VIDEO: Boats that fish hard

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Center consoles are more versatile than ever, do-anything boats that wear many hats. They can be set up as hard-core fishing boats, family dayboats or something in between.

Most are powered with second-generation 4-strokes, and the boats themselves are lighter as more builders use high-tech building methods.

The bigger boats have consoles that are so large they can function as full-fledged cabins with berths, galleys and heads.

But the best place to be on a center console is on deck, with the sea breeze in your face, whether you’re fishing or just kicking back in comfortable lounge seating.

Want more? Check out this feature from the May issue of Soundings.