Robert Braithwaite passed away in March this year

The UK’s Sunseeker International has announced that the first 10 units of its new high-performance day boat, the Hawk 38, will be part of a special limited-edition series in memory of the company’s founder, Robert Braithwaite, who passed away in March this year.

The Hawk 38 was the last project Braithwaite was involved with. Each of the 10 boats will carry a polished stainless steel plaque on the helm dashboard numbered from RB001 to RB010.

“Robert was an inspiration to everyone at Sunseeker and to the wider marine industry, recognised as a boating pioneer, a true visionary and someone who changed the face of boating forever,” says the company in a statement. “Robert’s passion for speed and performance is at the heart of every Sunseeker ever made and embodied in this latest model, which is delivering an incredible top speed of up to 70mph (62kt).”

Fitted with inflatable Hypalon 866 STAB tubes and Mercury 400R engines, the Hawk 38 has a smooth-running hull supported by the addition of four racing seats with shock-absorbing mitigation. The helm station is centrally located, shielded by an integrated double-curvature ventilated glass screen with a sweeping black carbon fibre hard top, and the console unit is fitted with a Simrad navigation system.

The foredeck is complete with a sunbathing pad with elevated fixed headrests and an optional foredeck sail canopy. Aft facing u-shaped seating is centralised around a quick release carbon table that can be stowed in seconds. At the stern, there is a triple bench seat with the possibility for two drawer fridges located under.

“The legacy of the Sunseeker brand is built on developing performance boats such as the Hawk 38 – it’s in our DNA and something Robert was extremely passionate about, having raced extensively in his early career,” says Sunseeker CEO Andrea Frabetti. “I am honoured to unveil this special edition series of the Hawk 38, a very fitting tribute to our founder.”