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Sunseeker to attend CWM FX London Boat Show 2015 with an amazing collection of luxury yachts on display

December 18, 2014

Sunseeker International will debut the all-new motor yacht Predator 57 at the CWM FX London Boat Show 2015. She will be showcased together with an amazing collection of the most talked 2014 Sunseeker models, including Sunseeker 86 Yacht, the Sunseeker 75 Yacht, as well as Manhattan 65 yacht, all of which were launched this year.

Sunseeker 86 Yacht

Sunseeker 86 Yacht

The groundbreaking new Predator 57 yacht has been three years in the making and, as with every new Sunseeker introduction, it is set to steal the show in London.

The Predator 57 yacht breaks new ground for Sunseeker by eliminating the need for a choice between an open or closed style yacht. Helping to blur the gap between the two, it features an electric door between the saloon area and the cockpit.

Unique to this model, the cleverly engineered mechanism allows the door to open conventionally, but also lower itself into the sole.  This discreet patio door allows those onboard to take advantage of uninterrupted views; creating a seamless inside/outside entertaining area from the forward helm right through to the bathing platform.  The open-plan design is further enhanced by the addition of a fully opening hardtop roof as standard.

The interior accommodation is just as impressive with the three cabins, sleeping up to six guests, testament to this.  The full-beam master stateroom, which comes with a generous en suite, achieves the perfect blend of comfort and elegance while the forward VIP cabin exudes a light yet luxurious feel and further exemplifies the extraordinary high standards Sunseeker is so well known for.

The new luxury yacht Predator 57 certainly doesn’t sacrifice performance at the cost of style. With speeds of up to 40 knots (depending on the engine/drive option chosen) it cuts an impressive figure on the open water.

Sunseeker 86 Yacht - front view

Sunseeker 86 Yacht - front view

86 Yacht

The stunning Sunseeker 86 Yacht on show couples flawless design with world-class engineering to deliver a thrilling and powerful performance.  The streamlined profile of the yacht also means it offers the grace and agility often found in a much smaller yacht.

The magnificent motor yacht Sunseeker 86 exudes sophistication and luxury and with a four cabin arrangement, it can accommodate up to eight guests.  However, it is the full-beam master stateroom which is the focal point of its accommodation courtesy of its truly capacious volume.  The Sunseeker interior design team has used the space to maximum effect, creating a tranquil and comfortable sanctuary.

If the interior of the 86 Yacht embodies contemporary sophistication, then it is matched only by the yacht’s magnificent outdoor space.  The large flybridge provides a beautiful open-air entertaining spot, where you can take in the sights of the open water.  This vast area is so expansive it even offers the possibility of a spa tub.

Manhattan 65

The Manhattan 65 yacht exudes an expanse of space and a beautiful, sleek profile.  Its cutting-edge design has redefined the parameters for interiors and created a new DNA for mid-range yachts.  The open plan layout adds to the light feeling of the Manhattan 65 and amplifies the vast space available, including an open galley housing versatile storage and features leading-brand appliances.

Sunseeker 75 Yacht

Sunseeker 75 Yacht

75 Yacht

Finally, the brilliantly capable Sunseeker 75 Yacht has been crafted to perfection using the very latest materials and techniques to create an outstanding yacht. Those owners dedicated to serious cruising will recognize a galley and dining area designed to maximise available space whilst after dinner, the main saloon offers a sophisticated yet comfortable environment in which to relax. Careful design of the opulent sofas are sure to encourage sociability amongst guests.

However, the most notable feature in this area of the 75 Yacht is not its 50” television, but the ‘z’ shaped panoramic glazing and hull windows.  This offers breathtaking views of the open waters whilst flooding the main saloon with natural light, creating the illusion of being on board an even larger yacht.  The spacious nature of the yacht is continued in the interior thanks to its four cabins; three double suites and a twin bed guest arrangement.

Sean Robertson, Sales Director at Sunseeker International, commented: “The London Boat Show is always extremely exciting as it is the first show of the year and I am delighted we are launching yet another brand new model, the eagerly awaited Predator 57.  With some of our most recent models also on display, it is a fantastic opportunity for guests to see our latest range of beautiful yachts and we look forward to welcoming all visitors.”

