Sunseeker Ocean 182 – see how this compact superyacht copes in a wet and windy sea trial

Motor Boat & Yachting editor, Hugo Andreae gets behind the wheel of the Sunseeker Ocean 182, a tri-deck version of its popular 90 Ocean

Before you think we’ve lost the plot and suddenly started testing 55m superyachts we should probably explain that the Sunseeker Ocean 182 is not 182ft long. It’s not even close. Its actual LOA is 88ft 11in – exactly the same as the Sunseeker Ocean 90, with which it shares a hull and drivetrain.

It’s only from the main deck upwards that things start to differ, making it all the more confusing why these two closely related siblings use such different model designations.

The reason comes down to consumer expectations; based on length alone the pricing of the Sunseeker Ocean 182 looks out of kilter with 90ft models from rival brands but switch the measurement to volume (182 Gross Tonnes) and thanks to its wide beam and enclosed upper deck, it suddenly looks much better value.

The only trouble is that most people have no idea what Gross Tonnage is and few other yards quote the figure in their literature so it’s all a bit academic anyway.

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The key thing you need to know is that the 182 (and Ocean 90) is an exceptionally beamy boat; at 23ft 6in it is 15in wider than a Princess X95 and 26in wider than a Riva 90 Argo. Thanks to a near vertical stem, it also carries that beam a lot further forward than normal, creating valuable extra cabin space in the bow.

But the real game changer is the new enclosed upper deck that doesn’t just create another entire ‘room’ up top but enables the main helm to move up there too, freeing up yet more space on the main deck.

That all adds up to a lot of extra interior volume, the bigger question is what that space is used for and how it affects performance because unlike the Princess X-Class or Ferretti Infynito, the hull was originally designed as a two-deck flybridge boat and it was only when customers started asking whether the upper deck could be enclosed that it was adapted into this tri-deck model.

The result is not one of Sunseeker’s prettiest boats but to be fair to its designers the end result looks remarkably well integrated if a little top heavy – an unavoidable consequence of its relatively short LOA. It’s not as if either of its key competitors are world renowned beauties after all, even with the advantage of being clean sheet designs.

Engine choices are all MAN V12s on V-drives with power options ranging from twin 1,650hp up to 2,000hp units for an impressive top speed of around 27 knots and a quoted slow speed range of up to 1,800nm.


“I never used to be a fan of tri-deck designs on boats with an LOA of less than 100ft,” says MBY editor Hugo Andreae. “Too often they looked like a hurriedly designed after-thought to eke out a few extra sales in the US or UAE. But I doff my hat to Sunseeker’s designers for managing to make this Sunseeker Ocean 182 look surprisingly good.”

Sunseeker Ocean 182 specifications

LOA: 88’11” / 27.10m
Beam: 23’6” / 7.16m
Draft:  6’1” / 1.86m
Displacement: 79,300kg / 174,827lb
Fuel capacity: 13,000 litres / 3,434 US GAL
Water capacity: 1,500 litres / 400 US GAL
Engine options: Twin MTU up to 3,000hp
Top speed: 27 knots
Cruising speed: 12 knots
Range: Up to 1,800 nautical miles
CE classification: Category B
Starting price: £7,700,000 (ex. VAT)


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