Part II of the review of Sunreef 62, the smallest in the Sunreef Yachts luxury lines of cruising catamarans.
Yesterday, we looked at the customization and lxuxury that are available in Sunreef catamanrs. As stylish as the interiors are, the truly unique aspects of the Sunreef 62 are outside. The covered cockpit/aft deck area is cocktail cruise worthy with a wet bar, a dinette and separate lounge seating in addition to just a lot of room to stand around. Full size sliding glass doors separate the deck from the interior as does a small window that leads directly into the galley. The boat I was on even had fiber optic lighting built into the fiberglass overhead to simulate twinkling stars.
The steps down to the swim platforms on either hull lift to reveal great access to the two Yanmar engines with lots of extra room for other optional mechanical equipment including a generator and/or a watermaker in each engine room. In fact, there is plenty of room aboard for heaters, air conditioners, a dive compressor and tanks, a washer and dryer, a dishwasher, a trash compactor, multiple flat screen TVs, and all other necessities of a well found cruiser.
But now it’s time to get to my favorite part and that’s the fly bridge. You heard right and this is not a sportfisher. This upper deck not only centralizes the sail controls within the helm station, but also offers a luxurious lounging location which includes cockpit seating and sunbathing beds. A helm with a seat for two enables control over the entire yacht with basically unobstructed views forward. All control lines and winches can be found up here as well as all electronics with repeaters down below. A separate bimini keeps the helm and the cockpit in shade and comfort.
As more builders focus on larger vessels and improved margins of custom yachts, the market space in the 60 foot range of catamarans becomes more crowded. Sunreef has already taken steps to address this incoming competition and is planning a redesign of the 62 due out at the end of 2010 with the first hulls being available on a semi-custom basis in 2011. It’s not unusual for a builder to evolve a successful design and having seen some of the artists renderings of the new boat, I can see their new direction. The new 62 is rumored to have better performance under both power and sail but nothing will confirm that for at least another year.
What we do know is that the boats will become even more contemporary in their interior design with ultra modern furnishings, lots of use of white surfaces and additional (and square) ports in the hulls to bring more light into the cabins. For those who can’t get enough of sleek, chic and hyper Euro, this might be the ticket. For the next 18 months at least though, the current 62 provides a terrific platform that will go sail well and still get the looks.
The Sunreef 62 might be the baby of the family but it has a big yacht feel and some smart engineering to make it a safe and fast boat as well. For more information on this boat or other Sunreef models, visit their website at www.sunreef-yachts.com.
Sunreef 62 Specs
LOA : 62’
Beam : 30’ 2”
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.