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Nick Burn­ham un­earths some ex­cel­lent used boats this month, from a Sunseeker 31 Hawk to a Bot­nia Targa 25

Sunseeker has the rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing the ‘sporty’ one of the big three, and it is boats like the Hawk 31, built be­tween 1993 and 1996, that ce­mented that rep­u­ta­tion. Like all Hawks, this one looks fan­tas­tic, and has the show to match the go with its new Sil­ver­tex cock­pit uphol­stery, Flex­i­teek floor­ing, new canopies and car­bon-fi­bre dash.


Don’t ex­pect typ­i­cal 30ft lev­els of in­te­rior space – this is a lean, mean per­for­mance ma­chine. Head­room is sit­ting only, there’s a sin­gle dinette that con­verts to a dou­ble berth, and no mid cabin. How­ever the stan­dard of fin­ish is ex­em­plary, there’s a neat lit­tle gal­ley unit, and the heads is in a sep­a­rate com­part­ment, so it has gen­uine week­end­ing cre­den­tials.


Like the cabin, the cock­pit is com­pact, a corol­lary of the nar­row beam. But it’s very clev­erly laid out. The helm seat flips over to pro­vide seat­ing around a fold-out ta­ble, and in its re­versed po­si­tion cre­ates two lean bol­sters at the helm. The aft back­rests also flip be­tween for­ward-fac­ing cock­pit seat­ing or back­rests to the two sunbeds that flank the cen­tre walk­way to the bathing plat­form.


Petrol and diesel en­gines were of­fered, mostly twin in­stal­la­tions, although a sin­gle 275hp petrol was avail­able. Given the per­for­mance cre­den­tials, you might ex­pect the twin petrols to be the more pop­u­lar op­tion, the largest of which (twin 445hp) gave al­most 60 knots. In fact, most were spec­i­fied with the twin diesels fit­ted to this boat – twin Volvo Penta KAD 42 en­gines giv­ing over 40 knots al­lied to rea­son­able fuel con­sump­tion.


That nar­row beam might in­fringe on cock­pit and cabin space, but it pays div­i­dends where it mat­ters, out among the rough stuff. The Hawk 31 is an in­cred­i­bly ca­pa­ble boat, able to ab­sorb great dis­tances at high speed.

Seat­ing con­verts to a dou­ble berth in the bow New car­bon-fi­bre dash is just one of the smart touches Newly up­hol­stered seats and Flex­i­teek sole bring the cock­pit up to date

Words Nick Burn­ham

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