Sunseeker Superhawk 34 used boat buyers' guide: Bond boat still thrills 21 years on

Our resident used boat expert Nick Burnham explains how to pick out a good secondhand Sunseeker Superhawk 34.In 1999 the Sunseeker Superhawk 34 burst onto the world’s silver screens in the James Bond blockbuster The World Is Not Enough. Glued to his seat, eyes wide like the rest of us, sat a teenage Ed Mitton, owner of the boat you see in this video. “Owning a Sunseeker performance boat was a dream […] This article Sunseeker Superhawk 34 used boat buyers' guide: Bond boat still thrills 21 years on appeared first on Motor Boat & Yachting.

Sunseeker Superhawk 34 used boat buyers' guide: Bond boat still thrills 21 years on

Our resident used boat expert Nick Burnham explains how to pick out a good secondhand Sunseeker Superhawk 34.

In 1999 the Sunseeker Superhawk 34 burst onto the world’s silver screens in the James Bond blockbuster The World Is Not Enough. Glued to his seat, eyes wide like the rest of us, sat a teenage Ed Mitton, owner of the boat you see in this video.

“Owning a Sunseeker performance boat was a dream from that moment on. But it’s not just the 007 credentials, I think that the Superhawk 34 was the sweet spot of all of the Sunseeker performance models – big enough to handle open water but small enough to be easily managed. It’s also a fantastic looking boat”.

He’s not wrong. Launched in 1997 to replace the Hawk 31, the Superhawk 34 was penned by powerboat racer and designer, Don Shead, who had been responsible for all of Sunseeker’s Hawk series up to that point from the very first XPS34 of 1983.

It followed the tried and tested formula: deep vee, narrow beam and low profile. The result, even almost quarter of a century on, is spectacular.

With no compromise to volume, headroom or sleeping cabins, the lines of the Superhawk 34 are pure sportsboat – elegant, taut and fast. It’s one of those boats that looks as though it’s doing 40 knots whilst stationary. It’s an aquatic Jaguar E Type – all bonnet and sinuous curves.

Read our full Sunseeker Superhawk 34 used boat report in the October issue of MBY, out September 3.

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Axopar 22 Spyder first look: Trailable starter boat aims to distill the Axopar essence

It’s a great time to be in the market for an entry-level boat. Saxdor is making waves with its 200 Sport and with the 22 Spyder, Axopar clearly wants a slice of the action, too.

For a boat of just 23ft the depth of the walkaround decks is impressive

The headline news is that you can get an Axopar 22 Spyder with a 115hp Mercury outboard for less than €50,000 including VAT.

For that, you get a scaled-down version of Axopar’s excellent twin-stepped hull, deep walkaround deck spaces, and well protected seating.

Crucially, with a beam of 7ft 4in (2.23m) the Axopar 22 Spyder will comfortably fit on a road trailer.

As with the Axopar 28 and 37 there is a range of deck layouts including a multi-storage option with sunpad for storing water toys and one with a U-shaped sofa at the stern with a toilet compartment in the console, which boosts the 22 Spyder’s dayboat credentials significantly.

There’s no word yet on whether there will be a T-top variant available, so it’s the fully open 22 Spyder for now but it seems likely that some sort of fixed shade version will be in the pipeline.

Doesn’t it look great as an open boat, though? Low, lean, and full of purpose, it has real muscle boat intent.

The entry-level one is unlikely to have muscle boat performance but with the optional 175hp motor on the back, it should comfortably top 40 knots.

If Axopar has successfully managed to distill the best of its larger models into a compact 23-footer then we’re in for a real treat.

Specification

LOA: 23ft 2in (7.2m)
Beam: 7ft 4in (2.23m)
Engines: Single outboard 115-175hp
Top speed: 40 knots
Starting price: €49,000 inc VAT

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