Sunseeker Project 8X name revealed: 87 Yacht

Written by Elodie Behravan

Since the announcement of Project 8X earlier this year, Sunseeker has revealed the name of its new 27.1-metre model: 87 Yacht. The 87 Yacht will be built in a new production facility at Sunseeker’s main shipyard in Poole, Dorset, and is set to launch in the summer of 2020. The 87 Yacht will carry a substantial volume - about 20% more than Sunseeker’s 86 Yacht - and has been refined by the British shipyard’s in-house design and engineering team to incorporate various innovative design solutions such as the brand new ‘X-Tend’ sunbed design. Sunseeker 87 yacht exterior renderingPhoto: SunseekerThe ‘X-Tend’ sunbeds are electrically operated and have been integrated into the design of the 87 Yacht. They can either be raised upwards to face the covered cockpit seating area or lowered to face aft towards the beach club. This novel sunbed design also provides additional storage capacity on board. Sunseeker’s design team modified the exterior configuration of this yacht to enhance the beach club area and incorporate a built-in barbecue and ‘rain shower’. A Besenzoni ‘ladder gangway’ allows guests to easily access the watersports toys which are housed in a dedicated self-draining locker and can include a Jet Ski, a 4.6-metre Williams 460 SportJet and two SeaBobs. Sunseeker 87 yacht exterior renderingPhoto: SunseekerThe oversized flybridge can have a wet bar, drawer fridges, sink and glass bar top and also provides the option of an infinity spa pool and second integrated barbeque. Handrails have been capped in teak with glazing below to allow for uninterrupted panoramic views. A carbon fibre hardtop with a retractable canopy provides shade on the flybridge so that guests can benefit from the seating and dining area in both the sun and shade. Sunseeker 87 yacht exterior renderingPhoto: SunseekerThe foredeck is comprised of three separate seating groups as well as a sunbather with electrically adjustable backrests. Further on in the day, a laser projector and a 140-inch screen can transform the foredeck into a cinema space. Sunseeker 87 yacht exterior renderingPhoto: SunseekerUp to eight guests can be accommodated for on board the 87 Yacht across four cabins which are divided into a VIP cabin and two twin cabins which can be converted into doubles. The owner sleeps in a luxurious full-beam stateroom designed to resemble a penthouse with a king-sized bed, textured panelling and large, 2.5-metre tall windows that offer panoramic views.

Copious closet and shelving space has been incorporated into the design of the owner’s stateroom which also features full-length mirrors and a full-width mirror that hides the television when not in use. The en-suite boasts a floating vanity and his-and-hers sinks, a freestanding Axor shower and additional storage space. For the charter market, an optional fifth cabin is also possible in place of the standard master stateroom. The crew cabin can accommodate up to four or five and includes a kitchenette and crew mess.Sunseeker 87 yacht exterior renderingPhoto: SunseekerThe interior of the 87 Yacht showcases an elegant and contemporary design that incorporates different textures and fabrics to create a simple yet sophisticated ambience. The large saloon provides plentiful space for guests to relax on the modular lounge seating or port-side chaise longue, and floor-to-ceiling windows invite in profuse natural light. The dining area comfortably seats her eight guests and can be positioned port or starboard, with optional parting screens if desired. Sunseeker 87 yacht exterior renderingPhoto: SunseekerSunseeker CEO, Andrea Frabetti, comments on the new model: “We have a fantastic team of world-class designers here at Sunseeker’s Design and Technology Centre and they have delivered an incredible new design incorporating some truly remarkable engineering solutions. The ‘X-TEND’ sunbed system is yet another example of the extraordinary talent we hold in-house and is set to become a defining feature across many of our future models. Whilst Sunseeker is well known for its craftsmanship and leading the way in terms of engineering and design, this is Sunseeker innovation at its best and continues to set us apart from our competition.”



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