The Sunseeker Portofino 47 is a 49-foot express cruiser that was produced by UK-based yacht building company Sunseeker between 2006 and 2009. This glamorous weekend cruiser boasts a graceful profile that harks back to the golden age of European yachting, yet this Italian Riviera-feel is paired with thoroughly modern performance, handling and amenity. Available as a hardtop model with a retractable sunroof, or as an open-air boat, the Portofino 47 won the title for “Imported Powerboat of the Year” at the 2007 Modern Boating Magazine awards, with industry insiders highlighting this yacht’s adaptability and innate seaworthiness. Though no longer produced to order at the Sunseeker boatyard in Poole, England, the Portofino 47 remains much in demand on the used and charter markets and looks set to be seen for years to come as an elegant fixture in the most exclusive harbors around the world.
This Sunseeker Yacht has been built around the open-air experience, and manages to fit a pair of sunpads onto the compact main deck, with a double sunpad out on the foredeck and another located at the transom. There are side steps either side of the rear sunpad down to a full-beam hydraulic lifting platform capable of carrying a modern water toy, while a retractable passarelle to port offers safe and easy access to and from the pontoon. The main deck cockpit remains open at the rear for an unbeatable connection to the elements, while cresting wave side windows, a gin-clear windshield and your choice of an open top or retractable sunroof allows for plenty of direct sunlight. An L-shaped ultra-leather sofa to starboard surrounds a Hi-Lo fiberglass or teak-lined breakfast table that represents the sociable heart of this vessel, while to port there is a double-sized wet-bar station with an electric grill, an icemaker and a wine-cooler. At the front of the cockpit there is a cocoon-style sofa with forward views and the main helm station with a comfortable loveseat. The dashboard features bow thrusters, VHF radio, trim tab controls, a wood-rimmed steering wheel and Raymarine electronics.
You are greeted by a dining lounge with a C-shaped leather sofa and an extending dining table upon making your way to the lower deck, while a galley with cherry-lined cabinets, a ceramic hob, a fridge-freezer and a combination oven sits across from this. There is also room on the lower level for two en-suite bedrooms, with an amidship twin ideal for the kids and a master stateroom to the bow impressing with hanging lockers and porthole windows.
Top speeds of up to 34 knots and comfortable cruising speeds of around 22 knots come thanks to a pair of Volvo Penta D9-575 diesel inboard engines, though some owners choose to equip their Portofino 47 with comparable Caterpillar engines. A deep-V hull with a constant deadrise from amidship to aft provides plenty of lift and efficiency as you power your way through the waves, while a fuel tank holding 346 US gallons offers an enviable range of up to 200 nautical miles.