World's Largest Center Console
Right when lots of avid boaters got to realize that it was possible (and marketing feasible) to design and build a large center console boat over 40' (like the Yellowfin 42', SeaHunter Tournament 45', Interpid 43' & 47', Invincible 42', Contender 40', SeaVee 43', etc among others) HydraSport Boats comes in to beat their own flagship model (until 2015), the HydraSports 4200 "Siesta", and surprise the world with the intorudction of the new 53' HydraSports Custom 5300 "Sueños".
An incredible fishing machine of 52’-11” overall length, 13’ beam with only 3’ draft (motors up), carrying 1,000 gal of fuel and weighing dry a “mere” 28,323 Lbs including 4 outboard engines, capable of speeds over 50 MPH with an expansive single-level cockpit featuring a side swim door, giant live wells, air-conditioned interior cabin, etc that doesn't’t limit its use only to hard core fishing.
To dream big is possible and, as originally reported by Chris Woodward and Jim Hendricks of Sport Fishing magazine, the idea was to not only go big, but to do so with a boat that offers great fishing features, performance, family comfort and the opportunity to customize as the largest outboard-powered center-console boat built to date.
HydraSports has sold 140 units of its former flagship 42' Center Console "Siesta" model, and a good number of boat owners have requested a larger boat to move into. So the initial temptation would have been to simply scale up to a 53-footer, but it would have been way too heavy. Built traditionally, a 53-foot center console would have weighed at least 40,000 Lbs. The vessel's current dry weight with quad 557s Seven Seas outboard engines is 28,323 Lbs which's impressive, particularly compared with the 4200 model, which weighs 23,000 Lbs, powered by quad Yamaha F350s. To achieve this HydraSports turned to the US Navy and obtained full permission for the use of their proprietary Structural Composite SBIR Advanced Combat Craft Technology for its pleasure craft use, allowing the hull to be built with a high-tech single skin composite bottom and providing the implementation of a multi-framed structural grid system with an end result of a much thinner and lighter hull that, at the same time, is stronger than a traditional FRP hull construction.
As a Custom boat the 5300 offers a variety of differentiation. There are six helm seating, forward bow seating with backrests with optional motorized platform to convert into a huge sunpad, two side dive doors, teak decks, impressive helm lay-out (64" wide) with a variety of electronics options (standard is triple Garmin 8500 touch-screen displays), hard top, a not so small air-conditioned interior cabin with 6'-5" headroom with a galley + enclosed head with porcelain toilet and a berth that converts to a dinette or seating. There's a 1,000 gal fuel tank and 400 gallons of fish boxes combined with a massive 100 sq/ft of cockpit space.
Performance doesn't come short either. A test trial with quad Yamahas F350's boosted a comfortable cruising speed of 21 mph at 3,000 rpm's burning 34.7 gal/hr. Top speed reached 50.1 mph at 5,800 rpm's burning a total of 132 gal/hr. At cruising speed this engine configuration guarantees a 600-mile range with a 1,000 gal of fuel capacity.