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Sunseeker Stages Debut of Superhawk 55

The British shipyard entertained a large audience as it staged the global debut of the Superhawk 55, which emerged from under an enormous Union Jack.

Jan 30, 2023 | By John Higginson
Andrea Frabetti (left) and Sean Robertson (right)

Sunseeker unveiled the Superhawk 55 on the opening day of Boot Dusseldorf, with an enormous crowd in the aisles and around the British shipyard’s stand witnessing the premiere.

Andrea Frabetti, CEO of Sunseeker, and Sean Robertson, its Sales and Marketing Director, introduced the Superhawk 55, while a live performance from Siren String Quartet and mixology on the nearby 95 Yacht, commissioned for Meros Yachtsharing, added to the atmosphere. 

A large crowd gathered for the Superhawk 55 premiere

“We are delighted to return to Düsseldorf after a three-year hiatus. The atmosphere on opening day was electric,” Frabetti said. “Clients, suppliers, the Sunseeker team and the world’s press all joined the celebration of the stunning new Sunseeker Superhawk 55. This is the start of a new range that will make waves for years to come.”

Available as an open-top yacht or with a hard top, as shown on hull one, the CE Category A boat has an overall length of 56ft 10in (17.3m) and features an all-new composite hull, stainless-steel detailing and expansive glazing. 

The 17m yacht includes a lower-deck saloon and two double cabins

Fitted with twin 725hp Volvo Penta D11-IPS950 engines, matched with a hull form designed for the IPS propulsion system, the Superhawk 55 is expected to have a top speed of 38 knots.

A full-beam aft cockpit makes full use of the 16ft 3in (4.95m) beam and starts with a large sunpad that stows water toys under an electrically opening hatch, while the tender garage below can house a Williams MiniJet tender. Forward are two L-shaped sofas that can slide aft diagonally to create a dining area around the central table, plus a feature wet bar and optional rise-and-fall TV. 

The triple-seat, centre-line helm is midships, includes dual glass bridge display screens, charging pads and chrome multi-purpose dials, and is protected by a stainless-capped, curved windscreen. Either side of the helm, pantograph doors offer entry to the side decks and walk-around access to the bow.

Siren String Quartet was among entertainment

The foredeck features a full-length sun pad, which can slide forward to reveal a table and dedicated seating area complete with wireless charger and storage lockers. 

Starboard steps lead down to the lower deck, where an open-plan saloon and galley area features a rise-and-fall TV, ambient recessed lighting, curved wood and lacquer finishes. Natural light floods through from the expansive glazing above, which has a Union Jack feature and an electric blind. 

The forward cabin includes from an en-suite bathroom, upholstered units and a wardrobe on the port side. Midships, the full-beam master cabin comes with optional sliding berths, offering a double or two singles, plus a generous en-suite.

This article first appeared on Yacht Style.

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