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HydraSports Custom went to naval ex­perts to find the custom tech­niques nec­es­sary to build this 53-foot, out­board-pow­ered cen­ter con­sole. In fact, the ves­sel is one of the first com­mer­cial de­ploy­ments of Struc­tural Com­pos­ites’ Navy SBIR ad­vanced com­bat­ant craft tech­nol­ogy.

The sin­gle-skin tran­som and hull pro­vide the dura­bil­ity and ease of main­te­nance of solid-laminate con­struc­tion but at a weight equal to or less than sand­wich con­struc­tion, says Terri Nuechter­lein, HSC’s mar­ket­ing and pub­lic re­la­tions di­rec­tor. In ad­di­tion, the com­pany de­vel­oped a new Me­gaform pre­form stringer sys­tem, which ap­pears to re­sem­ble a skele­ton with a ver­te­bral col­umn. Foam stringers, ribs and bulk­heads blan­ket the hull sur­face, leav­ing no open space mea­sur­ing greater than 11 inches, in­clud­ing over­lay.

Abovedecks, the 5300 bears ev­ery new owner’s unique de­sires. “The stringer grid’s small panel sizes al­low us to quickly make any change we need to ac­com­mo­date cus­tomer tweaks, with­out any tool­ing changes or ma­jor surgery to the hull,” Nuechter­lein says.

An­other un­usual at­tribute: All boxes and lids are Frigid Rigid cool­ers built into the deck; all livewells are to­tally in­su­lated from the top. The twin 200-gal­lon fish boxes flank­ing the aft cock­pit fea­ture 12-volt chiller plates that min­i­mize the need for ice.

Swivel­ing sus­pen­sion-seat pedestals at the helm cre­ate the ul­ti­mate cush­ioned ride. In the cock­pit, dual in­ward-open­ing dock­ing doors — one on ei­ther side of the cock­pit — make it easy to land fish, carry gear aboard or dis­em­bark to snorkel, dive or wade-fish.

From the deck, be­tween bow loungers, a plat­form rises elec­tron­i­cally on twin pedestals to form a huge for­ward sun pad or cast­ing deck. Raise the plat­form higher to cre­ate a din­ing space. HSC has also cus­tom­ized sev­eral 53s with so­lar power.

“Since the successful launch of the 53 Sueños, we have al­ready un­veiled a new model built in the same vein — the 39 Spe­ciale,” Nuechter­lein says. We also have two new mod­els we’re launch­ing in 2018, a 65-footer and a 35-footer. Both of these mod­els will uti­lize Mil Tough con­struc­tion.”

SPECS: LOA: 52 ft. 11 in. • Beam: 13 ft. • Tran­som Dead­rise: 23 deg. • Draft: 3 ft. Dry Weight: 28,323 lb. (w/ quad Seven 557s) • Max Power: Un­lim­ited • MSRP: Price on re­quest* * based on custom power and fea­tures

Swivel helm seats perched on pedestals that pro­vide sus­pen­sion give the 53’s skip­per and pas­sen­gers the ul­ti­mate ride.

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