New Models 2021: British Motor Yachts


Sunseeker’s 90 Ocean shows at both Cannes and Monaco, the rest of the ‘Famous Five’ are at Cannes and Southampton, while Fairline and Princess also unveil new models.


Sunseeker’s 90 Ocean shows at both Cannes and Monaco


Sunseeker’s 90 Ocean is the biggest of its ‘Famous Five’ new models on display at the Cannes Yachting Festival (September 7-12) and is also appearing at the Monaco Yacht Show (September 22-25).


Although listed as part of the Yacht range, the 90 Ocean is part of a new, volume-focused series of designs by Sunseeker. She offers 20 per cent more volume and 25-30 per cent more deck space than typical designs of this length, according to the builder, due to a substantial 23ft 6in beam and an upright bow that allows for more interior space forward.


Sunseeker also says the flybridge, which can include an infinity spa pool, is 25 per cent larger than on a comparable yacht. A large swim platform features the new X-TEND™ system, which can fold out to create a sunbed or be raised to offer a sunbed facing into the cockpit.


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The 88 Yacht is the second biggest of Sunseeker’s new models


Rounding out the ‘Famous Five’ that premiered online in May, the 88 Yacht, 65 Sport Yacht, Manhattan 55 and Predator 55 EVO™ are all on display at both Cannes and the overlapping Southampton International Boat Show (September 10-19), not far from the builder’s home in Poole.


The 88 Yacht (Review, Issue 60) – which has a beam of 21ft 3in – also offers the X-TEND option and is the brand’s first model to feature a forward galley, where it shares the same space as the lower helm. Boasting a much larger saloon and dining area than the former 86, the 88 Yacht also represents a huge upgrade in finishing, detailing, lighting and materials for Sunseeker.


The reconfigured lower deck features four cabins of which the most memorable may be the forward VIP suite, which features a private lobby, stairway and an etched-glass screen that hides the bedroom. Starboard is a desk unit with vanity, while aft is a walk-in dressing room, a rare feature on a VIP suite in a yacht of this size.


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The 65 Sport Yacht with the Sky Helm option


The 65 Sport Yacht is most notable for the optional SkyHelm™, which features twin bolstered seats set low on either side of a central console that give the feeling of driving a sports car. The driver can raise the fully-carbon steering arm to ease entry into the racing-cockpit design or keep it locked in a raised position for helming while standing. The flybridge windscreen can also tilt up and down.


The main deck has a large sunpad aft, while the interior has an aft galley, saloon and twin-seat lower helm. The lower deck has a full-beam master midships, guest to starboard and VIP forward.


The Manhattan 55 was the Issue 58 cover story


The three-cabin Manhattan 55 (Cover & Review, Issue 58) builds on the platform of the Manhattan 52, but is quicker than Sunseeker’s fastest-selling model, reaching 32 knots with two Volvo Penta D13-800 engines.


It offers the brand’s popular Beach Club option with barbecue, drop-down bench seat and overhead shower. The cockpit has a sofa and adjustable table plus the option of bar stools by the aft galley, which doubles as a bar once the window is electrically lowered. The interior features the new lighting and detailing seen on other new Sunseekers.


The Predator 55 EVO™ rounds out the ‘Famous Five’


The sporty Predator 55 EVO™, which had its world premiere at Palm Beach in March, has an overall length of almost 56ft and a top speed of 32 knots with twin Volvo Penta D11-725 engines. The boat’s Hydro-Pack utilises a fly-by-wire steering system and independent rudders for greater agility, while optional thrusters, joystick and a Humphree Automatic Interceptor System also add to performance.


The yacht features a spacious cockpit and an enhanced bathing platform, which offers easy launching of a Williams TurboJet 325 tender from the garage. A hinged door and fold-up window connect the saloon and cockpit, complemented by an optional wet bar with grill, fridge and storage.


The interior is topped by a carbon-fibre opening roof, while the lower deck has a master suite midships, VIP forward, galley to port and either a dinette, storage or Pullman guest cabin to starboard.


Fairline is unveiling the 2021 edition of the F//Line 33


Fairline’s new model at Cannes is the upgraded F//Line 33, a model designed by Alberto Mancini and first unveiled at the 2019 show, showing off a top speed of 48 knots with its top engine options.


As well as offering a hard top, as seen on the model in Cannes, the 2021 model has a new cockpit layout featuring C-shaped seating to starboard with the aft backrest doubling as a headrest for the two-person sunbed. The cockpit seats up to six around a teak table that can be stowed behind the seat cushions by an optional cantilever pedestal.


A wet bar to port can be upgraded to include a fridge and electric griddle, with a drawer icemaker in the seat base opposite. Other new options include an electric hob and sink below deck, and up to two 12-inch Garmin touchscreen displays at the more spacious helm.


The Y72 is a new model from Princess


Also at Cannes, Princess is staging the world premiere of the Y72. Designed with naval architecture partner Olesinski and Italian design house Pininfarina, the model features similar design language seen on the Y78 and Y85, plus full-length hull windows.


The open-plan galley, with hinge-up aft window, includes an island bar with optional stools and is opposite the dining area. In the saloon, a private staircase to port leads to the owner’s stateroom midships, while stairs by the helm lead to three guest cabins forward. The Y72 is fitted with twin MAN V12 engines, either 1,400mhp or 1,650mhp, the latter powering the yacht up to 34 knots.

Sunseeker 88 Yacht showcases interior evolution

Sunseeker’s 88 Yacht offers a fresh interior layout including a brand-first forward galley, a new array of luxury materials, lighting and detailing, plus the much-anticipated X-TEND™ sunbed system.