The Sunseeker Manhattan 53 is a 53-foot luxury flybridge motor yacht that was produced by the UK-based yacht-building firm Sunseeker between 2012 and 2014. The successor yacht to the popular Manhattan 52, this vessel differs from its forebear by updating the engines and electronics and providing a seamless, open-plan main deck living space that integrates inside and out for a modern and breezy feel. Though no longer in production, the Sunseeker Manhattan 53 retains an allure on the used and charter markets thanks to its enduring seaworthiness, masses of al-fresco lounge space, a sharp contemporary profile and a wealth of luxury amenities.In the current brokerage market, it's one of the more popular Sunseeker Yachts for sale that you will find.
The teak-lined open flybridge on this model boasts a huge U-shaped upholstered sofa to the rear, surrounding an extending breakfast table where the entire family can enjoy moonlit evening meals. Across from this there is a wet-bar console with an icemaker, while at the front of the bridge there is a two-pad sunbed with startling views out across the foredeck. You will also find an upper helm station with a pair of comfortable piloting chairs here for those who prefer to feel the wind at their face as they accelerate into the waves.
On the main deck there is further sunpad space out on the foredeck, as well as an elevated sunpad located above the transom wall. Side steps at the rear lead down to a full-beam hydraulic swimming platform that can be lowered into the water and used as a secure tender storage. Up in the aft cockpit, meanwhile, you will discover a transom sofa as well as space for outdoor furniture of your choice, partially sheltered due to the bridge’s significant overhang.
Sliding glass doors fully open to connect the aft-deck to the salon, where white lacquered surfaces and American Walnut are joined by furnishings in cream-tone leather, angular side windows and plenty of right-angles for a clean and contemporary look. To the rear of the salon there is a seating area with a custom-made coffee table across from a set of cabinets hiding the yacht’s home entertainment system, while located towards the front of the cockpit there is a U-shaped dining sofa with a table and the main helm station. The helm’s sculpted dashboard features electro-hydraulic steering, bow and stern thruster controls, a ZF joystick, Raymarine electronics, a VHF radio system and two hand-stitched leather helm chairs.
To keep the main deck open and breezy the galley has been located on the lower-deck level, and you will delight in this open kitchen’s three-zone Miele hob, marble-effect work surfaces, combination oven, wine-cooler, and full-height fridge-freezer, from where you can rustle up anything from hearty breakfasts to gourmet Coq au Vin. Also located on this level is a twin cabin, an en-suite master stateroom with a double bed and hanging closets by the bow, and a sumptuous full-beam owner’s stateroom with a king-sized bed, a side sofa, panoramic side windows, plenty of storage space and a bathroom with a shower.
You can choose between a pair of 715MHP CAT C12 ACERTs or 800MHP MAN R6 diesel engines to fire the Sunseeker Manhattan 53 to top speeds of around 32 knots, with comfortable cruising speeds of around 25 knots. Whatever engine choice you go with you are guaranteed a pleasant ride on this yacht due to a Don Shead-designed variable-V hull with a deep forefoot that can easily tackle the choppy conditions of the English Channel, never mind any swells you may encounter while cruising in the Med. At cruising speeds of around 9 knots, meanwhile, you can expect a range of around 480 nautical miles, more than enough for extended island-hopping.