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Sunreef – Poles Apart

Published on October 21, 2012 by   ·   2 Comments

“Made in Poland” – not often a tag you’ll see on some of the world’s finest yachts, but one that Sunreef proudly displays on its range of luxury sailing and power catamarans and superyachts from 60 to 200 feet.

 Sunreef’s Founder and President, French Alsace born Francis Lapp, initiated the Poland connection through his former “life” in manufacturing when production switched from France to the central European country. This was the 1990s and Francis was immediately impressed by Poland’s immense development potential.

Francis had his first catamaran experience on a lake near Warsaw and liked it so much that he went to the Paris Boat Show and bought a small cruising catamaran with cabins.  The vessel was shipped to the Indian Ocean island idyll of Madagascar where he set up yacht charter company Sunreef Travels.  His charter company grew quickly and clients demanded larger more luxurious catamarans.  Francis tried in vain to source such boats and the decision was made to build his own.

The Sunreef shipyard opened in Gdansk, an elegant maritime Polish city with ancient traditions in naval construction.  The first luxury catamaran, the Sunreef 74, was launched in 2003 and duly paraded round Boat Shows in Cannes, Monaco, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach and Genoa.  The world’s first oceangoing sailing catamaran with a flybridge was on the map.

In due course Sunreef made the decision to introduce a power range to operate alongside sail and in 2008 the first motor yacht was launched – the 70 Sunreef Power.

A rare breed, the 70 Sunreef Power is a fine example of a luxury medium-sized power yacht with extremely high fuel efficiency, trans-oceanic range and top speeds of 30 knots plus.  First off the production line, Jambo, substantiated these claims emphatically by cruising from Poland to Bora Bora via North Africa, South America and the Pacific covering more than 18,000 nautical miles in the process with fuel consumption as low as 1.77 litres per mile per engine at eight knots.  Impressive by anyone’s standards.

Spacious, above and below

The 70 Sunreef Power, due to her multihull nature and clever design, also packs a vast amount of usable space to rival standard 85 to 90ft motoryachts.  Outside there is 80m² of deck space and inside 110m² of living space – the proportions you’d expect from a spacious luxury three bedroom apartment.

Up top the flybridge weighs in at 42m² to include the helm station, dining area, wet bar and storage, sunlounging pads, an indulgently refreshing Jacuzzi and jetski and crane.  Below, the 38m² cockpit has a substantial dining table, sunlounging pads and storage for all the water toys, diving kit and a large tender.

Inside 70 Sunreef Power owners have four layouts to choose from – owner, charter, galley up or galley down.  Francis’s company is also happy to convert her into an expedition yacht with wave piercers, scaled down engines, green features such as solar panels, 100% LED lights and hydro and wind generators, without losing any of its refined luxurious image.

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