The English brand will now have a new all-aluminium line of superyachts to offer to its clients. The line will carry the trusted Sunseeker badge, heritage and design cues as sales director, Sean Robertson explained, “This will certainly not be a badge engineering exercise. We are an established superyacht brand in our own right and so we are merely combining the metal build expertise of Icon with our design DNA, technical expertise and market knowhow. She will absolutely be a Sunseeker.”
The vessels will be built at the Icon shipyard in the Netherlands, with the first unit expected to be ready for launch in 2021.
The first unit to go into production will be the 161 Yacht, a 49-metre (161-foot) tri-deck motor yacht with a distinct plumb bow. The project will be based on a proven platform, which the builder is familiar with, while carrying the signature lines and level of quality found on all Sunseeker vessels. Other features include a standard five-cabin layout, a pool on the main deck and an expansive beach club with fold-down terraces.
Sunseeker’s move into the metal field of construction comes after the brand looked for a viable solution for its growing client base that was looking to step up in size from their existing yachts. After the discontinuation of the 155 Yacht line, due to a lack of capacity, Sunseeker started to explore options further afield. Offering a metal line of yachts now allows the brand to virtually build yachts unlimited in size with the help of a respectable builder such as Icon.
“Finding experience and expertise in metal build was not the issue,” continues Robertson. “Finding a yard that shared the same progressive, innovative spirit to create something truly special and, most importantly, one which will provide us with the flexibility to build a true Sunseeker was the challenge. We have certainly found all of that with Icon Yachts.”