An example of surfaces, volumes and decoration
Yacht Class n°5 (June-july-august 2016)
Unveiled at the latest Monaco Yacht Show, the brand new 63 metre developed by the Turkish shipyard Sunrise Yachts impresses by her size, her outdoors, her interior layout and decoration. This six-decks with a sundeck competes with the best European references.
Text : Franck Van Espen - Photos : DR
In 2009, we were in Ankara to visit the 45 metre Africa, the very first Sunrise yacht. And unlike the many detractors of Turkish units, we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of this realization. The success of Sunrise owes nothing to chance. The shipyard was actually born of the encounter of two seasoned yachting entrepreneurs : Herbert P. Baum, a German owner who built his reputation in high-end real estate and the French Guillaume Roché who notably graduated in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts.
Their objective : to offer a range of custom and semi-custom units at competitive prices but of a quality approaching the best German units. To this end, the two investors spared no effort on infrastructures. These feature a 1.500 tons hauling & launching system, two warehouses totalling 24,600 m2 of space and a 66 metres-long "painting" hall, with a direct access to the sea. After Africa and Atomic, its first two units, the company decided for Irimari to get in touch with a famous superyacht designer, Espen Oeino, who frequently pens the most beautiful units from 40m to 120m. The shape of the boat reflects his unique style featuring rectilinear forms that highlight a significant volume. This one is limited to a 1347 gross tonnage, to remain under the 1500 GT threshold. Decoration was entrusted to the German studio Focus Yacht Design, while the naval architecture was conceived in collaboration with the Turkish Unique Yacht Design. Emphasis was placed on the numerous glass surfaces and especially on the beach club with its immense bathing platform, created when the transom is opened. A large sofa offers a direct vista on the sea or on the TV, located in front of two large showers to wash off the salt after a swim. On such a luxurious yacht, the synthetic teak (more or less well-designed) is surprising, but was certainly requested by the captain or the owner to reduce maintenance. This leisure area is directly adjacent to the garage where are available many toys (2 Seadoo GTX Ltd, 2 stand up Yamaha, 2 Seabobs, wakeboard, rubber ring, toboggan, paddle, kayak…). In addition, two tenders can be launched thanks to two rails extending above the sea.
As we head toward the bow, we discover the two-level engine room. Its independent engineering premises are comparable to those of a 90 metre. Two 2000 hp MTU and three generators are carefully housed in this outstanding level of engineering. Hard not to be impressed by the meticulous work of the shipyard considering how carefully this place is orchestrated to offer an easy access to the equipment. The rest of this deck is dedicated to the crew (18 members), with a mess, and many storage areas. Designed to be placed on charter (490 000 euros a week), Irimari must therefore provide a service, worthy of a high-end palace. Circulation was thus conceived to give to the passengers maximum privacy. Guests will reach the four double cabins from a central lobby located on the main level. In place of the lift shaft, this lobby actually displays a succession of screens simulating a beautiful waterfall. One of these four VIP has sliding partitions to form a suite with a massage room or a relaxation area. Sea-inspired artworks are placed above each bed. The same decorative scheme is also present through the light wood walls and furniture and the numerous copper inserts. The spacious bathrooms are clad with Italian marble. Just like any other Sunrise yachts, particular attention was given to the cabins soundproofing. Distributed in the hull, they are bathed in natural light. The main deck salon is even brighter thanks to its succession of large windows. The dining area stands out with its spiraling chandelier and circular table placed on a copper-striped marquetry. The two pillars supporting the intermediate deck easily blend in the decoration thanks to a trimming that can also act as a luminaire. Quite unusual, the foredeck is divided between a VIP cabin, an office and the master. The latter occupies the entire width of the yacht. And once again, the artwork above the bed, representing a shoal of fish on the run, reflects the general theme. The TV rises up out of the furniture in front of the king size, since the bathroom facing it has no partition. Its layout is actually quite interesting and offers two distinct areas, for Madame and Monsieur. The bathtub is perfectly highlighted by a marble floor. Some might be picky and underline the irregular connection between the tiles veins. Don't ! Visually, this is stunning and this universe is quite luxurious. On the upper deck, the wheelhouse is modern and unique with a central console gathering all the commands. Perfect to go upfront and observe the maneuvres on deck.
The MCA certification requires a security tender on the foredeck. Aft of the wheelhouse, the captain has his own cabin with an office. In the other enclosed area, a second lounge, dedicated to cinema, features a 2,20 m screen ! Outside, a rectangular table will accommodate about fourteen guests. The most intimate area is undoubtedly the terrace with its central part enclosed by two bay windows, dedicated to relaxation, sports and board games. This deck is so vast that its front part hosts not only a counter-current swimming pool framed by solariums, but also a bar and a sofa. The aft, which gathers several deckchairs, is unfortunatly too narrow to accommodate a helicopter. This visit confirms once again that Sunrise is able to compete with the most famous European shipyards. And, even though it might be complicated to talk about price competitiveness at such a level, we can easily understand why Sunrise's order book is full.
- Overall length : 21,60 m
- Max beam : 5,45 m
- Draft : 1,60 m
- Fuel: 4 500 l
- Water : 1 000 l
- Unladen displacement : 36 t
- Matéerial : polyester
- Engine : 2 x C38 Caterpillar
- Power : 2 x 1 150 ch (2 x 850 kW)
- Max speed : 29 knots
- Cruising speed : 20,50 knots
- Cruising range : 327 milles
- Price : 2 160 000 euros H.T
- Naval architect : Umberto Tagliavini
- Exterior designer : Can Yalman
- Interior designer : Can Yalman
- Builder : Numarine (Istanbul – Turquie)