Awards

Published: January 26, 2020 | Updated: January 26, 2020

Awards 1: Top honours for Sunseeker’s 76 Yacht at prestigious Motor Boat Awards

Sunseeker International’s 76 Yacht which won the ‘Flybridges over 60ft’ category at the 2020 Motor Boat Awards.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Global superbrand – and Dorset success story –  Sunseeker International has won a top award for its 76 Yacht.

The craft won the ‘Flybridges over 60ft’ category at the prestigious 2020 Motor Boat Awards held in Dusseldorf.

The award was a welcome win for one of Sunseeker’s most successful models in its range.

The judges praised the 76 Yacht for being “a craft that perfectly embodies everything you want for a larger, strong performing luxury yacht.”

Accepting the award, Andrea Frabetti, Sunseeker’s Chief Executive Officer, pictured left with his team, said: “We are delighted to have won this award and to be recognised, yet again, as a leader in this important category.

“The 76 Yacht has been a hugely popular model for us and really does embody everything Sunseeker stands for.

“We pride ourselves on being a company that doesn’t stand still and are always looking at new and innovative ideas, a desire to constantly exceed expectations.

“Winning awards like this really does underline our commitment to creating the best boats in the market which the 76 Yacht can now justifiably claim.”

The 76 Yacht can accommodate up to eight guests and three crew members.

It overall length is 77’5″ and maximum beam 19’6”.

The boat has a range of up to 340 nautical miles and a maximum speed of 32 knots with a cruising speed of 25 knots.

The Motor Boat Awards are organised by Motor Boat & Yachting magazine.

All boats selected had been sea-trialled and rigorously tested by the magazine’s technical experts.

They are judged purely on the boats’ design, ability and performance.

Nine different boat award category winners were presented on the night which was attended by industry VIPs.

Sunseeker was founded by brothers Robert and John Braithwaite in 1969.

A majority stake in the business was acquired by the Beijing headquartered conglomerate Wanda Group in 2013.

The company employs about 2,500 people at its Poole manufacturing base, producing around 150 boats every year ranging from 38-161 feet.

Poole is also home to Sunseeker’s dedicated Design & Technology Centre.

Next year, Sunseeker will launch its first production yacht with hybrid power.