The Sunseeker Manhattan 65 was designed to be a more spacious and stylish replacement for the builder’s popular Manhattan 63. The new model has a wider, two-tiered salon with spacious lounge areas that place a premium on entertaining. The flybridge also has seating for a crowd, including two captain’s chairs at the helm.
, Sunseeker uses different levels to separate the four cabins. The full-beam master stateroom is positioned lower than the two guest cabins. Then it’s a step up to the VIP quarters in the bow. By employing different levels, the British manufacturer makes the boat seem bigger, and indeed it is, using the bow floor for the VIP.To appeal to a relatively wide audience, she’s available with Volvo Penta IPS engines and drive packages or straight inboards. Standard equipment includes a hydraulic swim platform, navigation electronics at both helm stations, flatscreen TVs in the salon and master stateroom and a 21.5-kW, 60 Hz generator.
We’ll start with the accommodations on the Manhattan 65 and work our way up. In the bow, the VIP forward stateroom has a double island berth on the centerline. Good-sized windows are outboard on each side. To let in fresh air, each window has an opening port and there’s an overhead deck hatch. Storage is in the base of the berth and in an aft hanging locker to port. For entertainment, the cabin has a 32” flatscreen TV and if passengers need to plug in a phone or laptop, there are four AC outlets.
Moving aft, to starboard, the guest cabin has two single berths with storage in the base and a full hanging locker. There’s a 22” flatscreen TV and an opening porthole outboard. When the boat is ordered with the upper galley, across the passageway to port, a second guest cabin can be installed with one Pullman-style berth, a hanging locker and its own 22” flatscreen TV. This cabin is obviously tight, but can be used by children or a nanny.
It also has a private head. This head will probably also be used as a day head, accessed through the cabin
Aft of the guest quarters, the master aft cabin is a full-width stateroom. The island berth is a double -- we would like to see a queen for such a large space -- and outboard to starboard is a sofa. To port is a full chest of drawers and aft is a walk-in wardrobe with a full-length mirror. There’s a 32” flatscreen TV and large side windows which let in natural light and have opening ports.
The master, VIP and starboard guest cabins all have en suite heads with electric commodes, Avonite countertops and separate shower compartments. Each head has an extractor fan, 24-volt overhead lighting and electric outlets for plugging in razors or blow dryers. Occupants of the port guest head would use the head across the passageway.
On the main deck to starboard there are two leather captain’s chairs at the helm which are finished in dark colors to help reduce glare. A door to starboard opens to the side deck, a feature all captains will like. The Manhattan 65 comes with radar, a chartplotter, autopilot, a VHF radio, digital and analog engine instrumentation including a rudder position indicator, plus a compass. Stainless steel trim tabs and a bow thruster are on the standard equipment list as well.
Abaft the helm to starboard, the galley has a full sized refrigerator and freezer, a microwave convection oven and ceramic cooktop. The sink is stainless-steel and there looks to be adequate storage capacity. The horseshoe-shaped countertop layout provides added, and needed, food prep counterspace.
Because it’s positioned directly across from the galley and the lower helm, passengers in the booth-style dinette can interact with the cook or the captain. They should also have good views through the windshield and side windows.
Two steps down from the galley/dinette level take passengers to the salon where there are two facing sofas plus a small coffee or cocktail table. The 40” flatscreen TV recesses into an outboard cabinet and there’s a DVD/Blu-Ray player, sound system and iPod control for the external speakers. Owners have a choice of lacquered interior finishes.
Moving outdoors, the aft deck has a forward-facing lounge behind a fixed table. There’s storage in the base of the lounge and in a large transom trunk. Stairs to the flybridge are starboard and there’s a locker in the base for additional storage capacity. A hatch in the cockpit sole provides access to the engine compartment. Aft, the hydraulic swim platform can be lowered into the water to load a tender. There’s also a stainless-steel boarding ladder and a hot and cold freshwater shower. A locker in the transom houses all the utility connections, including freshwater and AC shorepower.
Steps on each side of the cockpit lead to side decks for easy bow access and the stainless-steel rails add security. Forward, there’s an electric windlass with foot controls and a self-draining chain locker. The backrests for the foredeck sun pads can be raised so occupants can sit up facing forward. Stainless steel grabrails and cup holders are outboard on each side.
Some might say we are saving the best for last with the Manhattan 65’s flybridge. Stairs to starboard on the aft deck lead skyward and immediately aft is a large lounge that wraps to port around a table. Forward to port is another horseshoe-shaped lounge and ahead of this area is a large sun pad where at least three people could stretch out to work on their tans. The upper helm is equipped with the same electronics and controls as the lower station and a co-pilot can join the captain in the second of the two bucket seats. On the aft side of the helm seat structure is an entertainment center. Teak decking for the flybridge is an option.
Engine Room and Systems
Accessed through a deck hatch in the cockpit, the engine compartment has an automatic fire-extinguishing system and automatic bilge pumps with high-water alarms. The engines and the generator have dedicated fuel-water separators and sea strainers.
The electrical system
includes a total of 12 batteries, four for starting the engines, two for the generators and six to power the on board systems. Chargers for the 24- and 12-volt systems keep the batteries fed.
Sunseeker builds the Manhattan 65 with hand-applied laminates. The hull bottom is solid fiberglass while the sides and deck are cored with balsa. Stringers are all molded fiberglass and are foam filled. Deck hardware includes eight stainless steel cleats, a stainless-steel bow roller and IMCO navigation lights.
Power and Propulsion
Owners can choose between pod drives or straight shaft inboards on the Manhattan 65. The IPS-powered boat is estimated to be 1,100 lbs. (500 kg) lighter than the inboard version. Fuel capacity for the inboard boat is 925 gallons (3,500 L) compared to 776 gallons (2,900 L) for the yacht with pods. We haven’t tested the boat, but Sunseeker estimates top speed at approximately 33 knots and cruise at 23 knots. Those are pretty dast speeds for a boat of this size, made possible by her 16’10” (5.13 m) beam and 75,900 lb. (34,428 kg) displacement at half-load.
Options to Consider
The Sunseeker Manhattan 65 has the potential to have wide appeal with the choices of layout and propulsion being offered with the boat. For owners who need the extra sleeping capacity, the galley-up layout allows for an extra cabin below decks. If less sleeping space is required, the galley can be on the cabin level, opening up the salon.On the propulsion side, the Manhattan 65 can be powered with straight inboards for traditionalists or with pod drives for those who prefer the ease of operation that comes with joystick docking. Regardless of which of the aforementioned buying choices are made, the large flybridge and spacious salon should appeal to anyone who steps aboard.
Standard and Optional Features
|Dripless Shaft Seals||Standard|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
Boats More Than 30 Feet
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