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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