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Sunseeker Superhawk 55 Shines At Sea

The British shipyard has revealed photography of its first new model of the year, which it has described as the “ultimate open day boat”.

May 29, 2023 | By John Higginson
The Superhawk 55 has a top speed of 38 knots

Sunseeker International has revealed photography of its new Superhawk 55 in the Mediterranean, where the British builder’s new Performance series model showcased its performance and range of social and entertainment options. The Superhawk 55’s world premiere was staged at Boot Dusseldorf in January and the model will next appear at the Venice Boat Show from 31 May – 4 June.

Powered by twin Volvo Penta D11-IPS950 engines matched with a hull form designed for the IPS propulsion system, the Superhawk 55 is capable of thrilling performance with “unparalleled agility”, according to Sunseeker, which says the CE Category A yacht has a potential top speed of 38 knots.

The forward part of the sunpad can slide forward to create seating
The forward part of the sunpad can slide forward to create seating

A spectacular updating of Sunseeker’s iconic Superhawk series, the 55 has an overall length of 56ft 2in and weighs 26 tonnes at half load. Conceived in response to the current demands for open day boats, the full-walkaround model features an open-plan arrangement and a full-beam cockpit.

The yacht starts with a large, clean open swim platform and a remarkably well concealed garage door that drops to reveal space for a Williams MiniJet. Up a couple of steps, the aft cockpit can make full use of the yacht’s 16ft 2in beam due to twin pantograph doors adjacent to the helm allowing forward access.

The huge swim platform and concealed tender garage

The aft half of the island sunpad can fold upwards to reveal storage for water toys like Seabobs, while covered L-shaped sofas positioned on each side of the cockpit can move diagonally aft and inwards to complete seating around the cockpit table.

Concealed appliances are integrated into the feature wet bar, while there’s also the option of a rise-and-fall TV. The finishing details are impressive, with overhead and in-deck LED lighting making a striking statement together with beautiful stainless-steel accents.

The L-shaped sofas can slide towards the table

The central, three-seat helm offers the skipper and companions panoramic views and a console complete with dual display screens, charging pads and chrome multi-purpose dials.

Pantograph doors on each side offer protection from the elements or access to the foredeck. The bow area can be set up with two lounging areas fore and aft of a pop-up table or the forward section can slide aft to join form one very long triple sunpad.

Overhead view of lower lounge and galley

The interior has an exceptional 7ft of head height in the lower lounge and galley, with natural light flooding in through a large, glazed roof with impressive lighting details.

The forward VIP and master stateroom each have an en-suite bathroom and complete a remarkable lower deck for what Sunseeker has described as the “ultimate open day boat”.

Full-beam master suite

“With the spirit of Sunseeker’s original Superhawk series, this 55ft performance yacht is steeped in Sunseeker heritage but re-imagined for the owners of today,” said Sean Robertson, Sales and Marketing Director at Sunseeker International. “The Superhawk 55 is the ultimate boat for day time cruising, long weekends and extended trips away.”

Sunseeker is represented in Hong Kong by NextWave Yachting and in the GCC countries by Sunseeker Gulf.

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