Upon first inspection, the Century 3200 Center Console struck me as a roomy open fishing platform with plenty of work space, large fish boxes, and an extra-large live well. Apparently, I was missing the big picture. When Best Boat TV production assistant Lori, a married mother of two young boys joined us, she offered a vastly different assessment of this boat. Despite a passion for competing in Kingfish tournaments, Lori immediately considered the usefulness of the 3200 from her own family’s perspective as a fishing and leisure platform. Her own visible enthusiasm extended well beyond the fishability of this beamy 32-footer.
Pushing me right past the roomy cockpit, we moved forward into the wide open Social Center, the forward deck. The U-shaped lounge seating wrapping around the bow features extra-large sofa width cushions and a high padded backrest. This would provide a perfect location to relax in the sun with a group while cruising, dining or to enjoy a beverage around a removable acrylic table and yes, she assured me you can even fish from up there. Beneath the seating and under the deck are four insulated 30-quart storage compartments to carry all of those party accessories as well.
The large console interior offered well over six feet of headroom to stand up and change into a swimsuit and plenty of storage for more gear including a set of vertical rod racks. An electric Head along with a single width berth are located forward. Overhead sun protection which also ranked very high with this mother of two was abundant beneath the ruggedly constructed hard top. The helm face was roomy enough for a pair of large MFDs and all instrumentation. Matching electrically controlled helm seats were very comfortable and positioned the driver in positions to either relax or be within easy reach of the manual and joystick controls for safe operation. The rear face of the helm station featured hideaway tackle storage behind a padded backrest to match a sliding track, pull out fiberglass cooler mezzanine style seat. The 3200 is offered with either a fold down forward facing cockpit bench seat or a transom gunnel cushion set with removable backrest to complete your choice of aft seating options.
It was at this point that Lori pointed out to me how many storage areas were tucked away to conceal accessories like fire extinguishers and wash-down hoses and how tidy these little touches made the boat feel. She added the fact that every inch of deck space offered storage below for items necessary to enjoy non-fishing and fishing activities alike. A pair of deep console adjacent compartments below the deck ahead of two more, very large 277-quart insulated fish holds to port and starboard supported her theory.
The roomy cockpit was wide open and provided a perfect staging area in my opinion to enjoy some actual fishing since this is after all, a “fishing” boat. The 62-gallon split/dividable tournament sized baitwell even met with the young mother’s approval and once I broke her out of “Mom” mode and into “SKA competitor” mode, she started to see things my way and agreed that despite all of the shining marks she was ready to bestow on this boat for carrying a large brood on family adventures, this is a pretty able fishing machine as well.
Century 3200 Center Console Specifications
Length: 32 feet
Beam: 10 feet 6 inches
Draft: 20 inches
Weight: 8500 pounds (w/o power)
Maximum horsepower: 700
Fresh water 30-gallons
Base price: $277,889