The Predator 57 will make its world premiere at London Boat Show from 9th to 18th January 2015. The full range on display includes: 28M Yacht, 86 Yacht, 75 Yacht, 68 Sport Yacht, Manhattan 65, Predator 57, Manhattan 55, San Remo and Portofino 40.

Below is a gallery for the lovely charter yachts built by Sunseeker.

Marine industry contributes to two million apprenticeship milestone

December 17, 2014

The UK government has fulfilled its commitment to starting two million apprenticeships in this Parliament, highlighting the role of apprenticeships in giving people the skills they need to get on and in supporting businesses of all sizes to grow their talent. The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, announced 22 new employer-designed apprenticeships in professions, comprising boatbuilding.

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The employers, who are part of the government’s trailblazer scheme, design apprenticeships to meet the needs of their industries making sure people have the right skills to get on in the world of work. Within this scheme, a new boatbuilding apprenticeship is being developed by employers working together to design standards in their occupations and sectors.

Co-ordinated by the British Marine Federation (BMF), the employer led group to encourage apprentices in the marine industry is led by Berthon Boat Company. BMF member companies taking part include Sunseeker International, Princess Yachts, Pioneer Sailing Trust, Pendennis Shipyard, Fairline Boats, Broom Boats, Green Marine, English Harbour Yachts, RNLI, Windboats and Cockwells.

The Business Secretary said: “Reaching the two millionth apprenticeship is testament to this government’s commitment to apprenticeships and employers are a shining example of how apprenticeships give young people the chance to start a career and give businesses the talent to grow.

“This isn’t just about numbers. From space engineering, to TV production, to boatbuilding, apprenticeships are the ticket to a great job and a route employers trust to access the skills they need.”

Sir Ben Ainslie to participate in 2015 CWM FX London Boat Show

December 05, 2014

Next year’s CWM FX London Boat Show will host Sir Ben Ainslie and his Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) team as one of the star attractions. The participation of Ben and the exciting British Challenger for the 35th America’s Cup will further reinforce the Show as an event ‘where adventure starts, pioneers meet & innovation shines’.

Sir Ben Ainslie at the London Boat Show 2014

Sir Ben Ainslie at the London Boat Show 2014 - Photo credit: onEdition

Jo Grindley, Head of Commercial, Marketing, Communications and Events for Ben Ainslie Racing comments: “Ben Ainslie Racing is very much looking forward to the CWM FX London Boat Show and sharing the news and progress on the team’s America’s Cup campaign.

“BAR has plenty of activities going on during the event; an interactive stand, which offers a real taste on what will be on offer at the Visitor Centre at our new HQ when it opens in Portsmouth in June 2015, the launch of our new team merchandise range and chase boat plus specialised talks from some of the sailors and designers. It’s a great opportunity to meet some of the team and find out more about our British Challenge.”

Joining the 400 boats on display at the Show will be BAR’s foiling Nacra used in training and the new Scorpion support chase boat. What’s more, the America’s Cup World Series team will be on hand with a display on the event in Portsmouth next summer. This will give Show visitors the opportunity to quiz the team about the best dates and vantage points to view the racing.

Murray Ellis, Managing Director of National Boat Shows says: “It’s great news to have Sir Ben Ainslie and his Ben Ainslie Racing team joining us at the 2015 CWM FX London Boat Show.  Their support confirms the Show as an event which truly reflects the world-leading and dynamic UK marine industry.

“With so much attention surrounding the America’s Cup and excitement sweeping the nation, this is sure to be one of our top attractions. The BAR stand will capture the imagination of sailing enthusiasts and general visitors alike, showcasing the latest innovations from Britain’s bid to dominate the world of sailing.”

Taking place at ExCeL London from 9-18 January 2015, the prestigious CWM FX London Boat Show marks an exciting start to the New Year. Placing technology and innovation at its core, the Show will present new, eye-catching attractions that will truly enhance visitors’ experience.

Alongside showcasing leading British boat brands such as Sunseeker International, Fairline Boats, Princess Yachts, Cornish Crabbers and Broom; the latest in technology from Garmin, Raymarine and Ocean Safety, and playing host to a wealth of international stars such as Beneteau and Jeanneau, the Show will celebrate the diversity of the boating world.

