Sunrise 50m motor yacht design by Sunrise Yachts, Espen Oeino and Frank Darnet

Sunrise Yachts has completed the design and engineering of Sunrise 50m – ...

Sunrise 50m motor yacht design by Sunrise Yachts, Espen Oeino and Frank Darnet

August 09, 2011

Written by Chelsea Smith

Sunrise Yachts has completed the design and engineering of Sunrise 50m – A 50m Tri-Deck Displacement motor yacht by Sunrise Yachts developed in collaboration with Espen Oeino International and Frank Darnet Design. The next possible delivery will be at the end of 2013. The Sunrise 50m project will be presented at the Cannes Festival de la Plaisance (September 6-11, 2011) and at the Monaco Yacht Show (September 21-24, 2011).

Sunrise 50m - A 50m Tri-Deck Displacement Motor Yacht by Sunrise Yachts developed in collaboration with Espen Oeino International and Frank Darnet Design.

Sunrise 50m – A 50m Tri-Deck Displacement Motor Yacht by Sunrise Yachts developed in collaboration with Espen Oeino International and Frank Darnet Design.

The Art of Light & Space:

The design of the Sunrise 50m motor yacht (S50) focuses on an indoor/outdoor concept that offers an abundance of natural light, a design of timeless elegance and an innovative distribution of space. Light is a defining element of the style.

The Sunrise 50m superyacht concept is of a long-range displacement yacht capable of accommodating up to eleven guests in a high level comfort – while introducing a design philosophy rarely implemented on a vessel of this size :

For a long time, the founders of Sunrise Yachts have believed that the layout of motor yachts has not evolved with the new generation of owners. There is a convention that guests should be relegated inside the hull (where prisoners or slaves were in ancient times) and that some of the prime real estate of the yacht is to be sacrificed to services.

The team of Espen Øino, Franck Darnet Design and Sunrise Yachts have broken the mould and conceived a layout for the S50 superyacht that brings the owner and his guests closer to the sea and to light: very large windows, skylights, opening balconies, a central spiral staircase and separate functions for each deck are some of the most notable interior design features found on the Sunrise 50 yacht.

General Arrangement of the Sunrise 50m yacht

In a radical move for a yacht of its size, all services have been moved into the hull on the lower deck. This includes the galley, which becomes a large hotel-style stainless steel kitchen, as well as the captain’s cabin, which becomes a very comfortable “suite”, right next to the ship’s office.

The space freed on the main deck, some prime real estate, becomes an area including four spacious guest cabins: two VIP cabins and two twins each adorned with large windows offering a grand view of the ocean. The full-beam Master Suite has three huge floor-to-ceiling bay windows that give the impression that you are literally standing on the water. It is also receiving light, as well as in the his-and-hers bathroom, through skylights bedded in the foredeck Portuguese bridge.

Aft of these main deck accommodations is a grand architectural spiral staircase, fitted in an ornate circular lobby with niches for the owner’s art and doused with sunlight through a skylight in the Sun Deck, which connects the main and upper decks.

Further aft, is another innovative feature of the Sunrise 50 superyacht: the aft terrace salon, which, with its huge and fully retractable aft and side bay windows and its fold-down bulwark platforms, opens the aft salon space completely into a huge semi-covered terrace, once again putting the guests into closer contact with the sea. The absence of a transom bulwark, replaced by full-width stairs going down to the transom platform, further adds to the impression of being at the water’s edge.

Moving to the Upper Deck, the Sunrise 50, once again, breaks with tradition by re-locating the usual main deck dining area into an aft circular rotunda clad with full-height sliding glass doors. These doors recess completely and allow the possibility of dining ‘al fresco’ or in air conditioned comfort at the touch of a button. The dining table is illuminated by the glass-bottom of the Sun Deck Spa Pool, which either lets through sunlight or various moods of light from the tub’s lighting system.

This dining location adjoining the aft upper deck, with its built-in deep couches, also offers a panoramic view that will make every dining moment memorable as the yacht changes scenery or moves in its anchorage.

Between this rotunda and the architectural staircase, is located the upper salon, which is once more treated in an innovative way by being an indoor/outdoor area. Large glass concertina doors can be retracted completely to offer a terrace view of the sea and offer a feeling of being in touch with the elements and better appreciate the beautiful areas where luxury yachts cruise.

In an alternative, more audacious configuration, the owner’s suite occupies almost all of the upper deck, offering space rarely seen on yachts of a similar size and leaving most of the full-beam main deck available for a vast semi-open salon and entertaining area.

Finally, we come to the Sun Deck, which has the usual amenities such as a Spa Pool tub, a bar with barbecue and lots of sunbathing areas. It has a dumb waiter station straight from the galley so that guests can enjoy outside dining, around the ten-person removable table, under the canopy from a higher perspective than the upper deck.


Two beautiful configurations exist, offering either a swimming pool of generous dimensions which can be filled with fresh or sea-water or a spacious and elegant “beach lounge”, only three steps up from the swim platform.


