Inside the Sunreef 80 Sailing Catamaran Bundalong | Boat International
Inside the Sunreef 80 Sailing Catamaran Bundalong

A Sunreef 80 sailing catamaran with Hamptons’ style has sailed into Fort Lauderdale after a year-long journey around Europe and the Caribbean.

Bundalong was delivered in 2019 as the newest of Sunreef 80 sailing catamaran’s line. The first in that series of performance-cruising sailing catamarans designed in-house and merging luxurious comfort and sailing ability was 24.4 metre 7X Split built in 2018.

The idea behind the new series, was to create sailing yachts that could be just as suitable for island hopping during charters as it would be for transatlantic adventures. And Bundalong, a private yacht optimized for charter, perfectly fits the bill.

Bundalong was never seen at any boat shows, because the yacht has been sailing for the past 12 months, straight out the shipyard in Gdansk, Poland. After hitting all the hot spots in Europe, from Portugal to the Balearics, south of France and Croatia, Bundalong set across the Atlantic from Tenerife, Spain, to Trinidad. Then she hopped up the Caribbean chain all the way to the British Virgin Islands, before heading to Fort Lauderdale, where BOAT caught up with her.

Although she shares similarities with 7X Split, namely a modern exterior with smooth, aerodynamic hull lines, vertical portholes and expansive superstructure glazing that appears continuous, she is painted white with a dark blue superstructure, and her interior as well as her layout are quite different.

“No two Sunreefs are the same,” says Robert Riva, Sunreef’s director of sales for the US, Caribbean and Canada. “Everything you see on this boat is unique one way or the other.”

The owners asked for a Hamptons-style interior, currently in vogue in Australia, and seldom seen on catamarans. The look is achieved with white coffered ceiling with generous height, lightly coloured and comfortable furniture, a few touches of navy on seats and toss pillows, and area rugs on top of a parquet sole on the main deck.

With a beam of 11.5 metres, Bundalong offers more than 340 square metres of living space. “It’s very large and it feels more like the space of a 120ft (36 metres) monohull,” Riva says.

The centrepiece is a bright and generously sized saloon with an open galley equipped with Miele appliances occupying pride of place. A convivial bar decorated with shimmering mosaics, and a 40cm wide retractable television anchor the space. The dining area faces a comfortable sofa and all around are large tinted windows bathing the space in natural light. Tablets operate all systems, lights, curtains and the Sonos surround sound.

Below and split between the two hulls are four generously sized guest cabins with queen size beds facing the portholes and a pleasant décor in pastel colours with striped wall fabrics, ultra-suede ceilings, soft carpets and leather-top bedside tables with integrated chargers, that convey a high-end hospitality feel. The cabins are identical in comfort, which makes this layout ideal for charters. The large, vertical portholes allow plenty of light into the cabins in daytime. Mirrored doors on closets and a couple of select bulkheads make the space feel even brighter.

The crew cabin has a double bed and a bunk on portside and on starboard side is a sixth cabin with twin beds (that can be converted into one), which is finished as a guest cabin but could be used for crew, depending on need.

Bundalong was built with abundant storage for everything from equipment – fenders, lines, toys, spare parts – to food, which can be stored in three large-capacity refrigerator and two freezers.

The owners, who had at least 10 motor yachts before this, their first sailing yacht, hail from Australia, and enjoy the outdoors greatly. The generously sized flybridge deck has twin carbon-clad sailing stations with ample room left for a central bar, large table and, of course, a great barbecue grill, Aussie- or American-style.

“Dual helm stations are highly recommended, especially on the sailing version of the 80, because your visibility is limited by the sails,” notes Riva.

The 33-metre carbon mast and boom were built in house and for ease of use, all sails can be controlled from either of the two upper hem stations. All winches are electric. Everything was done to make the sailing as easy as possible for a small crew.

Bundalong has been fitted with a furling boom that can accommodate the North Sails 3Di fully batten square top mainsail coupled up with the suited 3Di Genoa (and) huge amount of horsepower is effortlessly generated, allowing to quickly reach a cruise speed of 7.5 knots within 12 knots of breeze,” says her captain. “With good sail engine management, the Bundalong has constantly maintained strong cruising speeds achieving 200 nautical miles per day at fuel burn rates of 3 litres per nautical mile in superyacht luxury.”

A year of cruising put 1,000 hours on her two 260hp John Deere engines.

For quick trip to shore, Bundalong carries a Williams Dieseljet tender 505, which on passages resides on a hydraulic platform finished in teak that lowers to water level to create a large swim platform. She also carries an auxiliary 3.2m rib.

The cockpit is a favourite spot for breakfasts and for a relaxing ride and sunbathing, nothing beats the two large trampolines stretched between two hulls designed with narrow entry for better sailing performance.

The owners are now building another Sunreef in the shipyard’s newly announced eco line. Her mission accomplished, Bundalong is listed for sale at €4,000,000.

For a tour of Bundalong with Robert Riva, visit BOAT International’s Instagram.

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