At the recent Cannes Yachting Festival 2021, MBY editor-in-chief Hugo Andreae took the opportunity to look inside the Sunseeker 90 Ocean, a voluminous yacht with spectacular outdoor spaces.
The new Sunseeker 90 Ocean is a boat that we have been looking forward to seeing for a long time. This is an entirely new range for the UK yard and it is a completely different concept, much more focused on time on board and space, rather than the usual focus only on performance and handling in luxury.
The starting point is a very different hull design and you can see directly from the shape of that bow it’s much fuller and straighter which creates more volume on board.
The whole boat is actually much wider than normal for a 90ft boat of this size, it is over 23ft wide which is completely 2ft 0in (0.61m) wider than that of the Sunseeker 95 Yacht, and that creates a lot more internal volume.
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There is a massive amount of glass in the shell, which further enhances the feeling of light and space and makes the most of all that extra bulk.
Another very interesting new idea is bulwarks with a solid glass insert, so you can see through the water rather than just looking at a large blank sheet of fiberglass.
The starting price is Â£ 6.1million (excluding VAT) but realistically once you specify it and pay your taxes it will look more like Â£ 7million, Â£ 8million sterling or, in this case, I’m even thinking of Â£ 9million, once you’ve got it fully outfitted, but you get an awful lot of boat for your money. She has, according to the yard, a volume 20% larger than one of her traditional yacht models of similar length.
On the other focal point – the connection to the water – look no further than the extraordinary beach club area at the back of the boat.
This term “beach club” is used quite loosely at the moment, but the designers at Sunseeker have gone to great lengths to ensure that this is the area (every 24mÂ²) where guests are likely to congregate. , and she is so cleverly thought out.
The new X-TEND seating system features a pair of angled sun cushions mounted on a hatch so they can stand up and face the cockpit or swivel the other way to meet the swim platform and look out. above the water.
Under the hatch there is a built-in storage space for scuba tanks and water sports equipment and, in the deck below, voids for two Seabobs with charging points.
A three-seater jet-ski and a Williams 460 SportJet sit on the aft deck and can be lowered into the water on a hi-lo platform, which is separated from a piece of fixed deck on the port side giving access permanent extendable hydraulic boarding ladder.
A retractable wetbar with barbecue, overhead shower and parasol completes an area so attractive that it can be difficult to guide guests to other parts of the boat.
They’ll recover soon when they’re stretched out on one of the foredeck lounge chairs, flanked by cocktail dinettes, or taking a dip in the optional hot tub on the upper deck. This is the peculiarity of the Sunseeker 90 Ocean, the beach club adds to the already spectacular outdoor living spaces.
The search for volume will be felt most acutely in the living room where the spacious space of 28 feet 9 inches (8.8 m) by 18 feet 0 inches (5.6 m) is reinforced by picture windows, which drape natural light over a clean, modern interior, and where there are a few layout options.
The Sunseeker 90 Ocean isn’t just a floating playground either, with a fuel capacity of 13,000 liters and its MAN diesels purring at 12 knots, its range is 1,800 nautical miles but, if pushed , it will wind up at a maximum speed of 26 knots.
We’re excited about this one and will be putting it to the test in a full sea trial soon.
Sunseeker 90 Ocean specification
LOA: 88 feet 11 inches (27.1 m)
Shine: 23 ft 6 in (7.16 m)
Engines: Twin MAN up to 3,800 hp
Top speed: 26 knots
Cruising range: 1,800 nm at 12 knots
Price: Â£ 6.1 million (excluding VAT)