Sunseeker owner Robert Braithwaite cut the ribbon on a new model at the London International Boat Show, a Sports Cruiser called the Portofino 48, correcting himself with a smile after first announcing that it was "48 meters" rather than 48 feet in length. Braithwaite could be excused; the premier British builder's models have progressively stretched in recent years. But this boat comes back to the mainstream, offering a boat with some of the speed and styling of the Predator performance line, while providing some of the additional accommodation of a motoryacht. This photo gallery tells the story.
Robert Braithwaite officially launches the Sunseeker Portofino 48.
It's a family cruiser, but it wouldn't be a Sunseeker without the swish paint job.
IPS pod-drive technology has opened up a full-beam master stateroom belowdecks, behind the big window.
Driver and passengers can enjoy fresh air and great visibility, and can easily talk to sun worshippers lying on the padded foredeck area.
Sun-seeker destination on the bow
The V-berth forward can swing apart as two singles or together as a double.
Below, in the main saloon, there's a small but efficient galley.
Main saloon seating is across from the galley.
The master stateroom, with seating and a large window outboard on either side.
Another view of the helm station; note joystick control for docking with Volvo IPS drives.
Sunseekers must have black attennae.