What is a Center Console?
Center Consoles are popular boat types due to their multi-purpose design for both fishing and family fun. Center Consoles are single-decked boats that have the console in the center of the boat. The console of a boat houses its controls, steering, throttle(s) and electronics. Most often used for fishing, the design allows people to walk around the entire boat. Some Center Consoles may include a T-Top over the console, which helps to provide relief from the elements, and larger Center Consoles often have a cabin and/or head.
Typically ranging in length from 18 feet to 40 feet (or larger), Center Console boats are also popular choices for yacht tenders.
How are Center Consoles built?
Center Consoles are fiberglass boats and come in a variety of sizes and hull designs, including deep V-hulls, flat hulls and powercats.
Center Console boats that are more than 20’ in length typically have a head compartment in the console, and Center Console boats greater than 30’ may also feature a small cabin inside in the console.
What type of propulsion do Center Consoles have?
Center Consoles are powered by outboard engines. Nowadays, there are many options for powering a Center Console due to the variety of engine models and horsepower available. Depending on the size of the Center Console boat, it can have one engine to as many as five or six engines.
What optional equipment is available for Center Consoles?
Center Consoles generally come standard with seating at the helm and bow, basic fishing equipment (fishbox, livewell, rod holders/storage), dry storage and a swim ladder. Newer Center Consoles come with even more standard options such as XM radio, LED lighting, fiberglass T-Top and factory-installed electronic packages. The accompanying outboard engine(s) is also standard on the boat.
Because Center Console boats are so versatile, there are many options for add-on equipment, including electronics, storage, accessories, seating and much more. Depending on how the boat will be used, boat owners can customize their Center Console to fit their needs.
Electronics such as GPS/navigation, radars, depth & fish finders, stereo systems, lighting, satellite phones & radios, speed/performance controls - and many, many more - can be customized to fit the needs of the boat owner.
There are also a variety of accessories that can be added to a Center Console - from upgrading seating comfortability to adding tops and shade accessories, as well as additional wet/dry storage. Anglers may want to add fishing options like outriggers or trolling motors. If a Center Console is going to be used for family fun, ski and wakeboard towing accessories can also be added.
As you can see, Center Console boats are easily customized to fit the needs of the boat owner - from fishing to cruising to family fun!