A Luxurious Life on the Water

Spotlighting the Deal Yacht, Top Gun


For Chad Deal, spending time with friends and family is the best life has to offer. After purchasing a yacht in 2018, Deal learned that he loved life on the water, but he wanted to be able to share that experience with more loved ones. Fast forward to the spring of 2021, and Deal had upgraded his yacht in order to do just that.

Remodeled in 2016, Top Gun is an 82-foot 2004 Sunseeker that has more than enough room for Deal and his companions. “There is no better place to connect and relax after a long work week with friends and family,” says Deal. “What could be better than having a cocktail or glass of champagne while being surrounded by water and good company?”


By Christina Davenport

Photography by Rich Smith

But it’s not just quality time that makes Top Gun so special. This four-stateroom yacht also offers unparalleled luxury and a spacious interior.

Nowhere is that more apparent than in the main salon. Blue-gray carpeting runs throughout this space, and cherry wood joinery wraps the room in warm hues. An L-shaped black leather sofa is situated to starboard, while a smaller V-shaped sofa to port offers even more seating. A triangle cherry wood table rests in the center, and storage under the seats maximizes the space in this area.

In the adjacent room, a dining table is surrounded by eight black leather parsons chairs and is open to the kitchen. The black upholstery in the area is paired with black granite for a sleek and refined approach.

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Below the salon, several staterooms offer a place to take a break from the fun being had elsewhere on the yacht. In the main cabin, glossy cherry wood once again takes center stage, and a king berth sits in the middle of the room. A privacy glass headboard is broken up with black wooden stripes, and built-in nightstands flank the bed and appear just below a set of sconces that, when paired with the recessed fixtures and windows, offers plenty of light. A built-in vanity and mirror makes getting ready a breeze, and an upholstered settee just out of frame provides yet another place to take a seat and relax.

In the bathroom, dual sinks offer plenty of space to freshen up, and a stall shower with glass enclosure is outfitted with five jets. Granite covers the floor, as well as comprises the countertops, and mingles with the chrome fixtures that dot the space. Another VIP stateroom on the same floor offers similar finishes to the master cabin and is yet another place to unwind in style.

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“I love this boat because it creates plenty of space for my family and friends to connect and mingle. Regardless of what we’re doing or where we are, everyone on board always has a blast.” – Chad Deal

Using a tinted sliding glass door in the salon provides access to the lower deck. Semi-circular bench seating is situated along the aft, and three teak chairs – all outfitted with blue cushions with white trim – rest on the opposite side of a large table. Nearby, a swim platform complete with a hydraulic lift gives guests an entire suite of water toys, such as jet skis, seabob scooters, and hydrofoils, to enjoy.

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Traveling up a set of stairs outfitted with teak step lets visitors access the flybridge. Here, fun is in full force. A hot tub is situated to aft and borders an L-shaped bench and triangular table. Just steps away, a wet bar is equipped with a sink, grill, icemaker, and mini refrigerator and freezer for prime convenience, and three barstools belly up to the counter.

“This is really where I spend the most time,” reflects Deal. “I love this boat because it creates plenty of space for my family and friends to connect and mingle. It’s hard to cultivate that sense of unity and connectivity, but this boat achieves that, and regardless of what we’re doing or where we’re at, everyone on board always has a blast.”

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