Sunseeker Predator 74 review: New generation open

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After a long while, we’ve found our way to a new Sunseeker, this June in the Split marina Lav we got to meet and review Predator 74, a model that debuted in Düsseldorf in January 2018 – the first unit in the Adriatic

Sunseeker Predator 74 Side View 01
Sunseeker Predator 74 review in Open version

Sporty like all Predators, the series that made its British builder famous, the Predator 74 has dashing glass surfaces on the hull and the superstructure and pillarless windows the Sunseeker is especially proud of. Although the style of the Predator 74 doesn’t stray much from that of her predecessors, the new model is technically superior and significantly more advanced than those before her, as well as impeccable in design.

Sunseeker Predator 74 in Open version

Predator 74 Cockpit 01

Predator 74 Layout Salon 01
Openable glass roof of main salon in Sunseeker Predator 74 creates special atmosphere with almost 360 degrees look to outside

It’s also available in Sport Fly version, but we were glad to be able to test the Sunseeker Predator 74 in Open version. Low profile, low center of balance and superior maneuverability are all characteristics of open type yachts, and this lovely model has them all. Before setting out to sea, we took note of every detail from the aft to the bow.

Visually attractive, impeccably designed and excellent in navigation, the new Predator 74 follows the illustrious tradition of her predecessors without straying

The submersible aft platform is large enough to house a jet ski, and the transom divided into crew entrance and tender garage (the unit we tested had a Williams 395). There is a large L-shaped sofa in the cockpit, and the entire aft area is shaded by a large sunbed, which can be protected from sun rays by a top supported by pillars strong enough to keep it open during navigation, as well.

The teak dining table is foldable and opens to double in size, and the cockpit furnished with a small sink, fridge and grill, ideal for days when you just don’t feel like cooking indoors.

The salon with 360° visibility

Yacht Bow Meal 01
Cosy lounge area on the bow of Sunseeker Predator 74

Sunseeker Predator 74 may not have a top bridge, but it lacks nothing: on the bow, there’s enough space for a sunbed, a large U-shaped sofa and a table, all protected by a bimini top that remains hidden from view when not in use. The main deck salon is protected by a large movable sunroof, and when it’s open (leaving behind a mosquito net above the salon), the entire deck from aft to bow becomes one giant terrace by the sea.

The salon is surrounded by large glass surfaces and enjoys 360° visibility, and the salon table is foldable, but smaller than the one in the cockpit. Down below, you first enter the galley, with s small dining table and a U-shaped bench. This dining space can be replaced by a fourth cabin. The three cabin version is much more comfortable and has an impressively large master cabin.

Predator 74 layout: Traditional, but tweaked to perfection

The VIP cabin is in the bow, right next to it the guest cabin and the day head, while the master cabin is aft. Large, with a wide centrally positioned bed, a vanity and a sofa, the master cabin is surrounded by large windows and feels like a home. It is served by a private head and a walk-in closet. On Sunseeker Predator 74, layout is traditional, but tweaked to perfection – just like we expected from a new generation of Sunseeker.

Sunseeker Predator 74 Master Cabin 01
Interiors enjoy rich materials and simple design; Owner’s stateroom in the Sunseeker Predator 74 is especially pretty

The unexpected part of our Sunseeker Predator 74 test was definitely the navigation, even though this wasn’t our first Sunseeker and we were well aware of what the Brits could create. We criss-crossed the Brač channel at various speeds and regimes, with a lot of help from the skipper, who brought the unit from Malta.

On his three-day journey, he said, they didn’t encounter larger waves, but it was windy and the 74 handled the weather without a hiccup. On our review of Sunseeker Predator 74, we reached 21 knots of cruising speed, fuel consumption was 75 l/h of fuel per engine, and 33 knots of top speed with 150 l/h of fuel per engine.

British Yacht Happy Couple 01
Sunseeker Predator 74 has spacious outside decks for relaxing evenings at sea

The unit we tested was powered with MAN 1550-hop engines. As pleasing as the speed was, it wasn’t the most impressive about Sunseeker Predator 74: we were floored by her maneuverability, acceleration power and stability, boosted by hydraulic stabilizers whose fins took less than ten seconds (!) to reach full potential.  Additionally, the stabilizer is installed on both bow and aft thrusters, which comes in more than handy in port maneuvers.

The new generation of Predators has made a huge step forward, so huge that Sunseeker really has no need to advertise it – they can just let the yachts speak for themselves.

Sunseeker Predator 74 specifications

LOA: 22,82 m
Beam: 5,38 m
Draft: 1,83 m
Fuel capacity: 4800 l
Water capacity: 800 l
Displacement: 45.300 kg
Engines: 2 x MAN 1550 KS HP/
2 x MAN 1900 KS HP
Max speed: 33/40 knots
Cruising speed: 24/30 knots
Builder: Sunseeker
Dealer: Sunseeker Adriatic Group

Text Darko Šupuk

Photos Sunseeker International & Filip Bubalo

Video Sunseeker London Group

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