Koenig’s First impression:
You can tell she’s solidly built just by looking at her—not something you can say about every glitzy, flying-bridge cruiser.
With all her sleek lines, slick design, and near-superyacht levels of fit and finish, you could be forgiven if you forgot the Sunseeker Manhattan 65 is an honest-to-goodness boat boat, with a hull that keeps you safe even in sporty conditions. But that’s the truth of it. Underneath all the glitz, the Manhattan 65, which made her U.S. debut at this year’s Lauderdale show, is a real hard-charger. “I’ve been on this boat blasting through 7-foot seas in the English Channel,” says Sunseeker’s Nick Bischoff, “and she handled it so well, so easily. It was really impressive.”
And that’s not to mention the boat’s fairly impressive speeds—27 knots at cruise, or 29 knots with the hammer down, thanks to twin 1,000-horsepower MAN V8s (Volvo Penta IPS1200s are also available).
The 65, which is an evolution of the Manhattan 53, was designed to have generous amounts of interior light, thanks to more windows that help to brighten up and ventilate the interior.
A four-stateroom layout means the boat can comfortably sleep eight, making her ideal for family cruises or larger parties. Meanwhile up top a spacious flying bridge offers the ideal location to get some sun on your face and some wind in your hair. All while knowing you’re not only safe and secure, you look damn good too.
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- Builder: Sunseeker
- Model: Sunseeker Manhattan 65
- Boat Type: Cruiser
- Year: 2015
- Base Price: $2,494,820 (ex works Poole)
- LOA: 69'1"
- Draft: 5'0"
- Beam: 16'10"
- Displacement: 77,000 lb.
- Fuel Capacity: 925 gal.
- Water Capacity: 215 gal.
- Standard Power: 2/1,000-HP MAN V8s
- Cruise Speed: 27 knots
- Top Speed: 29 knots
This article originally appeared in the January 2015 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.