While the latest 49.8-metre superyacht from Sunrise Yachts is billed as a long-range displacement cruiser, there’s nothing rugged about the execution. In fact, there’s a refreshing air about the exterior of this light-filled yacht designed by Espen Øino, with plus-sized windows and big folding balconies opening up the interior to an amazing degree.

The guest-friendly approach doesn’t end there: all the services including the galley have been moved to the lower deck, creating the opportunity for two configurations. In the first, the main deck has space for two twins and two doubles, while the master suite forward boasts big windows and skylights from the deck above. The main dining area is relocated to the bridge deck, and is placed aft in a superb inside-outside ‘rotunda’ area with sliding doors, while the dining table itself is illuminated with light from the glass-bottomed hot-tub on the sundeck. The sofas in the bridge deck lounge rotate to make the most of the views. The second configuration puts the owner’s suite on the bridge deck aft, occupying the rotunda area.

On the main deck, the after area can be configured either with a lower ‘beach lounge’ with recliners and easy access to the water, or a fresh or sea water pool. Sunrise says the next delivery slot is at the end of 2013.

Data: Length: 49.80m (163ft 4in). Beam: 9.00m (29ft 6in). Draught: 2.80m (9ft 2in). Engines: Twin 1,174kW (1,575hp) MTUs. Top speed: 16 knots. Cruising speed: 12 knots. Exterior: Espen Øino International. Interior: Franck Darnet Design. Guests: 11. Crew: 10.

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