TWO NOMINATIONS AT BOAT INTERNATIONAL DESIGN & INNOVATION AWARDS 2022
Sunseeker is thrilled to announce that it has been named a finalist in two award categories at this year's Boat International Design & Innovation Awards. The Sunseeker 90 Ocean is up for 'Best New Series' and the X-TEND™ transforming sunbed system has been nominated for 'Innovation of the Year'.
Best New Series – Sunseeker 90 Ocean
The Sunseeker 90 Ocean was born from an ambitious design brief. One of the primary original requirements of the brief was to provide a large, full-beam aft deck area that could be used for tender and Jet Ski stowage, but also to be used as an expansive ‘Beach Club’ area.
The cockpit area was to be as large as possible, the foredeck was to be both a seating area and sunbed area, and that the accommodation on all decks was to be class-leading in scope and scale. It had to perform and handle just like any other Sunseeker before, easy on the plane, confident in heavy seas and able to carry a lot of fuel, owner equipment and toys.
It became clear very quickly that Sunseeker would have to design something different to existing yachts in order to meet the brief, and so the decision was taken to create a new Sunseeker range, the Ocean range, that would stand alone from the Performance, Predator, Manhattan and Yacht ranges.
The available interior spaces also benefitted from the extremely generous beam. This allowed Sunseeker to provide a spectacular Owners Suite space, and an enormous main deck saloon. Full height glazing on the main deck and a move toward more freestanding furniture gave Sunseeker the ability to create a different interior feel to other yachts in the range, whilst maintaining a consistency of language in terms of material selection and its approach to luxurious practicality.
Innovation of the Year – Sunseeker X-TEND™
During the conceptual stage, Sunseeker deliberated over the share of space between aft deck practicality and aft cockpit size. This early tension between the available social areas gave birth to the X-TEND™. An innovative approach to making the best use of both aft and cockpit deck areas using a transforming sunbed arrangement.
The X-TEND™ sunbed converts to transform the ‘Beach Club’ area of a Sunseeker yacht into a private outdoor sanctuary. Available on the new Sunseeker 90 Ocean, the innovative X-TEND™ sunbed system offers diverse functionality at the stern of Sunseeker’s larger models in the range. It provides a multifunctional waterside area that hydraulically opens up to become a large sun pad ideal for sunbathing at water level. When the sunbed is not in use, it is cleverly concealed into the stern, ensuring that owners can make the most of the platform to access and launch a tender if specified or simply sunbathe waterside.
Award winners will be announced at the Superyacht Design Festival on 22 June 2022.