Sunseeker International has won the award for ‘Best Flybridge up to 55ft’ at the 2017 Motor Boat Awards. The award was given to Sunseeker for its Manhattan 52, its fastest selling model in the company’s history.

Setting a new benchmark for the smaller flybridge format, the innovative Manhattan 52 is devised to maximise entertainment options, light and living space throughout the boat. Its hull incorporates unparalleled amounts of curved glass to emphasise its sleek lines as well as bringing the outside in and sets the design direction for a new wave of Manhattan models that will be introduced over the coming years.

The unique layout of the main deck makes this the perfect boat for entertaining in style; with a strong focus on creating fun and easy to use sociable spaces. From the generous saloon and upper aft galley, through to the social seating at the helm, this exceptional layout allows the owner and guests to move effortlessly between entertaining spaces. The convertible helm seating area is a new feature, designed to enhance life on board as it allows owners to fold the seats forward when not in use to provide an incredibly large saloon seating area.

The Manhattan 52 enables its owner to enjoy the sumptuous space the open layout provides, showcasing the wonderfully well-equipped bathing platform and transom area that can be converted into a mini beach club – a unique and unrivalled feature for a boat in this class. This area offers an inviting space for family and friends to enjoy the optional built-in barbeque, overhead ‘rain –shower’ and fold down transom seating.

A standout feature that truly sets the Manhattan 52 apart from its peers is the glass cockpit/galley window that retracts electrically and, alongside the bi-fold saloon doors, creates an exceptional inside/outside environment complete with bar stools and serving counter. Thanks to the galley being situated on the main deck, there is space for three very large cabins below. The master cabin is a real standout feature for a boat of this size, with full height headroom all the way around the bed demonstrating yet again the attention Sunseeker has given to creating exceptional living spaces. Interior fabric and décor selections remain peerless, delivering a quality that is unprecedented; a reputation that is unmatched.

The judging panel made the following comments on presenting the award: “In a category brimming with talent from top class brands, one boat stands out. With its spectacular interior, rakish looks and strong performance, our winner positively bristles with inventive design that genuinely makes life more enjoyable for everyone on board.”

On accepting the award, Sean Robertson, Sales & Marketing Director at Sunseeker International said: “The Manhattan 52 is now our fastest-selling model to date with over 80 retail orders in its first four months. We are thrilled to have won this award and it underlines our ability to keep giving our customers the best in class across every segment we operate in.”

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