2014 03 Article: Superyacht of the week: The Sunrise Yachts Atomic

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Superyacht of the week: The Sunrise Yachts Atomic Sunday, 1 March 2015 ​By Maarten Janssen

The 45 metre superyacht Atomic is the latest vessel to be launched from the Turkish shipyard Sunrise Yachts, and is the second yacht to be completed from their 45 metre series. The inaugural superyacht from the series, Africa, was launched six years ago in 2009.

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Featuring exterior design by the Italian design studio Studio Scanu and naval architecture done in house in collaboration with Karatas Yacht Design, Atomic is a three deck, full displacement, transatlantic motor yacht, built to operate for private use or charter in all seas and oceans of the world. The story behind her fruition is unique. Launched just last week, the yachts life actually begun in 2010 when she was initially started on speculation by the shipyard as a sistership to the aforementioned Africa. With her high-tensile steel hull, aluminium superstructure, faring, insulation, engines and some systems complete, work ground to a halt until her current North American owner heard about her.

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After making a quick enquiry with the shipyard, he was sold, and signed the contract - unbeknownst to his wife and family. The only catch was the yacht had to be completed in just 12 months (in time for the Mediterranean summer cruising season).

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Working hard cater to the proposed delivery time, one year later the yacht was complete, and sailed in to Antalya to surprise her brand new owners. In total, Atomic’s construction took 26 months.

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Looking at the finished product, her main characteristics include large volumes at 499 Gross Tons, excellent deck heights, great stability, comfort and seaworthiness, very low levels of sound and vibration, an effective layout, and impressive fuel efficiency.

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Discussing the launch of the yacht, Sunrise Yachts CEO Guillaume Roché, states, “Just like Africa was one of the “star” yachts when introduced at the Monaco Yacht Show, we are confident that the new 45 metre will be one of the most notable yachts delivered worldwide this year in its category. We believe that the yacht further demonstrates our commitment to excellence and to continually improving our standards while remaining a competitive alternative to quality European builders.”

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The interiors are the work of the French design studio Franck Darnet Design, and convey a welcoming and contemporary feel throughout Atomic. She accommodates up to ten guests in total over five luxurious rooms, as well as a crew of up to nine. All of the guest cabins are located on the lower deck, consisting of three double rooms and a twin cabin. Access to the guests cabins is offered down a unique sand-ripple wall staircase, in which the designer worked with a Turkish sculptor to perfect the feature.

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The owner’s area is located on the main deck forward, and features a spacious full beam master suite in addition to a study. All rooms are finished in the same tasteful palette as seen throughout the yacht in whites, beiges and dashes of colour from various art and decorative pieces from the owners personal collection.

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Commenting on the design brief for the project, Managing Director Franck Darnet says, “Our design work on Atomic has focused on refining the subtle balance between space and materials in order to provide a warm, comfortable feeling on board. The fundamental design option followed a contemporary, bright theme that helped emphasise and highlight stylish details. Most importantly,” he continues, “the yacht’s interior had to reflect the owner’s personalities; warm, serene and attractive.”

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Elsewhere inside is an expansive main deck salon and formal dining area, as well as an impressive upper saloon which features a particularly long bar.

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The upper saloon area is inundated with natural light from large windows, whilst the connection between outdoor and indoor living is successfully found with the large doors that open up onto the upper aft deck, which offers another large formal dining area.

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In terms of her outside spaces, Atomic does not disappoint, and has been designed with the owner’s desires firmly in mind. Leading up from the upper aft deck is the sundeck, with a shaded hardtop dining area for the best al fresco dining, a bar with a large TV, as well as a spa pool located forward. An interesting amenity catered exactly to the owner is also found on this deck, with a clay pigeon trap fitted on the rear.

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With the owner himself being the owner of a successful dive equipment company, further customisation comes in the garage on board which has been turned into a dive centre with extensive equipment. The 10.3 metres tender which would normally be housed here will be towed behind the vessel.

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In regards to her performance, Atomic is powered by 2 x MTU 12V2000 M70 engines, which give her a maximum speed of 16 knots and a cruising speed of 12 knots. With her 56,000 litre fuel capacity, she has a range of 4,000 nm.

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Commenting on her fuel efficiency, Marine Engineer and Operations Manager at Sunrise Yachts, Rasim Ilker Yitik, states, “The highly efficient hull design from Studio Scanu enables Atomic to consume only 100 litres per hour at cruising speed… Enriched with a complete water mist system to provide high end safety, Atomic is the beginning of a new era for Sunrise Yachts.”

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Without having seen the yacht in its completed form (and even then only once during its construction!), the day in which not only the owner’s family but also the owner himself saw the yacht for the very first time was no doubt an unnerving one for the Sunrise Yachts team in Antalya. Nerves were unnecessary, though, with the owner commenting on his absolute satisfaction with his brand new superyacht. He says, “I was thrilled to step aboard Atomic at the launch, walking around the yacht everything was just as designed. The team at Sunrise have built me a masterpiece, perfect in fit and finish, crafter with a talent for detail, and not a loose fitting piece of woodwork to be found. “It was a pleasure working with the young company owners and team as they all wanted to go that step further to create a wonderful yachting experience. I love the sturdy steel hull, built to be a worldwide capable yacht, yet designed to be miserly on fuel. Atomic will be an awesome floating family home, a base for great adventure.”