CEN­TER OF AT­TEN­TION

With an op­tional quin­tet of 627 hp out­boards, the Gulf­stream 52 should hit 70 knots.

Yachting - - CURRENTS - By Kevin Koenig

TO­WARD THE end of the Palm Beach In­ter­na­tional Boat Show this spring, I found my­self walk­ing the docks, snap­ping pic­tures and shak­ing hands when I turned a cor­ner and came face to face with an out­board-pow­ered be­he­moth. It was Gulf­stream Yachts' 52-foot cen­ter con­sole, painted dark gray, with four 627 hp Seven Ma­rine mo­tors strapped to the tran­som. I ogled the boat for a while and moved on, hump­ing into an old

friend shortly af­ter­ward. She asked what had caught my in­ter­est at the show. I thought for a mo­ment, and my mind wan­dered back to the Gulf­stream, with her ra­zor's-edge sheer line cre­at­ing an un­de­ni­able pres­ence. But be­fore I could speak, my friend smiled know­ingly and an­swered her own ques­tion: "Have you seen that Gulf­stream 52 yet?" • Whom It's For: With

both cruis­ing and fish­ing lay­out op­tions, as well as a blis­ter­ing top speed of 70 knots, the 52 is a se-ri­ous ten­der for any mega-yacht owner with a flare for the dra­mat-ic. • Pic­ture This: You're at your dock in Mi­ami and get a han­ker­ing for some conch ce­viche. You glance at your watch and note that it's noon. Then you smile look­ing at your Gulf­stream Yachts 52. You'll be in Bi­mini in less than an hour.

Gulf­stream col­lab­o­rated with Set­zer Yacht Ar­chi­tects and Michael Peters Yacht De­sign to cre­ate this 52-foot cen­ter con­sole. LOA 52' TOP SPEED 70 KNOTS

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