Ever popular and ever practical, center consoles are considered the nautical equivalent of the SUV. Even in sizes as small as 15 feet, a center console allows anglers the freedom to fight a fish from every point on the compass. And in bare-bones form, these boats don’t ask for much more than a freshwater bath, inside and out, at day’s end — much like a Jeep Wrangler or Land Rover Defender.
Hell’s Bay Boatworks is offering its first bayboat, the 24-foot, 10-inch Estero. The Titusville, Florida, builder of high-end skiffs worked with its pro staff and professional guides to “improve the bayboat as a tool for inshore fishing and near-shore fishing,” says Chris Peterson, who has owned the company with his wife, Wendi, since 2006. “We paid attention to the fishing details just like we do in our skiffs.”
Regulator Marine added a 31-footer to its fleet of center consoles, bridging the gap between its 28- and 34-foot models. “We hit the sweet spot,” says company president Joan Maxwell. “This boat is a hardcore fishing machine that gives you more space without sacrificing performance, plus it has every amenity you need for a day on the water with family and friends.”
With its twin swim platforms, enclosed head compartment and seating from bow to stern, the new Grady-White Freedom 235 dual console is designed to meet all of your dayboating needs, from fishing and water sports to snorkeling and swimming.
The latest yacht from Paul Mann Custom Boats launched this spring. The 60-foot Caught Up is a 41.5-knot, two-stateroom, two-head, cold-molded Carolina sportfisherman built for a Florida couple with plans to “travel great distances and fish often,” says company owner Paul Mann.
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