The evolution of the Mega Center Console Yacht
The center console has always been a popular boat for its uses. There are many advantages such as readiness, ease of use, minimal maintenance and the lack of need for crew. For the disadvantages we would name things like the lack of stability, space, comfort and security. These would be especially noticeable to those more accustomed to a larger yacht or “sportfish”.
These factors have given rise to an increase in popularity of the larger center console, which has now evolved further into the Mega Center Console yacht. Today we will focus specifically on the new 53 foot Suenos called “No Compromises” and built by HCB (previously known as Hydra-Sports). If you are only familiar with regular center consoles you will find the sight of this boat jaw-dropping, which is why Discover Yachting 365 has done a video walk-through and sea-trial for you. To see the video click here.
“No Compromises” brings all the advantages of a large Sportfish to the easily manageable form of the Ultimate Center Console yacht, capable of running at higher speeds in conditions which other boats avoid. With stylish teak layout, varnished wood trim and bright white Quad 350s this attractive ride combines high performance with Joystick-precision docking ability.
The ergonomical helm has 3 large touch screen MFDs and a fully complimented Nav system facing 2 rows of durable, designer-quality seats with suspension pedestals.
Giving you the angling edge on deck are Carbon Fiber Outriggers, cooled fish boxes, drinks coolers, freezers, tackle storage center and patented baitwell system. The full-beam aft settee, seating up to 6 people, is removeable, revealing another transparent livewell beneath.
Although she was not designed to be a live aboard, “No Compromises” has a diesel generator which provides luxuries such as a hot water heater and air-conditioning for the spacious cabin below, which is stylishly decorated with reclaimed wood closet doors. Inside these closets are a breaker panel at the entrance and further inside are doors for a wardrobe, fishing tackle center and even a safe for the owners valuables. Alongside is an unexpectedly large head, shower and a queen-size berth.
On deck you can make use of the summer galley to prepare your catch then relax on the spacious aft sofa or sunbathe on chaise lounge bow-seating.Conveniently available for boarding and diving access on both sides are inward-opening, water-tight Boarding Doors.
The fishing tower is an extremely useful addition to the boat for fishing, docking and as a solace for the captain to drive from, especially if there is a party happening down below. Given that there are seats for over 20 people, lots of cooled drinks storage and a killer sound system, there is probably a strong likelihood of that. There is a multi-color fixed or changing lighting system onboard, including underwater lights, which makes her the center of attraction on the docks at night, no matter which marina you are in.
“No Compromises” has been set up with an incredible amount of useful features and comes with Quad 350 Yamahas(warranty until Nov 2023), Joystick, Bow Thruster, Seakeeper Stabilizer, Underwater Camera, Upgraded high speed depth transducer, Gyro-stabilised Flir camera, Gost Security system and the list goes on..
I was overjoyed to have the opportunity to drive the boat. I found the handling to be superb and the ride to be solid. The conditions were calm but having seen video footage of these boats in bigger waves I had to ask the Freelance Captain, Justin Hall, what his experience was like when he brought the boat down to Miami Florida from the Gulf. His reply was that even in overhead waves they did not have to slow down much and kept her on a plane without worry.
HCB began building boats in 1973 and by 1980 had already become one of the best-known brands in the business. Today they still inspire confidence by providing their clients with a 10-year hull warranty. Having been onboard its easy to see why.