Shortly after confirming a contract for a second 63 metre project in May 2012, Sunrise Yachts signed this week a new-build contract for one of the most innovative projects of the year: a 56 metre long-range motor yacht designed for circumnavigation and equipped with pod-driven diesel-electric propulsion.
The owner, advised by Fernando Nicholson, is a true lover of yachts and of the marine environment, and intends to devote ever more of his time to extended cruising around the world. Intrigued by the benefits associated with the dieselelectric technological option suggested by the shipyard, he decided to go ahead with it. With reduced sound and vibration, increased performance in terms of fuel-efficiency and maneuverability, the yacht will offer a level of comfort rarely seen in luxury yachts of this category.
While essentially a custom yacht with a fairly aggressive exterior styling, the project elaborates upon the design concept of the Sunrise 50 metre previously developed with Espen Øino and Franck Darnet. Featuring indoor/outdoor spaces on the main deck and bridge deck with an abundance of natural light, it will also include a full fourth deck with a panoramic master suite aft and a large observation lounge forward. A waterfall will cascade down from the bridge deck aft into a large swimming pool on the main deck.
The contemporary, at once elegant and casual interior is entrusted to the talent of Nantes-based Franck Darnet Design, who had previously designed two 45 metre yachts with the shipyard: M/Y Africa, delivered in 2009 and Project Sunset, with delivery scheduled in 2013.
The yacht, identified as Project #561, will be delivered in 2015.