Known as Project #561 for now, this 182-foot (55.6-meter) megayacht is the newest contract signed by Sunrise Yachts. She’ll feature diesel-electric propulsion with pod drives for more efficient cruising on a planned circumnavigation.
The owner of Project #561, an experienced yachtsman from South America, opted for a diesel-electric system on the recommendation of Sunrise Yachts. Long used in the commercial sector, diesel-electric propulsion offers several advantages. These include lower fuel consumption, space savings, better maneuverability (if coupled with Dynamic Positioning), and far quieter operation. There’s also better load sharing between the diesels due to multiple use of the powerplant.
Project #561 should see a heavy cruising schedule with the owner aboard. He’ll have to wait until 2015 to take delivery of his megayacht, but the design highlights should be worth it. The steel-and-aluminum megayacht will have the master suite aft on the uppermost deck, a fourth level. Forward of it will be an observation lounge. Note the large windows in both areas in the rendering above. Additional large windows on the other decks and indoor-outdoor areas should make the space afforded by the megayacht’s 34-foot (10.5-meter) beam feel more voluminous. The owner’s party of 12 (attended to by 14 crewmembers) will no doubt also enjoy the waterfall from the aft bridge deck into the pool aft on the main deck.