British luxury yacht builders Sunseeker have announced at the Monaco Yacht Show that they will enter into metal-built superyacht production through the launch of an in-house division that will collaborate with Pendennis and Icon Yachts to create vessels in the 30.7m/100.7ft to 49m/160.7ft range.
Customers of Sunseeker have long-expressed a desire to see their hulls created in larger sizes and the division is part of new expansion plans implemented by new Chief Executive Andrea Frabetti: By 2022, the shipyard intends to double the number of models on offer to customers to 22.
At the Cannes Yachting Festival earlier this month the 40-metre SUNSEEKER 133 superyacht will be built at the Pendennis facilities, while Icon Yachts will be undertaking the new SUNSEEKER 161 flagship in a partnership announced in 2018.
“A move into metal means there is no ceiling as to how big we can go in the future,” said Global Sales Director Sean Robertson. “But obviously this requires different expertise and so it was essential to find the right partner to support the project.”