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Sunseeker Predicts New Hawk 38 Will Soar To 62 Knots

Sunseeker is preparing to launch the Hawk 38, a high-performance day boat the British yacht builder says will hit 62 knots with twin Mercury R400 outboards.

Mar 05, 2019 | By Yacht Style

Sunseeker is preparing to unleash its new Hawk 38, a brand-new high-performance day boat that the British yard and Fabio Buzzi Design predict will reach 62 knots with twin Mercury R400 outboards mated to Mercury Racing Digital Zero Effort throttles. The first unit is expected to have final testing in June and launch over the summer.

Sunseeker's new Hawk 38 will reach 62 knots

Sunseeker’s new Hawk 38 will reach 62 knots

Sunseeker has returned to its performance roots to deliver a stepped hull in conjunction with FB Design, winner of 43 world speed records and 55 world titles. The Poole builder previously worked with FB Design on the XS2000 and XS Sport almost two decades ago.

The Hawk 38 hull has been optimised to take advantage of the latest outboard engine technology for performance and low-cost maintenance, with other outboard engines are available for even greater speeds.

The 39-footer will be the British yard’s smallest model, 12ft shorter than the Predator 50, and follows Princess’s release of its fastest and smallest boat, the R35, at Cannes last September. Fairline, another British builder, is preparing to launch its F-Line 33, which will be its smallest model.

Sunseeker CEO Christian Marti said: “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. Sunseeker has always dominated this area and will continue to do so with this technologically advanced cutting-edge new model.

The boat has four FB Design racing seats and a triple bench seat at the stern.

The boat has four FB Design racing seats and a triple bench seat at the stern.

“To properly understand the market and therefore genuine customer demand, we carried out detailed research to fully appreciate the breadth of this complex sector. Now is the perfect time for a high-performance day boat designed, engineered and built to exacting standards. The all-new Hawk 38 will deliver an experience like nothing else in the market.”

The new FB Design patented structural foam hull with ‘anti-dive’ bow makes the boat unsinkable and also reduces vibration and noise transmission. To reduce lateral pitching and increase comfort and safety at high speed, inflatable Hypalon 866 Stab tubes are fitted as standard and also provide built-in fendering for easy boarding and stability at anchor.

The foredeck is 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 hardtop and side screens to deflect the wind.

Fitted with a Simrad navigation system, the helm console consists of a 16-inch Evo 3 touch screen multifunction display with GPS and Wi-Fi capability. The Simrad screen gives access to the CZone® DC switching system to allow integrated control of all essential systems including lighting, batteries, pumps and LED navigation lights.

The sleek hull harks back to Sunseeker's performance-focused heritage.

The sleek hull harks back to Sunseeker’s performance-focused heritage.

The Lumishore LED lighting package is controllable from the Simrad screens via the Lumi-Link smart lighting application to offer a spectrum of colours and effects. 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 a toilet compartment, complete with vanity unit, stainless-steel hand basin, skylight and CZone DC switching system master panel, replicated through an additional five-inch colour touch screen to ensure full redundancy for critical systems.

Aft of the console are four FB Design racing seats built for speed and performance. With shock-absorbing mitigation, 120mm stroke, electrohydraulic actuators and electric bolsters, occupants can either sit or stand.

At the stern, there is a triple bench seat with the possibility for two drawer fridges underneath. Ease of access is afforded to the large technical compartment via a hinged access hatch.

Throughout the boat, there’s a range of built-in storage such as a large stowage locker with carbon-fibre lid at the bow, which can be utilised for a plethora of toys including two Seabobs with dedicated bulkhead-mounted charging units. 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 inflatable paddleboard.

Twin Mercury R400 outboards are fitted as standard and mated to Mercury Racing Digital Zero Effort throttles.

Twin Mercury R400 outboards are fitted as standard and mated to Mercury Racing Digital Zero Effort throttles.

Details include carbon-fibre grab rails with stainless-steel mounts, retractable cleats, compression latches and a custom audio system with stainless-steel speaker grills, aft-facing swim speakers and optional subs.

The 38 is the first in a new Hawk series that sits alongside the Predator (50, 57, 74), Manhattan (52, 66), Sport Yacht (74) and Yacht (76, 86, 95, 116, 131, 161) ranges.

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