SUN SEEKER SU­PER HAWK 43

BU ILT 2007 PR ICE £195 ,000

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The Superhawk 43 lives at the very end of a long legacy of high-per­for­mance Sunseeker ‘Hawk’ mod­els that stretches right back to the mid-eight­ies with boats like the gor­geous Mo­hawk 29 and the out­ra­geous Thun­der­hawk 43. The lat­ter was based on a Don Shead-de­signed race boat hull and of­ten sported big block V8 petrol engines for max­i­mum per­for­mance. A pure but so­phis­ti­cated mus­cle boat, it took on the Amer­i­can Cig­a­rettes and Donzis like Daniel Craig squar­ing up to Vin Diesel. The Superhawk 43 did in fact make an ap­pear­ance in the 2008 Bond film Quan­tum of So­lace but was launched two years ear­lier at the Southamp­ton Boat Show in 2006.

IN­TE­RIOR

As 43ft boats go, the in­te­rior of the Superhawk is not gen­er­ous. But it is en­tirely suf­fi­cient for a cou­ple to overnight, or even over-week! There’s a large dou­ble berth in the fore­peak and the set­tee back­rest lifts to cre­ate two Pull­man berths. Fin­ish is typ­i­cal Sunseeker, high qual­ity and nicely de­tailed.

EXTERIOR

In clas­sic Hawk tra­di­tion, the Superhawk 43 is ab­so­lutely gor­geous! Long sexy flow­ing lines that make the boat look like it’s do­ing 40 knots even when it’s berthed! The cock­pit is deep and shel­tered with drop bol­ster race-style seats at the helm.

PER­FOR­MANCE

Most of th­ese boats get stern­drives, ei­ther Volvo Penta or Yamaha. The most pop­u­lar mo­tors were Volvo Penta D6 at 350hp each, up­graded to 370hp in later boats which should give about 40 knots. Triple Yamaha 315hp engines mated to su­per­smooth Hyradrive out­drives up the ante to­ward the mid-40 knot mark, but if you want the ul­ti­mate then you want the en­gine op­tion fit­ted to this boat. It’s one of only about six Superhawk 43s that were spec­i­fied from new with twin Yan­mar 480hp diesels mated to Ar­ne­son sur­face drives. They com­manded a £100,000 pre­mium when new but take the top end to al­most 50 knots with a cruis­ing speed well above 40 knots!

SEA­KEEP­ING

The dou­blestepped hull rides com­pletely flat, scyth­ing through the wa­ter like a, err, scythe, hurl­ing cur­tains of spray high and wide whilst those Ar­nesons throw a spec­tac­u­lar rooster tail of spray out the back. It’s an awe­some spec­ta­cle and huge fun to drive!

The in­te­rior is on the small side for a 40-footer, but is per­fectly ad­e­quate for a cou­ple

The dash­board is as stylish and al­lur­ing as the rest of the boat, high in qual­ity and de­tail

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