UK’s motorboat builder Sunseeker has announced that hull #1 of its new 131 Yacht touched water at its Dorset manufacturing facility in early October and that she is on course to be finished and launched in January 2016.

The yacht is the first of four units under construction for clients in the US, Turkey, UK and Hong Kong. Hull #2 is also due to be completed in early 2016.

The 131 Yacht has been designed to enable its owner to tailor every element of the interior design and layout to their personal preferences via Sunseeker’s bespoke service. However, the standard guest configuration is for ten guests in five cabins, with scope for up to 12 to be accommodated depending on the layout and options selected.

New exterior deck arrangements use deep lounge style seating. In addition to this, the external skydeck and upper deck aft cockpit have been lengthened by approximately two metres creating additional deck space, accommodating new bar and seating layouts and extra features including a fridge, ice maker and sink. Lower down, the spacious garage can accommodate a tender of up to 6m in length plus two PWCs.

Based on the classic Sunseeker deep V hull, this large trideck yacht is equipped to operate at 10ks for an extended cruising range of 1,500 nautical miles or at 23ks for ultimate performance.

Sunseeker says that build time for each new 131 Yacht is around one year, with capacity in place to have up to five yachts in build simultaneously.

The first CGI (render) images of the 131 Yacht were released in June this year. The images revealed the quality and attention to detail that have gone into this new 40m model.