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November 28, 2016

Luxury Motor Yacht Builder Sunseeker Wins Prestigious Award

UK based luxury motor yacht builder, Sunseeker International, has won the Champion of British Manufacturing award at this year’s Walpole British Luxury Awards, which were held during an exclusive banquet and awards ceremony at the prestigious Dorchester in London on November 15th.

The Walpole Awards, which are now in their 15th year, celebrate the best in craftsmanship, innovation and design from all sectors of the luxury industry. Winners are chosen by an esteemed panel of judges, all of whom are key decision makers and subject matter experts on luxury design, innovation and branding. The awards were created to honor those who demonstrate excellence specifically in Britain’s luxury sector.

Phil Popham CEO of Sunseeker with the award for Champion of British Luxury Manufacturing, in association with G.F Smith Papers and presented by Sarah Anderson

Phil Popham CEO of Sunseeker with the award for Champion of British Luxury Manufacturing, in association with G.F Smith Papers and presented by Sarah Anderson

According to Boating Industry Magazine, the judges recognized Sunseeker as the champion of British manufacturing when considering that its manufacturing base in Dorset, produces around 150 boats every year ranging from 50 to 155 feet, and as we recently reported, has been launching new models, and showing record profits in 2016.

In a statement to the press, Phil Popham, CEO of Sunseeker International, said, “This award is a tribute to the skill and dedication of our 2,000 employees in Dorset where we have meticulously manufactured award winning luxury performance motor yachts for 50 years. To be honored amongst other prestigious British brands such as Jimmy Choo, Tate Modern, Stella McCartney and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, is a hugely rewarding experience for the whole team.”


The Sunseeker 95, an example of the design excellence for which they were recognized


A Luxury Yacht Maker Gives Back

The judges were also impressed with the ways Sunseeker gives back to the community and the industry, by promoting a new generation of yacht designers, engineers and builders, through a modern apprenticeship program. Over the last 35 years the luxury yacht builder has supported over 90 apprentices through the program it runs, in tandem with Bournemouth & Poole College and its specialist Marine Technology Centre.

After acceptance of the award, the company announced that it plans on continued growth with a £50 million investment over the next five years, which will see improved shipyard facilities, new hires, and new models lunched over a range of sizes and styles.

Sunseekers Dorset Shipyard

Sunseeker’s Dorset Shipyard

Other Remarkable Yachts From Sunseeker

Sunseeker has long been known for building custom luxury yachts that are a unique combination of British sensibilities and cutting edge technology. We are excited to offer our congratulations on their receipt of the Walpole Award, and look forward to continued growth and innovation from this renowned international yacht builder.

If you are interested in the elegance and performance of a Sunseeker Yacht, we have several in our broker inventory, such as the Chiqui, a 131ft Sunseeker, built in 2011, or the Insignia, a 115 footer, built in 2015, and located right here in Ft. Lauderdale!

The Insignia - Sunseeker Yacht for Sale

The Insignia – Sunseeker Yacht for Sale



It’s not always easy to stay on top of what’s new in motor yachts. If you would like to benefit from our expertise in these areas, or if you have any questions or comments about this blog post, do not hesitate to contact our Sales Specialists, or call us at 954-900-9988.

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