Designed in conjunction with legendary powerboat racer Fabio Buzzi, the Sunseeker Hawk 38 will do over 60 knots 'out of the box'
It has been teased for several years but the Sunseeker Hawk 38 has broken cover and rockets the Poole yard back into the high-performance day boat arena.
Sunseeker describes the Hawk 38 as its ‘most technically advanced performance boat ever’, which is saying something given it has the XS2000 and XS Sport in its stable.
With a brand new stepped hull, designed in partnership with racing legend Fabio Buzzi, Sunseeker claims that the Hawk 38 will comfortably achieve a top speed of 62 knots (70mph) ‘out of the box’ thanks to a pair of Mercury R400 400hp outboard engines. If that doesn’t sound like enough, more powerful options are available on special order.
The hull was drawn with outboard propulsion in mind, partly for performance and efficiency reasons but also to make maintenance as simple as possible for the owner.
The boat is optimised to run quickly but its underwater shape and construction should also make for a quiet and refined ride with the ‘anti-dive’ bow ensuring the nose doesn’t stuff itself into troughs in heavy weather.
To keep lateral movement to a minimum a pair of Hypalon STAB tubes have been fitted to each topside, which also act as built-in fendering when coming alongside.
With such high speeds in reach, the helm area is designed for occupants to travel fast in comfort. Four shock-absorbing bucket seats with electrohydraulic actuators and electric bolsters sit before a focused dashboard protected by a sweeping windscreen that blends neatly into the T-top.
Those sitting on the bench aft aren’t quite as well protected but are still held in place by a trio of well bolstered seats.
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Test driving the Sunseeker Hawk 38 prototype with Fabio Buzzi
VIDEO: Full-throttle test of the 60-knot Sunseeker Hawk 38
The focus may be on performance but there are still plenty of creature comforts. The area on the foredeck is cleverly configured as split sunpad/dinette so that those sunbathing aren’t disturbed if others want to use the table. Beneath the carbon fibre lid of the bow locker there is enough space to mount a pair of SEABOBs and their charging units.
Below the console is the toilet compartment complete with a vanity unit, sink, skylight and a 5in colour touchscreen from which there is control of the boat’s systems.
Sunseeker CEO Christian Marti says: “The heritage of the Sunseeker brand is unparalleled; built on a legacy of developing small performance racing boats, we are the technical experts in this field, and it lies within the brand’s DNA.
“Having worked previously with FB Design on the XS2000 and XS Sport as far back as 18 years ago, Sunseeker has always dominated this area and will continue to do so with this technologically advanced, cutting-edge new model.”
The first boats will hit the water in June and be unveiled publicly at the autumn boat shows.