If you’ve always been a fan of Sunseeker’s sleek lines and aura of understated glamour, but aren’t ready to purchase one of their typically sized 50-foot-plus yachts, then the Portofino 40 may warrant your attention. Sunseeker’s new, entry-level-size express cruiser features two cabins, lit primarily by expansive portholes, and marked by exceptional headroom.
Next Generation We test the space-age Manhattan 53 within sight of England’s stone-age coast. This year’s Southampton boat show was breezy and damp, as it often is. If you wanted to guarantee unreliable weather for an outdoor event, you couldn’t do better than to choose the period of the fall equinox, when the predicted path of Atlantic low-pressure systems exactly
The border between a boat you’re comfortable handling yourself and one that requires a captain is a delicate one. The Manhattan 70 sits right on the cusp, filling a gap between the Manhattan 60 and the 86 Yacht. As the largest of the Manhattans, the 70 bridges the void by incorporating accommodation elements from the 86 while attempting to keep the at-sea agility of a boat that’s ten feet
It had been one of the most eagerly anticipated launches of recent years, the subject of more rumor and speculation than a Hollywood scandal. But when the London Boat Show opened in January, there she was. Finally, large as life and twice as opulent: Sunseeker's latest, the 37M Trideck Yacht, all 121 feet and 180 tons of her. Immediately the company's previous flagship, the 105-foot flying-bridge
The day began plainly enough. I met for coffee with Sunseeker's Hannah Braithwaite-Smith at the British builder's Pompano Beach outpost, Sunseeker USA. We started with the usual pleasantries, and soon transitioned into some generalities about the Sunseeker Predator 108, the big, Arneson drive-powered, performance-type motoryacht I'd soon be sea trialing in the nearby Atlantic. We talked about how
It was an unusual situation, but this is a highly unusual boat. We’d run the numbers and logged the speed, fuel, trim, and decibel readings and now were at the fun part of the test: handling. On an 82-foot, 60-ton yacht this isn’t always the fun part—I’ve tested boats this size that couldn’t out-turn the U.S.S. Nimitz—but this was different.At somewhere between 25 and 30
It was blowing a steady 20 knots out of the northeast off of Florida’s dicey Hillsboro Inlet—there’s a sign posted at the drawbridge leading from the ICW to the ocean warning that local knowledge is advisable—as I wheeled the Sunseeker Predator 68 through her paces in the four-foot slop with the more-than-occasional six-footer thrown in. Accompanying me was Capt. Ralph Casler of
The 30-foot-plus center console sportfisherman market has numerous players: There's Contender, SeaVee, Seacraft, Regulator, Intrepid, Yellowfin, Fountain, Palmetto Custom, and Jefferson Yachts, to name a few. So why would Sunseeker, a builder noted for its silver screen-friendly performance boats (take a look at any recent Bond film) and finely detailed motoryachts to 105 feet, want to enter this