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At the London Boat Show last January Sunseeker introduced its new Predator 64, a boat that the builder calls a “performance motoryacht” and says is capable of 35 knots, with the big diesels. She has three staterooms, a bunk for a crewman aft and décor that is as chic as anything the Italians could dream up, in fact it is Italian. Last winter BoatTEST’s COO visited the London Show and made a video of the new Predator 64, so if you have never been aboard a Sunseeker, here’s your chance. But be forewarned that this boat is not for everyone, nor does Sunseeker want to sell it to just anyone. The company is very particular.

Specifications

Sunseeker Predator 64 (2009-) Specifications
Length Overall 65' 11''
20.10 m
Dry Weight 63, 800 lbs.
29,000 kg
Beam 16' 3''
4.95 m
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 4' 10''
1.48 m
Fuel Cap 793 gal,
3,000 L
Deadrise/Transom N/A Water Cap 185 gal.
700 L
Max Headroom N/A Bridge Clearance 16' 8''
5.07 m
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Sunseeker Predator 64 (2009-)Engine options
Std. Power Not Available
Tested Power Currently no test numbers
Opt. Power Up to 2200PS (total)

Sunseeker Predator 64 (2009-) Captain's Report

Located in Poole, England, and with roots that go back 40 years, the last 10 years or so Sunseeker has rocketed to such world-wide prominence and success that it has left mere mortal boat builders shaking their heads in awe and disbelief. It was, in fact, a brand with enormous global strength until the recent economic meltdown humbled even the mightiest boat builders. The company claims, and we concur, that a large part of its success lies in the commitment to constantly introducing new and ever larger boats with styling so sleek and perfectly proportioned as to nearly take one’s breath away. And Sunseeker interior décor was as trendy as the latest issue of the Italian Vogue.

Sunseeker 64 Predator

The new Sunseeker Predator 64 has bunny pads both fore and aft with plenty of room for the good life in between.

Awesome R Us

Here, a company in stodgy old England, in one of the country’s most antiquated industries, and among a race of people not known for marketing savvy of anything except roadside pubs, managed to capture the imagination of oligarchs, Saudi Princes, European industrialists, hedge fund titans, sports stars, and nouveau riche from one end of the earth to the other -- and then sell them something that they did not need, in many cases could not even operate, and in virtually every instance cost much more than the competition. As we said, Sunseeker has had an awesome run.

Sunseeker 64 Predator

Back in the early days of Sunseeker, it was strictly “No sex please, we’re British.”

Getting There is the Fun

On its website Sunseeker explains the secret of its success with this telling story: “One day, when exhibiting their first 17 and 23 footers at a Boat Show, a man who was a boat dealer in the south of France commented, ‘if you can make them all in white, and put a full width sun bed across the stern, I’ll buy them’. The fact that they did so, and that the boats sold well exemplified a set of attitudes that has characterized Sunseeker to this day: listen to what customers want and give it to them; don’t be afraid to try something totally new; always explore new markets.”

Sunseeker in the early days hit the offshore powerboat racing circuit and learned how to keep their boats together while pounding the hell out of the English Channel at 60 knots. It also learned a thing or two about propulsion systems and quickly adapted the Arneson surface piercing drives and water jets. Sunseeker became associated with speed and the company has never given up that heritage.

Sunseeker 64 Predator

From the cover of the new Sunseeker Predator 64 PDF file: You’ve come a long way baby.

A Different World

Sunseekers are all about the imagination. The imagination of their designers, their buyers, the wannabe owners, and even the imaginations of the kind souls walking along the dock gawking at how the lucky .5% live. See a Sunseeker and immediately images of what it must be like to own one, or cruise on one, or just to visit one congers up rich fantasies in the minds of all but the most jaded. The company helps along this important mind game by draping lovely women seductively around its boats, alternating them with men in black who are custodians of the rope line.

