British builder Sunseeker shows off their new 40 metre masterpiece. Then in North Carolina, Hatteras builds its innovative 80 motor yacht. And MetalCraft Marine has the ultimate firefighting boat on the water, the Firestorm 70.
First we travel to Poole, England to visit Sunseeker. Known for their upscale marine craft, the producers of the 1999 James Bond film, The World is Not Enough used one of their most extravagant yachts for the film. Founder Robert Braithwaite, started the company in 1967 with his first 17 footer and since then, the company has grown by leaps and bounds. Poole, England, where Sunseeker's factories are located, has the world largest natural harbor in the world. From that factory Sunseeker produces more than 200 boats a year. Currently being built is the Sunseeker 40 Metre yacht, which has been designed with long range travel in mind.
The Sunseeker design team is in a production meeting to discuss special requests made by the buyer, including carbon fiber to reduce weight of the biggest fly bridge they've ever made. Preparations for the mould start at Sunseeker's futuristic 5-Axis machine that carves from builder's clay the plug that will make the mould. Sunseeker's advanced technology is discussed and explored, including state-of-the-art hydraulic pack and at-rest and at-anchor stabilizers. Once all the engineering is completed, the Sunseeker crew builds a wooden replica of the interior of the boat, the only way to be 100% satisfied with the interior design. The cabling, pipes, and wiring are installed as we see the wheelhouse, upper deck salon, and humongous galley.
After a full year of building, we're taking on an incredible tour of the Sunseeker 40 Metre. It's the perfect balance of practicality, beauty, and luxurious design. The impeccable living area is completely customized with no expense spared, from specially commissioned artwork throughout its 4 remarkable state rooms and master suite, to the state-of-the-art entertainment system.
Then we travel to New Bern, North Carolina to visit Hatteras Yachts, the very first production builder to build a fiber glass yacht over 40' long. In March of 1960, the first Hatteras was launched and since then they've launched 8,000 vessels. Their newest masterpiece; the Hatteras 80' Motor Yacht features their revolutionary convex hull shape, giving a steady and softer ride.
We're shown their lamination process, which provides solid reinforcement to the hull. Then the hull is extracted from the mold and the twin Caterpillar diesel engines are installed. The complexities of the propulsion system is broken down and explained from the size of the propellers to how the hull is shaped to house them. Meanwhile the designers incorporate a new bow design for front of the boat seating and well as adjustments to the interior to mix modern and eastern design. We view the onsite metal shop which includes a water jet device that pressurizes water up to 55,000 psi which will cut through just about anything. At the milling center, over 40 sheets of plywood will be used each day to make the yacht's custom cabinetry. Then the electrical experts are there to install the wires, air conditioning, and other components as the exterior paint process draws to a close.With the Hatteras 80' Motor Yacht ready for delivery, we're taken on a tour through its incredible and elegant interior including the country galley, the gorgeous master stateroom and bathroom. Finally we go to Kingston, Ontario to see the ultimate patrol and rescue boat at MetalCraft Marine. Their award winning Firestorm 70 is admired all around the world. Designed for every emergency scenario, the Firestorm is a mobile command center, a high capacity pumping machine, a firehouse, and a primary patient care unit, all in one. The Firestorm is built out of aluminum because it is lighter than fiberglass and much stronger.