Sunseeker, the British based boatbuilder has returned to its performance boat roots to deliver a brand-new high-performance day boat that will be known as the Hawk 38.
The hull has been designed in conjunction with Fabio Buzzi, winner of 43 World Speed Records and 55 World Championships!
Drawing on the builder’s racing heritage, the new high-performance model will be capable of 62 knots powered by twin Mercury R400 outboard engines.
The dynamic stepped hull of the Hawk has been optimised to take advantage of the latest outboard engine technology giving not only performance benefits but also low-cost maintenance for clients. For even more performance, other outboard engines are available to special order.
The all-new FB Design patented structural foam hull with ‘anti-dive’ bow not only makes for an unsinkable boat but also moderates vibration and noise transmission to an absolute minimum.
To reduce lateral pitching and increase comfort and safety whilst running at high speed, inflatable tubes are fitted to provide the added benefit of built-in fendering for easy boarding and stability at anchor.
Whilst the design, features and equipment all deliver day-boat appeal, it’s the performance of the Hawk that will ensure this yacht is always first to the best anchorage or beach restaurant.
With a choice of paint finishes and upholstery, no two boats are ever likely to be the same.
For those looking to soak up the sun while at anchor, the foredeck comes complete with a sunbathing pad with elevated fixed headrests and an optional foredeck sail canopy. Aft facing u-shaped seating is centralised around a quick release carbon or painted table that can be stowed in seconds.
The helm station is centrally located, shielded by an integrated double-curvature ventilated glass screen with a sweeping black carbon fibre hard top and side screens to deflect the wind.
Fitted with an electronic navigation system, the helm console consists of a 16-inch touch screen multifunction display with GPS and Wi-Fi capability. The screen gives access to a switching system to allow integrated control of all essential systems including lighting, batteries, pumps and LED navigation lights.
Power-assisted steering is courtesy of the intelligent leather trimmed tilt steering wheel incorporating full control of the navigation system.
Positioned under the helm is the toilet compartment, complete with vanity unit, stainless steel hand basin, illuminated by its own skylight.
Aft of the console are four racing seats built for speed and performance. With shock absorbing mitigation, occupants can either sit or stand for optimal comfort and safety.
At the stern, there is a triple bench seat with the possibility for two drawer fridges located under. Ease of access is afforded to the large technical compartment via a hinged access hatch.
Throughout the boat, there is plenty of built-in storage which can be utilised for a plethora of water toys.
The self-draining composite decking in platinum with white corking includes yet more stowage with a large central deck locker that can hold a life raft or an inflatable stand up paddleboard.
Every last detail in the boat has been designed with performance in mind down to the carbon fibre grab rails with polished stainless-steel mounts, retractable cleats, compression latches and a custom audio system with polished stainless-steel speaker grills, aft facing swim speakers and optional subs.
The first of the all new Hawk will be available in June this year and for those gagging to get their first public glimpse the boat shows in Cannes and Southampton during September offer the best opportunity. Prices still have not yet been confirmed.
Originally named Poole Power Boats, the company was founded by brothers Robert and John Braithwaite in 1969. The company changed its name to Sunseeker International in 1985.
From its manufacturing base in Dorset on the south coast of England, the now Chinese owned boatbuilder employs around 2,600 people and produces 150 or so boats every year ranging in size from 38-161 feet.
Demand for the company’s larger models continues to grow year-on-year with more than 125 yachts over 100 feet in length already delivered. This increase in demand for larger models has been the driving force behind Sunseeker’s plans to expand its manufacturing into the world of metal-built yachts.
Frances and Michael Howorth are an award-winning team of travel writers specialising in coverage of luxury yachts both large and small and are our yachting correspondents.
Photographs courtesy of Sunseeker International