Britain's biggest superyacht builder Sunseeker International has been hand-building customised boats for the world's super rich for the past 50 years. For the first time, they have allowed the BBC behind the scenes...

After 10 months of filming, Sunseeker International will take centre stage in a BBC Two documentary ‘Britain’s Biggest Superyachts: Chasing Perfection’, airing this Friday 15th April at 9pm.

The programme sees the BBC film crew follow the build of Sunseeker’s new £20million, 40-metre superyacht 131 Yacht at the manufacturing facility in Poole, Dorset through to final delivery.

The 131 Yacht enables its owner to tailor the interior design and layout to their personal preferences via Sunseeker’s ‘Bespoke’ service. The documentary follows the most challenging specification to date when a customer takes full advantage of this made-to-measure service and asks for more extras than any other yacht in the company’s history.

A BBC Two programme description says: ‘The company built their reputation on making small to mid-size yachts, but the recession saw this market flounder as even the super-rich tightened their belts, seeing Sunseeker sink into the red. So in a high stakes move, they’re sinking millions into building a larger opulent superyacht to reel in the uber-rich who still have cash to splash on life’s ultimate luxuries to help sail them back into profit.’

Whilst the Poole shipyard works hard to meet the customer’s exacting standards, the London sales team are working just as hard to fill the order book during the all-important Boat Show season where they hope to sell over £40million worth of boats in just 30 days.

Every boat is built in Poole but is found basking in the international playgrounds of the rich and famous and the BBC documentary crew also hop on board the charter side of the business to meet the people paying £60,000 for just a week’s holiday.

Tune in to see Sunseeker on BBC Two’s ‘Britain’s Biggest Superyachts: Chasing Perfection’, Friday 15 April at 9pm.


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