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Can a boat have too many sun beds?

Discussion in 'General Yachting Discussion' started by MBG, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. MBG

    MBG New Member

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    I have been drooling over the fabulous Sunseeker web site for some time now. It surely has the best manufacturer's on line videos. The Sunseeker 90 was the boat for me! That is, until I read the excellent SanLorenzo SL88 review by Capt. Chuck Gnaegy. She's a beaut!

    Maybe it's an age thing but these days when people are using Factor 50 sun cream I have become increasingly uncomfortable with Sunseekers tremendous emphasis on masses of lounger space. Doubtless it's been a great seller. But I for one have lost the desire to stretch out and sunbathe that much. Nowadays I'd much rather gather round a table with friends in the shade and the 88's retractable sun canopy is a winner for me. Just one metre overall separates Sunseeker's 90 Yacht from the SL88, but almost 2.5m separates their waterline length in the shorter boats' favour! The SL88 is beamier too.
  2. AMG

    AMG YF Moderator

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    Hi MBG,

    Besides that you want us to have another look at the Sunseeker videos, are you saying that you like to purchase the SanLorenzo SL88..?

    Or do you like our members advice on which one of the two is best for you?
  3. CODOG

    CODOG Senior Member

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    Not sure why you single out one particular builder as being overly generous with its sunbathing areas. At this size break, most flybridge yachts have large open areas exposed to the sun. Most yachts at this price break will have options available that will suit sunseekers and shadeseekers to equal degrees....biminis, sunbrellas, hardtops etc are all available to those clients that shun the sun and crave the shade.
    IMO, the easiest way around the UV problem would be to keep the boat in the UK:)
  4. MBG

    MBG New Member

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    I simply picked up on the SL88 review which made the point about a marked difference between European and US design heritage. Regarding the SL88,
    I picked up on Sunseeker because I visited Poole at the w/e and joined the crowd who ambled along the quayside opposite their impressive yard.

    I'm with you CODOG,
    ! I can't imagine anyone spending millions to purchase a floating sunbed. But to go fishing or drop anchor some place in a quiet cove away from the maddening crowd and enjoy some watersports - that I can imagine. At the end of the day its all about personal preferences - long may it continue.
  5. nilo

    nilo Senior Member

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    SL88 vs Sunseeker - sun vs shade

    I do agree with you about the personal preferences is our motive for a choice, however I would like to share my personal knowledge, so that you have somehow a more neutral and less biased preference, which in long term may be to your interest.

    1- SL88 is not a new design, San Lorenzo had been producing SL88 for more than 8 years.
    2- Salon windows are limited in size, so information about lots of light and good views in the salon, compared to various other new builds is not correct.
    3- As to my knowledge, the SL88 marketed in U.S. does not have any major structural change in respect to the one sold in Europe.This is just a marketing gimmick. Most probably something to justify Viking involvement.
    4- There is basically not much difference between Sunseeker and San Lorenzo in terms of shade areas vs sun areas, other than SL88 may have a hard top on the fly. Sunseeker could have a bimini.
    5- If you are looking for a family boat, there are various other alternatives which would give you better facilities in terms of casual comfort and living areas.