The first of Sunseeker's all new 40-metre, tri-deck yacht has arrived in Asia and will call the waters of Thailand home. A tour through Tanvas reveals plenty of technical sophistication and loads of on-board comfort
Tanvas the all-new Sunseeker 40 made her world debut at the Southampton Boat Show at the port close to her builders yard in September. No sooner was the show over and the boat was prepared for an ocean passage, loaded as deck cargo aboard a massive container vessel and shipped to Singapore. For her Russian owners, it is the cruising ground of Thailand that beckons and while the yacht will not initially be for charter there is no doubt that she will be seen frequently cruising one of the prettiest boating areas of the world. It is perhaps fair that, instead of describing her as a brand new yacht design, we suggest when describing her that the 40 metre is an evolution of the hugely successful 37 metre yacht. She has the same great high interior volume as her smaller sister, but comes with a newly designed sharper looking bow, which it must be said, makes for an altogether prettier design line. The bow itself does not add length – it is at the stern that the extra metre can be found, with a larger aft deck and a much more functional swim platform. To suggest she is a 37-metre with an extra long swim platform is far from being the truth even though there are similarities.
When Sunseeker launched their first 37 metre tri-decked yacht onto the market in 2007 the superyacht world took notice. The Snapper, delivered to Eddie Jordan, was at the time the largest yacht ever delivered by Sunseeker.
The popularity of the 37 metre and her slightly smaller sister, the 34, is nearly unprecedented. Nine 37s have been delivered to date, with two choosing to home port in Asian waters. Twelve of the 34s have been delivered to happy owners, three of which are kept by Asian owners in local ports. A total of five more yachts in excess of 30 metres are on order through Sunseeker’s Hong Kong sales office.
With Jordan having ordered a 46 metre for delivery during 2012, that seemed to be the way the model line up stood. That was of course until someone wanted a modified version of the 37-metre yacht and set in motion a train of evolutionary events that has led to Tanvas, the latest in the range and one that, until Jordan’s 46 is delivered, is likely to be the largest Sunseeker afloat.
The most noticeable of the enhancements is that, compared to the 37, the stern of the 40 has an increased rake, which together with the redesigned bow, improves the yacht’s profile. Passenger steps to the main deck curve inwards on each side of the hydraulic central bathing platform, providing a true superyacht feel when boarding. The aft cockpit on the main deck is also significantly larger. Tanvas also features hydraulically opening balconies in the main deck saloon and master stateroom, a design innovation that brings the outdoors in and provides majestic vantage points at anchor. These are not standard items but in future builds of this hull will be offered as options. Balconies on either side of the main deck saloon, and on one side of the master stateroom are not new and are not even a first for Sunseeker having been seen first on their Predator 130 but they do opening up to reveal magnificent seascapes and bring in more natural light. Light is a major feature in this superyacht. Following classification approval from RINA, large, panoramic port lights, a trademark taken from smaller Sunseekers, have been incorporated into the guest cabins of the lower deck transforming the side profile and allowing the lower deck guest cabins to bathe in natural light.
Extra space is also achieved on the sky deck, where the removal of the fixed raised sunbathing area forward allows the floor level to be extended, providing significantly more deck space and more flexibility for highly customised layouts to suit personal use. A base for the erection of a sun parasol has been cleverly and thoughtfully incorporated into the sun bed. Plenty of seating and sunbathing space along with a full, sit up wet bar with four stools and four-person spa pool, make this the perfect place to relax outdoors. Three electric grills make creating an on deck BBQ meal, a breeze and the area has its own sink, icemaker and drinks refrigerator close at hand.
Another custom modification found aboard Tanvas is an extended wheelhouse deck layout, which offers greater flexibility and the addition of an upper deck stateroom. The additional double berth stateroom set immediately behind the bridge was achieved by removing what was the Captains cabin and locating all four crew cabins on the lower deck in a move that suggests the Russian owners will dispense with a European crew when the yacht begins to charter in Thailand where she is to be based. Forward on the bridge, the space available for guests to enjoy the outside elements is almost twice as large as that offered on the 37-metre yacht. The bridge itself is equally well-planned and laid out with two large helm chairs, five glass screens for navigational display use, and a guest sofa gathered around a coffee table.
On the main deck, the forward section is devoted to the full-beam master stateroom with its sunken bathroom. The large, drop-down balcony to port immediately catches the eye when it is open, and it is a nice touch. But when closed, it is little difficult to disguise. Rounded and softened corners to the bed match the round coffee table with the two contrasting chairs that make this more a suite than a bedroom. Three steps lead down to a sumptuous bathroom fished in Empredor marble and stretching across the full width of the yacht and provides a bath, shower, two basins, WC, bidet and a walk-in closet.
Aft of the stateroom is a compact lobby with stairs leading up to the sky lounge and down to four guest cabins on the lower deck. Here, two double cabins come with Queen sized beds lying athwartships, and there are two more twin guest cabins each with drop down Pullman berths above berths that lie fore and aft. All four cabins have en-suite facilities. One the main deck the saloon has an oval bar positioned aft to serve both the saloon and main aft deck cockpit. The interior here opens up into a massive space, made so much larger when the balcony to port is folded out. Dark American Black Walnut wood contrasts nicely with square cut sofas and armchairs finished in a soft cream coloured fabric littered with chocolate coloured cushions. Forward from this, and separated by dresser, is the dinning area with seats for 12 guests providing two sit at each end. Forward and to port is the ships galley – a well-planned area that, while small, is adequate for producing meals for the 12 guests and seven crew. It is from this galley that the crew access their own small accommodation area and mess room. Using stairs that run up and down on the port side, the crew can serve guests without walking through passenger areas. Throughout her interior, Tanvas features an integrated touch-screen-controlled lighting system and a cool audio-visual system installed on the main and upper decks that features Bang & Olufsen equipment. Technology plays its part throughout the yacht and its operation. Advanced hydraulic systems and electronic control gear ensure that stanchions pop up automatically when drop down side balconies are deployed. Computer controlled generators and electrical systems all add to the yachts sophistication and enhance her operational reliability. The engine room is well-planned with most equipment easy to access for maintenance. Powerful twin engines from Caterpillar drive the yacht at speeds in excess of 25 knots yachts – the delivery captain suggested that she hit speeds of 30 knots in her un-laden state on her way to the Southampton show, where she made her world debut in September. Tanvas is fully MCA compliant and RINA have given her an unconditional navigation clearance, meaning that she can put good use to her 1500 mile range achieved at between 10 and 12 knots, when fitted with long range tanks, as this one is. The yacht’s rescue boat is on the bow and her 16-foot Avon tender, with its 150-horsepower Yamaha outboard is stowed inside the garage at the stern together with two jet skis.
Despite a worldwide economic downturn, which has done the superyacht industry little good, Sunseeker continues to enjoy global popularity and seems to do so with exceptional success. This can probably be put down to a number of factors, not least the firm’s constant drive for innovation, which means new and ever more desirable boats launched every year. Tanvas, their latest and largest vessel, is a perfect example of this she is a superyacht of majestic proportions and exceptional grace and a great addition to the Sunseeker model line up.
Technical Specifications – Sunseeker 40M Tanvas
Engines 2 x MTU 12V 4000 M93
Output 6360 hp total
Propellers 2 x Rolla Fixed Pitch
Speed (Max) 24 kts
Speed (Cruise) 12 kts
Fuel Capacity 28710ls
Range @ 12 knots 1500 nm
Generators (Main) 2 x 70kW
Owner and Guests (Berths) 12/13