The biggest center console on the market is outboard powered and yacht-like?
Since 2015, the owner of the title “world’s largest outboard-powered boat” was the HydraSports Custom Boats 53 Sueños. No more. Instead of incrementally besting its stable mate, the HCB 65 Estrella blows it away by a whopping 12 feet LOA. Viewed by the Sueños’ side, the Estrella positively dwarfs it, thanks to its massive 16-foot beam.
Powered by five Seven Marine 627 outboards — 3,135 hp total — it’s more sports car than pokey giant center console, and HCB estimates it will reach 52 knots. These outboards are based on the Cadillac CTS-V engine — Seven is now owned by Volvo Penta — and cost about $100,000 apiece, rigged, so this boat is not for the faint of wallet. Depending on options ordered, the 65 Estrella starts at around $3 million.
For passenger comfort in lumpy sea conditions, the Estrella features a Seakeeper gyro stabilization system, and it has a joystick-controlled bow thruster to help every skipper look like a hero when docking. Triple 22-inch Garmin displays create a glass cockpit, and for long-range expeditions, the boat can be outfitted with 1,800 gallons of fuel capacity.
Belowdecks, the Estrella is more yacht than center console. Its wood-adorned cabin features eight feet of headroom and can sleep five. The head compartment comes complete with an enclosed shower large enough to invite company — to save water, of course.
The entire yacht is a state-of-the-art creation but options include some old-school touches such as acres (seemingly) of teak on the deck, tabletops and gunwales.
Well suited for entertaining, the Estrella features three dining areas. Amidships, the three helm seats can spin 180 degrees to face the second row of seating, and a large table rises electronically between the rows to facilitate dining under the hardtop. Another table at the bow rises up from the deck in the U-lounge, and a third dining table is in the cabin. In front of the console are two luxurious chaise lounges; mezzanine seating is aft. —Alan Jones
HCB Yachts, hcbyachts.com