Sunrise 70 M Zenith

by Sunrise Yachts with Andrea Vallicelli & C, Focus Yacht Design, Mulder Design and Özgün Yacht Design

At the end of 2014, Sunrise Yachts officially announced that its largest project to date was now for sale. The yacht, with a length of 70 metres / 230 feet and gross tonnage of 1,320 GRT, is currently in the advanced phases of construction at the shipyard’s facilities in the Antalya Free Zone in Turkey, where construction of the high tensile steel hull and light aluminium alloy superstructure are nearly complete. She is the first hull in the Sunrise 68 / 70 M line and is expected to have a delivery date scheduled for summer 2017, after 24 months of further work on the technical facilities, exterior paintwork and interior fittings, as well as sea trials after the launch. The long history of this magnificent project began when one of the most famous expert yachtsmen in the world, John Staluppi, and his wife Jeanette, chose Sunrise Yachts to build their new yacht, taking advantage of the shipyard’s huge facilities – covering more than 30,000 m2 / 215,000 square feet – and its capacity to build leisure vessels with lengths of up to 75 metres / 245 feet and gross tonnage of up to 2,000 tonnes. An international team of renowned designers worked on the design of what would be known as Project Skyfall, together with the shipyard, led by its Chairman, German businessman and yachtsman Herbert P Baum, and its CEO, British-French yacht builder Guillaume Roché. The naval architecture and engineering are by the Dutch firm Mulder Design and the Turkish firm Özgün Yacht Design, with concept design and exterior design from the Italian firm Andrea Vallicelli & C, and interior design and decoration by the German firm Focus Yacht Design. The project’s priority was to create an ambitious, outstanding yacht, magnificent not just aesthetically but also technically, which was capable of writing a new chapter in the history of luxury yachting. This idea is entirely in line with the extraordinary spirit of innovation of John Staluppi, who as an owner and enthusiast has previously had numerous ground-breaking yachts designed and built with cutting-edge technological solutions, and performance so breathtaking that they have become truly memorable vessels. This was certainly the case with Project Skyfall. With her fast displacement hull, developed with tank tests to a design by Frank Mulder (one of Staluppi’s favourite designers), a length of 68 metres and full load displacement of 1000 tons, the project had a top speed of 25 knots with both the proper engine package, consisting of a pair of MTU 16V 4000 M93 engines each with maximum power of 3,120 kW / 4,180 BHP at 2,100 rpm, and the proper propulsion package, a propulsion system based on Voith Linear Jets, a technical solution never before used on a yacht, which guarantees high performance, reliability and silence. Many of the vessel’s other technological characteristics were also cutting-edge and never before seen on a leisure vessel, such as the two MME 200 kW micro-turbines, here supporting the pair of 220 kW traditional generators, although they are now the power-generating solution of the future. Due to personal circumstances, the client had to withdraw from the project. The Sunrise Yachts management team then made a rational choice according to an inescapable commercial logic, opting to continue construction of the yacht with some appropriate changes to the technical specifications so as to reposition the product to meet the current standards set by the demand in this market sector. An engine package with a standard engine power configuration and a propulsion package based on a standard blade propeller configuration is therefore being installed in the same fast displacement hull, allowing the vessel to reach a top speed of 18 knots, while other modifications have brought about a limited increase in length overall and expanded the size of the sun deck and upper deck somewhat. With these changes and some other modified characteristics, the original project has therefore been transformed from Sunrise 68 M Project Skyfall into Sunrise 70 M Project Zenith. From an aesthetic point of view, the new yacht is a real one-off for its type, as Andrea Vallicelli enthusiastically makes clear: “The originality of the style, playing on harmonious contrasts between soft and rigid formal elements, is clearly noticeable in the sheer-line. Moreover, the low angle of the transom slope, reminiscent of a racing sailing yacht, and the long forward overhang help the new Sunrise 70 M Project Zenith to be a very slender yacht, although she has no less than five decks.”
As with the exterior design, the interior design of the new yacht is sure to get people talking for a long time to come, and Focus Yacht Design’s comments make this, along with their complete satisfaction with their work, very clear:
“The Sunrise 70 M Project Zenith will feature a sumptuous contemporary interior, balancing a richness of décor and a contemporary elegance which complements the yacht’s sleek exterior styling. Surprise features will add glamour and fun to the owners’ and charter guests’ onboard experience.”
The Sunrise 70 M Project Zenith has a layout across four main decks plus a storage and service deck. The final exterior deck configuration is to be determined in collaboration with the future owner. Among several options: The sun deck to aft features a sunbathing area with a Jacuzzi and sun pads and an al fresco dining area with bar, while inside, a pantry and a lobby with day head are located amidships and the captain’s cabin and the wheelhouse can be found forward. On the upper deck to aft, there is a sunbathing area with sun beds and an open air lounge area with bar, while inside there is a sky lounge with a games corner and a music corner, as well as a lounge area with bar. Amidships, there is a pantry and a lobby with a day head, while the owner’s suite is located forward, complete with a private study/office, his and hers walk-in dressing rooms, his and hers en suite bathrooms, and the master stateroom with a desk/dressing table and a lounge area for relaxation. Outside, the owner’s private sunbathing area with sun pads and an open air lounge area with Jacuzzi offers direct access to the fore deck with its helipad. On the main deck to aft, there is a sunbathing area with a swimming pool and sun pads and an open air lounge area with bar, while inside, the main salon features a living area with sofas and a dining area with a table and chairs. A pantry and a lobby with day head are located amidships, while the guests’ private accommodation occupies a forward position, comprising two guest staterooms, each with a double bed, desk/dressing table, dressing room and en suite bathroom, and a VIP suite with a study/office, walk-in dressing room and en suite bathroom, and a stateroom with a double bed, desk/dressing table and lounge area. The rescue tender garage and the wave runner garage are located forward. On the lower deck, the main tender garage and the service tender garage are located to aft, alongside the beach club with lounge area, pantry, bar and day head. Moving forward, the engine and generator room is followed by the fitness and wellness area with a gym, a hammam, a massage room and a sauna, while the pantry and lobby with day head are located amidships. Further guest accommodation is positioned alongside, featuring two guest staterooms, each with a double bed, desk/dressing table, dressing room and en suite bathroom, and finally the main galley, crew galley and crew mess are located forward, together with the crew quarters consisting of two engineer’s cabins and six crew cabins.