With so much to see and do, visitors can listen to inspiring talks, see the latest cutting-edge products, explore world debut boats and meet their sailing heroes.

The London Yacht, Jet & Prestige Car Show 2015, April 8 – 10

December 05, 2014

The London Yacht, Jet & Prestige Car Show is a bespoke event, held over three days and evenings at ‘Old Billingsgate’, a historic and prominent Thames-side exhibition venue, positioned in the center of the City of London and within walking distance of plenty of the world’s largest hedge fund, insurance and asset management companies. The event is expected to host some of the world’s largest superyacht and luxury yacht builders, including Lürssen Yachts, Abeking & Rasmussen, Amels, Nobiskrug, Trinity Yachts, Fincantieri and Blohm + Voss, to name but a few.

Aerial view of London

Aerial view of London

According to a survey last March by The Sunday Times ‘Rich List’, London is home to more than twice the number of millionaires and billionaires than any other city on earth. Favoured by Britain’s elite as well as major entrepreneurs from around the world, London is now the city of residence for many of the world’s wealthiest individuals.

Taking advantage of this unique position, The London Yacht, Jet & Prestige Car Show is just five minutes from all of the London’s most exclusive residential districts such as Mayfair, Knightsbridge, Belgravia, Chelsea and Kensington. The London Yacht, Jet And Prestige Car Show ‘brings the luxury lifestyle to the visitor’ – delivered on their doorstep – to where they live and work each day!

Visitors to this exclusive event will be treated to displays from the world’s leading luxury yacht builders & brokers, yacht charter agents, yacht & interior designers, private jet manufacturers, jet charter agents, luxury car manufacturers and distributors and a whole host of luxury goods and service companies. With a Design, Fine Art, Watch and Gift Gallery; an exclusive VIP lounge; Fashion Shows featuring some well known couture designers; Design and Product Showcases; a number of Thames-side Champagne Bars and an exclusive In-Water Show at St. Katharine Docks.

THE WORLD’S TOP SUPERYACHT & LUXURY YACHT BUILDERS & BROKERS TO PARTICIPATE AT THE LONDON YACHT, JET & PRESTIGE CAR SHOW

London is arguably THE most important international market for Superyacht and Luxury Yacht Builders.  In what is believed to be a world first for a London event, many of the world’s largest superyacht and luxury yacht builders and brokers will be taking part in The London Yacht, Jet And Prestige Car Show on the 8th – 10th April 2015. Known to include many of the world’s leading superyacht builders including Lürssen Yachts, Abeking & Rasmussen, Amels, Nobiskrug, Trinity Yachts, Fincantieri & Blohm + Voss, other luxury yacht builders at the show will include Sunseeker, Princess Yachts, Oyster Yachts, Azimut/Benetti, Sanlorenzo, Outer Reef, Westport, Hodgdon Yachts, CNB and the Ferretti Group with its famous Riva, Ferretti and Mochi Craft Brands. On the brokerage side several of the world’s leading superyacht companies will be exhibiting at the event such as Burgess & Edmiston.

Luxury mega yacht KISMET on Thames

Luxury mega yacht KISMET on Thames

Full details of the yacht builders and brokers taking part in this exclusive event will be published on the Show website in January 2015.Yacht builders and brokers however are just one part of this event. Backing them up will be a whole host of designers, interior specialists, fine furnishing and linen companies, management and service companies. There will even be the maker of world’s finest backgammon and gaming equipment at the Show!

THE 2ND VENUE – ST. KATHARINE DOCKS

Located just 5 minutes walk away from the main venue (or 2 minutes in a limo-bus transfer), St. Katharine Docks has now been included as a major new venue for The London Yacht, Jet & Prestige Car Show. Taking over the beautiful Central Basin of this prestigious marina, there is space for 3 x 50m super yachts; 15 x 20-30m luxury yachts; an exclusive super yacht tender and small craft pontoon and another display of prestige cars on ‘Marble Quay’ located in front of the historic ‘Dickens Inn’. In addition St. Katherine’s Dock provides the Show with a River Thames ‘dock’, where tenders can shuttle VIP guests out to even bigger superyachts and megayachts moored nearby on the River Thames, either side of Tower Bridge.

