I recently completed the sale of the first ever Sunreef 70 power catamaran at a visit to the factory in Poland with my clients from Dallas, Texas.
Originally the clients had thought they wanted a large sailing catamaran of between 65-70 ft and had come to the Miami boat show in February to view the Sunreef 62 sailing cat that was on display. By visiting the power boat show over at Collins avenue it soon became apparent to them that the size of flybridge offered by a motoryacht was more in line with how they planned to use the boat and better for the entertaining they wanted to do. However, they had realised long ago that the amount of space offered by a catamaran was considerably larger than by a similar lengthed monohull motoryacht and so I presented the Sunreef power cat to them.
Originally designed as a 67 footer it seemed to offer them everything they wanted in a boat;
The volume and cabin arrangement that allowed them as partners to each have an on-deck master cabin with large ensuite head and shower, while also providing multiple guest cabins for friends and family. The option to decide to allow the boat to do some limited chartering.
A large and airy cockpit with solid bimini covering the whole area. Access to the flybridge from both the cockpit and also the raised pilothouse.
A huge flybridge that would accommodate the jetski and crane as well as a hot tub/jacuzzi with a seating/dining area for 10 and acres of sunbathing or lounging pads as well as a terrific wet bar area with drinks fridge, icemaker, BBQ and sink.
A well lit and comfortable main salon ideal for entertaining or relaxing while watching a large flat screen TV.
The option of either galley up or down.
Engine options from 370-850 HP that could provide easy Trans-Atlantic range and long range cruising.
The next boats will all be 70 footers with the transoms extended and a large platform behind the cockpit where a dinghy can sit and also a great location from where divers can begin.
We discussed their needs at length and when I flew to Dallas to meet with them for a day to go over options and features face-to-face, it became obvious that without having seen the boat and sea trialed it, too many of the questions were impossible to answer. I had seen the boat under construction some weeks before, but even with my experience of boats and an ability to look past the missing interior, I could not provide the proper answers they wanted.
We flew to Poland to see the boat on June 26th and all of us were absolutely blow away by what we saw. While the owner of the first hull had done some decidedly odd things and requested very different features, it was easy to see that with Sunreef's ability to customise the boat to suit the clients needs, this was the boat of choice.
We looked at the boat for several hours and discussed a number of different arrangements and layouts that the Sunreef design office could draw up immediately and continue to customise the plans almost as quickly as the ideas came flowing.
Friday 27th started out beautifully sunny with a light breeze out of the NE of less than 10 knots. By the time we were ready to go, some clouds had rolled in and we dodged a few rain showers. Exiting the Gdansk channel into the Baltic it was still fairly calm and we accelerated to just over 18 knots quickly and smoothly. The light chop of 2-3 feet was no challenge for the boat and we ran through it with barely any motion. This first boat is fitted with the smallest engine option of twin Volvo 370 HP's which the owner had wanted for their range and efficiency. Having been a successful and well known single handed sailor, he was unconcerned with the speed and in fact had quipped that it was faster than he was normally used to. Fuel tanks of 2 x 10,000 litres give this first Sunreef 67 a range of approximately 8,000 miles at 8 knots!
The vessel handled easily and smoothly and I was allowed a turn at the helm where I performed a number of "S" turns and hard cuts to gain an idea of the turning ability of the boat. She is amazingly stable, yet drives easily and with little work at the helm. The addition of bow thrusters will make the second Sunreef 70 an absolute dream to handle and dock.
After the sea trial, we once again went back to discussing the layouts and options that would be wanted and also looked at the various Sunreef yachts in the yard, both finished and in the water and the new 67 sailing cat under construction to gather ideas on wood choices and fit and finish issues. With ideas flying (some amazingly astute and brilliant ones.....and some not so) we evertually came up with everything the clients wanted. Nothing the clients asked for fazed the Sunreef guys at all. Contracts were signed on the Saturday.
Scheduled to launch at the end of February 2009 and with appearances at some US boat shows in the next year or so, this is sure to be a head turner and the start of something incredible in the motoryacht world. Already several European buyers are looking at the boat as well and its expected that the slots for boats through the Summer of 2009 will soon be gone. Plans are in the works for a larger 80 ft Sunreef power cat, but its probably at least 2 years from being ready.
If you have any interest in knowing more about the Sunreef 70 power catamaran and placing an order, please contact me.