Birth of a Superhawk
Hawks are a common sight where I now live in rural-ish Connecticut. But I’m not originally from here so it’s still kind of exciting to see them when out for a run or cruising the river. “Look a hawk,” I’m known to say as I jab a finger towards the bird gliding in circles overhead. My neighbors look at me with amused pity. It’s akin to them saying: “Look a yellow cab,” when in New York City.
I’m not a bird guy, but I like hawks. They evoke both grace and power while sitting still and are downright fierce when chasing their prey. So when you name a boat model the Superhawk, well, I’m going to hold you to a high standard.
Sunseeker Superhawk 55
I was fortunate enough to test the Sunseeker Hawk 38 a couple years ago on Britain’s fabled Solent after the builder decided to bring the line back after a long hiatus.
The test left an indelible impression on me. I have a hull designed by Fabio Buzzi to thank for that, as well as twin 400-hp Mercury Verado engines—giving it the no small title of the first ever outboard-powered Sunseeker. The only boat I’ve ever run that was similar in terms of ride and performance was the 1969 Bertram race boat White Tornado.
The new Superhawk 55 looks to build off of what the Hawk 38 started. Personally, I was hoping we’d see another outboard-powered Hawk by now, but I have a feeling the 950-hp Volvo Penta D11s will offer up a sporty ride for the 56-foot 10-inch boat of prey. According to Sunseeker, the Superhawk will be capable of 38-knots.
The 55 is being touted as “an open-top day boat,” and I’m sure many owners will use it that way, but that naming convention doesn’t feel quite right since there is a full-beam master and VIP forward as well as a salon sofa that converts to berth for two in a pinch.
It’s really on deck where the majority of guests will perch themselves. A few notable features are the huge sunpad forward, an ample tender garage with room for a dinghy and seabobs, three fighter-pilot style helm seats and a huge windshield that should offer unbridled views of the water.
There’s also a smartly designed cockpit that features a sunpad, large table and a number of customizable options.
The Superhawk is set to land in the U.S. next fall. It doesn’t matter where you’re from. In due time, I think we’ll all be saying: “Look, a Superhawk!”