Center Consoles: What’s the Appeal?

Center Consoles: What's the Appeal?

If you’re looking for the perfect combination of speed, sport, and enjoyment on the water, you needn’t look further than one of Mystic’s luxury center consoles. Our customized M3800 and M4200 boats are powerful and luxurious, making them two of the most popular models on the water today.

What makes a center console so appealing? For starters, the boat’s configuration delivers a smooth and comfortable ride for casual boaters while providing greater visibility for pilots. There’s also no shortage of options you can include in your boat to make it a one-of-a-kind cruising pleasure machine.

The Versatility of a Center Console Powerboat

Many boating experts agree the growing demand for center consoles over the past five or more years comes down to a shift in boater behavior. Where they once put a lot of emphasis on sleeping accommodations, today they prefer more space for water sports, day-boating, and other activities.

When you head out on your 38 or 42-foot center console, you can be sure you’ll use every square inch of the boat. The versatile sport and cruising platform delivers optimal enjoyment of the open air, whether you’re basking in the sun or taking in the view from under the top. You still have a head compartment, so your family and friends are always comfortable. And all types of new features coming on the market help you provide them with countless days of fun and sun.

Though plenty of boaters still enjoy taking their center console out for a day or two of fishing, they don’t want to fish exclusively every single day. Day-cruising and visiting favorite dockside restaurants and bars means today’s boats need to perform multiple roles. Today, you rarely hear someone say, “I bought a fishing boat” or “I bought a waterski boat.” Boaters want vehicles that mimic their SUVs, automobiles that do it all. And amenities that were once considered a luxury are now becoming essential standard features.

And center consoles are being designed today with every generation in mind. People want to be able to entertain their guests in style and comfort, so luxury seating, a place to sit down and eat, and a head compartment are all expected.

What People Love About Center Consoles

Center consoles come with incredible advantages other boats simply don’t. Their wide-open configuration makes them ideal for all sorts of activities and, depending on which size you choose, you can customize your boat with features like:

  • Reversible helm seats
  • Additional seating
  • Sun pads

And more to create a highly personalized boat that meets all your desires.

If you’re still trying to decide if a center console’s the right boat for you, here are some benefits to consider.

Greater Water Accessibility

Center consoles allow for easier access to the bow, stern, and sides of the boat. When you’re enjoying a day of fishing, that expansive deck room means you can move smoothly from bow to stern while hooking a big one. When out for a day of water sports, the all-around design makes it easy for people to move around the deck without disturbing the pilot.

Storage and Space

While most modern boats include more storage than previous models, center console boat storage options tend to have a better flow and feel. They typically feature forward, central, side, and aft storage areas placed in practical and intuitive locations. And the less awkward access to storage is, the safer everyone can be.

Improved Protection and Visibility

Given the fact that boats now serve multiple duties, including family outings, safety is always a top consideration. Center consoles’ configuration provides improved visibility thanks to the 360 views and it is certainly helpful when the pilot needs a clear view of potential problems up ahead. Plus, the windshield and center positioning of the console protects captains from wind and spray.

Easy Maintenance

Because they’re easily lifted, placed on yardarms, and covered in about an hour, you can trailer most center console boats for routine maintenance.


Most boaters love sharing the thrill of being out on the water with friends and family. From catered get-togethers to casual come-aboards, your Mystic M3800 or M4200 can be a wonderful way to entertain in style. Both center consoles feature luxury seating arrangements and, depending on the configuration, you can include a wet bar set-up at the stern.


If you want an outboard engine that delivers incredible power and performance, the Mercury 450 engines that power our luxury center consoles are what you’re looking for. They offer 40 percent more torque than Mercury’s 400R yet weigh in at just 21 pounds more. They’re guaranteed to elevate every aspect of your boating experience, providing power, control, and reliability while exceeding your speed expectations.

The speed and agility of Mystic’s center consoles ensure you not only get where you’re going much faster, but you’re also more comfortable getting there, even at high speeds!

Choosing the Best Center Console Boat

Buying a luxury center console is a significant investment. That makes it crucial to choose a model that meets your specific needs and desires. The last thing you want is to end up regretting your purchase somewhere down the line. Go ahead and ask other boaters to share their thoughts and experiences, but make sure that ultimately you choose the model that’s right for you.

Here are the top seven factors to keep in mind when choosing the best center console boat.

1. Intended Use

When you think about how you’ll spend your days and nights out on the water, do you see yourself sharing it with big groups of friends and family? The more people you want to include in your boating adventures, the larger the boat you should invest in.

