Sunseeker’s new 95 is a yacht of considerable style. It is also a masterclass in the magic of transformation. Taking the superb 28 Metre as their template, the shipyard’s designers have elevated a successful motor yacht concept to the superyachting level – and they have done so with such flair and accomplishment that it’s virtually impossible to separate the shared strands of shipyard DNA.
The new 95 Yacht design builds on the same hull and horsepower package as the 28 Metre but, both inside and out, even experienced yachting professionals have been hard pressed to spot any similarity. It could resemble an exercise in illusion, but the effects are absolutely real: “Even if you hopped aboard a 95 Yacht straight off a 28 Metre, you might struggle to convince yourself that they were the same size,” wrote the American monthly Power & Motor Yacht. Seldom has this conceptual sleight of hand been achieved so successfully. “We always try to get two boats out of a platform,” explains Sunseeker’s co-founder, John Braithwaite. “It was always the plan to develop the 95 Yacht from the 28 Metre.” The key to the 95 is its raised pilot house. This liberates the main deck and creates space for a long sweep of saloon and an impressive central dining table, which is served by a bright and roomy galley on the port side that would be the envy of any shore-based professional chef. The optional fold-out balcony is a stunning addition to a truly special living area.
Over to starboard, meanwhile, a corridor leads forward to an owner’s cabin which is nothing if not spectacular. Arranged on two levels, with its sofa, king-size bed, glass balustrade and full-beam, marble-clad bathroom down below, it is a tour de force of interior design which feels as if it belongs aboard a much bigger yacht. Huge picture windows to both sides provide breathtaking views, and flood the space with light. Such levels of luxury in a yacht this size defy description – almost literally: “For once the word ‘suite’ doesn’t do it justice,” the British magazine Motor Boat & Yachting reported. “Even the hyperbolic ‘stateroom’ so beloved of advertising copywriters needs to look to its laurels. This is a truly impressive living space, worthy of the swishiest loft apartment.”
Various sleeping arrangements are available for the lower deck. A four-cabin layout is the standard, but the more spacious three-cabin option is also proving popular. This is centred on a magnificent VIP suite that spans the full width of the hull and nearly rivals the owner’s suite upstairs for space, while the two smaller guest cabins are fitted with sliding beds: converting them from twin-berths to doubles will be the work of a moment. Spaciousness is also the theme upstairs on the flybridge which is well equipped for serious relaxation and shaded by an expansive hardtop. Along with luxury and quality, Sunseeker has always prided itself on the performance of its craft, whether an imposing superyacht or a family sports cruiser. Whichever engine option you choose, the 95 Yacht comes packed with horsepower to provide an exhilarating cruising experience. “The 95’s acceleration was smooth and linear, its handling deft and the steering light and sure-footed,” the US Yachts International test crew reported approvingly. “Sunseeker still likes to build boats that drive well.” Relaxed cruising at a pacy 20 knots returns excellent fuel efficiency, and gives the yacht a range of more than 400 miles.
Wherever your favourite cruising area might be, Sunseeker’s 95 Yacht is ready to transform your on-board life and take you there – in considerable style.
- Length overall: 28.06m
- Displacement: 82,800kg
- Beam: 6.55m
- Draught: 2.12m
- Fuel capacity: 12,000 litres
- Water capacity: 1,750 litres
- Engines: 2 x MTU 12V 2000 M96L or 2 x Caterpillar C32 ACERT
- Top speed: 26 knots