Video: Sunseeker Manhattan 74 Flybridge motor yacht SEADUCTION

December 01, 2014

Motor yacht SEADUCTION is a lovely Manhattan 74 Flybridge vessel, built by the prominent UK shipyard, Sunseeker International. Providing superb performance and luxurious comfort, SEADUCTION yacht can comfortably sleep her guests in 4 magnificent cabins. Below is a video showing SEADUCTION, while powering out of North Miami Beach through Haulover inlet to the Atlantic Ocean. The video has been published by ‘ZipZapPower’.

New Chief Executive Officer for Sunseeker International

November 28, 2014

Today, November 28, 2014, saw the prominent UK luxury yacht builder, Sunseeker International, announce the appointment of Phil Popham as Chief Executive Officer. Phil will join the company on January 1, 2015.

Philip Popham

Philip Popham

Phil joins Sunseeker from Jaguar Land Rover where he has had a long and successful career over the last 25 years contributing to a major UK-based automotive success story.  He has worked most of his career at Jaguar Land Rover, latterly as Group Marketing Director but he has also held the positions of Group Sales Director, Managing Director of Land Rover, as well as working in North America and South Africa for the company. During his time at the company he presided over a period of rapid growth and success for these iconic brands.

Robert Braithwaite CBE, Founder & Acting President of Sunseeker International stated: “Phil’s expertise and wide-ranging experience in iconic brands, manufacturing and international markets made him the perfect choice to continue developing world-class, innovative and dynamic yachts. We are very pleased to welcome him to the team as we develop the next generation of models and continue to strengthen the iconic Sunseeker brand around the world.”

In response, Phil commented: “I am delighted to be joining Sunseeker, a famous British luxury brand that I have always admired. It is an incredibly exciting opportunity to lead a company that produces the world’s best luxury performance motor yachts. Tremendous opportunities exist to grow this industry leading, world-renowned brand and I look forward to working with the Sunseeker team to do exactly that.”

Luxury yachts by Sunseeker to be displayed at London Boat Show 2015

November 26, 2014

The prominent British luxury yacht manufacturer, Sunseeker, has unveiled their impressive line-up of luxury yachts to be displayed at upcoming London Boat Show. The event will take place at ExCeL London, running from January 9 to 18, 2015.

Sunseeker will exhibit at the London Boat Show from 9th to 18th January 2015 at ExCeL London

Sunseeker will exhibit at the London Boat Show from 9th to 18th January 2015 at ExCeL London

Over the course of the 9-day event, 8 stunning Sunseeker yachts will be on display in London – that’s around 566.39ft of GRP, carbon fibre, glass and stainless steel…

A total of 8 models will be displayed by Sunseeker International, from the San Remo 485 to the 28 Metre Yacht

A total of 8 models will be displayed by Sunseeker International, from the San Remo 485 to the 28 Metre Yacht

From the award-winning San Remo 485 IPS sports cruiser to the highly acclaimed 28 Metre Yacht (example is motor yacht Spontaneous), the Sunseeker collection will be showcased in its full glory, with models from the Performance Cruiser, Manhattan, Predator, Sports Yacht and Yacht ranges on display.

The Sunseeker 28 Metre Yacht will be one of the largest vessels on display at the London Boat Show 2015

The Sunseeker 28 Metre Yacht will be one of the largest vessels on display at the London Boat Show 2015

The full Sunseeker line up will be as follows (subject to change):

San Remo 485

Manhattan 55

Predator 57 (Debut)

Manhattan 65

68 Sport Yacht

75 Yacht

86 Yacht

28 Metre Yacht

Making her International debut at the show is the very hotly anticipated new Predator 57, which is set to dominate the 50-60ft cruiser market in 2015/6, with a number of orders already secured.

The Sunseeker Predator 57 will be premiering at the London Boat Show 2015

The Sunseeker Predator 57 will be premiering at the London Boat Show 2015

In addition to the exceptional range of yachts on display, a number of exciting events are planned throughout the London Boat Show, including a Late Night Opening Party (until 20.00) on Thursday 15th January, and a series of Luxury Brand Partner Initiatives together with the Sunseeker London Group.

