The Sunseeker Superhawk 48 is a 48-foot performance cruiser that was produced by renowned British boat-building company Sunseeker between 1995 and 2005. Sunseeker sold almost 250 Superhawk 48 yachts across the vessel’s decade of production, making it one of the most popular models ever built at the Sunseeker Poole boatyard. Defined by a sharp and sporty look with a low-profile and a narrow hull built for racing, this is a yacht that is beloved by thrill-seekers and the style-conscious alike, while the luxurious finish of its on-deck cockpit and lower-deck rest space make it perfect for overnight cruising, too.
There are a pair of sunpads located on the main deck, with a single reclining pad out on the foredeck and a double sunbed with stern-facing views located by the transom. At the very rear of the yacht there is a full-beam bathing platform lined in water-resistant teak, from where you can set off on swimming jaunts or even store a compact water tender. The open cockpit can be fitted with a Bimini top that attaches to the radar arch for added shelter, while a Venturi windscreen shields those on-board from excess spray while careering through the waves at high speeds. You will find a U-shaped, starboard-side leather sofa in here, along with an adjustable cocktail table and a curved wet-bar console with an icebox and a sink, while at the front of the cockpit there is a double loveseat facing the helm. The molded dashboard at the helm features a sophisticated walnut fascia and comes equipped with thruster controls, three racing-style throttles, hydraulic steering, a Cetrek 360 GPS plotter, Shipmate VHF and a full set of compass displays.
On the lower deck you will find a surprisingly spacious lounge area lined in high-gloss cherry or teak with a C-shaped dining sofa hugging an oval-shaped dining table along with a pair of fitted armchairs and a home-entertainment system. Alongside this is a mini-galley with a two-zone hob, a Corian sink and fridge-freezer units. A master double stateroom towards the bow benefits from a skylight and ample hidden storage, while a bathroom with granite counters includes a flush toilet and an open shower setting.
You can choose between three different engine set-ups on the Sunseeker Superhawk 48, with top speeds of around 44 knots available if you go with a trio of 250MHP Volvo KAD44 diesels. Alternatively, you can upgrade to triple 315MHP Yanmar engines for top speeds of 50 knots, though for the most ambitious there can be no alternative to the triple MerCruiser 502MPI gasoline surface drives which can reach incredible full-throttle speeds of 55 knots. If you choose to take things a little slower than you can expect a cruising range of around 220 nautical miles at a pace of 30 knots. A Don Shead-designed deep-V planing hull with a beam of just 10-feet and a transom deadrise of 22 degrees provides supreme balance on the turn and a fuel-efficient ride.