For powerboats under 40 feet typically are one of three different types: center console, dual console and walkaround. Each has there own pros and cons, which I am going to describe in this post. Before buying a boat, make sure the type you are interesting in is suited to your needs

Center Console – Vessel with the helm station in the center typically with a head inside the console.

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Pros

  • Seating on the bow, center and stern
  • Great for multipurpose use: (fishing, pleasure, water-sports).
  • Usually have large T-top cover providing sun protection

Cons

  • Less open deck space
  • Bow, center and stern more divided than a walkaround or dual console

 

Dual Console – Boat with helm station to starboard

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Pros

  • Ample deck space both in the bow and stern
  • Great for families and water-sports
  • Often have great visibility over all areas of the boat

Cons

  • Low bow is not suited well for large waves
  • Often lack abundant storage
  • Helm station usually not large enough for more than one electronic device

 

Walkaround (Cuddy cabin) – Boat typically larger than 23 feet with small cabin

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Pros

  • Great protection from elements like sea spray and wind
  • Large aft deck space
  • Large bow can handle rough conditions
  • Cabin is available for overnight sleeping and storage space

Cons

  • No bow seating space
  • Often less visibility for shorter navigators
  • Because of large size they require large engines and more fuel

 

For more specific, but less common boats, click here.

 

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