The message is not how seaworthy this boat is, or how comfortable, or how far it can cruise, or how easy it is to anchor, or how many it can sleep – no, the message is something else altogether: here is something so special, so elegant, so expensive, that only a few can be lucky enough to have it. Are you one of the few, or one of the many?

Yachts With Attitude

Sunseekers are not for everyone, and certainly not everyone who could afford one would choose a Sunseeker. They are designed for the Med. That means they are large day boats able to shoot quickly from the Italian coast over to Porto Cervo on Sardinia, or from Monaco to Nice with lunch anchored off Cap Ferrat. They are not intended for cruising the Labrador coast or the Irish Sea. They are for cruising the great marinas and harbors of the world such as the one at Antibes, or to anchor off Portofino.

Sunseekers are boats with a very specific purpose in mind and it has very little to do with traditional yachting. You won’t find them on the moorings in front of the New York Yacht Club in Newport, but you will find them at the Rio Yacht Club and at the Club de Yates in Acapulco. After all, they are seeking the sun.

Let’s take a look at the new Predator 64--

Sunseeker 64 Predator

The saloon of the Predator 64 is not quite as big as it looks in this wide-angle photo. But it’s all about the details: look at the sliding, wide stainless steel door that extends the glass from one side of the saloon to the other like no boat you have ever seen. The concept is to make the saloon part of the cockpit and whole outdoors, like a shade-covered veranda on the Amalfi Coast. One venue blends into the next. Note what appears to be elegant hard wood on the saloon sole, the nautical soft teak in the cockpit, the Moroccan throw pillows on the lounge seats in the cockpit. Incedently, that’s a bottle Dom Perignon chilling in and the ice bucket. To the right a vase holds birds of paradise flowers, which fit right in.

Sunseeker 64 Predator

The helm is a place of instruments, screens, dials and switches, all mysteriously complex and cool. Halogen spotlights surround the skipper’s domain and bath it in soft white light. Moon light filters through windows in the sunroof. Is that a blue and white jersey on the companion seat, or just a throw? And where did the companion go?

Sunseeker 64 Predator

The Sunseeker Predator 64 has a galley down arrangement. Its modern simplicity speaks for itself.

Sunseeker 64 Predator

The VIP stateroom in the bow with port and starboard reading lights over the platform queen bed with thick mattress and elegant, modern décor is hard to resist.

Sunseeker 64 Predator

The guest cabin is snug but ideal for nannies, or storage, or blow the whole thing out and put in the optional lower settee opposite the galley down.

Sunseeker 64 Predator

The full-beam master has a quiet elegance in a boat so racy. Note the large portlight which lets one’s special friend gaze out at the sea beyond and enjoy this special nirvana.

There is little use in going over the list of standard equipment on the 64. Suffice it to say that if you are familiar with boats in this class it has all of the same equipment, plus a standard electronics package that will leave little left for an owner to buy. All big mechanical equipment is specified by the owner or his representative.

One of the important things to know about Sunseeker is that despite its apparent attitude and exuded English upper crust aloofness, at the end of the day its management are just boat builders. They will work with you to change or modify the boat that most closely fits your fantasy, to make sure it fulfils your dream. They want you to be happy and be proud to own their works of art. Just ask and you will receive.


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Standard and Optional Equipment

Sunseeker Predator 64 (2009-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Marine Electronics
Autopilot Standard
GPS/Chart Standard
Radar Standard
VHF Radio Standard
Systems
Air Cond./Heat Standard
Battery Charger/Converter Standard
CD Stereo Standard
Head: Fixed Standard
Power Steering Standard
Shore Power Standard
Trim Tabs Standard
TV/DVD Standard
Washdown: Fresh Water Standard
Water Heater Standard
Windlass Standard
Galley
Icemaker Standard
Microwave Standard
Refrigerator Standard
Stove Standard
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Standard
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Transom Shower Standard
Wet bar Standard
Boats More Than 30 Feet
Bow Thruster Optional
Freezer Standard
Generator Standard

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Sunseeker Predator 64 (2009-) Warranty

Sunseeker Predator 64 (2009-) Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.

Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!


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