Yachting Boating World: Sunseeker 95 Yacht will get its world premiere at at the British Motor Yacht Show at Swanwick Marina from 20th – 22nd May 2016 and Princess will be showcasing their first flybridge with IPS, Princess 49.
Sunseeker will launch the eagerly anticipated 95 Yacht at the British Motor Yacht Show. The new yacht exemplifies the latest in Sunseeker’s cutting edge design and build processes. Fully equipped for luxury entertaining, its open plan layout and striking lines manifests a super yacht feel with all the practical advantages of a yacht in this size category.
Princess will also be showcasing their first flybridge with IPS for the first time, the Princess 49.
Other British luxury yacht brands to showcase their craft at Swanwick Marina will be Fairline with their Squadron 60, Squadron 48, a Targa 48GT and a Targa 38 Open. These iconic companies will be joined by a host of handpicked industry-leading exhibitors.
Now in its fourth year, the British Motor Yacht Show promises to deliver a stunning line up of the best of British motor yachts, leading engine manufacturers, marine electronic specialists, Williams RIBS and luxury car brands such as Porsche and Maserati.
Open daily, between 10am and 5pm each brand will showcase a line-up of new and used yachts, in the water and on shore, with some measuring up to 98 feet.
Peter Bradshaw, Chief Executive at Premier Marinas said: “This show is a renowned event and key to the Premier diary as it becomes more prestigious each year. I’m delighted that Swanwick Marina will once again host this collaboration between three of the biggest names in British motor yacht sales”.
This is a not-to-be-missed show for buyers and boat lovers, where they will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the most famous motor yachts in the world and speak to experts on all the exciting aspects of motor yacht ownership. There is also the opportunity to take a tour of Premier’s flagship Hamble river marina with its multimillion pound boatyard and luxury facilities.
Practical Boat Owner: BBC has been allowed behind the scenes for the first time by Britain’s biggest superyacht builder Sunseeker International who has been hand-building customised boats for the world’s super rich for the past 50 years.
After 10 months of filming, Sunseeker International will take centre stage in a BBC Two documentary about ‘Britain’s Biggest Superyachts: Chasing Perfection’, which will be airing at 9pm this Friday 15th April 2016.
The BBC film crew follows the build of a brand new 40 metre Sunseeker 131 superyacht, worth £20million, at the manufacturing facility in Poole, Dorset through to final delivery.
The 131 superyacht enables its owner to tailor the layout and interior design to personal preferences from Sunseeker’s ‘Bespoke’ customer service.
The BBC documentary follows the most challenging specification to date when a customer takes full advantage of this made-to-measure service and asks for more extras than any other yacht in the Sunseeker’s history.
A BBC Two programme description says: ‘Sunseeker built their reputation on making small to mid-size yachts, but the recession saw this market flounder as even the super-rich tightened their belts, seeing Sunseeker sink into the red. So in a high stakes move, they’re sinking millions into building a larger opulent superyacht to reel in the uber-rich who still have cash to splash on life’s ultimate luxuries to help sail them back into profit.’
Whilst the company works hard to meet the customer’s exacting standards, the London sales team are working just as hard to fill the order book during the all-important Boat Show season where the sales team hope to sell in just 30 days over £40million worth of boats and yachts.
Every Sunseeker boat is built in Poole but seem to be found basking in the international playgrounds of the rich and famous and the BBC documentary crew also hop on board the charter side of the business to meet the people paying £60,000 for just a week’s holiday.
Watch the programme about Sunseeker on BBC Two’s ‘Britain’s Biggest Superyachts: Chasing Perfection’, Friday 15 April at 9pm.
Motorboat & Yachting: Sunseeker har announced that it will be taking 40 new Sunseeker apprentices in Poole this year.
This was announced as part of the National Apprenticeship Week, that the new intake will include 26 new hires at Sunseeker HQ in Poole and a further 14 at its Portland facility.
“Developing new talent within the workforce is essential to maintaining our reputation and position as a world leader in luxury performance motor yacht design and manufacture”, said Alex Bowman, training manager at Sunseeker International.
The Sunseeker three and four-year courses are available on a long-established apprenticeship scheme, which has been running since 1979.
Sunseeker apprentices will be able to choose from four different specialisms: marine engineers (4-year), composite boat builders (3-year), marine electricians (4-year) and carpentry boat builders (4-year).
Sunseeker is currently training 60 apprentices in conjunction with Bournemouth & Poole College, and this new intake will take the total up to 100 – the highest number of Sunseeker apprentices to date.
“Our record intake of apprentices demonstrates our investment in the future of the marine industry, enabling young people in the local community to kick-start their career in this sector,” said Alex Bowman.
For more information, visit: www.thecollege.co.uk/sunseeker
Motorboat & Yachting: Five Sunseeker models ranging from 48ft-68ft will go on display at the Pre-Season Boat Show next month.
Sunseeker has confirmed its five boat models to centrepiece at this year’s Sunseeker Pre-Season Boat Show in Poole 18-20 March 2016.
The boat show event will give Sunseeker fans the chance to view the San Remo, Manhattan 55, Manhattan 65 and 68 Sport Yacht close up.
Completing the line-up is the Sunseeker Predator 57, which was launched just last year at the 2015 London Boat Show and has become Sunseeker’s fastest selling model with more than 60 hulls built in the first year alone.
