Motorboat & Yachting: Sunseeker’s latest superyacht design has been revealed in the form of the Sunseeker 131 – the second largest model to date to bear the Poole brand’s livery. The Sunseeker 131 Yacht will be launching next year, with accommodation for up to 12 and a cruising range of 1,500nm.
And although it is not due to launch until Spring 2016, the first four Sunseeker 131 hulls have already been sold, so any further buyers will have to wait until November 2016 to get theirs.
On-board accommodation features five double cabins as standard, although owners can increase this to 12 should they desire.
The stand-out feature is the trio of vast hull windows that should let huge amounts of light into the master suite, saloon and upper saloon.
Building on the same platform as the 40M Yacht, the Sunseeker 131 boasts an extra two metres of upper deck space, which means a new bar and seating layout is possible in the cockpit.
Meanwhile, the cavernous garage can swallow up a six-metre tender and a pair of PWCs. In keeping with Sunseeker’s latest big launches, the 131 is designed with long-distance cruising in mind.
Although the engine options haven’t yet been revealed, the company claims that it will do 1,500nm between fuelling stops when cruising at 10 knots. Should the owner want to go flat-out, for whatever reason, the notional top speed is 23 knots.
Sean Robertson, sales director at Sunseeker International, added that this is just the first of four new models that Sunseeker plans to roll out for the 2015/16 model year.
Motorboat & Yachting: The Monaco-based studio insists that this ambitious superyacht design is based on real world technologies.
It’s very easy to dismiss most superyacht concepts as an irrelevance or the product of a feverish imagination, after all 99% of them never make it beyond the drawing board, let alone out onto the water. However, when speaking to Emanuele Gallo Perozzi at Pastrovich Design, it’s clear that there is much more to the company’s latest concept, the X-R-Evolution, than just wishful thinking.
Emanuele told MBY that all of the elements of this radical design (pictured above) are based on real-world technologies and that clients have already registered their interested in creating this vessel.
Designed to satisfy a superyacht owner’s yearning for privacy, the X-R-Evolution features detachable pods or ‘Bungalows’, which can be deployed at various points across a bay, allowing kids, guests and owners to relax in their own separate space. ssentially these are the ultimate in customisable tenders, with Emanuele suggesting that private gardens and floating swimming pools are other possible uses.
Stefano Pastrovich and his team have looked into various offshore technologies to create optimum stability for these craft, such as that used by Dutch company Ampelmann. They have also worked with manufacturers in the kite surfing sector, who build stand-alone inflatable launch platforms, to ensure that this concept is viable.
The result is a carbon fibre hull that can be scaled from 50 metres up to a maximum of 90 metres without the need for a draft in excess of 2.5-metres. This allows owners to moor the mothership close to remote island bays in the Caribbean; the perfect location for making the most out of the freedom that these Bungalows offer.
Emanuele claims that the pods could either be completely detachable or remain linked by tethers, which can harness wave power to generate sustainable energy for use on board the main craft.
It all sounds terribly ambitious, but considering that Pastrovich Studio’s previous credits include work with Bremer Vulkan and the Eric Schmidt Ocean Institute, these claims become all the more credible.