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TOO BIG TO FAIL

THIS HAD TO HAPPEN.

Ever since the Great Recession shook the world some 10 years back, and many yacht owners felt pressure to tamp down ostentatious displays of wealth, center-consoles have replaced convertibles and larger vessels on the waterways. In a way, the 25- and 30-footers represented a degree of humility that fit the zeitgeist. ¶ But then the creep set in. ¶ What used to be expressly runabout-type boats became 35- and 40-footers with berths and full heads. The nearly unavoidable summation of thisand joystick allowed for smooth and confidence-inducing handling. ¶ There is helm seating for five, and when the boat is not underway, the seats can rotate to face the five-person sleigh seating aft (with a table) to create an alfresco dining area for 10, all beneath the overhead hardtop. ¶ In fact, the 65 Estrella has lots of exterior space that allows her to be a first-class cruiser — in agreeable climes — and a serious fish boat. Her bow has U-shaped seating with a hydraulic table that lowers, making the settee a sun pad for at least two people. Abaft that are two forward-facing lounges that are sublime places to sit when the boat is running at full force. If I’m not driving, that’s where you’ll find me, every time. ¶ Handrails on the gunwales at amidships help facilitate passage to the boat’s (yacht’s? At 65 feet, I guess we have to call this center-console a yacht, which feels strange but is nonetheless accurate) cockpit. That’s where the sporting accessories are found. Inward-opening dive doors are to port and starboard. Twin 80-gallon livewells in the transom accompany three in-sole fish boxes and a fighting chair for serious angling. Mezzanine seating with sinks on either side are the best place to watch the fishing action. ¶ Down below, the 65 Estrella has an honest-to-goodness salon with a U-shaped dining settee to port that converts into a berth. A Pullman berth above that means the common area can sleep three. That setup is across from a wet bar and Insignia television. A $10,000 option, that TV transforms into a mirror when turned off, as with similar TVs on superyachts. ¶ Forward of the common area, the 65 Estrella has a master stateroom with a double berth. The head is abaft the salon with a shower that’s 3 feet by 3 feet, 6 inches, and that has 7 feet of headroom. ¶ And that headroom shouldn’t be a surprise. Most everything about this boat feels oversize and right for the moment. She may become the beginning of a new trend. One day soon, we may look back at the 65 Estrella as a stepping stone — perhaps even a reasonable one — to something even wilder.

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