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Sunseeker’s Sporty Predator 55 Evo

The Sunseeker Predator 55 Evo has a reported top hop of 32-plus knots.

August 17, 2021
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Sunseeker Predator 55 Evo
The Sunseeker Predator 55 Evo is a 32-knot express cruiser with room for the cruising family. Courtesy Sunseeker

Symmetry. Balance. These two words popped into my head as I looked over the Sunseeker Predator 55 Evo.

The design starts with the set of teak steps flanking the express cruiser’s tender garage, which handles a Williams Turbojet 325 and leads to the cockpit’s teak sole. A transom bench seat is on centerline and continues the equilibrium theme. Just forward is a settee, and a folding teak table is between the two seating areas, creating an alfresco dining space. A bulkhead window to port flips up on a strut and connects guests in the salon with those outside. Open the cockpit door, and the main deck becomes an indoor-outdoor entertaining area.

Entering through the salon door to starboard, there is a U-shaped settee immediately to port that accommodates several guests. Side windows follow the rakish shape of the 55 Evo’s superstructure, offering guests in the salon uninterrupted ocean views. A house-spanning window forward provides clean sightlines ahead. A retractable, carbon-fiber sunroof lets in light and salty breezes.

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Sunseeker Predator 55 Evo
Fly-by-wire steering pairs the wheel to the yacht’s twin Volvo Penta diesels. A drop-down window lets the skipper talk with crewmembers who are on deck handling lines. Courtesy Sunseeker

The helm, forward and to starboard, is set up with a companion seat. The helmsman is positioned to the inside, and the dash accommodates two multifunction displays. A window lowers to let the captain talk to crew during docking or mooring maneuvers. Across is a settee for a few more guests to take in the view underway.

The J-shaped galley is belowdecks to port with an electric cooktop, undercounter fridge and freezer, and cabinets. Hullside windows, as well as the sunroof and forward windshield overhead, keep this area feeling bright and open. Across is an L-shaped dinette for a quiet breakfast.

Sunseeker Predator 55 Evo
The Predator 55 Evo’s forepeak VIP is a flexible space thanks to a scissor berth. It has an en suite head and gets natural light via a hatch and flanking hullside windows. Courtesy Sunseeker

The yacht’s full-beam master stateroom is aft and has an en suite head with a shower stall. A forward-facing berth is on centerline, and a two-seat breakfast nook is to starboard with views out the hullside windows. A set of dressers are to port and positioned under the window. The forepeak guest stateroom has a scissor berth, so it should work well for kids or couples.

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Power for the Predator 55 Evo is a pair of 725 hp Volvo Penta D11 straight-shaft diesels. The builder reports that the yacht should make a top hop of 32-plus knots. Sunseeker says a Humphree Interceptor system could enhance that performance even more.

Take the next step: sunseeker.com

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