While yacht builders have a long tradition of naming megayacht models after their LOAs, increasingly owners understand that volume is a more important figure. In that light, meet the Sunseeker Ocean 156 and Ocean 182. With their respective numerals indicating their gross tonnage, each intends to provide more sense of space than comparable custom and semi-custom projects.
For comparison’s sake, the Sunseeker Ocean 156, pictured below, is 81’5” (24.83 meters), while the Ocean 182, above, is 88’9” (27.1 meters). Look up similarly sized popular options from other builders, and you’ll find many of the choices are less than 100 gross tons. Interesting, too, the nomenclature is different than that of other models in the Ocean family, including the Sunseeker Ocean 90. However, both of the new projects emphasize good turns of speed. Specifically, the Ocean 156 should hit 23 knots with Volvo Penta IPS 1350s. The Sunseeker Ocean 182, meanwhile, has twin MAN options for an anticipated 27-knot max speed and 1,800-nautical-mile range at 12 knots.
Volume simply for the sake of volume doesn’t serve customers well, of course. So, Sunseeker takes semi-custom construction up a few notches to set the models further apart from competitors. The Ocean 156, with a 21-foot (6.5-meter) beam, provides multiple main-deck configurations. Casual-lifestyle lovers might choose the open-plan layout in which an open-air galley serves the aft dining area, for instance (below). This same layout comes with a bar area forward. Sliding-glass doors to each side open up the deck, too. Should you (and your chef) prefer more privacy, opt for the galley to be enclosed to varying degrees. Regardless of how much it remains separated, a bar and dining area sit forward, with a traditional saloon aft.
More choices await below decks, too. The Sunseeker Ocean 156 can situate the master suite down here, with a forward VIP and two guest cabins aft, one of which can convert to a double. If you prefer, request the master on the main deck and reconfigure the dining and relaxation areas there. Whichever you choose, the VIP does not, as is common on many same-size megayachts, sit up a step or two into the hull.
Up to 10 guests, meanwhile, can stay aboard the Sunseeker Ocean 182. With a 23-foot (7.16-meter) beam, she, too, offers multiple configurations. Specifically, the main-deck galley can be for owners who cook or for a pro, with convenient side-deck provisioning access. Furthermore, while you can dine on the main deck, another dining area can sit in the enclosed flying bridge. Yet another great choice: enclose the deck area forward of the flying-bridge helm, increasing covered space. Either way, the helm here is the only steering station onboard—freeing main-deck square footage for relaxation and entertainment.
Also either way, you’ll appreciate the louvered sunroof spanning the beam of the Sunseeker Ocean 182’s flying bridge (below). It lets you bring more light and fresh air inside without completely opening up the level.
Finally, the Sunseeker X-TEND sunbed sits aft aboard the Ocean 182. This movable system allows for built-in lounges facing aft at the water’s edge or raised to the aft deck and facing forward. It’s another way to enjoy alfresco living while guests use the watertoys, ranging from SeaBobs (with dedicated lockers) and PWCs.
Sunseeker does not yet have either new Ocean model in build, though it’s in discussions with customers.