Even if it is a cliché, the phrase “You’ve come a long way baby” succinctly sums up the story of Sunseeker. The English company that started out as a builder of trailerable day boats has morphed into a superpower on the global marine scene, as it's a leading manufacturer of custom and semi-custom cruisers and superyachts sized from 40 feet at the low end to a colossal 40-meter tri-deck flagship. (A 55-meter is slated for release in 2014.) Over the years, the builder has hit many milestones–among them the early collaboration with Don Shead to develop the race-derived deep-V hulls that have become a Sunseeker trademark–and sealed a reputation for delivering performance along with uber-luxurious appointments and imaginative, even sensational style. The four-decade evolution has been rapid and, according to the company, is the result of this UK builder’s philosophy to embrace change at all costs. By taking risks (Sunseeker embraced technologies like Duoprops and Arneson drives early on) the company has positioned itself as a world-class leader in contemporary yacht design.