Simon Wood Power’s boat building company in Lymington, Supermarine Powerboats, will be building the new Fabio Buzzi / FB Design, Sunseeker Hawk 38.
Wood Power a veteran Offshore Powerboat Racer and latterly a UKOPRA Officer of the Day told Powerboat Racing World:
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 the Sunseeker hulls in the 1980’s.
It’s an absolute pleasure to be building their latest innovation for a new generation of Sunseeker owners.
Wood Power has brought fellow racer, boat builder and engineer Mark Pascoe on board to handle what Sunseeker calls as their ‘most technically advanced performance boat ever’.
Fabio Buzzi who last year set a diesel powered World Speed Record of 277.515 Km/h on Lake Como, has designed new steps for the hull which help the boat to a top speed of 70 mph when fitted with twin Mercury Marine supercharged Verado 400R motors.
Sunseeker continue in their press release:
The all-new FB Design patented structural foam hull with ‘anti-dive’ bow not only makes for an unsinkable boat but also moderates vibration and noise transmission to an absolute minimum. To reduce lateral pitching and increase comfort and safety whilst running at high speed, inflatable Hypalon 866 STAB® tubes are fitted as standard and provide the added benefit of built-in fendering for easy boarding and stability at anchor.
Whilst the incredible design, features and equipment delivers ultimate day-boat appeal, its searing performance will ensure it’s always first to the best anchorage or beach restaurant. With a choice of paint finishes and upholstery, it will also make the ultimate superyacht chase boat; no two boats are ever likely to be the same.
For those looking to soak up the sun while at anchor, the foredeck is complete with a sunbathing pad with elevated fixed headrests and an optional foredeck sail canopy. Aft facing u-shaped seating is centralised around a quick release carbon or painted table that can be stowed in seconds.
The helm station is centrally located, shielded by an integrated double-curvature ventilated glass screen with a sweeping black carbon fibre hard top and side screens to deflect the wind.
Fitted with a Simrad navigation system, the helm console consists of the very latest 16-inch Evo 3 touch screen multifunction display with GPS and Wi-Fi capability. The Simrad screen gives access to the CZone® DC switching system to allow integrated control of all essential systems including lighting, batteries, pumps and LED navigation lights. In addition, the Lumishore LED lighting package is controllable from the Simrad screens via the Lumi-Link smart lighting application to offer a spectrum of colours and effects.
Power-assisted steering is courtesy of the intelligent leather trimmed tilt steering wheel incorporating full control of the navigation system.
Positioned under the helm is the toilet compartment, complete with vanity unit, stainless steel hand basin, skylight and CZone® DC switching system master panel; replicated through an additional 5” colour touch screen to ensure full redundancy for critical systems.
Aft of the console are four FB Design racing seats built for speed and performance. With shock absorbing mitigation, 120mm stroke, electrohydraulic actuators and electric bolsters, occupants can either sit or stand for optimal comfort and safety.
At the stern, there is a triple bench seat with the possibility for two drawer fridges located under. Ease of access is afforded to the large technical compartment via a hinged access hatch.
Throughout the boat, there is multiple built-in storage such as a cavernous stowage locker with carbon fibre lid at the bow, which can be utilised for a plethora of toys including two SEABOB’s with dedicated bulkhead-mounted charging units. The self-draining composite decking in platinum with white corking includes yet more stowage with a large central deck locker that can hold a life raft or inflatable paddleboard.
Every last detail in the boat has been designed with performance in mind down to the carbon fibre grab rails with polished stainless-steel mounts, retractable cleats, compression latches and a custom audio system with polished stainless-steel speaker grills, aft facing swim speakers and optional subs.
Sunseeker CEO Christian Marti commented on the new project:
The heritage of the Sunseeker brand is unparalleled, built on a legacy of developing small performance racing boats, we are the technical experts in this field, and it lies within the brand’s DNA.
Having worked previously with FB Design on the XS2000 and XS Sport as far back as 18 years ago, Sunseeker has always dominated this area and will continue to do so with this technologically advanced, cutting-edge new model.