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Sunseeker International is a British luxury motor yacht manufacturer. Its headquarters and main assembly facility is in Poole Harbour, at Poole in Dorset, England. The company has been making motor boats since 1969.[2] Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group has owned the company since 2013.[3] It is the largest UK-based luxury yachtmaker measured by 2012 revenues.[4]

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1 Profile 2 Appearance in popular culture 3 Example 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Profile[edit] Manufacturing is undertaken mainly in Poole, in seven production plants and shipyards. An additional deep-water shipyard is used to build the 105 yacht and larger vessels. In March 2007, the company announced a 500 job expansion program, with a new site on the Isle of Portland,[5] A new factory is being developed at New Quay Road, Poole. In October 2002, Robert Braithwaite, the founder of Sunseeker International, was named Ernst & Young's UK Entrepreneur of the Year.[6] In 2006 Robert Braithwaite led a £44 million MBO of the company, backed by Bank of Scotland.[7] The company features in the 2008 Sunday Times list Profit Track 100 of the most profitable non-listed companies and in the Top Track 250 list of mid-sized non-listed companies. In 2010, Irish private equity firm FL Partners took over ownership of Sunseeker through a debt restructuring deal after Sunseeker posted losses the previous year. [3][4] On 19 June 2013 it was announced that the Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group had agreed to buy a 91.8% stake in Sunseeker for £320M. As reported, it has been promised that the day-to-day running of Sunseeker in Poole will be unaffected, with its 2,500-strong workforce keeping their jobs. The deal is set to be sealed by mid-August. [5] In January 2015, Phil Popham was appointed as the company's new Chief Executive Officer. [6] Appearance in popular culture[edit] Sunseeker boats have featured in the James Bond film series since 1999. The relationship began with The World Is Not Enough, famously chasing up the Thames in the pre-credits sequence, and continued through Die Another Day, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. This latest outing showed Sunseeker's new 37m Yacht and the Superhawk 43; it also featured a cameo role for Sunseeker's then managing director, Robert Braithwaite, in one of Sunseeker's very first open-cockpit speedboats, the Sovereign 17.[8] There was a one off 2016 BBC 2 documentary about the brand, named Britain's Biggest Superyachts: Chasing Perfection[9] which showed the building of the new Sunseeker 131 yacht. In the film, Logan, James(Wolverine) is shown trying to secure money to buy a Sunseeker and live with Charles and Caliban on the ocean. Example[edit] Sunseeker regularly updates its yacht collection with new yachts, or improved versions of already released yachts. Below is a description of one the yachts in the Sunseeker collection, their specifications and where they can be chartered. Sunseeker Predator 115 (Launched 2013): The Sunseeker Predator 115, also known as Chimera, was launched in spring 2013. Features: The Predator 115 has 5 cabins, meaning it has room for 10 guests. She also features a large on deck dining area and a spa tub. Specifications: The yacht is 34.5 metres in length, with a draft of 2.38 metres. She has a maximum speed of 24 knots and her cruising speed is 18 knots. Charter: The Predator 115 is available for charter in the Mediterranean and the Adriatic Sea.[10] See also[edit]

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References[edit]

^ Sunday Times Top Track 250 list ,pub Oct 2008, Entry No. 88 ^ [1] ^ Sunseeker Confirms Acquisition by Dalian Wanda ^ Rapoza, Kenneth (19 June 2013). "Chinese Billionaire Buys 'James Bond' U.K. Yacht Maker". Forbes. Retrieved 13 October 2013.  ^ "Luxury yacht maker's 500 new jobs". BBC News. 14 March 2007.  ^ Clark, Emma (8 October 2002). "Sunseeker scoops entrepreneur award". BBC News.  ^ Sunday Times Top Track 250 List 2008 ^ James Bond 007 :: MI6 - The Home Of James Bond ^ "Britain's Biggest Superyachts: Chasing Perfection - BBC Two". BBC. Retrieved 2016-07-02.  ^ [2]

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