Sunreef’s super powercat is a super statement
While the 60, 70 and 80-footers in Sunreef’s modern Power range are coming out of the brand’s two shipyards in Gdansk at a steady pace, the luxury catamaran builder moved into a new dimension with its flagship powercat – the 100 Sunreef Power. By Norbert Concin.
The 100 Sunreef Power is the Polish builder’s largest powercat to date
Sunreef Yachts’ continuing growth is evident to anyone visiting the company’s new shipyard, as illustrated by the number of recently launched boats in front of the buildings on the banks of the Martwa Wisla River. Our mission here was to try out the brand’s new flagship powercat, the 100 Power, which was delivered to her owner in January.
Since 2017, the year Sunreef launched its current range of power and sailing cats, the Gdansk builder has delivered over 40 models between 60-100ft including 10 powercats and is still also using its original site in the historic Gdansk Shipyard to keep up with demand.
The 100 Sunreef Power has a central hydraulic platform that links with the transoms
The order book remains full, with many of Sunreef’s clientele coming from the monohull superyacht sector. The 100 Power is a new landmark in the brand’s irresistible ascent. Offering 5,400sqft of living space, equivalent to the social space found on a 130ft monohull motor yacht, the vast powercat is the biggest example so far of Sunreef’s ongoing journey into the world of superyachts.
At first glance, it might be difficult to distinguish this 94-footer from other models in the range, especially from a distance on the water. Understandably, the brand has retained its basic design DNA, although the T-top of the flybridge is set further aft compared to the 80 Power, for example.
However, the silhouette is similar in proportions, which translates into impressive volumes. Figures that illustrate the 100 Power’s scale include the towering 11ft 6in freeboard and the 44ft-plus beam, making it wider than the 40 Open Sunreef Power is long.
The huge cockpit has an aft sofa with a backrest that can fold down to make a large sunpad
The familiar design with rounded corners is pleasing, even giving this enormous vessel a slightly sporty look. Hull one, Shimali, looks great with its anthracite hull, teak deck, black coachroof windows and copper-pink superstructure.
To reach the main deck, it’s nine steps up from the wide transoms. The central hydraulic platform can carry more than 1,300kg and Shimali’s 18ft colour-coordinated dinghy is a notable feature. A concealed garage, below the aft sunpad, can accommodate a pair of three-seater jet-skis, a refuelling station and various water toys, deploying them when the garage floor lowers to water level.
SPACE IS LUXURY
On deck, the aft cockpit and interior saloon combine to form a vast covered socialising area. The wide cockpit table is large enough to seat a dozen guests, while the sofa backrest can fold down to complete an enormous sunbathing area overlooking the sea. There’s also a daybed to port, while also worthy of note is a day head to starboard – a very useful inclusion on such a large yacht.
The enormous solid foredeck
Huge side decks lead to the foredeck, a vast area where the yacht’s 44ft beam comes into play, offering two L-shaped sofas and tables in front of the saloon windscreen, as well as a large clear area with hatches in-between. Forward is an expansive sunpad, while the whole area can be beautifully lit at night by pop-up lamps.
From the aft cockpit, a starboard stairway leads to the flybridge, which is one of the yacht’s most remarkable social areas. Covering an enormous 915sqft, similar in scale to the entire saloon below, the flybridge starts with an uncovered aft area that’s dominated by a custom-built jacuzzi, which is flanked by sunbathing areas either side.
The flybridge has lots of space between the long bar to starboard, dining table to port and jacuzzi aft
The area covered by the 645sqft hardtop is lined to starboard by a long bar with barbecue and tall stools, and to port by a long dining table for 10. In the middle is plenty of space to arrange sofas and chairs as you wish. The covered area can even be transformed into an outdoor cinema with a retractable projector and screen, and high-end audio system.
