Sunseeker Manhattan 84 — By Diane M. Byrne — February 2000
|Sunseeker introduces the Manhattan 84, a semicustom yacht that appeals to your cosmopolitan side without neglecting your simple desires.|
New York, New York, it’s a helluva town. The isle of Manhattan is the city that never sleeps, to quote an old lyric, with an abundance of ‘round-the-clock activities for residents and visitors alike. It’s fast-paced, cultured, cosmopolitan. And the list goes on.
But for all of its sophisticated appeal, the city has a decidedly simple side as well. For example, it’s laid out in a logical grid pattern, with the avenues running north to south and the streets running east to west. When your feet wear out, you have your choice of getting around by bus, cab, or subway. And where else but in New York can you so easily wrap up a fun-filled evening (or morning, depending on your stamina) with a cheeseburger and fries at an all-night diner?
The new flagship of the Sunseeker fleet has a lot in common with the city. The Manhattan 84 abounds with finesse and polish, appealing to boaters who want a pointed change from the production-boat realm. Yet the 84, the largest semicustom yacht ever to emerge from the UK, offers a range of rudimentary features to keep those same boaters from turning their backs in a New York minute.
Just as you can’t imagine Manhattan without its fast pace, you can’t imagine a Sunseeker without performance. If you’re the type who likes to zoom over to Bimini for lunch and spend the rest of the day poking around the islands, you’ll certainly be able to do it aboard the 84–she has a 450-mile range on nearly 1,800 gallons of fuel. Engine options range from twin 1,283-hp MAN V12 1300PS diesels to the new 1,400-hp Caterpillar 1419PS diesels. With either package, they combine with V-drives and propellers to yield a top speed in the low-30-knot range and a cruise speed in mid-20-knot range.
Of course, a good turn of speed is directly related to weight savings, and Sunseeker employs a few methods to accomplish this on the Manhattan 84: a stiffened single-skin bottom with balsa-cored topside, PVC foam-cored deck, and carbon-fiber-reinforced superstructure. Isophthalic resin, woven rovings, and unidirectional fiberglass are used, in addition to a bonded-foam girder system, isophthalic gelcoat, and antifouling and osmosis treatment.
One of the first places Sunseeker combines style and substance is the saloon. It’s split-level, a solution to the dilemma of creating separate relaxation and dining areas without resorting to confining bulkheads. Most Americans will likely be surprised by this design scheme, having gotten used to seeing one space cater to both needs, but Sunseeker’s arrangement has met with success on previous smaller models, including its Manhattan and Predator 74s. You’ll find highly polished American cherry and bird’s-eye maple in both spots, and given that the 84 is semicustom, you have a wide choice of color-coordinated carpets, upholstery, and other soft goods.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.