Center consoles are being called upon for much more than fishing these days, and builders are responding with fresh ideas
Customers at boat shows were telling Peter Galvin they liked the size of Southport Boats’ 29 Tournament Edition center console but preferred the seating arrangement in the bow of the builder’s 27-footer. The Augusta, Maine, company responded, designing a model that replaces the coffin box at the forward end of the console with wraparound bow seating similar to the 27’s.
Here are a few of the midsize center consoles being offered this year
Innovation, power, speed, a good ride and a touch of luxury define today’s state-of-the-fleet center consoles. You can run far offshore chasing your most outrageous fish dreams or turn heads cruising near-shore waters in style.
Barely 10 knots of wind. Considering how it normally blows in the Leeward Islands, that was a crude joke. Yet Kiwi Spirit’s red, blue and white hull sliced upwind as if she were under engine.
Illustration by Jim Ewing
No sailing ship excites the imagination the way a Grand Banks fishing schooner does. Brave fishermen, fearless skippers, weather-beaten dorymen long-lining in fog and winter storms. Although “Captains Courageous” — the 1937 film based on Rudyard Kipling’s novel — offers as accurate a portrayal as we’re likely to see of that life, the schooner Adventure is a living relic of that age.
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