The Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show may be remembered by many American Sunseeker fans for the debut of the colossal 80-foot Predator, writes Jeanne Craig, but nearby was another new model the that, while much more compact, got its share of long looks.
The Sunseeker Portofino 40, launched in 2012, is still one of the newest in the Dorset builder’s series of performance cruisers, (see the big splash the Union Jack photographs of the model made at this year's British Motor Yacht Show...) 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 metres.
If you’ve always longed to wrap your hands around the leather-clad wheel of a sexy Sunseeker, this could be your chance. The 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 (offered as standard) makes manoeuvring easier. 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 accommodation, 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 saloon converts to a double.
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For more Sunseeker news and reviews, see: First Look Video: Sunseeker Predator 68 or Union Jack Sunseeker Portofino 40 hits the water.