What is a Dual Console Boat?
Dual consoles are crossover boats combining many of the features of bowriders with center consoles. These boats are usually equipped for saltwater fishing with sturdy, stable, self-bailing hulls as opposed to bowriders which are not designed for fishing and are typically better suited for cruising on freshwater lakes and protected waterways.
How are Dual Console Boats built?
These vessels are designed and built with a walk-through center passageway running from the stern to bow of the vessel, that divides the boat down the middle, with consoles on either side. Usually this passageway passes directly through the boat's windshield, which can typically be closed in rough seas and inclement weather. Similarly to center console boats, dual consoles utilize a V-shape hull that can handle seas better than most bowriders, without eliminating seating. They are typically constructed of fiberglass, although there are dual console aluminum and inflatable boats as well.
What type of propulsion do Dual Consoles have?
Unlike bowriders which are generally stern drive, dual consoles are powered almost exclusively by outboard engines, as a defining trait. Dual consoles can be powered by smaller, single outboards all the way up to multiple high-performance racing outboards.
What optional equipment is available for Dual Consoles?
Dual consoles have a wide variety of available equipment options, from custom awnings to fishing gear and a wide variety of power options.