Sunreef 80 review: Ready for ocean adventures
Catamaran Sunreef 80 takes a bold step ahead in every aspect: more than just a trendy sailing yacht, the model is a showcase for naval architecture, production processes, performance and the very concept of luxury multi-hulls
It only takes one look at her 33-meters tall carbon mast to understand that the true purpose of the new Sunreef 80 catamaran is endless adventure. Impressive in every way, the new multi-hull is easiest described in superlatives, be it for the measurable features like length (24,4 m), beam (11.5 m) or the size of her sails, or the intangible ones like her luxurious design and style.
This large work of art with transatlantic capability gives you a hint of what’s to come immediately, when you step onto the aft cockpit.
Cozy lunge on Sunreef 80
The table is large enough to seat all your friends and family members, and the aft platform as spacious as a terrace, especially when tender-free. The centrally-placed interior salon is surrounded by tinted glass surfaces that allow in the perfect amount of natural light, allow the eye to roam all around, and give the exterior an instantly recognizable look. Comfortably furnished with modular L-shaped sofas, this space is a large, cozy lounge for ideal lazy summer days.
Ready to customize every bit of every unit, Sunreef is a favorite among the deep-pocketed sailing crowd on the market for a fast multi-hull. The owner of Split 7X, the unit we tested, had a specific layout in mind – children’s cabin starboard, connected to the owner’s cabin (the basic layout suggests two cabins, each with a private entrance). The designers at Sunreef have created a masterpiece, erasing the thin line between interior and exterior space completely.
Split 7X features minimalist style almost ideal for a space this type and size. The base of the mast serves as anchoring spot for the TV and a wine-cooling cabinet, which somewhat slows down the fluidity of the space from the winch to the aft platform, but on the other hand serves as a visual link between several smaller spaces around the sofa.
To the right and to the left of that cabinet, storage space abounds, as it does in the port hull (in addition to a small galley and two guest cabins). Through a hatch and onto the bow cockpit – and into an enchanted kingdom. Depending on which of the eight layouts the owner selects, this space can be used for lazying around in the sun, lounging on sofas and enjoying the endless blue horizon, taking a refreshing swim in the pool, or even playing tennis.
The fly bridge is spacious enough for a small pool, a bar and a grill, and the view from the skipper’s chair is as uninterrupted as it is spectacular. Sunreef 80 has large vertical windows that allow plenty of natural sunlight to seep into the cabins and reflect the sea and the sky – which in the case of this unit, meant coloring the entire hull blue.
Unfortunately, we did not get a chance to test Sunreef 80, as on that gentle morning with 10 knots of breeze from the shore the owner had other plans, but the skipper who sailed the Sunreef 80 from the Baltic sea was impressed. Built for serious sailing, this multi-hull is as imposing in navigation as it is in a port, and on top of all, easy to manage even with only three crew members.
Performance and luxury
The only fault we managed to find was the absence of double controls, but since the sails are easily accessible through the bimini, we’ll let it slide. Sunreef 80 can be powered by 2 x 225-hp or 2 x 280-hp engines; has a 203-sq.m. mainsail, a 155-sq.m. genoa, and reaches 11.6 knots of speed at 22 knots of wind. During testing in the Baltic sea, the yacht battled 9 knots of upwind to reach the speed of 7 knots (with a 340-sq.m. mainsail). Immediately after her debut in Cannes, Sunreef received orders for several units of the 80, and decided to move the production into a new production shed, fit for building such large units.
There is no doubt that the new Sunreef 80 takes a bold step ahead in every aspect: more than just a trendy sailing yacht, the model is a showcase for naval architecture, production processes, performance and the very concept of luxury multi-hulls.
Text Filip Bubalo
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