The Sunseeker VIP lounge at the London Boat Show

The Sunseeker VIP lounge at the London Boat Show

For more information on the London Boat Show 2015, and to confirm your attendance between the 9th and 18th January, please contact your nearest Sunseeker Distributors.

Sunseeker look forward to seeing you there!

London Boat Show – 9th to 18th January 2015 – ExCeL London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL.

Note: Article supplied by the official Sunseeker Blog Book

Pre-Christmas party hosted by Sunseeker London

November 21, 2014

November 19, 2014, saw Sunseeker London play a host to a pre-Christmas party. This was organized in collaboration with luxury partners: Limassol Marina, St George Developments, Vestra Wealth, Watches of Switzerland, as well as Porsche Mayfair. The event was to celebrate the opening of the new Sunseeker offices on Davies Street, and also to pay homage to the new Sunseeker yacht models, scheduled for launch in 2015.

Sunseeker London hosted “The Mayfair Luxury Party” alongside a collection of luxury brands located on Davies Street

Sunseeker London hosted “The Mayfair Luxury Party” alongside a collection of luxury brands located on Davies Street

The event helped create “The Mayfair Luxury Party” – a new event encompassing a collection of shops along one of Mayfair’s most prestigious addresses, Davies Street.

Alex Head (L), Donna Castle, Lauren Head and David Ox (R) pictured at Sunseeker London

Alex Head (L), Donna Castle, Lauren Head and David Ox (R) pictured at Sunseeker London

Special friends of Sunseeker and Mayfair neighbours, Novikov, provided a selection of their stunning Pan Asian menu for guests to taste during the evening, alongside Billecart-Salmon champagne and Chase Distillery vodka and gin cocktails.

Mayfair restaurant Novikov provided a delectable selection of pan asian canapés for the Sunseeker London party

Mayfair restaurant Novikov provided a delectable selection of pan asian canapés for the Sunseeker London party

The event was held in support of the Karen Millen OBE charity Teens Unite, as well as Walking with the Wounded and RAFT.

Karen Millen OBE, founder of Teens Unite, pictured at Sunseeker London with her daughter Jordan

Karen Millen OBE, founder of Teens Unite, pictured at Sunseeker London with her daughter Jordan

Participating companies in “The Mayfair Luxury Party, Davies Street, W1″ included:

Sunseeker London

David Marshall Fine Jewellers

Vera Wang

Hedonism Wine

Kallos Gallery

Udeshi

Vivienne Westwood

Ledger & Davis

The Running Horse Public House/The Whip

Getting into the Christmas spirit at The Mayfair Luxury Party

Getting into the Christmas spirit at The Mayfair Luxury Party

Beautifully lit outside the Sunseeker showroom, Porsche Mayfair showcased a selection of their latest models including the 991 Turbo and Macan, alongside an exquisite Porsche 356 Carrera (valued at £775,000).

This Porsche 356 Carrera was displayed alongside a selection of 2014 models including the Macan, Cayman, Boxter, 991 Turbo and Cayenne

This Porsche 356 Carrera was displayed alongside a selection of 2014 models including the Macan, Cayman, Boxter, 991 Turbo and Cayenne

Inside, the evening paid homage to the new Sunseeker yacht models launching in 2015, including the much awaited Predator 57, which will be unveiled at the 2015 London Boat Show in January.

Details on the full Sunseeker range of new and used motor yachts were available at the Sunseeker London event

Details on the full Sunseeker range of new and used motor yachts were available at the Sunseeker London event

Hundreds of clients, guests and friends walked up the red carpet to the fantastic new Sunseeker London showroom, which epitomises the true luxury and admiration of the Sunseeker brand, with full digital window displays, luxury modern interiors and contemporary art pieces – not to mention the beautiful new festive decorations by Godiva!

Sunseeker London Group Sales Director Christopher Head (L) pictured with Sunseeker founder and Group President Robert Braithwaite CBE (R)

Sunseeker London Group Sales Director Christopher Head (L) pictured with Sunseeker founder and Group President Robert Braithwaite CBE (R)

Attendees at the highly popular event included; Karen Millen OBE, designer & entrepreneur, John & Claire Caudwell, London’s best known society philanthropists, Liz Brewer, former debutante, ex-social editor of Hello! and etiquette expert, Robert Braithwaite CBE and Founder of Sunseeker International, David Lewis, Managing Director and his wife Alexis Lewis of Sunseeker London, and CEOs of Limassol Marina, Vestra Wealth, Watches of Switzerland and St George Developments.

