From its facilities in Poole on the south coast of Britain, the second hull of the Sunseeker 155 – the current flagship of the large Sunseeker International fleet – is due to be delivered to its Owner in summer next year. With a completely different interior layout and interior design from the first hull, this yacht, currently under construction, was commissioned in spring last year at the Dubai Boat Show.
“This latest commission just goes to show the level of enquiry from this ever growing international show,” commented Sean Robertson, Sales Director at Sunseeker International, at the time. He emphasised Sunseeker’s success at this major international boat show in impacting the market with the acquisition of the prestigious contract: “We are absolutely delighted to have sold another 155 Yacht. The 155 Yacht’s intricate design and build process allows for customisation of the highest level and as each yacht is so individual and unique it makes the build ever more exciting. The team back in Poole can’t wait to start work on this and are eager to create something truly bespoke.” That spring, the Poole facilities also saw the solemn celebration of the launch of the first Sunseeker 155 Yacht, to date the largest yacht built by Sunseeker International. The impressive event to celebrate the launch and delivery to the vessel’s Owner, Formula 1 tycoon Eddie Jordan, in the company of the Group President at Sunseeker International, Robert Braithwaite, was a fitting event for the scale of the yacht. After months and months of hard work for the engineers and designers who completed every phase of the project from concept to construction entirely in-house, Robert Braithwaite expressed his own great satisfaction and that of the shipyard’s entire team: “We were incredibly proud to launch the 155 Yacht here in Poole with Mr Jordan. The 155 Yacht is a truly iconic British yacht. From drawing board through to testing, the yacht was designed and built in Poole, so it really is British through and through and the fact the launch took place in Poole made it all the more special.”
The Sunseeker International Group President then added a few kind words to thank other supply and technical support contributors that made a big difference to the flawless success of this ambitious undertaking: “The official launch was a great success and we would like to thank MTU, the title sponsor of the launch event and engine supply partner on the 155 Yacht. We would also like to thank 155 Yacht project sponsors SES, Tijssen Elektro, Tides Marine, BSS, Geberit, Pipex px and DIAB.”
Throughout the construction work at the Poole facilities, the shipyard’s team carried out constant monitoring to make sure that the various parameters and procedures of Sunseeker International’s strict production protocol were followed in full. Similarly, when the work was complete, the team carried out rigorous tests and in-depth sea trials to carefully check that all components were working properly, to ensure maximum operating efficiency, and, most importantly, to ensure the solid reliability of the finished product. As well as providing a flawless example of the high build quality that the British shipyard has always offered its clients, the new Sunseeker 155 Yacht introduces an innovative concept of series building with personal customisation in the super yacht sector, based on a sophisticated modular build methodology that enables owners to have a direct say not only regarding the interior design and layout but also the styling of the yacht’s superstructure. This was the approach taken with the first hull, Eddie Jordan’s Blush, where the yard’s in-house team worked closely with the dynamic Owner to infuse both the overall design of the yacht and the details of components and furnishings with his unique, individual signature. By perfectly incorporating all the aesthetic and technical features requested by the Owner, every aspect of the design gives a faithful reflection of his vision to make it a genuinely unique, exclusive, super yacht. This begins with the unusual, elegant two-tone livery with the hull painted ice blue and the superstructure painted pure white, and extends to the luxurious, multi-coloured palette of the interiors, which highlights grey, blue, green and a chic aqua feel overall.
The convenient layout of the new Blush is intended to accommodate up to 10 passengers in two guest staterooms, two VIP staterooms and one Owner’s stateroom, as well as up to 12 crew in seven crew cabins and one captain’s cabin. The many highlights of the on-board accommodation on the new vessel – naturally in addition to the master stateroom with its private loggia and open space bathroom – include the two VIP staterooms on the main deck, which have full-height windows specially made to create a sensation of light and space, and to offer a spectacular panoramic view. It’s a brilliant design idea which was so successful that the Owner of the second 155 Yacht also requested it. The second hull is currently in the advanced phases of construction, but in this case the idea will not be replicated in the two VIP staterooms but instead in the master stateroom of the Owner’s suite.
