After previously working on the Predator and Manhattan ranges between 2006 and 2009, Design Unlimited has stepped aboard the Sunseeker 161 Yacht project


British studio Design Unlimited has revealed the first interior renderings of the forthcoming Sunseeker 161 Yacht, which will become the Poole-based yard’s new flagship when it splashes down in 2021.

Flexibility of space was a key theme during the development of the interior design, and this shines through in the transom, which can be transformed into a spectacular on-water beach club through the use of drop-down bulwarks. Other standout features include a plunge pool on the main deck.

Announced last September, the 49 metre 161 Yacht is Sunseeker’s first aluminium-hulled project, and is being built in partnership with Dutch shipyard Icon Yachts. It will feature a fast displacement hull design, with the naval architecture, design and engineering all taken care of by Sunseeker’s Poole-based design team.


The Sunseeker 161 Yacht will feature a beach club in the transom

Dubbed “Sunseeker by Icon”, specific details about the yacht are scant but the styling balances familiar Sunseeker window arrangements with an aggressive pilothouse, which sits before a long, striking bow that fashions a near vertical entry.

It’s an arresting proposition and, teamed with the fast displacement hull, hints at more of an explorer style yacht designed to travel long distances comfortably and efficiently.

The standard configuration is for ten guests but 12 can be accommodated depending on the specific layout chosen. Using the Sunseeker Bespoke service, customers will be able to tailor the 161 Yacht’s interior to their exact wishes.


Accommodation on board the Sunseeker 161 Yacht is for 10-12 guests

Speaking last year, Sean Robertson, sales director at Sunseeker said: “We have wanted to build larger vessels for some time; we know there is demand there for larger Sunseeker yachts as the 155 Yacht proved.

“The decision to stop building that model was a commercial one based on space and capacity and certainly not due to lack of demand, so we knew we needed to rethink our approach to this size of vessel and have spent considerable time looking at various opportunities.

“A move into metal also means there is no ceiling as to how big we can go in the future, but obviously this requires different expertise and so it was essential to find the right partner to support the project.

“Finding a yard that shared the same progressive, innovative spirit to create something truly special and, most importantly, one which will provide us with the flexibility to build a true Sunseeker was the challenge. We have certainly found all of that with Icon.”


The opulent saloon of the Sunseeker 161 Yacht, which will feature interiors by Design Unlimited

The announcement of this new model and the partnership between the two yards was made at the 2018 Monaco Yacht Show with hull number one due for launch in the spring of 2021.

Jen Wartena, CEO of Icon Yachts added: “There is a great synergy between Icon and Sunseeker because we are combining both of our strengths; our capacity and metal yacht building capabilities with Sunseeker’s sales expertise and marketing power.

“We believe the Sunseeker by Icon will revolutionise the industry in a positive way. It is an exciting period for Icon Yachts and this new partnership with Sunseeker is part of our ongoing growth strategy where we are investing heavily in facilities and people to improve our capability and capacity.”