supplied a fully-equipped bespoke Tylö sauna in the master state room en-suite
bathroom on a Croatian billionaire’s £14 million tri-deck 37-metre ocean-going
Sunseeker superyacht last year, Golden
Coast, through its dealer
Leisurequip, has supplied a second sauna, this time for the manufacturer’s
latest 40-metre superyacht for an undisclosed buyer.
a sauna into its glass-fibre superyachts is a first for Sunseeker, which
presents a number of challenges. "Our
problem was that the boats are built to a commercial standard and we have to
meet the ‘A’ Class marine classification regulations, significantly those
relating to fire as a sauna is a source of extreme heat and an obvious fire
risk,” said Mark Chinery, Superyacht Technical Manager at Sunseeker.
the company looked at fitting a sauna capsule for the first yacht but none met
the required fire rating standards, so the design team considered the logistics
of building a traditional sauna within a ‘fire boundary’. This entailed incorporating the sauna and its
heater into the boat’s automatic fire sprinkler and air-dampening shut-down
a design that utilised the angle of the hull to create more space rather than
having just a square box. Then we had to
decide how to create the fire boundary in the same way as we do with the engine
room,” said Mark.
design was approved by the marine classification societies, Sunseeker approached
Tylö’s exclusive Certified UK Distributor, Golden Coast,
who supplied the necessary elements and recommended Surrey-based Leisurequip to
install a sauna that would meet the client’s specific request.
between Sunseeker and Leisurequip resulted in a watertight area being built
within the hull into which the sauna could be fitted-out. "There were a few tricky bits,” said Mark,
"as we had to include drainage and the biggest problem – the fire sprinkler
system. Even though the sauna is a small
space, we installed an independent fresh water tank to feed the 1000 litres of
water required to provide 30-minute fire protection.”
other fire issue is the sauna door, also requiring 30-minute fire
protection. This needs to be a special
glass fire-door and fire-rated frame, which are fixed to the fire
around the construction schedule, Leisurequip had to make several visits to the
site to complete the work. In the end a
spacious four-person traditional sauna cabins have been created, using blonde
aspen, with angled benches following the line of the hull to provide extra
seating area and better floor space.
Tylö product and the work carried out by Leisurequip, has produced saunas that
are in keeping with the quality and standard we demand for our yachts. Leisurequip did a fantastic job,” said Mark.
have already received enquiries from other potential buyers and now offer
‘bespoke saunas’ as an optional extra on its boats.