Predator in progress

Sunseeker releases the latest details on the upcoming Predator 55. 

18 April 2024


Sunseeker has revealed the Sunseeker Predator 55, which arrives in the 30th year of the Predator model range.

The Predator series holds a storied legacy within the Sunseeker brand, tracing back to its inception with the Predator 63 in 1994. Subsequent models like the Predator 80, launched in 1996, further elevated the brand’s reputation. The line expanded with additions like the Predator 58 and 54 in the late 90s.

Over the years, the British boatbuilder continued to develop the range, culminating in the Predator 68 in 2001. The turn of the century marked an accelerated pace of development, with Sunseeker introducing 29 new Predators and variants between 2001 and 2023.

The latest addition, the Predator 55, retains the DNA and heritage of its predecessors while incorporating enhancements that continue to advance the line. This 55-foot (16.8-metre) yacht offers an intelligent use of space across its three cabins and open main deck.


An enhanced performance package offers smooth cruising and handling, with Volvo Penta IPS 950 engines that reach 1,450 horsepower and speeds of up to 36 knots.

The engines can be accompanied by Volvo Penta’s Dynamic Positioning System, Joystick Docking and Glass Cockpit which together provide incredibly smooth handling. When owners want to cruise efficiently to their intended anchorage, cruise control and Volvo Penta’s Active Ride Control offer peace of mind.

Interceptor auto trim tabs are also pre-programmed, assisting with coordinated turns to maintain steady and easy manoeuvrability.

Garmin Surround View complements the performance system. With six cameras placed within the hull structure, this equipment offers 360-degree visibility while docking without leaving the helm.

With a new curved silhouette, the Predator 55 exterior has a sloping hardtop design, creating a low profile.

The Predator 55’s defining characteristic is the retractable glazing and carbon fibre sunroof integrated into the hardtop. Operated via the helm console, the 2.5-metre x 3-metre sunroof electrically slides aft, revealing the sky above. The glazing meets Category A Recreational Craft Directive criteria while receiving a UV treatment designed to withstand the tropical marine environment.

The Predator 55 has an integrated tender garage capable of housing a TurboJet 325. The hydraulic bathing platform lowers to reveal the tender launch and recovery system. Meanwhile, the aft sunpad lifts, releasing the stowed tender from the garage.

Benefitting from new styling, the Predator 55 has exterior seating in the spacious aft cockpit. An upholstered sofa forward of the sunpad joins L-shaped seating on the port side with a wrap-around backrest. This seating arrangement provides a formal dining area, complete with a fixed rise-and-fall expandable table.

Owners will enjoy an outdoor-indoor layout courtesy of the aft retractable doors that fix into their open position on both the port and starboard sides. The galley side units connect with the linear cockpit wet bar, so with the patio door opened to port, there is an uninterrupted connection between inside and outside.

A foredeck is accessed by broad side decks, allowing ease of movement between forward and aft spaces. Forward lies a seating arrangement featuring fixed backrests and a lifting sunpad with integrated stowage. A carbon-fibre sail canopy offers sun protection, whilst a gyro option will mitigate rolling at anchor to ensure guests can enjoy all-day sunbathing.

A flushed main deck comprises a saloon with expansive glazing. Immediately, guests are met with a deep lounging sofa on the port side and a galley with an integrated hob, refrigeration and a TV on a pivoting bracket on starboard side.

Forward, twin bolstered seats complement Sunseeker’s new-generation helm station. A single step up into the helm has improved visibility for navigation whilst affording the captain with either a seating or standing position.

The owner’s cabin is full-beam amidships. Upon entry to the lobby is a full-height wardrobe to starboard and an en suite to port. The double bed sits centrally with a sideboard and optional breakfast seating. A forward double cabin also offers an en suite and plenty of storage.

A tropical air conditioning specification is suitable for warm climates, providing cooling comfort in 40-degree heat and 90 percent humidity.

The interior layout can be modified to suit an owner’s requirements: the main deck galley can be moved to the lower deck and replaced with a sofa and rise-and-fall TV. With this option, the lower galley replaces the lower saloon and storage or utility room. This space can also be specified as an optional twin cabin with en suite providing accommodation for up to six guests.

The Predator 55 is the first yacht to feature an all-new interior collection, curated in collaboration with Design Unlimited. Debuting the new collection, the Predator 55 offers a flexible colour scheme and materials palette tailored to each owner.



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