What is a Center Console Boat?
Have you been looking for the type of boat that has multiple functions, can be used with the family as well as fishing, and is affordable? If you have, the Center Console Boat is just what you have been looking for.
Center Consoles are a type of powerboat with the console located in the center of the boat, halfway between the bow and stern. The hull is open and extends to the bow of the boat, with the deck surrounding the console. This makes it easy to walk around from the bow to the stern.
The hull is constructed of either aluminum or Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic. The hull shape can be a Deep Vee, Modified Deep Vee or Cathedral bottom. Some Center Consoles over 22 may have small toilet facilities located beneath the console. Aluminum and canvas T-tops are available to provide protection from the sun and heat.
How can I use a Center Console Boat?
These boats are extremely versatile in their functions; and can be used for fishing, skiing, tubing, and diving. With their excellent performance and maneuverability, you can take your center console anywhere. They are just as suitable to take out for water skiing on a calm lake, as they are for fishing on the rough seas.
To make accommodations for fishing; this boat can be equipped with rod holders, outriggers, baitwell to keep live bait, and ice lockers to keep your catch fresh on ice.
This type of boat is also commonly used as a tender for larger yachts.
Center Console Facts:
These boats usually range from 12 32 feet, with maximum capacities of 5 8 people. The cost of this boat ranges from $7,000 – $100,000, with average cost at $20,000. The most popular propulsion type of these boats is an Outboard engine. However, they can also be a Stern Drive or Jet Drive; with horsepower ranging from 40HP-500HP.
Center Console Boats have very little protection from inclement weather. They also are not equipped with bathroom facilities or sleeping quarters.
Popular Brands of Center Console Boats:
Contender — Sea Hunt
Cape Horn — Sea Fox
Fountain –Boston Whaler
Pioneer — Sail Fish
Donzi — Blue Fin