Sunseeker will launch its new aluminium 161 Yacht in partnership with ICON Yachts in 2021

Sunseeker is set to build its largest ever yacht – and the first one made of metal – in partnership with Dutch shipyard ICON Yachts.

The 49-metre 161 Yacht will be built at ICON’s facility in Harlingen, The Netherlands using a fast displacement hull design in aluminium but the naval architecture, design and engineering will be done by Sunseeker’s Poole-based design team.

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 boat’s interior to their exact wishes and enjoy features like the plunge pool on the main deck and aft beach club, which are usually the reserve of larger vessels.

Sean Robertson, sales director at Sunseeker says: “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 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 says: “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.”