Center Console Boats
These versatile boats are equally fun as fishing platforms or for simply spending time on the water with family and friends. Designed with helm consoles in the middle of the boat, joined by side decks that provide all-around fishing capabilities these boats have seating that ranges from leaning posts to adjustable seats with armrests and bolsters. The trend in offshore center console boats is for larger space with boat sizes ranging from 17-feet to 65-feet and an equally wide range of pricing.
What Are Center Console Boats?
Center console boats are designed to create a smoother dryer ride. Boat designs allow for open deck space with seating in the front and back making it open to many activities. These boats range from 18 to 65-ft and run at 30-knots or more to facilitate getting to a destination or a fishing spot quickly. Able to stay inshore or go offshore these are popular boats for those living near bays, gulfs, and intracoastal waterways.
Other great center console boat features:
- Upper helm station that aids in sight fishing
- Multiple outboard engines for efficient speed
- Comfort features including a head and cabin
- Ease of cleaning create a great wash and go boat
MarineMax offers a large inventory of boats to get you out on the water, wherever you're located.
Center Console vs. Dual Console
If the goal is to fish offshore, a deep-V hull is essential to cut through the chop on the way to the bite. Center consoles have been the choice of serious offshore fishing enthusiasts due to their ability to fight pelagic predators from basically everywhere on the boat. Most center console boats feature a head within the console, and some larger models may even have a cabin like Boston Whaler’s 420 Outrage models. In contrast, dual console offshore fishing boats are becoming increasingly popular. The seating and windshield keep the operator and those seated more comfortable and drier.
Dual console boats tend to have more features to accommodate your pets. When available, heads are usually offered below the companion side console. Models such as Grady-White’s Freedom 375 have a cabin with a berth under one console and a head under the other. Boston Whaler has their Outrage center console models ranging from 23 feet to 42 feet and their Vantage dual console line of boats from 24 feet to 32 feet. Scout, Grady-White, and Sailfish all offer both center console models as well as dual console models.