SuperyachtNews.com – Owner – Onboard Sunreef’s Eco 80 with Fernando Alonso


Going fast and slow, the double world champion reflects on his decision to build a Sunreef catamaran…

Sunreef yachts welcomes double Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso aboard the Sunreef 80 Eco at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2022. On the eve of the delivery of his own Sunreef 60, Alonso explains his journey towards an eco-designed catamaran and the balance between going fast and sometimes having to go slow.

The all-electric Sunreef 80 Eco that hosted SuperyachtNew is a fully autonomous catamaran. The Sunreef 80 Eco’s solar power system includes composite solar panels integrated into the hull sides, mast, superstructure and bimini top. This patented system was entirely designed and produced by the Sunreef Yachts shipyard.

Lateral solar panels on Sunfreefs 80 Eco

“I wanted to have my own boat in Monaco to enjoy life by the sea, not just for a few weeks of vacation in August,” says Alonso. “I searched home and found Sunreef. It was very appealing because of the design and the solar components. It led me to the team here and the process of building my own boat. This which is a dream come true for me.

We note a significant increase in the number of large catamarans at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2022. The boundaries between traditional superyachts and this new generation of luxury and eco-responsible multihulls are now being crossed for a new generation of customers.

“They are very different (multihull vs monohull yachts). And I’m in love with catamarans,” continues Alonso. “Even now, with all of you here, we have plenty of space. For me, it’s like having a villa in the water. I like spending time with my family and friends, and the multihull gives me more opportunities than I can have with a monohull. Also, some of my friends get seasick so stability was a consideration!

Fernando Alonso, double Formula 1 world champion

Alonso points out that environmental considerations were fundamental in his decision to build with the Sunreef team. “These factors, along with the solar and electric capabilities, were a way to give something back to the land and nature. This is what luxury should be, when we are on the ocean we have to be responsible and sustainability has to be a factor.

“For me, Sunreef was not a discussion. Combining luxury and durability, and with Sunreef, there is no compromise. I was in Poland and saw with my own eyes how these details are taken care of on the boat. I didn’t expect to be so involved in everything!

While the range on board some of these electric-powered catamarans may not come close to that of their purely diesel counterparts, a few hundred miles of coastal cruising matches the operational profile of a significant portion of the fleet. Having the ability to enjoy the marine environment, in a relatively eco-friendly way, as Alonso explains, was the key driver for his journey to Sunreef. “When I relax I need to disconnect. You need both, if you always live fast it won’t always work!”

The Sunreef ownership family includes names such as Rafael Nadal, Nico Rosberg and now Fernando Alonso. The process of building and finishing their models is carried out at the company’s facilities in Gdansk, Poland.

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Aboard the Sunreef Eco 80 with Fernando Alonso


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