The Sunseeker Pre-Season Boat Show runs from 10am to 4pm with a VIP evening event to raise money for the Julias House Hospice.
Motorboat & Yachting: Despite strong sales were recorded, the 2016 London Boat Show saw a drop in attendance of 2%.
Strong sales and improved layout contributed to create a positive atmosphere at the 2016 London Boat Show, despite a slight dip in attendance.
British Marine Boat Shows announced that a total of 90,328 people visited the event at London Excel, which is roughly 2% down compared to last year’s figure of 92,288.
Managing director at British Marine Boat Shows, said: “The quality of business achieved coupled with the fantastic attractions on offer and celebrity faces seen, has resulted in the 62nd London Boat Show being yet another successful show.
“At the heart of one of the world’s most pioneering capital cities, we have showcased the rich heritage of both British and international boating, latest marine innovations and designs to a global audience.”
Sales director at Sunseeker said: “This has been our most successful London Boat Show for a number of years. It is an excellent barometer of sales to come in 2016.”
He added that the Sunseeker team met with more clients and prospects that ever before, eclipsing their pre-recessionary levels of interest and resulting in a 55% year-on-year increase in forward orders.
Motorboat & Yachting: With less than 24 hours to go until the London Boat Show opens, Sunseeker has given an insight into the logistics of getting its 131 Yacht in place.
The Sunseeker 131 Yacht will be the largest model ever launched in London when it is unveiled tomorrow at the Excel Centre and the logistics of getting it in place have been considerable.
Sunseeker has revealed that it needed London City Airport to temporarily close a runway while their team manoeuvred the tri-deck yacht through King George V lock and onto its berth at the nearby Excel Centre.
And they would do well to keep the airport onside, as plans are in place to fly in potential buyers on an Airbus H135 helicopter for private viewings of the 131 Yacht.
Sean Robertson, sales director at Sunseeker International, said: “I am delighted we are launching this special new yacht, the first – and largest – of four new Sunseeker models set to debut in 2016.”
He added that five orders for the 131 Yacht have already been placed by clients based all over the world. The Sunseeker 131 Yacht will be on display at the London Excel Centre from 8-17 January and tickets are available online now, with prices starting from £10 per adult.
In other Sunseeker news, the firm has announced that it will be expanding its latest recruitment drive to offer 225 new jobs.
Phil Popham, CEO of Sunseeker, said: “We are pleased to announce these recruitment plans which give a clear signal of the positive times ahead at Sunseeker. Our forward order book for 2016 and beyond is looking very strong, currently up 55% over the same period last year.
“Expanding our highly skilled workforce is a key part of our planned investment, and with the introduction of a number of new boat lines in 2016 we are able to recruit 225 new skilled staff to support future growth.
“This recruitment drive is underway and will conclude in the first half of the year, bringing our total employee number to around 2,150.”
Practical Boat Owner: Sunseeker has announced that award-winning British actor Hugh Bonneville, and singers, The Overtones, will be their special guests at this year’s London Boat Show on Friday 8 January.
Hugh said: ‘I am really delighted to be joining Sunseeker to celebrate the opening of their stand at the London Boat Show; particularly with the momentous launch of its 131 Yacht.’
The 2016 London Boat Show will run from 8-17 January at ExCeL, London Docklands.
Motorboat & Yachting: The 2016 London Boat Show will feature its largest ever launch, with the Sunseeker 131 Yacht due to get its public debut at the Excel Centre.
It wouldn’t be the London Boat Show without a big Sunseeker launch and next year’s show is due to get its biggest Sunseeker launch yet, as the Poole-based firm has announced it will be bringing the Sunseeker 131 Yacht along to the Excel Centre.
The new 40m superyacht will be the largest model ever to make its debut at London and is likely to take advantage of the on-water exhibition that organisers British Marine Boat Shows are bringing back for 2016.
The Sunseeker 131 Yacht will head up a fleet of eight Sunseeker models on display from January 8-17, including the best-selling Predator 57.
Sean Robertson, sales director at Sunseeker International, said: “The London Boat Show is always extremely exciting and draws a truly international selection of clients.
“I am delighted we are launching this special new yacht, the first – and largest – of four new Sunseeker models set to debut in 2016.”
Demand for the Sunseeker 131 Yacht has been high ahead of its public launch, with five orders already secured.
Key features include a tri-deck layout with enough accommodation for 12, a 6m tender garage, huge hull windows, and a top speed of 23 knots.
Advance tickets to the 2016 London Boat Show are on sale now – prices start at £10 per adult, while children under 15 go free.
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 owner was so taken by the golden silver colour scheme of his new Williams tender that he asked Sunseeker Spain to paint his Predator 57 to match.
We often hear of tenders being styled to match the mothership, but not the other way around. However, the owner of this 10th anniversary Williams Turbojet 325 (pictured above) was so smitten by the golden silver colour scheme that he has ordered a matching Sunseeker Predator 57.
The order was placed in January at the CWM FX London Boat Show and the golden silver Sunseeker is due completed in July and launched in time for the Barcelona Boat Show in October.
Miguel Angel Linares, managing director of Sunseeker Spain, who sold the Predator 57, said: “We get many interesting customisation requests, but I believe this is the first I have received to match a tender – they will certainly make for a very striking pair on the water.”
Based in Oxfordshire, Williams Performance Tenders was recently named as Sunseeker’s supplier of the year.