February 21st 2013. By Jeanne Craig.

Sunseeker Portofino 40: An Eye-Catcher in Miami

This model is both the newest and smallest in the Sunseeker line of luxury yachts.

Most people strolling the docks at the Sunseeker display at the Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show this year were stopped in their tracks by the colossal 80-foot Predator tethered by beefy lines. While that behemoth of a diesel-powered sport yacht turned heads first, nearby was another new model that, while much more compact, got a big share of long looks.

Sunseeker 40 Portofino

Standard power on the Sunseeker Portofino 40 is a set of Volvo Penta D6 330 sterndrives.

The Sunseeker Portofino 40 is the newest in the English builder’s series of performance cruisers, but more important, it’s the smallest model offered by this manufacturer of premium luxury production and custom yachts sized all the way up to 40 meters. If you’ve always longed to wrap your hands around the leather-clad wheel of a sexy Sunseeker, this could be your chance. The 40 Portofino possesses the key features that are hallmarks of the brand, namely Med-style lines with international appeal, swift performance, and a layout designed for plenty of outdoor play.

Standard power is a pair of Volvo Penta D6 330 sterndrives  that push the boat to a top-end speed of 35 knots. For a faster ride, order the optional Volvo D6 400s and watch the speedometer climb to 40 knots. When it’s time to head to the dock and throttle back, a bow thruster makes maneuvering easier. Sunseeker offers that bow thruster as standard. In fact, there are a few nice features on the standard equipment list, including a generator and hardtop with sunroof, making this a nice turnkey cruiser for a first-time Sunseeker owner, or first-time owner in general.

As for accommodations, there are two private cabins; one forward for the owner and an aft cabin that comes standard with three berths. Chances are good that many of your friends will be hoping for invitations to stay aboard, so if you need an extra berth, the settee in the salon converts to a double.

Jeanne Craig
Jeanne Craig has been covering powerboats since 1988. She spent ten years as a senior editor at Boating magazine and ten more as executive editor at Motor Boating. She’s now an independent writer based in Rowayton, Connecticut, where she’s close to the cruising grounds she most enjoys.