Sunrays at bridge

PHOTO: Flying Focus/Van der Kloet

Just a few months after Oceanco launched Y705, the yacht, christened Sunrays, has departed the yard for her first cruise. The photo here was taken just as she exited a bridge across the waterway from the yard.

At nearly 85.5 meters (280 feet), this Oceanco makes her presence known. Her bright teal hull helps in that respect, too, plus emphasizes the flare of her bow. Surely stylist Björn Johansson would have been proud to see her take to the water (he died in an accident in 2008, though his company lives on). Oceanco’s in-house naval architecture team and Azure Naval Architects were additionally responsible for the superyacht’s design and engineering.

Even with a full-displacement hull design, Sunrays turns in a good rate of speed: 20 knots at the top end, given twin 4,680-hp MTUs. That should make taking in the sights a pleasure for the 16 members of the owner’s party who can stay aboard. It will be a particular pleasure for the owner and up to two special guests, as the master suite and a VIP stateroom are on the upper deck, fitted with balconies. The owner also gets a private Jacuzzi. Should he so wish, he can have the VIP stateroom here serve as a lounge/living area, to extend his suite even more. The rest of the guests get to gaze out their windows on the main deck, where the second VIP stateroom is joined by two doubles and two twins. Those four staterooms also connect to one another, for flexibility.

Speaking of flexibility, one of my favorite rooms aboard Sunrays is the dining room. Why? It doubles as a game room, thanks to the table turning into a pool table (gyroscopic, of course, so that motion at sea doesn’t mess up the perfect shot). Balconies fold out to each side of the room, too, well suited for playtime or mealtime.

Oceanco has not released interior photos yet, though when I visited the yard last summer, the decor, from Terence Disdale Design, called for colors such as Bordeaux red and silver in some rooms, cream and orange in others. Leather wall panels were to line the central staircase surrounding the glass elevator, and the elevator itself would feature a glass ceiling, directly beneath a Jacuzzi.

Written by: Diane Byrne
Diane M. Byrne is the founder and editor of the daily updated website Megayacht News. A longtime yachting writer, she also contributes to Yachts International, Boat Exclusive, and other magazines. She is additionally a member of the International Superyacht Society Board of Directors and Vice Chair of the U.S. Superyacht Association.