The great thing about modern luxury powerboats is that you have so many options to choose from. But the drawback of luxury powerboats is that you have so many options to choose from! If you’re not an experienced boater, it can be hard to tell one vessel from another or why certain boats outperform others for different activities.
In these cases, we’d argue that you can’t go wrong with a sleek and sexy center console powerboat. These are some of the most versatile and fun luxury powerboat options out there, and we’re not the only ones who think so. Center consoles are booming in popularity across the board, making up an increasingly large share of the recreational boat market. And when you sit back and think about all the great features that a center console brings to the table, it’s not hard to see why.
What is a center console boat?
For the uninitiated, a center console is a single-deck vessel built around a center-mounted cockpit. The center cockpit contains the steering and control components, leaving the rest of the vessel open for seating, fishing, or other activities.
Center consoles used to be considered a simple type of boat, but in the past few years, they’ve seen some great upgrades that have taken them from an entry-level boat to a full-fledged seafaring vessel. Modern center consoles (such as our M3800 and M4200 models) come with hard-top ceilings above the console to protect riders from the weather, higher freeboards to let boaters zip across the water without fear of getting wet, and a host of customization features that truly let you make the boat your own. And as we’ll discuss, this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what a center console luxury powerboat brings to the table.
Versatility In Function
Perhaps the biggest reason center console are so hot right now is their versatility. More and more boaters are beginning to recognize that a solid center console vessel can let them manage just about any activity they want to do out on the water. Offshore fishing, cruising, water skiing, snorkeling, you name it. Center consoles offer a great blend of performance, comfort, and fuel efficiency.
Of course, there are plenty of different types of center consoles as well. Though they’re beginning to fill the “jack of all trades” mold, you can also look into specialized center console models designed for specific purposes. Thanks to their booming popularity, more manufacturers are developing center console boats, so buyers have more options than ever.
Compared to larger luxury yachts and other custom vessels, most center consoles feature a lightweight, compact design. The M3800 luxury powerboat in our own lineup exemplifies these traits well, providing several key advantages over other boat types:
- Cost – Your standard center console tends to be more affordable than similarly-sized luxury boats, as they don’t come with unnecessary accommodations or excessive storage capacity.
- Efficiency – Thanks to the advent of outboard engines, center consoles don’t require dedicated compartments for engine placement. This means that they’re built sleeker and lighter, operating with stronger fuel efficiency than hulking cruisers.
- Trailering/Docking – Smaller boats mean less hassle in transport. It’s easy to haul a center console via trailer, and docking at a marina takes less time and effort as well.
Efficient Space Layout
A common complaint with center consoles is that they don’t offer enough on-deck seating space. And for many smaller center consoles, that’s true. But larger center console vessels get around this issue with some creative space usage. Consider the M4200 luxury powerboat; a center console with foldable transom seating that can be added or removed as needed. This type of custom powerboat offers the best of both worlds; spacious on-deck seating options combined with the ability to hit 70mph – the perfect blend of mild and wild.
One reason center consoles make great all-purpose vessels is that they offer great visibility of the surrounding waters. Unlike similar options (like the dual console), center consoles feature minimal obstruction of viewing areas from the deck. For nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts more interested in taking in the sights than racing along the water, they’re the best way to get a 360 degree view of scenic waters while still enjoying a comfortable, shady seat.
Simple And Manageable Maintenance
Although center consoles come in a variety of sizes, on the whole, they tend to be smaller vessels. From a maintenance standpoint, this is a huge benefit. Vessels should be cleaned and scrubbed after every trip out on the water to prevent oils and pollutants from accumulating on the hull. (Many advent cleaning schedules of every few weeks, but it’s really a personal preference and ‘how much work are you willing to do’ issue. The more often you clean, the fresher your boat will be.) Center consoles offer a great middle ground here, with smaller hulls that are easier to maintain over time.
Center Consoles Offer A Little Bit Of Everything
Overall, center consoles are great choices for boaters who want it all: Comfort, style, power, and flexibility in what their boat can do. And if it’s possible to have it all, why not go for it? The right luxury powerboat can promise a comfortable, dry ride no matter how hard you turn the engine – and when combined with the right customization options that give your boat a personal touch, you might be surprised at what your center console boat can do.