Nautica y Yates_17 - page 190

English translation
русский перевод
Premiered at last year’s Southampton Boat
Show, the Sunseeker 86 Yacht is the latest
member of the British shipyard’s Yacht range,
of which she captures all the essence but also
boasts certain features that make her stand out
above her sister ships, currently a total of seven
models between 80 and 155 feet.
Germán de Soler
Translation: Futuramos
ith flawless design, well-balanced volumes and
world-class engineering, the Sunseeker 86 Ya-
cht boasts a streamlined profile that at first sight offers
the grace and agility often found in a much smaller
yacht. Yet here we have a semi-custom superyacht with
oodles of personalisation and a hull capable of planing
at 30 knots and topping 24 at cruising speed.
The 86 delivers on all fronts and is a seductive com-
bination of style, exclusivity and performance on a
yacht designed for long distances and plenty of time
The layout of this model, a classic three-deck concept,
offers innovative ideas in each section when it comes to
volumes and the use of space.
The living space, located as usual to the aft of the
main deck and flanked by large windows running
along the entire superstructure, occupies the full beam
and is functionally separated from the dining area by a
low unit that doesn’t interrupt the volume whilst also
allowing guests to pass on both sides. Meanwhile, fur-
ther aft a wooden lattice-style bulwark delivers visual
continuity to the wheelhouse and guest area, which
also acts as a dinette. This way, the design and cle-
ver choice of furniture subtly divides what otherwise
would either be an excessive volume – which means
uncomfortable when sailing due to a lack of reference
points – or an over-compartmentalised space, which
would interrupt the flow of sunlight from outside.
The galley serves this dining area directly through a
door, but also – and here’s one of the other design feats
– the space allocated to guests who want to sit with the
captain in the wheelhouse whilst underway, enjoying
the sea views when the weather is not so clement or sim-
ply using it as a dinette for a hearty breakfast. What’s
more, this floor layout allowed the designers to create a
semicircular bar area with high stools along the bulwark
that closes off the kitchen. The result is that guests can
truly enjoy two social areas: the spacious aft saloon and
the forward wheelhouse area with bar.
And if the well-being of guests on board was very
present in the designers’ minds on offering an array of
spaces for relaxation, the same could definitely be said
for the captain or owner at the helm of this 86 Yacht.
The wheelhouse boasts two height-adjustable Poltrona
Frau seats from which to operate the packed control
panel, screens and dashboard featured as standard on
the yacht. A pantograph door here also leads out to
the deck.
On a layout like this, a poorly-located staircase leading
down to the night-time area could quite easily throw
the design off track. This is not the case, though. The
yard plumped for two staircases: one discreetly placed
between the dining area and bar, which goes down to
a lobby giving access to the full-beam master suite and
two guest cabins; and another midships between the
dinette and wheelhouse that leads down to the VIP
stateroom forward.
The owner enjoys a full-beam suite midships, with
a centrally-placed bed. The starboard side features a
lengthwise dressing table, which can be converted into
a desk if desired, whilst the port side boasts two arm-
chairs around an occasional table. On one side of the
headboard a door leads into the ensuite with separate
shower, whilst on the other side a door opens into the
dressing room. The suite also boasts a 40-inch TV, a
full audio system, more than enough plugs and full
aircon in all areas.
The two guest cabins are placed further aft, between
the owner’s suite and the soundproofed bulwark of the
engine room. Both come with twin beds and, of course,
an ensuite, wardrobe, TV and audio system.
The VIP stateroom is separated from the rest and,
as mentioned before, has its own set of stairs from the
main deck. It is also full-beam and sports all the fea-
tures of the others, sharing with the owner’s suite the
luxury of full-size windows on each side.
The crew, meanwhile, have their own living area ac-
cessed from the aft section, with aircon, laundry room
and two cabins, the layout of which varies depending
on whether there is an aft garage or not.
A bird’s-eye view would be the best way of seeing
how the in-house team has taken full advantage of the
outdoor spaces. From bow – where there is a huge U-
shaped sofa and sunbathing area – to stern, every last
centimetre has been used to guarantee the enjoyment
of open air living. So much so that midships it is even
possible to fold down a balcony to enjoy as a seating
area when at anchor or as a diving platform.
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