The Transition From Fishing Boat To Yacht Is Complete

HCB’s Estrella is the world’s largest outboard-powered yacht with more than 3,000 horsepower on the transom. Seven years ago, HCB started with the intention to create a type of vessel that the nautical world had never seen before. Its 39-foot console boat with multiple outboard engines was a paradigm shift because it became what was essentially a utilitarian style of fishing boat for an offshore yacht.

The Florida builder then opened ante a few years later with the launch of Sueños, a 53-foot pack of four Yamaha 350 HP outboard motors. This boat quickly became the world’s largest console and definitely one of its most popular. HCB has sold 60 Sueños in the last three years.

“We wanted to provide buyers of traditional cabin fishermen with a more versatile option for performance, ride and overall maintenance without sacrificing luxury or comfort in the process,” says Elias De La Torre III, HCB CEO. “We knew we could not go too big, too early and should prove to everyone that there are buyers for big center console boats.” It is clear that the point has been proven. Today, several other builders launch center consoles that break the 50-foot mark, a length that would have been ridiculous just five years ago.

HCB’s new Estrella, who will announce his debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October, now assumes the center console throne. The yacht gets its power by five 625 HP outboard engines. Estrella has a high-end carbon fiber lay-up and a large cabin with a master cabinet and custom-made Zebrano cabinetry. In addition to the luxurious appointments, the decor is surprisingly spacious for this type of yacht. It will be a nest for the owner and guests.

The real action is found in the boat’s cockpit, where an owner could take 20 of his friends on an offshore fishing trip.