Alexis Lewis (L) pictured with close friends John and Claire Caudwell at the Mayfair Luxury Party, Davies Street, W1

Alexis Lewis (L) pictured with close friends John and Claire Caudwell at the Mayfair Luxury Party, Davies Street, W1

Sunseeker London’s PR & Marketing Director Laura Harrison commented; “This evening’s party has been a great success promoting Sunseeker in London, alongside world famous luxury partners, friends and guests. We have enjoyed welcoming all of our guests to our party and can’t wait until next year! Sunseeker is an International brand which we are so proud to showcase in the one of the most cosmopolitan cities of the world.”

Sunseeker London’s Managing Director David Lewis (L) with Limassol Marina CEO Andreas Christodoulides and Sunseeker Group President Robert Braithwaite (R)

Sunseeker London’s Managing Director David Lewis (L) with Limassol Marina CEO Andreas Christodoulides and Sunseeker Group President Robert Braithwaite (R)

The word on the Davies Street yesterday morning was that Sunseeker London was even busier than D&G….

Note: Article supplied by the official Sunseeker Blog Book

New Chief Financial Officer for Sunseeker Yachts

November 14, 2014

The prominent British luxury yacht builder, Sunseeker International, is delighted to announce that they have appointed Hugues Jacquin as their new Chief Financial Officer, with immediate effect.

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Jacquin joins Sunseeker from Bombardier where he has had a long and successful career over the last 18 years within the Aerospace and Transportation Divisions. His mandates have spanned between North America, Europe and Asia.

Robert Braithwaite CBE, Founder & Honorary President stated: “Sunseeker continues to deliver world-class, innovative and dynamic yachts and it is essential that we match this with senior executives of the highest calibre which we have found in Hugues Jacquin. We welcome his substantial experience gained on the international manufacturing stage which will assist us when investing in the next generation of exciting models which are currently in development.”

In response, Jacquin commented: “Sunseeker is quite rightly synonymous with the world’s best luxury performance motor yachts due to their style, performance and innovation. I am looking forward to working with the entire team to support the new model development programme and defining a clear path for growth.”

Sunny Thakrar, previously Group Finance Director, will now focus on his principal role as Group Executive Director, overseeing Design and Development, HR, Operations, IT and Supply Chain functions and with responsibility for driving change and performance improvement initiatives throughout the business.

Below is a choice of the beautiful charter yachts built by Sunseeker.

Phoenix Marine Solutions – Sole supplier of hydraulic systems to Sunseeker yachts

November 05, 2014

Phoenix Marine Solutions has been selected by Sunseeker International as the sole supplier of auxiliary hydraulic systems for all yachts varying in size from 48ft to 155ft. The company is presently teaming up with the prominent UK builder to develop the hydraulically actuated mechanical systems for slot two of its flagship ‘155 Yacht’ superyachts. The first of these, luxury motor yacht BLUSH, was handed over earlier this year.

Luxury motor yacht BLUSH by Sunseeker

Luxury motor yacht BLUSH by Sunseeker

Phoenix had revealed that they are supplying complete boat solutions to include:

Bathing platforms

Balconies

Trim tabs

Garage door solutions

Winches

Centralised power packs

Centralised electronic control systems

Master state room hydraulic window

Beach club door systems

They have already been supplying mechanical and hydraulic systems to some of the boat lines at Sunseeker yachts for over 10 years.

Phoenix has been recognised for their quality and for their exemplary after sales service, therefore earlier this year Sunseeker International took the decision to work in close partnership with Phoenix to extend the supply across all boats from 48ft up to 155ft.

Elizabeth Noles, director of Phoenix Marine Solutions commented, “Phoenix is proud to support such an outstanding British yacht builder and to supply purely British engineered and manufactured excellence to this iconic brand.  We are currently working with Sunseeker International to design and manufacture the hydraulically actuated mechanical systems for slot two of its flagship 155ft yacht, the first of which was delivered earlier this year.”