Jacob Herzog

Sunrise 70 M Zenith Technical Specifications

LOA69.80 m / 229’ft
Beam (moulded)11.30 m / 37’ ft
Draft (max)3.30 m / 10’8” ft
Displacement (full load)900 tons
Gross Tonnage1,300 GRT
Engines2 x MTU 4000 series / subject to performance targets
Propulsion SystemVoith Linear Jets or conventional
Generators2 x 220 kW
+ 1 x 200 kW MME microturbine or conventional
Max. speed 17 to 27 knots, subject to engine and propulsion package
Range5,000 nautical miles at economical cruising speed
Fuel Capacity125,000 litres / 33,000 US gallons
Fresh domestic water16,000 litres / 4,226 US gallons
EquipmentZero-Speed electro-hydraulic gyro-controlled Stabilizers,
type Naiad 820
Electric Bow Thrustertype Engtek 200 kW
Electric Stern Thrustertype Engtek 150 kW
Air Conditioning systemCondaria, 1,000,000 BTU
TendersFloat-in 8 m / 26’ ft main tender
+ 6 m / 19’ ft second tender
Classification & Compliance Bureau Veritas / LY3
Yacht DesignA. Vallicelli & Co., Rome, Italy
Interior DesignFocus Yacht Design, Bremen, Germany
Naval ArchitectureMulder Design / Özgün Yacht Design
BuilderSunrise Yachts, Antalya, Turkey

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