Latent demand for even larger Sunseeker yachts is driving force behind the brand’s move into metal-built vessels. In a truly momentous step, Sunseeker International has announced plans to move into the world of metal-built yachts as it looks to capitalise on its success in the superyacht market and the demand it sees from owners for even larger Sunseeker vessels. This exciting development will see the British brand partner with renowned Dutch builders, ICON Yachts, to produce a new 49-metre yacht, the first of which will launch in 2021.
This new venture moves the brand into a completely different method of build for the first time in its 50-year history, but the idea behind this move is certainly not a recent one as Sunseeker International Sales Director, Sean Robertson explains: “We have wanted to build larger vessels for some time; we know there is demand there for larger Sunseeker yachts as the 155 Yacht proved. The decision to stop building that model was a commercial one based on space and capacity and certainly not due to lack of demand, so we knew we needed to rethink our approach to this size of vessel and have spent considerable time looking at various opportunities.
“A move into metal also means there is no ceiling as to how big we can go in the future, but obviously this requires different expertise and so it was essential to find the right partner to support the project. Finding experience and expertise in metal build was not the issue. Finding a yard that shared the same progressive, innovative spirit to create something truly special and, most importantly, one which will provide us with the flexibility to build a true Sunseeker was the challenge. We have certainly found all of that with ICON.”
ICON Yachts was founded in late 2005 by Ton Van Dam and a group of investors. The founders were then joined by business partners, including the company’s current Chief Executive Officer, Jen Wartena. Rather than building unique, one-off custom superyachts that would require three or more years to design and construct, ICON Yachts developed a groundbreaking ‘blueprint’ hull which allows owners to fully customise their yachts from the waterline up. ICON has more than delivered on this concept, producing several superyachts to date within exceptionally short build times, and in the two-year range. In addition, ICON is dedicated to maintaining one of the greenest shipyards in the yachting industry, outfitting each yacht it builds with equipment to help reduce her environmental impact.
Jen Wartena, CEO of ICON Yachts, comments: “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. I am confident about the partnership because for the past few years there has been a high demand for Dutch pedigree yachts in this size range. We believe the Sunseeker by ICON will revolutionise the industry in a positive way. It is an exciting period for ICON Yachts and this new partnership with Sunseeker is part of our ongoing growth strategy where we are investing heavily in facilities and people to improve our capability and capacity.”
The new yacht will be built in the ICON yard in the Netherlands using a proven fast displacement hull design, but the naval architecture, design and engineering will be unmistakably Sunseeker.
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.”
Sunseeker’s first foray into the superyacht market came with the introduction of the now iconic 105 Yacht in 2001. Since then, Britain’s biggest boat builder has seen unprecedented growth in the sector, delivering more than 125 yachts over 100 feet and firmly placing the Poole-based builder in the top three superyacht builders in the world. This new partnership with ICON is the next stage in that remarkable growth story and will be marketed and sold by Sunseeker under the “Sunseeker by ICON” nomenclature.
The new 49m tri-deck yacht follows the iconic Sunseeker exterior lines and offers exceptional space and volume, with an interior that can be styled to each owner’s unique taste via Sunseeker’s ‘Bespoke’ service. The theme throughout is one of space and flexibility, maximising volume and providing compelling features to enhance enjoyment on board. Many of these features are usually only associated with much larger craft including the plunge pool on the main deck and the exceptional beach club with drop down bulwarks and transom to create an incredible space for relaxing or entertaining close to the water. Standard guest configuration is for 10 guests in five cabins, with scope for up to 12 to be accommodated depending upon layout chosen.
Hull #1 is due for launch in Spring 2021.
Jarkko Jämsén - marine architector and designer.He leads three design studios based in Helsinki (Aivan - design and branding, Navia Design - shipping tourism and design) and Monaco (Jamsen - design of superyachts). His team created 50 different models, and about 1,000 to 1,500 boats are built each year.One of his familiar projects was Syzygy 818.Jämsén was involved in the concept, interior layout and exterior design of the ship, and also in the development and modeling of hull lines.His strong desire to apply the principles of building wooden boats was realized while working together with Feadship’s De Voogt Naval Architects and the Dutch studio Sinot Yacht Design that led the interior design.The superstructure was led by KK Superyachts directly at the Feadship Royal Van Lent Kaag in the Netherlands.The yacht was first launched at the Monaco Yacht Show in 2019.Jämsén describes the design as straightforward and discreet. It was inspired by the Japanese design of the Sinot Yacht Design.The highest priority for Jämsén in designing Syzygy 818 was to make the yacht comfortable for the owner, and as a result added features that had never been included in the Feadship, such as handrails with push buttons on the balcony and the front door owner in the VIP cabin on the upper deck.The author tried to make the design calm and elegant. As for details, they were supposed not to be evident. Only when all these features were achieved, Jämsén considered his project successful.