However, the private accommodation on board Blush (also featuring two twin guest cabins larger than average size, positioned amidships on the lower deck) is not the only strength of the vessel’s layout. It’s clear that the spaces and fittings for socialising and entertainment have some extremely attractive characteristics that make Blush one of the most appealing super yachts in her size class. In the central section of the sun deck, a large hard top protects a lounge area with seating and a well equipped bar area, while in the aft and forward sections we find a sunbathing area with sun beds and chaises longues and a sunbathing area with sun pads and a raised panoramic swimming pool. On the upper deck, the sliding glass panels make it possible to uninterruptedly combine the interior sky lounge with the external aft deck to create a magnificent, unique space with sofas and chairs ideal for private parties. On the main deck, the huge open space salon is the perfect choice for formal receptions and features a living room with sofas, chairs and small tables, served by a bar, and a dining room with a table and chairs, served by the pantry connected to the galley. The Sunseeker International in-house team worked closely with another professional British team to create the yacht’s interiors, namely the specialists of Holmes Interiors, who, under the skilful guidance of Sallyanne Holmes, created the interior design exclusively for Blush as specially requested by the yacht’s Owner. A luxurious and elegant yet also personal, unique style was ably developed for the vessel’s interiors, with a balanced mix of glamorous contemporary accents and notes with an Art Deco feel, although without adopting a vintage interpretation, recalling the fabulous 1920s.
The glass used for some of the panels plays a very important role in the success of the overall effect. These panels interpret the basic theme of the decoration while incorporating elements of modern technology alongside specific innovative metal finishes used for the components of the furnishing.
Together with the lightness of the glass and metal, the deep artistic sensibility expressed in the combination of the warm wood tones and the tranquil shades of the fabrics has created a unique aesthetic result in the interiors throughout the yacht, characterised by a constant, profound sense of calm and serenity.
Photos by Joe McCarthy
Blush Technical Specifications
|LOA||47.25 m / 155 feet|
|LWL||41.14 m / 135 feet @ Normal Half Load|
|Beam - Maximum Inc. Fender Strake||9.40 m / 30 feet 10 inches|
|Draft To Props||2.66 m / 8 feet 7 inches @ Maximum Departure Load|
|Displacement @ half load||300,000 kg|
|Engines||MTU 12V 4000 M73L|
|Propulsion||Twin fixed-pitch submerged propellers in semi recessed tunnels|
|Generators||2 x MTU / Northern Lights 125 kW 415/230V 3 phase 50 Hz (Euro)|
|Maximum speed||21 knots|
|Range||up to 4100 nautical miles @ 10-12 knots|
|Fuel (in four tanks)||60,000 Litres / 15,850 US gallons|
|Fresh Water (in two tanks)||11,000 Litres / 2,905 US gallons|
|Bow Thruster||Sleipner SAC610-1200 / 1400 Litres|
|Stern Thruster||Sleipner SAC513-900 / 1100 Litres|
|Stabilizers||Quantum QC1800 Zero Speed|
|Sewage||Treatment Hamann HL-Cont PLUS 02 Slim sewage treatment plant|
|Propellors||Rolla Propeller, cast in Nickel Aluminium
|Fresh Water Makers||HRO (10,000-12,000)|
|Air Conditioning||Dometic / Condario|
|Accommodation||12 Guests, 10 Crew|
|Class||RINA “Rules for the Classification of Yachts Designed for
Commercial Use With the Classification Notation for Charter Yachts
being: C X HULL • MACH Ych Unrestricted navigation, EFP, DMS
|Exterior Design||Sunseeker International Ltd|
|Interior Designer||Sallyanne Holmes / Sunseeker International Ltd|
|Builder||Sunseeker International Ltd - 2014