VIDEO: Do it all in a dual console

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The dual console serves today’s time-strapped boaters well, providing a platform for a variety of activities and lots of deck space and seating. Run around inland waterways, bays and rivers with the smaller models, and take the 24-plus-footers offshore.

Click play for a feature on the benefits of a dual console.

They’re getting bigger, too. Grady-White builds a 33-footer, the Freedom 335, and EdgeWater just came out with a 28-footer, the 280CX.

Bayliner also has introduced a series of dual consoles. If you want a dayboat under 20 feet, check out the 190 DB, which sells for less than $21,000 with a Mercury 115-hp 4-stroke and trailer.

Boston Whaler has bolstered the dual console segment with two boats: the 230 Vantage and 270 Vantage, both powered with Verado 4-strokes from Mercury. With a 300-hp Verado, the 230 gets 2.6 mpg at 34 mph. With twin 225-hp Verados, the 270 gets 2 mpg at 31 mph.

Another high-end builder, Pursuit, offers two dual consoles: the DC 265 and DC 235.

You can turn to Sea Hunt for lower-cost alternatives, including the Escape 250 and Escape 234 LE.

Look for a feature about the new dual console boats in the April issue of Soundings. I’ll have comments from Bayliner’s Matt Guilford, Grady-White’s Shelley Tubaugh, EdgeWater’s Peter Truslow and Boston Whaler’s Jeff Vaughn. Plus, we’ll feature boats from some of the builders mentioned here. Many of the boats will be on display Feb. 14-18 at the Miami International Boat Show.

I’m interested in what you think of dual console boats. Email me at chris.soundings@gmail.com or tweet me @CPLandry.