Sunseeker has commissioned Supermarine Powerboats of Lymington, U.K., to build its new stepped-bottom center console, the Hawk 38.
Wood is a veteran offshore powerboat racer and told the powerboatracingworld.com website, “My connection to Sunseeker is in my blood, my uncle Don Shead, with his skilled team of Naval Architects at Shead Design, drew some of the most unique and iconic lines for Sunseeker hulls in the 1980s.”
Wood has put together a European performance-boating dream team for the new boat, bringing on board well-known racer, boatbuilder and engineer Mark Pascoe to work on the project while the boat’s twin-step bottom design was drafted by legendary Italian boatbuilder and racer Fabio Buzzi. Last year, he set a diesel world speed record of 277.515 kmh (172.439 mph) on Lake Como. Buzzi also worked with Sunseeker on the company’s XS2000 and XS Sport models previously.
The Hawk 38 will reportedly run 70 mph when powered by twin Mercury 400-hp Verado outboards.
Among the design elements used by Buzzi are an anti-dive bow that prevents the nose from stuffing into a wave and reduces vibration and noise. The boat comes standard with inflatable Hypalon tubes.
The foredeck has a sunpad with elevated headrests and aft-facing U-shaped seating is centered around a quick-release carbon table. The helm has a ventilated glass windshield with a carbon fiber hardtop and will be fitted with Simrad navigation electronics. CZone switching allows integration of the controls of on board systems. FB Design seats at the helm have shock-absorbers and power-drop-out bolsters. In the stern, a triple bench seat can house two drawer-style refrigerators.
In the console, the head has a vanity, stainless-steel sink, skylight and a CZone digital master switch panel.