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September, 2019

The past decade has seen an explosion in the mega-size center console market (often described as center console yachts). So popular are these big rigs that today every major center console builder offers at least one triple- or quad-powered model over 40 feet in length. Adding to the momentum, last year’s introduction of the HCB 65 Estrella blew past everyone’s idea that there might be limit of how big these boats could become. Powered with five custom Seven Marine outboards totaling over 3,000 horsepower, the Estrella went where no center console has gone before.

With prices already exceeding $1 million, it's clear where the market for ever larger center consoles is headed. As long and the economy remains strong and builders continue to invest in development costs, the future appears to favor a steady flow of new model introductions as far as the eye can see.

LENGTH: 65'0"    |    BEAM: 16'0"    |     DRAFT: 36"    |     FUEL: 1,800 gals.    |     MAX HP: No Max

Overview: The largest center console on the planet, HCB Yachts (formerly Hydra-Sports Boats) continues to push the boundaries of center console yachts with this outrageous 65-foot offshore beast. The cabin boasts sleeping for up to five persons with large master stateroom, convertible settee, and spacious head compartment with separate walk-in shower. Forward facing helm seats rotate 180 degrees to form a 10-person dining area. Cruise at 35 knots with five Seven Marine 627hp custom outboards (50+ wide open).

Notable Features:

•  Air conditioned bridgedeck

•  Deluxe foredeck loungers

•  Enclosed head with shower

•  Huge 1,800 gallon fuel capacity

•  Walk-in machine/pump room

•  Rear mezzanine with aft-facing seats.

•  Seakeeper gyrostabilizer

Price Range: Prices start at just over $3 million.

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Overview: Hydra-Sports stunned the entire center console market in 2015 with the introduction of the 53 Sueños. Billed at the time as the world's largest center console, she combines innovative technologies with traditional fishing boat design in a quad-powered beast no one could have imagined a decade ago. Beneath the console is a spacious cabin with air conditioning, refrigerator, microwave, enclosed head with shower and a queen size berth. As of 2019, no outboard manufacturer builds an engine large enough in quad configuration to exceed the 53's max horsepower limit. Scary fast — four Seven Marine 627hp outboards top out at nearly 60 knots.

Notable Features:

•  Dual purpose bow seating

•  Over 40 rod holders

•  Two 60-gallon livewells

•  Summer kitchen deck option

•  Touchscreen monitors

•  Suspension-seat pedestals

•  Fold-down seats fore and aft

Price Range: Prices start in the neighborhood of $1.5 million.

HCB 53 Sueños

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HCB 65 Estrella

LENGTH: 52'11"    |    BEAM: 13'0"    |     DRAFT: 32"    |     FUEL: 1,000 gals.    |     MAX HP: No Max

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Overview: The 475 Panacea is a semicustom fun machine whose numerous options offer unlimited opportunities for personalization. The cockpit features a folding rear bench seat, insulated fish boxes, numerous rod holders, padded bolsters and in-floor storage lockers. Forward, an oversized sun pad and wraparound seating at the bow create a VIP lounge that converts to an al fresco dining area. Cabin accommodations include an electrically actuated V-berth/dinette, teak and maple flooring, head with separate stall shower and galley with microwave, and refrigerator. Quad Seven Marine 627hp outboards cruise at 45–50 knots (low to mid 60 knots top).

Notable Features:

•  Dual dive platforms

•  Insulated aft fishbox

•  Triple helm seats

•  Corian galley counter

•  Bow seating w/table

•  Cabin wood flooring

•  4.2 KW generator

Price Range: Early models can be found starting around $600K.  

Intrepid 475 Panacea

LENGTH: 47'6"    |       BEAM: 13'8"   |      DRAFT: 32"      |     FUEL: 550 gals.      |     MAX HP: 2,508

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Overview: Arguably the most luxurious mega center console built (as of mid 2019), the Grady-White Canyon 456 is incredibly spacious, technically sophisticated and better appointed than any other outboard sportfishing boat. Standard features include a Seakeeper gyrostabilizer, Yamaha Helm Master joystick and a variable-speed bow thruster. The deck is level except for the helm which is a step up. Cabin accommodations include a king-size berth in the forward cabin, galley with sink and stove, refrigerator and a 32″ flat-screen TV centered on the forward bulkhead. Quad Yamaha F350s cruise at 30 knots (45+ knots top).

Notable Features:

•  Retractable cockpit sun shade

•  Helm air conditioning

•  12 KW diesel generator

•  Four electrically adjusted helm chairs

•  115 gallon transom fishbox

•  Wraparound windshield

•  Bow seating area with high-low tables

Price Range: Base price is $1.28 million (with quad Yamaha 350s).    

Grady-White Canyon 456

LENGTH: 45'0"    |      BEAM: 14'0"   |      DRAFT: 30"      |     FUEL: 616 gals.     |     MAX HP: 1,700

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Overview:  An offshore battlewagon of the first rank — with 780 gallons of fuel this quad-powered beast has more range than any other big outboard center console on the market. The helm is huge with space for three 19-inch electronics displays. The boat has three large insulated livewells. Seating options including standard captains’ chairs and second row seating for up to four people. Below, the cabin is large enough for overnighting and features a queen-size berth, head compartment, TV and a small galley area with sink and microwave. With a slender 12-foot beam deck space is modest for a 45-foot boat. Built on a Kevlar reinforced hull with keel pad and stepped transom, four Yamaha 350s deliver a top speed in the range of 50–55 knots.

Notable Features:

•  Bow thruster

•  Removable rear bench seat

•  Hullside dive door

•  Forward livewell

•  Padded rod storage box

•  Deluxe leaning post

•  Transom livewell

•  Center transom door

Price Range: Used SeaHunter 45s start in the $400–500K range.

SeaHunter Tournament 45

LENGTH: 45'4"    |      BEAM: 12'0"   |      DRAFT: 32"      |     FUEL: 747 gals.     |     MAX HP: 2,800

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