Sunseeker is known today for several different lines including the popular Predator, Manhattan and Portofino. But a decade ago, there was the Camargue, a line that had a brief lifespan and preceded today’s Portofino designs—and that resulted in just a handful of U.S.-based boats that pop up on the brokerage market about as often as Halley’s Comet.
“It’s a very rare gem,” says John Novack, a broker with The Sunseeker Club in New Rochelle, New York, who is currently listing a Sunseeker 50 Camargue Hard Top for sale. “There were only three 50-foot Camargue Hard Tops in the United States. One, I just sold and it went to Japan. The other one is not for sale. The third, we have listed now.”
Camargue (pronounced kuh-MARGH) is named for a pastoral region in France where people raise horses and cattle, including ones bound for Spanish bullfights. The hardtop version was built for only one year, in 2003. Sunseeker then created the 53 Portofino, and the Camargue name became history.
“It’s very similar to one of today’s Predators because it has a garage and a hardtop, and it is a two-stateroom boat,” Novak says. “But it’s the hard top that really turns people on. This one has air conditioning at the helm, or heat, and it holds it in for you. Everybody wants a hardtop. Soft-top boats should be against the law. They’re a pain in the neck. With this boat, you push a button and the whole thing retracts. It’s a touch of the finger, no snaps, no canvas—you just push the button and it retracts automatically. It’s a great feature.”
Most boats in the 50-foot size range have V-drives, according to Novak. Another advantage of the Camargue is that it has direct drives. “You can move the engines back further, and it distributes the weight properly,” he says. “You get a much better ride.”
The current owner of this particular 50 Camargue recently bought a 48 Portofino and has a 60-foot Sunseeker on order, which is why the 50 is now for sale. Since its arrival in the United States, it has been berthed at The Sunseeker Club’s marina, and because the club is a dealer, its personnel handled all the servicing.
Novack says that attention from experts speaks volumes about the maintenance history a new owner can expect to find—and that the location shows off the boat’s true value, since she’s docked near a lot of newer models.
“The smallest that Sunseeker builds right now is a 40 Portofino,” he says. “This is kind of comparable to the current 48 Portofino. That boat, you’re talking about $1.1 million. This one is $350,000.”
Not too shabby for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
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