Sunseeker Manhattan 84 — By Diane M. Byrne — February 2000
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Just like her terrestrial namesake, the Manhattan 84 offers you plenty of options to satisfy your needs. There are two interior layouts. The first layout (not shown) comes with a below-decks crew cabin in the stern and a hydraulic swim platform. On the main deck, the lower-saloon area is ideal for entertaining, thanks to a dining area to port and wetbar opposite, which includes an icemaker, refrigerator, and drink and glass stowage. The upper saloon features large sofas to each side, a cocktail table, and a raised helm with adjustable leather-upholstered pilot’s seat and door to the side deck. The second layout (shown here), with a midship crew cabin below and a garage for the Sunseeker Outlaw jet boat, is essentially the same, although the wetbar moves to the port side of the upper saloon, a circular dining table is flush to starboard up here, and a large settee and occasional chair replace the wetbar on the lower-saloon level.
Since Sunseeker devotes the main deck to lounging space, it places the fully equipped galley below deck. In the lower-saloon wetbar/aft-crew setup, the galley is situated just forward of amidship on the port side, while in the other layout, it’s fully aft and to starboard. Either way, counters are covered with Avonite, while beneath your feet is a heavy-duty rubber-studded sole. A full-size refrigerator-freezer, double-draining sink, electric oven, four-burner stove, dishwasher, and trash compactor ensure you’ll be able to dish up and clean up any meal.
If the idea of having to run up and down stairs between the meal-preparation and eating areas bothers you, you can specify the galley on the main deck. As this would require modifications to the rest of the layout, you could just plan on using the flying bridge barbecue more for meal preparations. The bridge, along with a wetbar with a refrigerator and icemaker, services seating for six around a central dining table.
As mentioned, Sunseeker places crew’s quarters on the lower deck; in the midship configuration, there’s a bunk-berth cabin, while the aft setup has a double-berth cabin and a bunk-berth cabin. They’re included because Sunseeker has catered to the European market for most of its 38-year history. However, American customers typically prefer running yachts of this size themselves, opting to hire an extra hand or two when they’re entertaining or for handling lines. So rather than force U.S. owners to have an extra unused area aboard, the yard will replace either quarters with a large stowage space upon request. The aft compartment would be ideal for dive gear and other watersports equipment and/or extra fenders and lines, while the midship arrangement could make a convenient pantry, with the galley to starboard.
Also convenient–and certainly a welcome change for anyone stepping up from a production boat–is the private spiral staircase leading to the owner’s suite from the lower half of the saloon. With a diagonal queen-size bed, a two-seater sofa, a vanity/desk, and en suite facilities that include a bidet, it can serve instead as the VIP stateroom while you retire to the other cabin, should you wish to give some lucky guests the royal treatment. (If you don’t, your guests would retire to the two twin-berth cabins and VIP stateroom via a stairway forward in the upper saloon area.)
For all their versatility, custom yachts just sometimes are too much of a production for weekends spent poking around local joints. Yet while production boats handle that task easily, they’re not always suited for taking longer trips out to the islands or to the swankiest places in town. You won’t have either of those problems with the Manhattan 84. Her character effortlessly makes the jump from relaxation mode to fast pace and back, whether within the same week or the same day.
New York has always been known as the place where you can get anything you want any time you want it. No wonder Sunseeker named its largest yacht to date after the city’s most famous borough.
Sunseeker USA Phone: (954) 984-2911. Fax: (954) 984-2913. www.sunseeker.com.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.