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About 2009 Sunseeker Manhattan 52

With an LOA of nearly 58 feet, the Sunseeker 52 Manhattan provides a luxurious, roomy platform for entertaining and family cruising. This extraordinary performance motoryacht is powered by twin 800-hp MAN 800 CRM diesels -- the same quiet, efficient and smoke-free power used in today's newest Mercedes Benz "BlueTEC" diesel cars. 

3 staterooms, 2 heads with separate shower stalls, full enclosures at both flybridge and aft cockpit. Granite galley counter tops, gorgeous cherry wood finish throughout. Legendary Sunseeker performance, with speeds of 26 knots (cruise) and 32 knots (WOT).

Boat Highlights
  • High-quality construction and specification from the world’s largest privately-owned yacht builder
  • Race derived deep-vee hull by Don Shead
  • Space efficient interior with three-stateroom layout (sleeps 6)
  • Impressive master cabin, luxuriously appointed
  • Big galley with generous storage
  • Nimble performance and handling
  • Huge flybridge
  • Bow & stern thrusters
  • Hydraulic swimstep/tender launch  
  • 10ft Avon tender w/ 25hp Yamaha (just serviced)

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2009 Sunseeker Manhattan 52: Specifications

ModelManhattan 52
Fuel TypeDiesel
Hull MaterialGRP
Cruise Speed26 Knots
Top Speed32 Knots
Draft4' 4"
Beam15' 2"
Weight50,600 lbs - Dry
Fuel Capacity565 Gallons
Fresh Water Capacity132 Gallons
Engine MakeMAN
Engine ModelR6-800
Horse Power800hp
Drive TypeV-Drive
CitySan Diego
Zip Code92106

Detailed Specifications
Walk Through

(Excerpts from Tony Mackay, "Boatpoint Magazine")


Sliding open the polished stainless steel saloon door reveals an interior as modern and stylish as an enviable Manhattan penthouse apartment. One soon discovers why Sunseeker has become an award-winning, world-class luxury yacht builder. Welcome aboard!

The 52 is the baby of the Manhattan fleet yet loses nothing in quality or convenience. Interior-wise, naval architect Ken Freivokh is highly regarded for his cunning and imaginative use of space and a sectional profile, as well as layout plans of the boats, should be viewed to understand exactly how clever his utilization is on these boats. The stepped main saloon and wheelhouse allow a fabulous master cabin and impressive lower galley, two other guest cabins, and voluminous storage. Remarkable in a 52-foot boat. 

Her exterior styling is of the modern European look. The finely pointed bow and droop snout, along with the severely angled windows, give the appearance of going very fast even at a standstill. With twin 800hp MAN diesels under the floor, the looks soon become a 30-knot reality. The bulk of the hull is in the middle sections and this styling exercise specifically increases volume to allow for huge interior spaces cunningly laid out. Slice her in half and you will see what I mean. Under the water, the deep-vee hull has prop tunnels aft and her race-breeding ensures she slices through inconvenient chop with consummate ease.

A hydraulic swim platform lowers to launch the tender, while two large hatches in the transom create a huge storage facility for lines and fenders. Two gates on each side allow access to the generous laid-teak cockpit. A central sofa is fitted aft and this opens to reveal a climb-in lazarette, which can be fitted out as a crew’s quarters. Perfect for a little workshop, commissary, rubbish storage, etc, and a really worthwhile space for all the boating detritus that needs to be stored somewhere. 

The aft cockpit space is partially covered for sun protection, with a stairway to the flybridge to port. A small hatch allows ingress to the engine room and the layout of the teak shows a border that would allow removal of a large hatch panel in the unlikely and unfortunate event of major engine rebuilding. The twin MAN 800hp straight-six units are very well installed with a vee-drive system. The Kohler generator and ancillary equipment are easily accessible for inspection and service. Stainless steel fuel tanks appear well made and the whole room has a well-fitted appearance, with plenty of room to move around. 

The companionway stairs to the flybridge have a large hatch that opens to reveal a very impressive and spacious area for guests. A huge U-shaped sofa and table will easily seat six for lunch or sunset drinks. The helm seat will hold three in comfort and a large sunbed fills the portside section forward of a sink and mini bar with cooler box. The helm station repeats the electronics and dials from the lower station and this is all very conveniently laid out.


Opening the saloon sliding door, a luxury apartment awaits your pleasures. Crème carpets, superbly styled and finished joinery, and soft leather sofas beckon you to enter the world of Manhattan. It is a multi-layered area of curve and radius, all very attractive in a contemporary style. The sliding door opens from the port side and an entertainment/bar cabinet with electrically raising television is to port. To starboard is a huge semi-circular dinette sofa with a superb folding table that expands for dining. Two huge timber wall-mounted towers conceal grilles for air-conditioning and speakers and also delineate the lower saloon from the split-level helm station. Two steps up and the raised section of the helm has panoramic raked windows that offer excellent visibility. To port is a twin-share guest chair, which faces forward and allows the skipper some extra companionship during the cruise. It was quite the perfect spot to sit and critique the navigation and handling of the vessel, sharing the same view as our intrepid skipper, but without the stress.

The helm itself is a large and well-equipped wraparound affair with a two-seat chair to settle into. A comprehensive electronics package includes radar, plotter, VHF, autopilot and all the usual gadgets for navigation. Bow and stern thrusters will assist with close-quarters handling. Sunseeker uses a combination of analogue dials set into a veneer fascia in conjunction with the electronic digital display from MAN.

