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.
- Seating on the bow, center and stern
- Great for multipurpose use: (fishing, pleasure, water-sports).
- Usually have large T-top cover providing sun protection
- Less open deck space
- Bow, center and stern more divided than a walkaround or dual console
Dual Console – Boat with helm station to starboard
- 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
- 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
- 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
- No bow seating space
- Often less visibility for shorter navigators
- Because of large size they require large engines and more fuel
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