Sunseeker Portofino 47 Survey by Guy Nicholls, Marine Surveyor Poole for Solent Marine Surveys. This Sunseeker was equipped with twin Volvo Penta D9 diesels, giving around 31 knots boat speed at 2300rpm during the sea trial which was conducted before the hoist for the full pre-purchase survey. I worked in parallel with Golden Arrow Marine who where able to access the engine history and run full diagnostics which on modern engines such as these requires a marine engineer to facilitate.
A Sunseeker Hawk 27 ashore for a marine survey near Portsmouth – Trafalgar Wharf in Porchester which overlooks Port Solent Marina opposite. Sunseeker, a Poole based UK company have built up a reputation over decades for sea-kindly hulls, derived from race type hull forms and adapted for leisure use. Sunseeker hulls are well built, however do sometimes reveal some debonding particularly to the deck as this is a cored (also known as sandwich) method of construction, which allows lighter weight and/or stiffer sections than traditional single skin FRP construction. A Marine Surveyor is required to both hammer sound and take many moisture readings to ascertain any moisture related debonding issues. When conducting this part of a marine survey, I am unique in using 3 different moisture meters: A Sovereign Quantum, a Tramex Skipper and a Protimeter Aquant to allow me to fully evaluate any moisture entrapment either within the GRP laminate or within the core.
A Sunseeker Superhawk 34 marine survey in Saxon Wharf, Southampton. These classic Don Shead / Sunseeker International race derived deep v performance hulls are very much in demand. With a single skin FRP hull and cored decks, these Sunseekers were built very well. With performance capable of over 40 knots, a timeless design.