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In Southern Boating’s most recent Jul 2018 edition, the editors took a deep dive into 29 worthy center consoles on the market today. They write –
Essential features on today’s center consoles include outboard engines, spacious cockpits, high gunwales, helm areas aft of the console, and open bows. Fortunately, for the boating enthusiast who wants a little more oomph, today’s builders also offer extravagances like cabins, comfy seats, side doors for easier boarding, swim platforms, air conditioning, stabilizers, and quad 400-horsepower engines. These extra features do not take away from the center console’s utility. Rather, they smooth out the rough edges, allowing modern boaters a more satisfying experience in a bespoke vessel purpose-built for diving, fishing, luxury cruising, watersports, or whatever they desire.
The marriage of the center console design with quiet, efficient, four-stroke outboard power that pushes 400-horsepower per engine and beyond has helped models grow to 40 feet LOA and longer. While 20-footers with single engines still make up the largest market share, bigger center console boats showcase the best the
marine industry has to offer.
What follows is a look at some of the top center consoles on the market today.” You can view the article here.