With the exciting announcement of Project Zeus in 2009, Sunseeker International Shipbuilding Division has taken a significant step – across the 150ft (46 metre) threshold. The company, never shy of committing to investment in product development, is set to swiftly follow this with further models. The first 46-metre Zeus 150, launching in 2011, will be followed by the 50-metre Zeus 164 in 2012, with designs for even larger models planned for the future.
Key to the new Zeus range is not just size but scope. The superyachts, though series-built, will be highly individual, the only fixed aspects being the proven capability of the base hull construction, engineering platform, systems and structural bulkheads. Beyond that, specification is virtually at the owners’ discretion from superstructure styling, number of decks and cabin configurations – right down to the personal choice of interiors and colour schemes, making a client’s personal taste the priority.
With large-yacht owners increasingly looking for reduced fuel and maintenance costs, the Zeus range introduces a new modified form of displacement hull design, optimising displacement speeds around 11-14 knots, yet still delivering optimised top-end 28-knot performance. This has been supported by a major investment in new material technologies and construction techniques. Already tried and tested, the performance characteristics of the Zeus designs will be much better than those of conventional one-off displacement hulls.
The first-in-line Zeus 150 will be built to RINA Commercial and MCA Unrestricted classifications. It will be fitted with twin MTU 12-cylinder 4000s diesel engines providing a range of 4,000 miles, and making non-stop transatlantic crossings possible. Ship’s systems include two 99 or 125kW gensets, 3-phase or hydraulic thrusters to bow and stern, and zero-speed Quantum stabilisers. Additional options include clam-shell opening balconies to main deck suites and deck saloons; a totally private aft beach deck and a large garage midships with side opening doors that double as pontoon and boarding platform. The three deck layout provides ample space for both guest entertainment and areas of privacy, and a fully equipped separate crew quarters ensures that the very best service can be provided at all times.
The Zeus range has been developed to provide clients with a real choice – a choice based on a proven track record with the assurance of reliability and performance at all times.
Robert Braithwaite CBE, Sunseeker’s founder commented: “The Zeus concept was a natural progression for the company and the shipbuilding division has gained unparallel experience in the development of models over 30 metres. We are very confident that our approach to this sector of the market will prove very successful.”