RINA classes Sunseeker's biggest; The Snapper

Italian classification society RINA has classed the first of Sunseeker’s new 37 Metre megayachts. The Snapper is the largest and most ambitious build in Sunseeker’s history. The new 37 Metre is the largest semi-custom production motoryacht ever to be built in the UK, at just under 124 feet and 200 tonnes. Built under RINA Charter Class, the vessel has been awarded unrestricted classification for commercial service. Two further 37 Metre yachts are under construction by Sunseeker, both to RINA Charter Class and RINA Pleasure Vessel Rules.

Paolo Moretti, Yachting Area Manager of RINA, says, “Our investment in knowledge and improved services for the growing yacht industry has borne fruit with these important vessels. We have a long standing partnership with Sunseeker and we are now opening a Technical Excellence Centre in the UK to work with the resurgence of UK-based yacht building. RINA updated its pleasure yacht and charter class rules for the classification of yachts for private and commercial use, during 2006. The new rules embrace a degree of flexibility which allows designers and shipyards to identify the best solutions in compliance with the highest safety criteria, while facilitating timely surveys and ensuring that the highest standards are maintained throughout the life of the vessel. RINA’s classed charter yacht fleet now numbers 108 yachts, almost fifty per cent of which are newbuildings. The charter class harmonises the safety rules of various flag state administrations, combining safety criteria with design, construction and equipment requirements. By creating a reference instrument for the charter yacht sector, RINA is one step ahead of the expected development of international regulations liberalising the global charter market. The rules are sufficiently flexible to enable us to guarantee the best possible solutions for each type of craft and material.”

Sunseeker is the world’s largest privately-owned yacht builder and the largest producer of motoryachts over 80 ft, and the new 37 Metre tri-deck vessel highlights the resurgence of British shipbuilding with new shipyard facilities and an increased workforce.

Sunseeker Managing Director Robert Braithwaite says, “No other manufacturer in the UK is capable of building yachts of this size and type. Over the years Sunseeker has assembled a team of experts well versed in the creation and production of large, luxury superyachts that as an option can be built to meet full MCA compliance and RINA commercial rules.”

The 37 Metre LOA vessel displaces 175 tonnes on a half-load draft of 2.4 m and has owner and guest accommodation for 12 persons, and crew accommodation for 8 persons. Capable of speeds up to 24 kn, it can be fitted with different twin MTU engine options giving a range 1,500 nm.

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