“It’s first and foremost a really pretty boat, the proportions are spot on – a classic Sunseeker,” says Nigel Brown, describing the 2007 Sunseeker Portofino 53 that he bought from David Jones
at Sunseeker Poole last year to replace a Sunseeker Mustique 42.
He keeps the boat close to his home in Poole and uses it most weekends in the summer with his fiancée Lorraine for trips into the Solent, across to northern France and the to Channel Islands.
Fitted with MAN 800hp diesel engines, it tops out at 34 knots and cruises comfortably at between 26 and 28 knots in most conditions. “We crossed the Channel in an F6 heading for Guernsey and only slowed to 24 knots. It went through it really nicely.”
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The layout is as classical as the looks, this boat predating the full-beam master cabin that has since become de rigueur. Fitted out initially in high gloss or satin cherry (with an occasional boat in satin maple) and later in satin walnut, you’ll find the ensuite master cabin in the bow ahead of a huge saloon. Further aft, the main guest cabin to starboard has two single berths and ensuite access to the day heads.
The third cabin is on the port side with crossover beds. Interestingly, there was room for a washing machine in this cabin, which was a useful option when new and you’d think would make a simple retrofit job now, but it’s not quite that simple.
“You can’t physically get a washing machine through the door,” says David Jones. “When specified new, the factory fitted it in build. We have done one retrofit of a washing machine but it had to be dismantled, taken into the cabin piece by piece and reassembled – a big job!”
Read the full report in the July 2018 issue of MBY.