One of the highlights of the Sunseeker Manhattan 65 was a spacious feel, but its new replacement, the 2017 Sunseeker Manhattan 66, has even more elbow room inside. Or, perhaps we should say headroom. As you can clearly see in this First Look Video shot at the Dusseldorf Boat Show with reviewer Alex Smith, he had enough headroom throughout the 66—both in the saloon and down below in the staterooms—to do jumping-jacks, had he so desired. Step aboard with Alex, to see for yourself.
The 66 is the largest of the Manhattan range, and an indication of the emphasis Sunseeker puts on maximizing space can also be found in the flybridge. It extends far aft to incorporate a full-size dinette, has far more room than the bridges found on most boats in this class, plus a forward sunning area and wet-bar. The transom of the boat expands another social area, with a “beach club” and fold-away seating. There’s even a freshwater shower that swings up out of the transom, eliminating the usual pull-out freshwater nozzle that’s always difficult to use after a dip in the brine. The bow is fully-utilized, too, with a relaxation area including a tanning pad, dinette, and lounge. Deep sidedecks and high rails make that bow easily accessed.
As Alex pointed out, the master stateroom is accessed via a private stairway. This is quite unusual on a boat of this size, and adds a layer of privacy for the occupants. We also note that a four-cabin layout is quite ambitious on a 66-footer but Sunseeker pulls it off without any of the belowdecks areas feeling cramped or cave-like. Plus, there’s a crew quarters aft which has its own head.
The Sunseeker Manhattan 66 is available with both IPS pod drive propulsion, or with traditional straight-shafted inboards. Obviously we couldn’t take it for a test run in Dusseldorf, but Sunseeker says top-end is expected to be in the low- to mid-30-knot range.
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