An avid charterer, and current owner of three other yachts, the new owner of the Sunseeker 101 motoryacht, Black Legend, took his time when it came to choosing his next dream boat. After deciding to build new, Sunseeker was the no brainer option for him. Here, he sits down with me to discuss what ownership means to him and offers his advice to those just entering the market.

Q: How did you enter the yachting world?

Living on the French Riviera, it was a logical step to start yachting: a different and privileged way to experience both land and sea, and a perfect solution for the kid’s summer holidays. I started with a few charters, but quickly came to the conclusion that we needed our own yacht, perfectly adapted and tuned to our desires and usage.

Q: What led you to choose Sunseeker?

Stabilisers in a sleek hull! Also, Sunseeker’s willingness to work with me and build MY boat, not a production line boat like everyone else’s; a totally bespoke boat without pricing becoming outrageous.  

Q: You've had a number of yachts in the past few years - is it simply trading up or have you been looking for the ideal yacht and landed on it with the 101?

We don’t know if the 101 is ideal: we haven’t used it yet! It is a natural desire to grow in size and volume, once you have figured out how you use your boat and how you spend most of your time on board, but I do not believe that there is one ideal yacht: our desires evolve as does yacht design and technology, so we are always left with the impression that “next time, we can do even better”.

Q: How involved were you in the build and design of the yacht?

From A to Z, since the very birth of the project; We have been extremely involved in, and aware of, the development and design, and have been meticulous about pointing out and choosing all the finishing details of the yacht.

Q: What is your ideal holiday on board?

Warm water, sunshine, and a smooth sea.

Q: What is your most memorable experience on board?

They are countless…

Q: What is your biggest frustration with ownership?

The summer’s are too short.

Q: What changes or improvements would you like to see in the industry to make it more pleasant overall?

Many marinas need to improve their services and infrastructures to be better prepared to take proper care of yachts and guests, though recently a big effort is being made by quite a few.

Q: Do you have any tips or advice for other owners?

Insist on stabilisers – there is no need for yachts to roll around like tree trunks anymore in this day and age.

Q: How much time do you spend on board and where is your favourite cruising ground?

Whenever the kids are not in school and the weather is warm, we live on board. We like to discover new places, but also have a special place in our hearts for the stunningly beautiful Corsican coastline and for the vibrant atmospheres in Ibiza and Saint Tropez.

Q: Any regrets in your years of ownership?

Not in particular, no.

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