1st Dutch-built Sunseeker flagship finds buyer

HARLINGEN – Icon Yachts of the Netherlands will soon build the first flagship of Britain’s Sunseeker Yachts after the latter found a client for the 161ft (49m) yacht. “Delivery will take place in September 2022,” Sunseeker said in a statement. “In the meantime, discussions are ongoing for confirmation of hulls #2 and #3.”

Sunseeker said at the 2018 Monaco Yacht Show it was shifting to metal yachts to meet demand for larger vessels. It selected Icon Yachts, builder of luxury yachts of up to 84m (280ft.), for that job.

161ft Sunseeker flagship

All Sunseeker flagships will have a Fast Displacement Hull Form, a patent of Van Oossanen Naval Architects of the Netherlands that generates significant fuel savings and onboard comfort.

The flagship deal marks Sunseeker’s first foray into metal hulls. The company has been making motorboats since 1969 and superyachts since 2001. Sunseeker is owned by China’s Dalian Wanda Group.

Icon Yachts CEO Jen Wartena has said he can build 8 Sunseekers simultaneously after his yard recently doubled its capacity. Icon will build Sunseekers from the hull up, including all finishing.

Under-500GT, the 161ft Sunseeker flagship is a tri-deck yacht. Its interior can be styled to each owner’s taste. There is a main deck “plunge pool’ and an aft beach club. In the standard guest configuration, the Sunseeker-161 accommodates up to 10 guests in 5 cabins.