Considering that the first four hulls sold before the Sunseeker 131 Yacht touched water in 2016, it looked like this builder had a winner on its hands. Now with closer to a dozen signed, the British boatbuilder is sitting confidently. The second-largest offering in the Yacht series (topped only by the Sunseeker 155 Yacht), the 131 Yacht employs a technical platform from a previously successful series. Simultaneously, she offers newer creature comforts, and a lifestyle experience in keeping with current cruising trends. All the while, she attracts buyers who, regardless of their boating history, want to feel as comfortable afloat as they do at home.
Sunseeker has plenty of company when it comes to inviting buyers to customize the relaxation spaces. The degree to which these same customers take advantage of it, however, is noteworthy. As mentioned, some select the helm electronics, and even the seats. Most, though, keep their focus on the creature comforts that immediately impact their life aboard. But even then, personally picking out silks to snakeskin, and requesting wood soles where the planks form intricate patterns, is a level of intense involvement. It’s intense involvement for Sunseeker, too. But the builder wouldn’t have it any other way.
Diane M. Byrne is the founder and editor of the daily updated website Megayacht News. A longtime yachting writer, she also contributes to Yachts International, Boat Exclusive, and other magazines. She is additionally a member of the International Superyacht Society Board of Directors and Vice Chair of the U.S. Superyacht Association.