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Best of the Best 2013: Semicustom Yachts: Sunreef 82

Bailey S. Barnard

Houbara is the first example of the Sunreef 82 (954.999.5121, www.sun​reef-yachts.com), the newest and largest semicustom sailing model from the decade-old Polish builder. The 82-foot catamaran, which Sunreef delivered last July, employs a composite hull and structure that combine for a relatively light 58-ton displacement. The agile weight, along with the yacht’s 37-foot beam, helps improve performance while under power of the sail or motors (dual 355 hp diesel engines) without sacrificing stability in choppy conditions. The design of the Sunreef 82 allows for a draft of only 6.5 feet, so the catamaran can access shallow waters and ports. Houbara accommodates as many as seven passengers in a VIP suite, a double stateroom with a Pullman bed, and a full-beam, 344-square-foot owner’s suite with an indoor hot tub and orchid garden. The yacht’s main social areas include a 700-square-foot saloon and a nearly 400-square-foot flybridge, which is equipped with the vessel’s primary helm station. The flybridge also features a barbecue, a wet bar with an icemaker, dining and coffee tables, and ample outdoor lounging space.