The first hull in the new series is taking shape at ICON’s shipyard in the Netherlands

The first hull in the Sunseeker 161 Yacht series, built in collaboration with ICON Yachts of the Netherlands, is taking shape and is due for launch in 2021. Built at ICON’s Harlingen shipyard, the new flagship vessel will be Sunseeker’s first aluminium-hulled yacht in the all-important 50m sector.

“We have built a great relationship with ICON, and this collaboration is going to be very special,” says Sunseeker CEO Christian Marti. “We are bringing together two world-class builders to produce a brand-new superyacht that will not only look incredible but will be truly unique in her design, efficiency and comfort.

“Since the launch at the Monaco Yacht Show in 2018, the response globally to the 161 Yacht project has been exceptional among the media and prospective customers,” he adds.

ICON Yachts recently completed a new 130m floating dock, increasing its refit capacity by 100% and cementing its position as a leader in the northern European superyacht manufacturing and refit business. As mentioned by IBI last year, ICON has invested a significant sum expanding its facilities in order to welcome more and bigger projects.

Jen Wartena, CEO of ICON Yachts, says: “This is just the beginning of a long, bright future at ICON. We’re incredibly proud to become a strategic partner with Sunseeker, a brand well known for its success in the luxury performance motoryacht market. With our first collaboration on the Sunseeker 161 Yacht, we’re merging the best of both worlds: the experience, sales and marketing power of a strong brand such as Sunseeker with the innovative shipbuilding capabilities of ICON Yachts.”