Forward, the central helm station sits between companion seating on both sides for those who want a skipper’s view through the wide windscreen. We had the opportunity to try the helm during a sea trial held in the bay of Gdansk in beautiful weather, although it’s worth noting there’s little ‘feel’ due to the electric control system, requiring you to consult the analogue rudder angle indicators. Yet if it’s acoustic comfort you’re looking for, you’re in the right place.
The upper helm has companion seating on both sides
Like most Sunreef models, the 100 Power is built for long-distance cruising. With up to 28,000 litres of fuel on board, a speed of 9-10 knots will ensure 3,000nm-plus transatlantic range, while 7-8 knots will take you over 5,000nm, although the range drops to less than 1,000nm if you maintain the top speed of 17 knots.
HOME FROM HOME
On the main deck, the vast interior is separated into four distinct zones, starting with the main lounge to port and a huge custom-built bar to starboard. Forward are a professional galley cleverly separated by glass windows, and a portside gym with a treadmill overlooking the sea.
The saloon includes a lounge with facing sofas to port and a bar with high chairs to starboard
Sunreef was a forerunner in the introduction of luxury on catamarans, so it’s interesting to see that the brand is further enhancing its expertise in custom décor.
In this instance, the specifications by the owners – who are using Shimali exclusively for private use – include a very traditional New England style decor, but with a touch of fantasy. When cruising, the owner wants to feel at home in the truest sense of the word. He even sent photos of the inside of his house so Sunreef’s interior design teams could reproduce his chosen style.
The décor and furniture are inspired by the owner’s home
All the woodwork in matte white lacquered oak veneer and the light brown oak floor contrast with the rose quartz veneer of the bar and the gold brass trim. The furniture is classical: fir-green velvet Chesterfield sofas, Club chairs, and a pink silk carpet and fancy lighting add a touch of originality.
The cabins have been designed in the same spirit, with Paris Metro-style tiles for the bathrooms. Accommodation in the port hull features a large owner’s suite with a stunning bathroom.
Located in the centre of the port hull, the master is one of five en-suite guest cabins
Forward is another en-suite guest cabin with a window-facing double bed, while there are a further three en-suite guest cabins in the starboard hull. Each room includes individual air-conditioning and a TV, while headroom exceeds 7ft 3in throughout, offering an enormous feeling of space.
Sunreef provides an exclusive air-conditioning system to ensure a peaceful night’s sleep, with a very economical (350,000 BTU/hr) system powered by an oversized battery bank, meaning generators are not needed at night.
The master suite’s beautifully decorated bathroom
Two large twin crew cabins are in the forepeaks, while aft in the port hull is a captain’s cabin with office space and a double bed. If the captain is part of a couple, the yacht can accommodate six crew to look after up to 10 guests.
CAREFUL, ROBUST CONSTRUCTION
If you see these boats before they’re painted, the robustness of the construction is self-evident: bows, forefoot, hull bottoms, hatch surrounds and chines are all built in monolithic GRP. The thickness of the foam sandwich speaks for itself. Carbon cloth is used for reinforcement in high-stress areas such as the hull to nacelle connections or the structural bulkheads.
The U-shaped galley is forward of the bar
The entire area of the nacelle is doubled by a lower compartment dedicated to the technical elements. This technical area is accessible via hatches in the foredeck, saloon galley and aft cockpit. It’s also possible to enter from the forward crew cabins and exit into the toy garage, as all the ‘basement rooms’ are linked by a passageway.
The battery bank, chargers and inverters, air-conditioning, laundry room and even cold-storage room are installed here, with the quality of the technical installations and finish particularly high. Beyond its intrinsic qualities – proven architecture, oceangoing range and exceptional space – the big appeal of the 100 Sunreef Power is the possibility of a fully customised layout and décor on all three decks.
Port of the galley is an area that can be used as a gym
And like all the brand’s current models, it’s also available in an Eco version, with solar panels and custom-engineered batteries.
In its progression towards increasing size, luxury, customisation and sustainable options, Sunreef seems unstoppable, with the 100 Power its biggest statement so far.