Inside the new Sunseeker 161 Yacht flagship superyacht

Written by Charl van Rooy

Working together with Dutch builder Icon Yachts, the renowned British superyacht brand Sunseeker made its plans of entering the metal motor yacht market known last year during an announcement at the Monaco Yacht Show. Now, some seven months later, we get a first glimpse of what the first unit of the Sunseeker 161 Yacht could look like through the design expertise of design studio Design Unlimited.49m Sunseeker Icon Yachts SuperyachtPhoto: Sunseeker

The British design office has been selected to design the interior of the 49-metre Sunseeker 161 Yacht which will be the first unit in Sunseeker’s aluminium line to be built at Icon Yachts. These first impressions remain open to interpretation by the yacht’s ultimate client who will be able to customise the interior spaces through Sunseeker’s ‘Bespoke’ service. Sunseeker 161 Yacht interior designPhoto: Design Unlimited

The proposed interior is unlike anything on previous Sunseekers and matches the ambition of the entire project. The layered design is based on a theme of ‘space and flexibility’ according to the designer. The standard five-cabin 10-person layout can be reworked to accommodate up to 12 guests.Sunseeker 161 Yacht interior designPhoto: Design UnlimitedSunseeker 161 Yacht interior designPhoto: Design Unlimited

“We have a longstanding relationship with Sunseeker, having worked with them extensively between 2006 and 2009 on the Predator and Manhattan models,” comments Design Unlimited CEO, Mark Tucker. “But to be returning to the collaboration to complete the interior design of the 161 Yacht, really is something special.”Sunseeker 161 Yacht interior designPhoto: Design UnlimitedSunseeker 161 Yacht interior designPhoto: Design Unlimited

What makes this project stand out from previous Sunseeker superyachts is the expansive beach club at the stern which has been designed to host large groups of guests on a grand three-way foldout platform. Sunseeker 161 Yacht interior designPhoto: Design Unlimited

Sunseeker reported last year that this first unit can be expected to launch sometime in 2021. 

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