As Richard delicately manoeuvred the Predator 72 out of its Marina Mirage berth, the sun peeked out from behind the clouds, the Moet popped out of the bottle and all was suddenly well with the world.
Ahead of us lay the Gold Coast’s Broadwater. In our wake lay the cares of the world.
Sunseeker’s Predator 72 embodies the spirit of the company’s Performance Motor yacht range. It is sleek, powerful and looks capable of scintillating performance just parked at the dock.
With the weather set on ‘Perfect’, we cruised lazily out of the marina. As the sunroof glided silently open, we were bathed in warmth, accentuated by the rich honey-hued timber work of the saloon. With the aft saloon doors open, there was little between us and the great outdoors. And enhancing the experience were the large overlapping saloon windows, which provide near uninterrupted views down either side of the boat.
And speaking of views, the best on the boat is at the helm. The skipper has a commanding view of the surroundings, aided by all the latest electronics in a console that would not look out of place on a James Bond set. The twin companion seat next to the helm is the perfect perch to watch the journey unfold. Considerable power, in the form of twin 1360hp MAN diesels, ensures that the Predator more than lives up to its performance credentials.
Richard steered a northerly course that took in Wavebreak Island, where we hove to for a spot of lunch. With the saloon doors open, the cockpit and saloon form one expansive entertaining area. The large wraparound lounge in the cockpit is the perfect place to relax and take in the surroundings. And a wetbar, complete with hotplate, ice maker and ice chest, is the ideal accessory for a spot of entertaining.
As the effects of sun, sea and seafood take hold, it’s simply a matter of laying back on the sumptuous aft sunpad for a spot of relaxation. Or for the more adventurous, wander down the transom stairs to the garage and swim platform, where you can go for a dip or roll out the tender or PWC for some fun and games. And if you want to really get away from it all, a lazy stroll to the bow reveals a large sunpad that you can recline on and watch the world go by.
And, of course, there is enough electronic gadgetry throughout the boat, in the form of TVs, DVDs and other entertainment options to keep guests of all ages occupied.
But while the Predator 72 is clearly a boat for lovers of the great outdoors, its interior spaces have certainly come in for a lot of attention from designers.
Stairs lead from the saloon to a spacious, well-equipped – including a full-size fridge/freezer – and well-lit galley with plenty of bench space for meal preparation. Other amenities include a day head/shower off the galley and a small dinette.
Turning aft, another stairway leads to the what, for me, was the Predator’s signature feature. The full-beam, midships master stateroom is like a sanctuary from the world. It is massive by most standards and saturates its occupants in luxury and indulgence. A king-size bed dominates, surrounded by elegantly crafted cabinetry. Three large rectangular portholes spray light into the cabin, which is served by her ladyship’s vanity suite on one side, and a generous en suite shower on the other.
By comparison, the forward stateroom is still a generous space, and is served by its own en suite shower and head.
Additional guest accommodation is available in a more compact cabin to starboard, leading directly off the galley. It shares the dayhead via its own en suite access.
The Predator 72 indulges its occupants, exuding style, elegance and power. Its sleek lines, quality interior surfaces and fittings and open layout combine to create a boating experience hard to match in its class. Whether cruising lazily on the Broadwater, anchored off a quiet cove, or thundering across the ocean in full flight, this is a boat that embodies the prestigious UK brand’s ethos of power, passion and luxury.
For more information, call Sunseeker Queensland on (07) 5528 3888, or go to: www.sunseeker.com.au.