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Sunseeker celebrates 50th anniversary

2010 is a major landmark for Sunseeker and will mark the 50th anniversary of the incorporation of Friars Cliff Marine Limited, the company from which Sunseeker International was developed from a dinghy and outboard sales company, to one of the worldВґs leading luxury motoryacht brands. SunseekerВґs founder Robert Braithwaite CBE has been there since the start and has, over the years, helped steer Sunseeker through numerous changes and challenges, not least the recent economic downturn.

It was in 1959 that Braithwaite became a salesman at Friar’s Cliff Motors, a Ford motor dealership owned by John Macklin, a friend of his father. The dealership did a sideline in boat sales — one which was to grow beyond all expectations. In 1960 FriarВґs Cliff Marine was incorporated.

During the 1960s, while the company still sold boats built by others, Friar’s Cliff Motors morphed into Poole Power Boats after a move into the town. It was shortly after, that a dramatic turn of events changed the direction of the firm forever. In 1969, the American boat builder Owens (whose yachts Poole Power Boats sold) decided that they would no longer distribute to Europe and announced their decision to close the UK operation down. With the blessing of others, Braithwaite raised some cash, drove to the OwensВґ offices in Arundel, negotiated the deal, and acquired their mould. Having never built any craft before, Poole Power Boats embarked on the business of boat building. The rest, as they say, is history.

Today Sunseeker builds some of the most luxurious semi-custom motoryachts in the world. A perfect example is the Predator 130 . a boat that luxuriously accommodates 10 guests, yet can, depending on engine options, reach a maximum speed of 27 knots. Another ground-breaker is the current flagship, the Sunseeker 37m Trideck Yacht, which was launched in 2007. The 37m yacht combines luxury, enviable performance, unmistakable style and freedom to customise the interior. There are four lower deck guest cabins for up to 10, plus a full beam main deck master suite.

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The Trideck Yacht was a bold yet confident step into the superyacht league for Sunseeker. It will come as no surprise that larger yachts are now in construction. In line with this, the company has announced an exciting new venture — the Zeus range. With Zeus, Sunseeker crosses the 150ft (46m) threshold. Though series-built, Zeus yachts will have only one fixed aspect — the base hull construction. This will give owners unprecedented opportunities for personal customisation of the rest of the vessel.

From humble beginnings 50 years ago, Sunseeker has positively flourished. The company say they will be looking to the next decade with order books full and an export market that spans the globe.

The new Sunseeker Predator 108 Special Edition (pictured) will be launched at the London Boat Show on Friday 8th January 2010

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