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Sunseeker Layouts Compared 68 Foot Yachts

Sunseeker Layouts Compared 68 Foot Yachts, Side-By-Side Comparisons

It’s not entirely clear immediately from Sunseeker’s website. Exactly what the difference is between their approximately 68 foot long yachts. The Sport Yacht 68, The Predator 68 and The Manhattan 66 are all amazing machines. But when it comes to the layout, what’s the difference? We’ve done a side-by-comparison we are calling, Sunseeker layouts compared 68 foot yachts. So you can see which one you want to buy.

Firstly, it’s true the Sport Yacht and the Predator are slightly longer than the Manhattan. Both named 68s, when they are actually 71 foot long and some change. The Manhattan is named 66 when it measures 68 feet long. Confused? Me too. It is likely this is not Sunseeker trying to confuse their customers. But more likely some “helpful” bureaucrat, sitting in a dark office is making legislation. I suppose this does stop rogue yacht manufacturers making a 20 foot yacht and sticking a 48 foot flagpole on the front. And then calling it the “You Didn’t Notice 68”.

So even though the Sunseeker Manhattan 66 is technically 24 inches shorter than the other two. The fact remains, if you are looking at any one of these yachts to buy, you will likely look at the other two. So here we make it easy for you to compare the layouts.


Sunseeker Layouts Compared 68 Foot Yachts Sport yacht


Sunseeker Layouts Compared 68 Foot Yachts Predator


Sunseeker Layouts Compared 68 Foot Yachts Manhattan


Sunseeker Layouts Compared 68 Foot Yachts

So here are the three yachts from Sunseeker, pictured above. The Sunseeker Sport Yacht 68, the Sunseeker Predator 68 and the Sunseeker Manhattan 66, which is actually 68 feet long. Mnnn, don’t get me going again.

Each one is absolutely stunning. And without a doubt, Sunseeker don’t have a weak yacht in their range. To spend even the briefest of moments on any one of these beautiful craft, would be a dream come true for most. And to purchase and own any one of them, would be a wonderfully exciting moment in anyone’s life. But unless you are a Sunseeker expert, at first glance it might be slightly confusing why Sunseeker need three different yachts in their “approximately 68 foot range”.

So let’s dig a little deeper. First we’ll compare the layouts of Sunseeker Sport Yacht 68 and the Sunseeker Predator 68.


Sunseeker Layouts Compared 68 Foot Yachts top deck


Sunseeker Layouts Compared 68 Foot Yachts

Well from the diagrams above, we can see a clear difference between these yachts. The Sunseeker Sport Yacht 68 has a flybridge. This is an additional deck above the main saloon area. From the back of the boat you walk up an extra set of steps, until you are so high up you can lord it over everyone in a marina or those other yachting folk who don’t have a flybridge. There are duplicate controls on the flybridge, so you can control the craft with greater visibility. Or just in a manner than is more fun than from below in a cockpit cabin.

Being on a flybridge is fun and relaxing and a real experience, and Sunseeker know how to make this space, incredibly special.

But flybridges come at a cost. Yes, the first cost, is cost. Obviously it’s more hull and more work, so it’s more expensive. But secondly the yacht’s performance will suffer because the yacht is carrying much more weight. So there is a trade-off.

Sunseeker Layouts Compared 68 Foot Yachts

Yachts with flybridges have a certain look and feel. And some people simply prefer the more sporty look of the Sunseeker Predator 68. Lower profile, sharper and more aggressive looking, it’s got the right name. And without carrying that extra load on its back, it’s a bit of a beast at full throttle. Good for 42 knots, you can power along at nearly ten knots faster than the Sunseeker Sport Yacht 68.

However, Sunseeker haven’t missed a trick. Just because you opt for a Sunseeker Predator 68 to get that ridiculous power. Doesn’t mean you won’t be able to get the wind in your hair, as if you were driving from a flybridge. The amazing technicians at Sunseeker can’t have much hair left from all the head scratching they’ve been doing. Because, if you look at the black roof on the Sunseeker Predator 68 image above. That roof actually slides back, like some huge amazing sunroof — on a power boat! WOW!

Now your decision just got a bit harder didn’t it?


Sunseeker Layouts Compared 68 Foot Yachts mid deck


Sunseeker Layouts Compared 68 Foot Yachts

So now let’s move onto the main deck and look at the comparison layouts. Here we see something surprising. Fancy a game of spot-the-difference? Mnn, yes the layouts are almost identical and the few pieces that are slightly different are furniture pieces. So they are likely interchangeable. The hull and bulkhead positions are identical. So we can guess that the Sunseeker Sports Yacht 68 and the Sunseeker Predator 68 are practically identical from the flybridge down and built on the same hull.


Sunseeker Layouts Compared 68 Foot Yachts lower deck


Sunseeker Layouts Compared 68 Foot Yachts

Again on the lower deck, the layout is identical. Cosmetic changes here and there make each boat an individual. But we are starting to understand now that the Sunseeker Sport Yacht 68 and the Sunseeker Predator 68 are the same boat. But one has a flybridge and the other has that amazing sunroof.

