Sunseeker 182 Ocean Reviewed

The Sunseeker Ocean 182 has an innovative aft deck, rich finishes, four staterooms and 27-knot performance on a cranky sea.
Sunseeker Ocean 182
A raked house and flybridge structure, combined with hullside glass, give the Sunseeker Ocean 182 a sleek profile.

The Sunseeker Ocean 182 is named for its gross tonnage, not its 89-foot length overall. Gross tonnage measures internal volume, which is fitting because this British boatbuilder maximized every inch of space on board to enhance the cruising experience.

Stepping into the salon, I was immediately impressed by the 7-foot sole-to-ceiling salon windows, which help the gathering area to feel immense. A sofa to starboard can easily seat eight guests across from the 65-inch 4K TV. To port, Tiepolo leather armchairs and a Silestone coffee table create a conversation nook near the breeze from the open sliding side doors. The low-profile furnishings add to the sense of openness, with big views all around, from the aft deck to the forward windows.

Sunseeker Ocean 182
The aft deck converts to a beach club—and more. There’s a hydraulic platform for access to and from the water.

The decor also feels lush. Sunseeker blended brushed-oak soles with an insert carpet in the salon—as well as satin-finish smoked eucalyptus and gunmetal gray lacquer on the consoles and cabinet doors—to create depth, character and a sense of tactile luxury. A curved staircase to the flybridge enhances this sensibility even more: It’s styled to be unobtrusive yet graceful, with floating steps and polished stainless-steel railings.

Forward and to starboard is the dining table, under the forward windows for yet more natural light. Sufficiently elegant for formal or casual meals, it’s adjacent to the galley, which has Miele appliances and enough countertop space for a couple of chefs to work.

Sunseeker Ocean 182
The owners’ stateroom is full-beam and just forward of amidships with volume-enhancing hullside windows and 6-foot-11-inch headroom.

Entertaining is one of the main objectives of the Ocean 182, and it’s evident in every aspect of its design. Work areas are minimized to reduce or eliminate wasted space. Case in point: the helm. There is a flybridge helm but no lower station, which means owners can enjoy the forward main-deck space with guests.

The sense of luxury carries through to the lower-deck accommodations. The owners’ stateroom is full-beam and just forward of amidships with volume-enhancing hullside windows and 6-foot-11-inch headroom. A vanity to port doubles as a desktop with a workspace. To starboard is a sofa. The walk-in closet is a great touch, and the en suite has his-and-hers sinks and a shower stall.

Sunseeker Ocean 182
Inside or outside, this yacht is about creating a relaxing vibe on board.

Three en suite guest staterooms include a forepeak VIP with a double berth, a stateroom with a double berth abaft the master to port, and a stateroom with twin berths across the companionway to starboard. Two crew cabins with a head and mess area separate the guest areas from the engine room.

Up top, where some yachts have a flybridge that looks like an add-on, the Ocean 182 has a raked main-deck superstructure forward. It flows seamlessly up into the equally raked enclosed flybridge. Angular supports flank the bridge and rise dramatically toward the aftersection of the hardtop, punctuating the yacht’s muscular profile. To me, the forward section of the hardtop appears as a subtle hat tip toward the sea, daring it to take on the Ocean 182’s bow.

Sunseeker Ocean 182
The salon’s sole-to-ceiling windows measure 7 feet in height. Note the glass bulwarks to enhance views.

The helm has a single seat for the skipper, along with Garmin electronics, including twin 24-inch multifunction displays, a 96-nautical-mile radar, sonar, autopilot and AIS. There’s plenty of seating for guests at a modular U-shaped sofa, with lounges and chairs aft that can be configured to an owner’s taste.

During our time away from the dock, we saw 20-knot north winds and steady 4- to 5-footers trying to impose their will. A north wind against a north-flowing Gulf Stream always makes for a solid test of a yacht’s mettle, and there were no moans or groans from the Ocean 182. The yacht—with its efficient hull form, stout construction and CMC fin stabilizers—tipped that flybridge hat and didn’t flinch an inch.

Sunseeker Ocean 182
Creating a yacht with a proportional, well-balanced profile like this one is an impressive feat.

Optional twin 1,900 hp MAN V-12 diesel engines (1,650 hp MANs and 2,000 hp MANs are also available) got the 181,440-pound yacht up and running in efficient fashion. The Ocean 182 averaged 27-plus knots at wide-open throttle in the lumpy sea. At 12 knots, this craft can cruise nonstop for 1,147 nautical miles, considering a 5 percent fuel reserve on the 3,434-gallon fuel capacity.

The Sunseeker Ocean 182 is on point for performance, style and luxury. Sunseeker took extra care in optimizing finite real estate, and ensured that fixtures and entertainment spaces are at a high level of opulence. The yard’s creativity in penning such sleek exterior lines at this length overall is also an admirable achievement, one that many owners likely will tip their hats to.

Beach Club Plus

The aft deck converts to a beach club—and more. There’s a hydraulic platform for access to and from the water. It makes launching the water toys easy. With Sunseeker’s XTEND system, a double-wide chaise folds out via a transom door. Close it and flip up the transom door to reveal another seat, along with stowage for water toys. Or create a chaise that is level with the seating and accessible from the aft deck. 

Take a Bow

Sunseeker created a foredeck lounge large enough for friends, friends of friends, and their friends too. This multi use space has a forward-facing bench seat, a three-person sun pad forward of that, and bench seating along the port and starboard bulwarks.

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