Discover the Perfect Getaway with the Predator 65

Discover the Perfect Getaway with the Predator 65
Even in an aerial view, the 35-knot Sunseeker Predator 65 cuts a sporty line. Courtesy of Motorboat & Yachting.

A carbon fiber-and-glass sunroof has been added to the Predator 65, which evolved from the Sunseeker 65 Sport Yacht.

Fun is guaranteed on board the 35-knot Sunseeker Predator 65.

It shares the same hull with the 65 Sport Yacht, which is its sistership. In addition to having no upper deck, stairs, or sports fly setup, the 65 Sport Yacht features a sliding carbon fiber and glass sunroof that creates a feeling of openness on the main deck. In addition, there is a foredeck terrace and various cockpit furniture options, as well as a swim platform, which can be combined with the garage to create a beach club. It's an awesome place to be outdoors during the day.

There are a pair of bar stools to port as well as a conventional transom sofa in the standard cockpit setup. Thanks to a drop-down electric window, the stools transform the aft-galley countertop into a bar. The cockpit can also be turned into a cozy alfresco hangout by adding an L-shaped sofa and a bigger table to port.

Aside from the galley aft, there is a lounge amidships and a two-seat helm offset to starboard. There are two couch seats and an extendable table to port and a two-seat sofa to starboard in the standard lounge area, flanked by full-height picture windows. Alternatively, the galley could be moved up so the lounge sofas to port can extend all the way to the deck doors.

A Sunseeker's interior has the same refinement as a high-quality car, which is unusual on a boat. The bridge area is beautifully detailed and ergonomically designed. Besides the usual information presented on two Garmin touchscreen multifunction displays configured with Volvo Penta's Glass Cockpit software, I couldn't take my eyes off a pair of small, round digital displays beneath them. Through a knob, skippers can change the display to show speed, fuel status, and rudder angle.

Belowdecks, the accommodations include a standard three or optional four staterooms, plus a day head. The owners’ space is amidships aft, with a forward-facing king berth, a vanity to To port, there is a chaise lounge or breakfast booth for two, and to starboard is a shower room. A VIP stateroom is to the bow, and a twin-berth en suite guest stateroom is to the starboard.

As for the amidships area to port, which is effectively the area outside the owners' stateroom door, there are four options. It has a utility area as standard. During my time aboard the Predator 65, which was headed for the East Coast, I was able to see this layout, which included plenty of linen storage and a washer-dryer. There are also options for this space, including a galley down or a section of an enlarged owners' stateroom with a study. The space can also be converted into a mini salon or fourth stateroom, albeit with just one bunk.

To date, all 65 Sport Yacht and Predator 65 orders have included twin Volvo Penta D13-IPS1200s or 1,000 hp D13-IPS1350s.

In our English Channel jaunt on board the Predator 65, we had to pick our moments to push the throttles to their stops because of a serious breeze. Sunseeker's Predator boats have enviable handling reputations, and this one doesn't disappoint. It hit 35 knots flat out at just over 2,400 rpm. This was while running the yacht at around half load and with an empty garage.

Based on the need for speed of most Predator 65 buyers, 325 nautical miles at 23 knots is the most interesting calculation for eco-cruise range.

Predator 65 is Rich Report's preferred yacht over 65 Sport Yacht. I don't spend much time in the upstairs driver's seat of the 65 Sport Yacht, despite its excellent SkyHelm. In contrast, the roof of a Predator 65 would only close at sunset. 

Volvo Penta’s pod-drive system helps the Predator 65 in overall performance and maneuverability.

Spare Room

According to reports, the Predator 65 has a wider tender garage than the Predator 74. There is room for a 12-foot jet tender, as well as several smaller toys. The stern can be transformed into a beach club when fully decked out.

A Look Inside

The Predator 65 is available in various light-dark schemes. On the boat I boarded, the soles were silver oak with a satin-sheen smoked eucalyptus. Other veneer choices include earth-gray oak, American black walnut and wenge, all in satin or high-gloss finishes.

Glasses of Class

One of the largest single panes of glass ever installed on a Sunseeker model is found on the Predator 65's double-curved, laminated windscreen.

Zach Sean (@probszachsean) is a contributor for TIRED. He writes nothing, but thinks a lot about eating, Spider-Man, and The Legend of Zelda. Zach likes long walkies, is mostly potty-trained, and plays well with others (most of the time).

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