A stylish stairwell with superb stainless steel railings, to port on this upper level and forward of the guest seat, leads below to the attractive and spacious galley. This atrium-style space has no hint of claustrophobia usually associated with below-decks galleys and is a beautifully appointed area that is bright and welcoming. The chef is still connected with conversation from above, but all the mess is below and out of the way. There are huge storage spaces hidden behind these cabinets, with granite counter tops, a convection microwave, range and sink. Opposite and mounted amidships is the fridge-freezer. 


Farther forward in the bow is a VIP cabin with queen-size bed, two portholes and a hatch above, while flatscreen TV, hanging lockers, shelves and reading lights offer every comfort for the weary sailor. The guest head with two-way doors has vacuum-flush toilet, bowl-style basin and the circular-tube style shower stall reminiscent of the space program. 

Her starboard cabin offers upper and lower bunks--which are more generous than some offerings--a hanging locker, porthole and flatscreen TV. 

One of the most impressive features of the Manhattan is the superbly spacious and stylishly appointed master cabin. With the queen berth cleverly offset on the diagonal and under the floor section of the saloon, there is a feeling of space and luxury, accentuated by the triple oval windows, one of which opens, on either side. Upholstered panels, plush carpeting and fine wood joinery make this a delightfully appealing cabin for our brave skipper to retire to, perhaps for a movie, a snooze or a romantic assignation. Perhaps all three? The en suite is similarly equipped with vacuum toilet, space-age shower stall and the stylish basin and vanity arrangements. Hanging lockers and a desk complete the package. Everything is very tasteful and superbly detailed. 

The quality of joinery, veneers and upholstery is virtually faultless right throughout the boat and even the most persnickety person will be smiling after even stringent inspections. There are no rough edges here and the styling is modern and smart. Nor have practical requirements been glossed over for the unsuspecting punter. I appreciated the eye-level electrical control panel, the generous storage lockers all around the boat, and the thoughtful attention paid to so many details which are the hallmark of high-quality and progressive boat-building. The electrics are generally controlled from the lower lobby control panel where the illuminated and eye-level display is easy to use. Circuit breakers, generator control, chargers for 12 and 24v systems are logically placed on the panel, with the battery switches located in a locker in the cockpit. Shorepower is located in a locker adjacent to the cockpit entry gate.


A self-stowing Delta anchor with 200 ft of galvanized chain, remotely controlled from upper or lower stations, has a locker adjacent for lines and fenders. There are eight deck cleats logically mounted and the usual sunbathing pad is fitted on the foredeck. A small pulpit with flagstaff is also included with the stainless steel railings. 

The twin MAN 800hp diesels are smooth and well-insulated and the underwater exhausts remove much of the noise in the marina berth, or when underway. In fact, there is little vibration to speak of and the typical MAN turbo whistle will be the only disruption at high speed. Plus the water roaring past at 30 knots. Electronic throttle controls are superb to use and the stylized handles are very attractive.

This Sunseeker runs very much like a big speedboat. She is extremely agile, smooth and stable, particularly when crossing wakes or turning in tight corners. There is not a moment of concern and with the most superb hydraulic steering it is just a matter of leaning back and zipping about wherever you want. It is one of the easiest big boats at speed that I have driven, totally belying her 24 tonnes. You can push the levers hard down and expect to wait a few moments before everything comes online. Once away, they are superb units and have no fuss or fandango right up to full speed. A deft hand on the throttles was a lot of fun, and very well rewarded. 

With an impressive list of international awards, a high-tech manufacturing facility and an enviable service network, one can sit back, relax and enjoy years of very safe and pleasurable boating experiences aboard the Sunseeker Manhattan 52. Given the number of repeat buyers, it is an association that may last a lifetime.


(Nearly all controls repeated at upper & lower helm.)

Furuno Navnet 3D
w/ Sirius Satellite Weather Receiver
Simrad RS81/82 VHF
Simrad AP28 Autopilot
Simrad IS20 Combi Instrument (Speed, Depth, Log) (1 above, 2 below)
Furuno AIS Transponder, Class B FA-50
HyproMarine Power Steering
w/ Simrad Reversible Pump
Sidepower Bow & Stern Thrusters (separate battery banks)
Rudder Indicator
Jabsco Remote Spotlight
MAN MMDS-LC CAN Engine Monitors
Sony Stereo Remote

Fire Suppression System, Sea-Fire
Glendinning CableMaster
Battery Charger, C-Charger 5000 SP Series
Air Conditioning / Heat, MarineAir Reverse Cycle (x5)
SeaLand Vacuum Heads (x2)
Bose Surround Sound
w/ Rockford Fosgate Punch 2-Channel Amplifiers
Kohler Gen Set
Waeco CoolMatic Refrigerator/Freezer
Opacmare Sliding Door, Saloon
Lewmar Windlass 
Lewmar C3 Capstan Winches (x2)
Sharp Aquos 32" HD Flatscreen TV, on Hi-Lo Lift System (Saloon)
Bose 5.1 Surround Sound (Saloon)
Marantz iPod Dock (Saloon)

Sony FM Stereo/CD Player (Flybridge/Cockpit)

Sharp Aquos 24" HD Flatscreen TV (x3, ea stateroom)
Alpine FM Stereo/DVD Player (x3, ea stateroom)

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