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Sunseeker Announces Progression To 150ft Zeus Yacht

by Robert Lee,, London

21 December 2009

With the announcement of Project Zeus in 2009, Sunseeker International Shipbuilding Division has taken a significant step – across the 150ft (46 meter) threshold. The 46-meter Zeus 150, launching in 2011, will be followed by the 50-meter Zeus 164 in 2012, with designs for even larger models planned for the future.

Key to the new Zeus range is not just size but scope. The yachts, though series-built, will be highly individual, the only fixed aspects being the base hull construction, engineering platform, systems and structural bulkheads. Beyond that, specification is virtually at the owners' discretion from superstructure styling, number of decks and cabin configurations – right down to the personal choice of interiors and color schemes.

With large-yacht owners increasingly looking for reduced fuel and maintenance costs, the Zeus range introduces a new modified form of displacement hull design, optimizing displacement speeds around 11-14 knots, yet still delivering optimized top-end 28-knot performance. This has been supported by a major investment in new material technologies and construction techniques. Already tried and tested, the performance characteristics of the Zeus designs is expected to be considerably better than those of conventional one-off displacement hulls.

The Zeus 150 will be built to RINA Commercial and MCA Unrestricted classifications. It will be fitted with twin MTU 12-cylinder 4000s diesel engines providing a range of 4,000 miles, and making non-stop transatlantic crossings possible. The ship's systems include two 99 or 125kW gensets, 3-phase or hydraulic thrusters to bow and stern, and zero-speed Quantum stabilizers. Additional options include clam-shell opening balconies to main deck suites and deck saloons; a totally private aft beach deck; and a large garage amidships with side opening doors that double as pontoon and boarding platform.

Robert Braithwaite, Sunseeker's founder, commented: "The Zeus concept was a natural progression for the company and the shipbuilding division has gained unparallel experience in the development of models over 30 meters. We are very confident that our approach to this sector of the market will prove very successful."

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