Yachting - - PLAY MATES - HCB Yachts, hcby­achts.com

The HCB Es­trella’s 65-foot length over­all makes jaws drop, but it may be the five 627 hp Seven Ma­rine out­boards hang­ing off the boat’s stern that make eyes pop. They com­bine for 3,135 hp and a blis­ter­ing top-end of about 52 knots. This ves­sel aims to be a 300-footer’s best friend. The Es­trella is the world’s largest cen­ter-con­sole, and she has ameni­ties usu­ally re­served for other types of ves­sels. There’s sport-fisher-style mez­za­nine seat­ing in her cock­pit, a din­ing set­tee on her fore­deck, and two rows of helm seat­ing. Din­ner for eight to 10 un­der the hard­top? No prob­lem. The Es­trella is a beast of a boat with a pub­lic de­but sched­uled as you read this, at the Fort Lauderdale In­ter­na­tional Boat Show.

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