Roll back time to 1969. In France the first Concorde test flight took place. The Russian astronaut Yevgeny Khrunov became the first to transfer between linked capsules when the Russian Soyuz 5 went into orbit, and the first human being landed on the moon. More than three hundred and fifty thousand music lovers created a legend at Woodstock. The Beatles gave their final public performance. Later the same year John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged a bed-in for peace in Amsterdam, and the infamous 1st September revolution took place in Libya. At the same time, in the sleepy seaside town of Poole in Dorset, one young man was about to cause a revolution of a very different kind.
Robert Braithwaite had long dreamed about creating a completely new kind of boat. Harnessing a suite of revolutionary materials and brand new technology his early designs, including the famous Hostess 17, delighted an exclusive handful of customers. The rest is history. Today the firm he founded, Sunseeker, is one of the planet’s best-loved and respected luxury yacht brands.
These days Sunseeker craft are brought to dazzling life by a team of more than two thousand skilled boat designers, engineers and master craftsmen. Their aim remains the same – to push their standards ever-higher. Sunseeker doesn’t just stay ahead of the curve, it creates the curve. This is their story.
A short history of Sunseeker – A brilliant British brand
When Robert Braithwaite negotiated a deal to acquire a collection of boat moulds, he’d never built a boat before. In fact there were no significant sports and leisure boat builders in the UK at the time. No wonder the first boat his firm made created such a stir. The Formula One driver Henry Taylor was particularly taken with the design, but wanted one that could take a full width sunbed. And that’s exactly what Sunseeker provided, an entirely new way of tailoring luxury yachts exclusively for customers.
When Robert’s younger brother John joined the firm it really took off. John came up with numerous award-winning designs and acted as Product Development Director for more than five decades. By the late 1970s Sunseeker was well on the way to becoming a British brand to be reckoned with.
With the Mediterranean fast taking off as a prime holiday and yachting destination, the company was keen to focus on stylish boats with great racing capabilities. They took on the brilliant boat designer Don Shead, whose experience designing racing craft and superyachts allowed him to see the potential behind their goals. Together they set about blending Sunseeker’s thrilling vision with his unique designs, and a totally new style of boat as born.
The Offshore 28 was the first of its kind made in Europe, the first true performance model. It sold like hot cakes in Europe and Sunseeker International was finally well and truly launched. Over time a series of unique hull designs drove ever-higher performance standards. The beautiful Portofino 31 set the stage for boats with huge cockpits, specially designed for entertaining large numbers of people, and the focus became enjoyment, fun, and high performance.
During the 1990s style took an even more important role, and the softer shapes found in car design took precedence. A demand for even bigger craft led to the awesome Renegade 60, Sunseeker’s first production boat with twin jet drives. It wowed attendees at the Southampton Boat Show in 1990, leaving delegates speechless with admiration. The applause was extraordinary. The Predator 80 featured the most luxurious interior so far, as well as being fitted with extraordinary triple Arneson surface drives. No wonder the brand’s combination of luxury accommodation, incredible performance, long range and superb handling quickly became a benchmark for excellence.
The 21st century saw Sunseeker set the pace thanks to the massive 105 Yacht, a masterpiece in advanced composite materials and state-of-the-art construction techniques with a top speed of 32 knots, winner of two International Superyacht Design awards. The vast 37M and the 42M Ocean followed in its footsteps. And in 2015 Sunseeker’s 100th luxury performance motoryacht arrived, sealing its reputation in the 100ft+ superyacht category.
Sunseeker’s beautiful boats are still hand-built and hand-finished. They still believe it’s the only way to make such exceptional products, with such extraordinary levels of detail, perfect finishing, and plenty of sheer artistry. But there’s more. These craft have genuine spirit and vitality. As they say on the Sunseeker website:
“Owning a Sunseeker yacht isn’t a statement. It’s something far more powerful. It is a hard won independence. The ability to see new horizons from a different perspective. Above all, a rare kind of liberty. A masterpiece of high performance design and engineering, a Sunseeker yacht takes you to truly special places with those who are truly special to you.”
We couldn’t agree more. We feel exactly the same. That’s why we have two of the finest Sunseeker craft for you, both available for yacht share, both legends in their own lifetime, and both based in glorious Mallorca.
Share the magnificent Sunseeker 86
The Sunseeker 86 offers a hugely seductive blend of style and exclusivity, with every tiny detail taken care of from bow to stern. The main saloon is a big, stylish and welcoming, a place full of lovely natural light featuring hand-finished furnishings and cutting edge technology. The outstanding level of design and craftsmanship also continues below deck, with room to sleep 8 guests across 4 beautiful cabins; one Master Stateroom, 1 VIP Stateroom, two twin/double guest rooms and room for four crew.
The main deck is elegant and spacious, with a practical interior featuring truly superb décor. The craftsmanship is exquisite throughout and again, the design is state-of-the-art. The clever wraparound glazing, full height windows and drop-down saloon balcony deliver extraordinary panoramic views and the dining area is stylish and uber-modern, with a truly intelligent use of space. The accommodation is the ultimate in luxury and there’s even plenty of room for solitude.
The foredeck features two big sun pads and comfortable seating areas, ideal for alfresco dining. The expansive flybridge is the perfect location for a glass of something cold and bubbly, and you’ll enjoy the attentions of four experienced crew members dedicated to superb service. You can explore the fine details behind buying a share in this amazing boat here.
Enjoy a share of the amazing Sunseeker 76
The magnificent Sunseeker 76 is known and loved for her performance, style and space. She’s an all-new delight of a boat with her exceptional sea-keeping, latest deep-V hull design, and class leading space throughout her beautifully appointed decks. She’s a genuine benchmark for her class and the sheer expanse of glass and sunlight makes her unique.
The main deck comes with an almost 360 degree view and her exterior decks are ideal for alfresco living, with unprecedented levels of space and flexibility. The flybridge offers the choice of a spa tub, a safe space for jet-ski or extra sunbeds. The cockpit can be adapted to deliver extra lounge seating or a cocktail bar, and the stern offers the potential for a mini beach club with its own BBQ grill, fold-out seating and rain shower. All this means she’s brilliant for entertainment.
There’s an extended bathing platform to suit a Williams 445 tender and the foredeck is equally specious, with large twin sunbeds, fore/aft seating and optional refrigeration. You can learn more about sharing this gorgeous craft here.
Contact us to experience yacht share heaven
If you’d like to discuss sharing this extraordinary craft, feel free to complete our enquiry form or call us for an exciting informal discussion on either our Spanish number +34 620812935 or our UK number +44 7702 257796. Alternatively, feel free to email us at email@example.com.