Sunreef 62 Catamaran Review Part I

Sunreef 62 might be the smallest model in the Sunreef line but there's nothing small about this luxury catamaran. Here is the Part I of a look at a truly innovative cat that lacks for nothing. As much of the marine industry stumbles along with the eco...

9th July 2010.
By Zuzana Prochazka

Sunreef 62 might be the smallest model in the Sunreef line but there’s nothing small about this luxury catamaran. Here is the Part I of a look at a truly innovative cat that lacks for nothing.

As much of the marine industry stumbles along with the economy, it seems that the big boat category is doing just fine and the adage of ‘go big or go home’ is holding strong.  One player in this category is Poland based Sunreef Yachts that builds big, beautiful cats for discriminating owners and selective charter guests.  The baby in their line of huge sail and power cats is the Sunreef 62 and it’s worth a look if you’re shopping for an elegant catamaran with oodles of room.

Sunreef Yachts is among the world’s top producers of catamarans from 60 to 150 feet and they specialize in construction using aluminum and modern lightweight composite materials.  The composite version which includes the 62 footers, uses a Corecell foam sandwich lay up in the hull, deck and fly bridge construction.  All structural bulkheads are of a foam sandwich with unidirectional carbon reinforcements and forward longitudinal and transverse beams of aluminum alloy. 

The rig is equally techie with a carbon fiber mast and boom.  With an 82 foot bridge clearance, it’s good to know some thought was given to keeping less weight aloft.  Although the standard version is offered with Dacron sails, upgrade options include a Hydranet Spectra tri-radial cut main, genoa and solent.  A spinnaker and gennaker are also options as are electric winches to manage all this sail area. 

Each boat is relatively unique as different layouts and interior designs are offered. In fact you can order an owner, semi-owner or charter version.  I’m not sure what a semi-owner is but what all this translates to is a choice of 3 to 5 cabins and at least three different interior layouts meaning you can put your dinette, lounge area and entertainment center in various locations.

The interiors are a work of art with ambiance to spare and are offered in classic and contemporary design options with three choices of gleaming wood and sleek finishes.  The entire interior is very light and airy with plenty of windows and tons of storage.  Subtle but plentiful use of lighting has just the right effect to make you believe you’re in a New York penthouse only with a fabulous view of an anchorage. 

The aft cabins in either hull are enormous since they take up the entire width of each hull.  The owner’s version dedicates the entire starboard hull to a very private cabin and head arrangement or you can choose up to 5 heads, 4 cabins and one small crew quarters.  I’ve seen smaller kitchens in much bigger houses and any cook will enjoy working in the spacious galley that is right in the center of the social action.  The designer touches would make you swear that Italians had something to do with it since even the sinks in the heads are details to behold. 

Check back tomorrow when we go beyond the fancy interior and check out the rest of the boat.

 

Sunreef 62 Specs:

LOA  : 62’
Beam  : 30’ 2”
Draft: 5’
Displacement: 48,502 lbs composite or 57,320 lbs aluminum
Engines: 2 x 100HP Yanmar
Fuel Capacity : 175 gallons x 2
Water Capacity : 103 gallons x 2
Sail Area : 1,950 sq. ft.


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Zuzana Prochazka

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Zuzana Prochazka is a writer and photographer who freelances for a dozen boating magazines and websites. A USCG 100 Ton Master, Zuzana has cruised, chartered and skippered flotillas in many parts of the world and serves as a presenter on charter destinations and topics. She is the Chair of the New Product Awards committee, judging innovative boats and gear at NMMA and NMEA shows, and currently serves as immediate past president of Boating Writers International. She contributes to Boats.com and YachtWorld.com, and also blogs regularly on her boat review site, TalkoftheDock.com.
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