on 9 Sep 2021
New open-top day boat, which joins Sunseeker's Performance range, will reach speeds up to 38 knots
Britain’s Sunseeker International has announced the concept details of its new Superhawk 55 at the Cannes Yachting Festival, which is taking place this week. This model is a new premium motor yacht in the Performance range.
The new open-top day boat, which joins Sunseeker’s Performance range is a lightweight performance yacht powered by a pair of Volvo Penta D11 – IPS 950 engines, capable of top speeds of 38 knots.
Sunseeker CEO Andrea Frabetti comments: “We are delighted to finally unveil yet another brand new model, the incredible Superhawk 55. It is the start of an exciting new series of 55-foot models and we think that our customers are going to be really excited to see this new model on the water. With exceptional design innovation and agility, the Superhawk 55 promises to be a thrilling new addition to the Sunseeker range, born from a passion that is unmatched in our industry.”
Frabetti spoke with Asia-Pacific Boating at the Cannes Yachting Festival this week. He commented on the need to bring Sunseeker back to its brand roots of contemporary styling and the best in luxury technology. Sunseeker struggled in 2020 but is back at the show with five new yachts, including a stunning 65 Sport Yacht, which features a flybridge helm designed with the look and feel of a classic racing car driver’s seat.
The builder is showing an eight yacht line-up at Cannes, which includes the all-new Predator 55 Evo, Manhattan 55, 65 Sport Yacht, 88 Yacht and 90 Ocean. Its “Famous Five” models are all on display together for the first time.
One notable new design detail on the Superhawk 55 is the ‘Union Jack’ track lighting above the helm which continues aft, flush to the synthetic decking. The foredeck provides plenty of seating with a full-length sun pad, sliding forward to reveal a rise and fall pneumatic table and dedicated seating area complete with wireless chargers and storage lockers.
The aft cockpit is designed with a central large wet bar featuring concealed appliances and a waterproof TV. A party-boat built for entertaining, owners can select from many furniture configuration options to make the most of the space. There is twin L-shaped seating and an aft sunbed that features a cavernous pull-out drawer, perfect for storing waterski equipment and water toys. There is also a large garage, which can hold a Williams 325 jet tender and SeaBobs with a further six lockers for additional storage. The Superhawk 55 garage enjoys a funicular launch design, making it very easy for guests to access the tender and toys.
This all sits behind a double-curved 5sqm windscreen with a stainless cap above for completely uninterrupted views. The new centre-line triple helm is a first for Sunseeker and delivers an open plan arrangement with access from port and starboard, as well as internal access below deck via a companionway hatch on the starboard side.
Steps lead down to an open-plan lobby and galley area sat beneath LED lighting. Another rise and fall TV is built in above the galley to allow a transformation into a more relaxed seating area with lounging seats and a dedicated drinks cabinet behind.
Forward is a VIP cabin with en-suite, upholstered side units and a wardrobe unit to port. A TV also sits at the base of the large bed and the interior comes with different styling palettes throughout to give a customised and personal feel to every owner. Aft is the master cabin with scissor berths and generous en suite.
Technical specifications: Superhawk 55
LOA – 16.84m
Beam – 4.95m
Engines – Twin Volvo D11 (725hp) – IPS 950 (IPS2)
Maximum speed – 38 kts
Fuel capacity – 2,200 litres
Freshwater capacity – 435 litres
Blackwater capacity – 200 litres
Greywater capacity – 200 litres