Sunrise Yachts and Franck Darnet have chosen a contemporary style interior to be highlighted with raw silk fabrics and leather. In the “Macassar” style, an interior of almost black fine grain macassar ebony, coupled with off white furnishings, leathers and shagreens create an atmosphere of utmost elegance. The “Manhattan” style features an An interior of tropical reddish makoré wood, punctuated with light leathers and silkfurnishings and highlighted with colorful art give the interior a highly contemporary feel.

Being conceived by a veteran yacht owner, veteran designers, engineers and captains, the vessel has large service and storage areas, such as a bilge deck with vast walk-in freezers and fridges as well as dry storage as well as a professional stainless steel kitchen fit for a large gourmet restaurant.


The choice of propulsion engines and tank capacity was made to achieve trans-Pacific distances or a summer of coastal cruising without refuelling. Furthermore, the vessel will be fitted with twin controllable-pitch propulsion system and will make the vessel 20% more fuel-efficient, meaning increased range as well as substantially reduced running costs. All the systems engineering, including 3-D engine room and piping throughout the boat, is provided by Brilliant Boats, Ltd., who has worked with the most prestigious shipyards of Holland, Europe and the world. Electrical and PLC/monitoring engineering is by Schneider-Télémécanique industrial specialist Actys of France who have developed a rugged and trustworthy fully classified power management and monitoring system for a dozen large yachts. Local classification coordination and production engineering is assumed by Sunrise Yachts’ competent team, who have an accumulated fifty years of large yacht experience and local knowledge.

The engine room, insulated with the latest anti-drumming and ceramic technologies, has an air conditioned control room and a separate double-insulated generator room.

The first M/Y Sunrise 50m should be launched at the end of 2013. The project will be presented at the Cannes and Monaco yacht shows in September where the company will be exhibiting (Espace Riviera in Cannes; Stand QP26 at MYS).

MAIN CHARACTERISTICS of the Sunrise 50m motor yacht design

BUILDER: Sunrise Yachting Ltd.
MCA LY2 commercial code under 500 GRT
EXTERIOR STYLING: Espen Øino International, Monaco
NAVAL ARCHITECT: Espen Øino International/Brilliant Boats Ltd.
INTERIOR DESIGN: Franck Darnet Design, Nantes, France

YEAR: 2011
LOA: 49.80 m / 163’
LWL: 42.45 m / 139’
BEAM: 9.00 m / 29’
DRAFT: 2.80 m / 9’ (max )
DISPLACEMENT: 450 tons (full load) – 380 (light)
FUEL CAPACITY: 60.000 lt (16,000 Gallons)
WATER CAPACITY: 13.500 lt (3,600 Gallons)
SPEED: Maximum speed: 16 knots
Cruising speed: 12 knots
RANGE: 4,000 nm at cruising speed

ENGINES: 2 x MTU 12V 2000 M72
1,575 BHP @2,250 rpm
PROPULSION: Variable pitch propellers
Type: C4.4 e86kW
Rating: 86kw, 50hz, 380/220 VAC, 3-phase, 24 VDC starting
Engine: 6-cylinder, 1500 rpm, heat exchanger-cooled
1 x Emergency generator
Rating: 22.5kw, 50hz, 380/220 VAC, 3-phase, 24 VDC starting
Engine: 4-cylinder, 1500 rpm, heat exchanger-cooled
ELECTRICITY: 240/380 Volt, 50 Hertz 3-phase, four-wire system
Monitoring and Control Management System by
SHORE POWER: 1 x SAE, Italy, 200 kVA shore power converter
2 shore power rated at 125 A, 208/380/415 +/- 10% VAC,
3-phase, 50/60 Hz
BATTERIES: 24 VDC battery banks
24 to 12 VDC converters
3 x battery chargers, Mastervolt Mass 24-100
AIR CONDITIONING: Webasto Chilled Water 420,000 BTU
Other machinery
2 x HP, Italy, fully automatic water makers total capacity 10.000 liters
1 x DUERR Hydraulic bowthruster rated power 88HP (65KW)
Electro/hydraulic Quantum gyro-controlled Zero-Speed stabilizer system
JETS, Norway, toilet system
Hamann sewage treatment
Alpha Laval Fuel separator

High tensile Steel hull
Aluminium superstructure

1 x Master cabin
2 x Double cabins
2 x Twin cabins (one with extra Pullman berth)
6 x Crew cabins for 10

About Sunrise Yachts:

Founded in 2006 by German businessman and yachtsman Herbert P. Baum and British-French yacht-builder Guillaume Roché, Sunrise Yachts in based in the Free Zone of Antalya, Turkey. Combining international design, engineering and management with Turkey’s skilled and competitive workforce, Sunrise Yachts offers quality yacht construction and refit solutions to the international market. Its state-of-art facility accepts new-build and refit projects up to 65m in length and 1,200-ton displacement. After delivering the widely acclaimed 45m Sunrise superyacht Africa, (design Paolo Scanu) in 2009, the company is currently building a 46m Scanu Design as well as one of the largest new-build contracts of 2010, a 63m designed by Espen Øino and Redman Whiteley Dixon. The Sunrise motor yacht series by Espen Øino includes a 50m, a 54m and a 61m.

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