At the height of the Cold War, the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union became the logical extension of the growing arms race between the two competing international superpowers. Almost half a century later, a different space race is afoot. Though earthlier in nature, and more concerned with space as it relates to comfort aboard, boatbuilders like Midnight Express, HCB and Scout Boats have their sights set on building the largest center console possible. What once seemed like a preposterous notion—gigantic center consoles over 40 feet—is now on full display at boat shows.
With an emphasis on carbon fiber construction, bigger and bigger engines and a willing desire to boldly go where no one has gone before (in terms of LOA), compared to Midnight Express, the competition seems like a distant afterthought. A center console? The 60 is more like a rocket ship.
A 15-foot beam provides the 60 with multiple social spaces. That’s important, because, according to Midnight Express, with the pins down, the four Seven Marine 627 outboards that provide a total of 2,508 hp will push hull number one to a top speed of over 60 knots. And that’s just with the current engine options. The 60 can also accommodate six 400-hp Mercury Verado outboards—or twin 1,900-hp MAN diesels with surface drives that should clear 87 knots.