We celebrate the well-deserved winners of the 2019 Motor Boat Awards, as chosen by our select group of judges
Sportscruiser over 45ft
Winner: Sunseeker Predator 50
The market may demand a bigger, more voluminous 50ft (15m) sportscruiser than Sunseekers of old but the Predator 50 meets those requirements in the inimitable Sunseeker way. With those dramatic slashes in the topsides and vast quantities of glazing in the superstructure sides and roof it demands attention.
Where at one time speed and handling were top of the priority list, these days it’s more about comfort, refinement and ease of control, and this is where the Predator 50 really shines. Like a Bentley Continental GT, it’s capable of sucking up long distances in luxurious, laid back, and very refined comfort.
The extra volume is most welcome in the full-beam master suite amidships where there is full standing headroom throughout and fabulous views through the near unbroken hull windows.
Its pair of 800hp diesel engines on vee drives deliver strong mid-range performance, a useful top speed of 32 knots, surprisingly light steering and predictable low speed handling.
This is what customers now demand and the Predator 50 delivers them in a very elegant and well-rounded package.