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This British shipbuilder rose from a modest workshop in the 1970s to a network of 2,500 fully equipped shipyards with cutting-edge technology. Over the years, Sunseekers have demonstrated a continual ability to surprise the public with their speed, style, space flexibility and luxury.
The deep-V hulls, which have become a Sunseeker trademark, allow owners to enjoy sporting performance along with comfort and freedom. It’s no accident that Sunseeker craft have been used in at least four James Bond films.
The luxurious, curving interior designs of a Sunseeker, by naval architect and stylist Ken Freivokh, are renowned for imaginative use of space on mega-yachts, and have been emulated by other yacht builders.
Sunseeker’s decision in 2001 to centralize its technical operations under one roof created the Technology Center, a new approach to design coordination, with a dedicated interior design department and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).
This technology places Sunseeker in the rare position of JIT (Just in Time) manufacturing, in which components are made at the precise time they’re needed for construction, thereby minimizing storage time, spoilage and excess stock.
The original vision of Sunseeker remains to this day: attention to customer desires, with a daring to explore and innovate in order to meet these desires.
Few manufacturers have pioneered as many drive and propulsion systems in leisure craft as Sunseeker.
The Offshore 28 was the first yacht in Europe with a lightweight hull speciﬁcally designed to carry stern-drive diesel engines powering twin outdrives. Duoprops, where two propellers rotate in opposing directions for improved efficiency, were first seen on the Sunseeker Offshore 31.
A few years later, the Superhawk 50 became the first production boat to have stern-driven race-bred Arneson surface drives, with five-bladed surface-piercing propellers carried on extended shafts. Twin 680hp V8 MAN units, half the weight of the conventional equivalents, gave speeds of up to 50 knots, with surprising acceleration for a craft of 14 tons. Noise levels were kept low by venting the engine exhaust behind the propeller, which also created slip (reduced the drag).
Two years later, the Comanche 40 appeared, the first family-size cruiser to include all the high-tech toys that are now expected as standard in the modern motor yacht.
In the early nineties, the Renegade 60 pushed new frontiers - the first production boat to be powered by water jets, expelling 32,000 gallons a minute at full throttle.
In the late nineties, the Predator 80 jumped the 80 foot barrier, and changed the assumption that large boats had to trade reduced performance for large accommodation. The Predator 80 is an open-deck motor yacht, also available as a hard-top, with super-efficient hydrodynamics allowing her 50 tons to reach speeds of over 46 knots. Particular attention was paid to suppressing noise and vibration, with the whole interior set on resilient mounts. As a semi-custom yacht, customers can choose from different layout options to design an interior that suits their needs and tastes.
The 21st century launched Sunseeker into a higher league of shipbuilder, with the introduction of the 105 Super-Yacht, a 105-foot (32m) motor yacht with a predicted top speed of 32 knots. Her outstanding safety and reliability were due to the advanced use of hydraulics, stabilizers, computer-controlled generators and electrical systems. The 105 Yacht became the first British-built production boat to win two of the world’s most prestigious International Superyacht Design Awards.
The current flagship 37-Meter Yacht can be built to full MCA and RINA specification, positioning Sunseeker in the center of the mega-yacht world.
The new flagship 46-Meter Yacht is set to premiere in 2012.
Sunseeker’s super-yacht designs take into account the long constant operation at some level. The demands on engines, generators, pumps, electrical circuits and fluid systems, and the need for failsafe back-up at all times, particularly in open sea conditions, means that every single component (the 37M Yacht has 108,000 of them) must be of the highest possible standards, as set by the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
To comply with the requirements of modern shipbuilding, Sunseeker designed new shipyards, where even the movement of the huge hulls (weighing nearly 200 tons) from shed to shed, and from shed to slipway, are computer controlled. Senior shipyard staff are drawn from experienced mariners and engineers from the Merchant Marines, the Royal Navy and the private yacht community. A new on-site Compliance Department was created to ensure that certification standards are fully met.