2. Features and Amenities

Custom center consoles are, by definition, built to unique specifications. Available features and amenities vary based on your chosen model, so think about which features matter the most to you. Before settling on a particular boat, consider:

  • Convenience features. What comforts and conveniences are non-negotiable?Do you want an insulated cooler, LED anchor lights, built-in cup holders, an upgraded sound system, etc.?
  • Electronics packages. Do you want to be able to charge your electronic devices onboard? Do you want onboard GPS capabilities?
  • Engine power. What top speed is the boat you’re considering capable of reaching?
  • Entertainment features. Would you like the boat to have wraparound seating, onboard speakers, and a viewing screen?
  • Fishing rod holders. If you plan to sometimes use your boat for fishing, how many rod holders do you want? Where do you want them located on the boat?
  • Fuel capacity. How much mileage can you get before that tank needs to be refilled?
  • Storage capacity. From life jackets to sports equipment and spare parts and batteries, there’s a lot to store on a boat.

Before meeting with your designer, make a list of your must-haves. Then, to help narrow down your options, rank them from the most to least essential features.

3. Budget

Of course, nothing’s more disappointing than finding out every feature you love puts a boat out of your price range. If you know what you definitely want on your boat, start from there. But be willing to compromise on your must-haves if necessary. Keep things like storage, maintenance, trailers, and insurance in mind, too, as you make your choices. The good news is there’s a custom center console for every budget, you just need to work with a designer who can help you meet your boating and budgetary goals.

4. Hull Design

The hull design of your center console depends largely on your speed and stability requirements and where you intend to use the boat. For instance, flat-bottom hulls are the best choice for stability in small lakes. V-shaped and round-bottom hulls are typically the top choices for high-performance powerboats. Deeper waters naturally call for a boat with a deeper hull that provides added stability when combating large sea waves.

5. Manufacturer

Most center consoles look beautiful, but it isn’t easy to tell if they’re made from high-quality components. What truly defines a successful luxury boat-buying experience is who’s behind the boat’s design and manufacture. You want to partner with a luxury custom boat company with years of experience, a proven track record, and a design ethic that emphasizes critical safety and building standards.

It never hurts to do a little research before committing to one boat designer. Mystic has been building luxury speed boats since 1996 and is proud to say they’ve been winning competitions ever since.

6. Boating experience.

Larger boats like the M4200 can be a little more challenging for newcomers to maneuver around docks and in tight spaces. If you’re new to boating, the smaller M3800 might be your best option.

7. Towing

Are you planning to tow the boat on your own? You’ll need a large truck and excellent driving skills to handle a bigger boat.

Does a Center Console Boat Appeal to You?

While there might not be such a thing as the “perfect boat,” center consoles come as close as you can get. They put the fun in functional and reliably help you do the things you want to do out on the water. That’s also why they likely occupy such an enormous segment of the luxury boat market.

  • Their wide range of features, performance, and utility appeal to many different types of boaters with varying levels of boating experience.
  • They have excellent rough-water abilities.
  • They can be loaded with everything from sports equipment to picnic baskets and fishing gear.

Cruising, entertaining family and friends, or days spent indulging in tow-sports, a center console offers optimal comfort, protection, and excitement.

Work With an Experienced Custom Boat Designer

Finding the center console boat that meets all your needs and wants is without a doubt challenging. But it’s much easier when you work with an experienced custom boat designer who never compromises on quality and always incorporates the latest in luxury boat engineering, design, technologies, and innovation. When you do, you can rest assured knowing you’re getting a high-quality vessel that’s built to stand the test of time both in safety and durability.

If you’re looking for a distinctive custom-built center console powerboat you can rely on for years, Mystic Powerboats delivers. We use our decades of expertise and superior boat-building skills to design and engineer a center console that is truly like no other.

When you choose to work with us, you get:

  • Experience, expertise, and a commitment to detail no other luxury boat designer offers. We take custom luxury boat building to a whole new level.
  • Unparalleled customer service for as long as you own your Mystic boat.
  • Flawless craftsmanshipand artistry that reflect the quality of the materials we use and the attention we put into each boat’s construction.

The unparalleled design and performance of Mystic’s M3800 and M4200 custom center consoles are guaranteed to give you the highest level of owner satisfaction. They offer unsurpassed levels of luxury, performance, and customization that you’ll enjoy year after year. To learn more about the benefits and joys of owning a true one-of-a-kind custom center console from Mystic Powerboats, schedule a one-to-one meeting with us today to discuss your unique boating needs.