February 26, 2020
Gulf Craft, based in the UAE, has announced the launch of the 37-meter superyacht Majesty 120.Majesty 120 is constructed using advanced composites such as GRP and carbon fibre. Gulf Craft’s design studio is responsible for her naval architecture and exterior design, while the Italian studio of Cristiano Gatto Design Team undertook interior design of the yacht.The internal profile of the yacht is distinguished by clear geometric lines and modern style. The interior is decorated in classic muted gray, black and aqua tones.A hallmark aboard the Majesty 120 can be found in its huge sun deck, which is by shipyard words 30 percent larger than yachts in its class.Board accommodates up to 11 guests in five spacious cabins in an asymmetric layout, which are looked after by up to seven crew members.The Majesty 120 is the first Majesty model equipped with fully airborne electric drive equipment, allowing it to have a quiet environment and less demanding life, leaving only two 2600-hp MTU engines and diesel generators.
February 26, 2020
The beginning of 2020 was marked by the launch of many large yachts. The article will cover 5 major superyachts ranging in size from 99 to 63 meters.1. 99 m Moonrise yacht by FeadshipFeadship presented its latest superyacht project in Makkum (Netherlands). This yacht is considered the largest superyacht in terms of the length of the waterline built in the Netherlands.The yacht successfully combines elegant lines going from the bow to the stern with a modern strict profile. Long windows of the case, magnificent light gray case complement design elegance.Moonrise has a 15.5-meter beam and is equipped with a pair of MTU engines for a maximum speed of 19.5 knots and a cruising speed of 16 knots.2. 80m Bilgin 263 by Bilgin Yachts.The first 80-meter superyacht Bilgin 263 became the longest superyacht ever built in Turkey by Yachtley yard. The exterior and naval architecture was designed by Unique Yacht Design, the interior by H2 Yacht Design.Yacht can speed up to 20 knots, while the cruising speed 12 knots keeps her fuel consumption as 250 l/h. She is built in compliance with IMO Tier III certification and is considered to be the most environmentally-friendly yacht in her class.3. 73m Project 705 by FeadshipThe 72.8-meter project 705 by Feedship was first taken out of its canopy in the Netherlands. The project is a joint project of the Dutch builder and the British design studio RWD together with the naval architects De Voogt and interior by the Italian design house FM Interior Architecture & Design.4. 68m Soaring by Abeking & RasmussenAbeking & Rasmussen have confirmed the launch of their new 68-meter superyacht, Soaring. Designed by Focus Yacht Design and managed by Superyacht Technical Services, the yacht comes in at a size of over 1,500 GT.Soaring's upper deck features its master suite with a private owner's aft deck and a library. The yacht's remaining 5 guest cabins will be located on the main deck and catered to by a crew of 17.5. 62.5m Limited Editions by AmelsDesigned by Tim Heywood as part of the Amels limited-edition line, the 62.5-meter superyacht is dressed in a light gray hull and a white superstructure.Interior design is the result of a collaboration between Laura Sessa and the Amels interior design team. Other features include two VIP suites on the bridge deck, a large sun terrace with a jacuzzi and grill, and a garage for two eight-meter tenders on the lower deck.
February 26, 2020
Taiwan's Johnson Yachts superyacht shipyard has launched the interior of the Johnson 80 superyacht series. The yacht was launched in March 2019.The yacht features exterior designed by Bill Dixon of the Dixon Yacht Design and interior designed by Karen Lynn.The external design of Dixon creates a series of external vertical windows, this allows to see panoramic views from the inside of the main deck.The kitchen has an open galley, marble countertops and a bar counter. The layout with four cabins is located on the lower deck and includes an all-wheel drive captain of the middle class, VIP seats and two double cabins for guests.
February 26, 2020
Elada Yachts, part of the Lazzara Yachts group, is set to launch its first superyacht.This is the most spacious Sky Lounge in this market segment.The spacious wheelhouse provides a full 180 degree view, and its straight position provides excellent lines of sight and optimal ease of navigation. Above the steering wheel feed is an elevated living room that looks over 4 large monitors. The latest generation of navigation equipment and alarm monitoring systems seamlessly integrates yacht systems.The aft flybridge include large table for eight people, the sofa and bar and also an additional Jacuzzi layout. An automatic canopy system provides adequate sun protection.The Bow Lounge has a spacious tanning bed, a large crescent-shaped seating area, and a sofa to enjoy magnificent views. On the lower deck there is a beach club with a convenient storage for runners and a fenced railing with a swimming platform.The yacht has a VIP cabin and double guest cabins and includes large windows, wardrobe, queen-size bed, desk and TV.Surfaces are made of exotic wood and stone. Each double room has a desk and two single beds.
February 25, 2020