinette in a raised section that is not flush with the main deck, however this is a trait common to many mid-size yachts.
  10. The galley is not as large as some offerings in this size range, however Sunseeker has managed to create a wrap-around kitchen that puts every appliance within arms reach. Can't complain here, some larger yachts still use a "pantry" style galley that offers no way to converse with others onboard, unless they are standing in the galley isle.
  11. While much of Sunseeker’s range is production line in nature, the company’s yachts are semi-custom, giving owners the ability to specify a choice of interior finishes, furnishings and drive systems. The 75’ has a versatile range of accommodations for up to eight guests with stern crew accommodations for two. The owner’s double berth master stateroom is fully equipped with a walk-in wardrobe.
  12. The VIP guest stateroom has an en-suite shower and walk-in wardrobe room as well. Two additional guest cabins are also included. Features flat-screen televisions, hi-fi surround sound DVD/CD system and radio/CD players throughout.
  13. The master bath. Richly appointed, as we've come to expect from Sunseeker. The master stateroom is located a midship and the head, seen in this picture, is located just aft, as is the walk-in wardrobe on the opposing side.
  14. The guest cabin with the head shown in the background...
  15. The recipient of two International Superyacht Design awards and a multiple-time recipient of the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement, the vast majority of Sunseeker production is exported. This is no surprise for those of us in the states, as they can be seen on many of the waterways we cruise on, with more frequency than a Mercury motor. <end>

    Six lines of yachts and related vessels make up Sunseeker’s fleet. They vary from 34' to 140’ in length, with the smaller yachts being the speed leaders. The 75' is giving chase to all of them and could well become the most popular in their fleet.

    For further information, contact:

    URL: www.sunseeker.com

    Specifications:

    Length - 75'9"
    Beam - 18'6"
    Draft - 5'6"
    Displacement - 94,140 lbs.
    Fuel capacity - 1453 US gals
    Fresh-water - 291 US gals
    Propulsion - Twin FP props in tunnels
    Engine options...
    2 x MAN D2842 LE404 V12 @ 1283 hp
    2 x CAT 3412E V12 @ 1400 hp
    Generators - Standard – 1 x 19kw, 50Hz, 1 x 23kw
    Maximum speed - 32 knots
    Cruising speed - 25 knots
    Range - 300 miles
  16. It is nice to see that Sunseeker are coming back to a more angular design, which hopefully will last longer than the previous teardrop hype. If you compare the 75 with the new Riva Opera 85, you can see they are almost identical and I think the rest of the producers will soon follow...
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