The Sunseeker Performance Hawk 38 is a 38-foot high-performance day boat launched by British yacht-building firm Sunseeker in 2019. Though this outboard-motored powerboat represents a new direction for Sunseeker, who customarily build luxury motor yachts, the Performance Hawk 38 also symbolizes a return to tradition: after all, Sunseeker originally made their name in the 1970s crafting swift day-boats. In order to ensure that this boat could deliver unprecedented speeds, however, Sunseeker turned to Fabio Buzzi, winner of 43 World Speed records and 55 world racing titles, to develop a dynamic stepped hull that flies, rather than glides, across the surface of the water at a pace that will leave other day boats far behind.
With a low-slung, aerodynamic profile not unlike that of a speeding bullet, and the option of bright paintwork to your hull, the Performance Hawk 38 is not just a superb racing vessel, it also looks great. And, perhaps unique in its class, this is a boat that can host up to 12 guests across its single-level deck, proving that tournament-worthy acceleration does not have to come at the expense of space. To the tapered bow of this vessel there is a double sunpad adjoining a U-shaped rear-facing sofa which, as with all other seating on this boat, is clad in diamond-quilted orange Silvertex. Underneath this seating is a hidden storage space with room for a pair of Seabobs, while there is also the option to add a chilled drinks cabinet out here. To the stern there are three connected armchairs where guests can relax, while at the helm there are four shock-absorbing racing seats crafted in a collaborative effort between Fabio Buzzi Design and Besenzoni. The entire deck has been laid with a self-draining composite teak-effect platinum floor that matches this yacht’s sleek style while delivering on practicality. At the stern there is even a cutaway transom wall here for access to the outboard engines and a rear platform that could be used to set off on swimming jaunts while the boat is stationary.
Above the walk-around helm console is a carbon-fiber hard-top for shelter from rain and shine, while a crystal-clear windscreen at the front provides protection from spray. At the front of the console is a companionway door that leads to the below-deck day-head, a must for those who like to take their speed boat out for more than just a mere spin. The helm itself features a leather-clad, power-assisted steering wheel, a pair of Simrad evo3 multi-function touchscreen panels, Mercury Racing Digital Zero Effort throttles and a CZone DC electric system that controls the vessels LED lighting.
Though this one of the most eye-catching boats you will ever glimpse, where the Sunseeker Performance Hawk 38 really excels is out on the water. Top speeds of a thrilling 62 knots come thanks to a pair of Mercury 400R outboard engines, while acceleration from zero to 20 knots comes in a matter of seconds. Stability is provided by way of inflatable Hypalon 866 Stab tubes on either side of the hull, while the boat’s narrow beam of less than 10-foot, and its foam-filled, triple-stepped hull, offer immense agility on the turn. Should you choose to spend your time on the Sunseeker Performance Hawk 38 cruising at the relatively sedate speed of 21 knots you can expect a range of around 200 nautical miles due to a fuel tank holding 700 liters of diesel.