The Sunseeker Predator 57 is a 59-foot sportscruiser yacht that was launched by UK yacht-building firm Sunseeker in 2015. Powerful performance and sleek, sporty looks have combined to make this one of the fastest-selling Sunseeker models ever built, with around 50 vessels sold to discerning buyers around the world in the Predator 57’s first six months. This yacht was also a major hit with industry insiders, with the Predator 57 bagging the title for “Best Sportscruiser over 45ft” at the 2016 Motor Boat Awards. Since 2020 all new Predator 57’s have been branded as the Predator 57 MKII, a yacht that is in all respects identical but with an upgraded interior treatment.
There is plenty of space on this vessel for afternoon hours spent working on your tan, across a triple-seater sunpad on the foredeck and a further elevated sunpad at the transom. If you prefer a bit of shelter as you enjoy al-fresco meals or aperitifs then you ought to head to the teak-lined aft-deck, where a hook-shaped sofa traces the transom and port-side of the yacht and surrounds a timber breakfast table. Also to be found out here is a wet-bar console with a Kenyon grill and an ice-maker, and side steps down to a full-beam hydraulic swimming platform. The platform hides a neat garage with a door that can be turned into beach-club style seating, with plenty of space for your Seabobs, a Williams 325 tender and swimming gear.
The Sunseeker Predator 57’s internal cockpit provides a climate-controlled space in which to both relax and pilot your vessel, though with sliding glass doors, a retractable rear window and a mullioned, retractable sunroof this area can be fully opened up to the elements. The salon features American Walnut finishes and teak floors, and hosts a U-shaped dining sofa with a retractable table to port, along with plenty of cabinetry to starboard. The helm station, meanwhile, comes with a pair of leather-clad seats, Simrad evo3 touch-screen panels, thruster controls, power-assisted steering and more.
An open staircase leads down to the lower deck, where the galley benefits from plenty of natural light streaming in from above. The galley features marble work surfaces and Miele appliances such as a four-zone hob, a convection oven and a large fridge-freezer, and sits across from an L-shaped dinette lounge. There is sleeping space down here for up to six overnight guests across a twin bunk berth, an en-suite double stateroom to the bow and a full-beam master stateroom amidship with side-seating, timber-lined hanging closets, cinema-screen side windows and a king-sized bed.
You can choose between shaft-drive or pod engines on this yacht, with a pair of Volvo Penta D13 900 or Volvo Penta IPS 685 engines providing top speeds of up to 40 knots, with cruising speeds in the high 20-knot range. At cruising speeds of 9.5 knots you can expect a range of around 450 nautical miles, more than enough for a weekend spent island hopping. A hull with a moderate deadrise and a broad beam proves effortlessly balanced in a range of conditions, which should come as no surprise when you discover that Sunseeker test their boats out on the turbulent waters of the English Channel.