So let’s move to comparing the Sunseeker Sport Yacht 68, with the Sunseeker Manhattan 66.


Sunseeker Layouts Compared 68 Foot Yachts top deck


Sunseeker Layouts Compared 68 Foot Yachts

So firstly, we can see the Sunseeker Manhattan 66 also has a flybridge, like the Sunseeker Sport Yacht 68. That top posing deck above the main saloon. But the layouts are quite different. Remember, the Sunseeker Manhattan 66 is technically a couple of feet shorter than the other two. So we know it is built on a different hull. But the eagle-eyed amongst you may have spotted the Sunseeker Manhattan 66 is actually very slightly wider than the other two. In fact seven inches wider. And now you times this by the whole length of hull and that is likely much more volume inside, than just adding two feet on at the end.

Additionally, you can see the main window is much further forward on the Sunseeker Manhattan 66. And the flybridge travels much further backwards. So upstairs on the Sunseeker Manhattan 66 is a much bigger space also, on a boat that is two foot shorter. Clever.


Sunseeker Layouts Compared 68 Foot Yachts main deck


Sunseeker Layouts Compared 68 Foot Yachts

Furthermore, the Sunseeker Manhattan 66 has more space in the main saloon even. Look at where the cockpit seats are in the comparison above. And then look where the glass doors to the saloon are. The Sunseeker Manhattan 66’s inside space is huge in comparison. But there is a reason for this. Did you spot it?

Yes, the other main difference is that the Sunseeker Manhattan 66 has its galley aft of the saloon area. And the Sunseeker Sport Yacht 68 has no galley on the main deck. So what does this mean?

Well the clever people at Sunseeker have given their customers options. They understand that for some people the kitchen can be the centre of the home. How many people end up standing in the kitchen at a party? It’s a hub, it’s a social place — it’s where the food and Champagne are.

If you are a culinary minded person, the galley will be a very important and exciting part of your yachting experience. But for some, it won’t be. But having the galley in this prominent location on the main deck means one more important thing.


Sunseeker Layouts Compared 68 Foot Yachts lower deck


Sunseeker Layouts Compared 68 Foot Yachts

It means the galley is not on the lower deck like in the Sunseeker Sport Yacht 68. And if you don’t have a galley downstairs, you have even more space for yes, another cabin.

Looking at Sunseeker’s yacht layouts is like looking at a work of art for me. It always amazes me how they manage to fit so much into what is a very tricky space. I’d love to see a Sunseeker being built, just to see how they do it. I’m sure there is some sort of magic involved somewhere. I mean do they put the beds and mattresses in before they put the top hull on? It’s an amazing feat of design and engineering and Sunseeker have always lead the way with innovation.

So even though the Sunseeker Manhattan 66 is a full two feet shorter at the pointy end. Remember it is a full 7 inches wider along the full length of the hull. And with the galley upstairs, you now get four cabins downstairs. The stateroom even has its own entrance stair case, how grand is that? And smart if your guests snore a lot!

Even the crew get more space on the shorter yacht, with their cabin going the full width of the boat.

One last layout.


Sunseeker Layouts Compared 68 Foot Yachts master cabin


Sunseeker Layouts Compared 68 Foot Yachts

Here I’ve flipped around the Sunseeker Manhattan 66, so we can directly compare the staterooms. Now we can finally see that, even though the Sunseeker Manhattan 66 is slightly shorter in length; the Staterooms look very similar. Remember, these are just drawings. But as a guide and a reference for each yacht, they can really help you figure out where your preferences lie.

You seem to get more wardrobe space on the Sunseeker Sport Yacht 68, but more cabin floor space and a squarer layout on the Sunseeker Manhattan 66. So make sure you get a dealer to show you around both spaces.

Clearly the Sunseeker Manhattan 66 has no direct access through the bulkhead into the other cabins. This is either a benefit, if you have noisy guests or a concern possibly if you have very small children. But in essence, how much trouble can they really get into?

So ultimately it comes down to the type of owners you want to be and the lifestyle you lead. Aren’t Sunseeker clever to know this? All three yachts are very comparable but give you great options. And without a doubt either one will deliver a lifestyle like nothing else you have experienced.


Sunseeker Layouts Compared 68 Foot Yachts statistics


Sunseeker Layouts Compared 68 Foot Yachts

Finally, above I have also included the briefest of additional specifications, so you can see more of a comparison between the yachts. Here we can see the Sunseeker Predator 68’s monstrous top speed and cool sharp looks. We can also see the Sunseeker Sport Yacht 68’s beautiful lines with that flybridge. And finally we can see the Sunseeker Manhattan 66’s huge space up top, inside and down below.

So I may not have made your decision any easier. But hopefully you have a clearer understanding of the layouts of the Sunseeker boats in this length range. But before you make a decision, make sure you contact a dealer to experience these amazing yachts in real life. I can honestly say the Sunseeker dealers are some of the friendliest and most helpful I have spoken too.


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