The Dusky 218 RL outrides flat bottom skiffs in a heavy chop. If you want to fish the inlet, or even light offshore on a nice day, choose a hull with more of a V. You may give up a few inches of draft, when compared to a flat bottom boat, but you will gain the ability to run more comfortable when conditions turn rough.
If you want more features in a larger hull, two more feet does make a big difference. The hull will also be deeper so your passengers get the feeling of being in the boat instead of on it. As you go up in size a dual console boat can handle some serious entertaining.
A family-friendly fishing boat can be extremely comfortable with plush seating in the bow, behind the helm, on the forward portion of the center console and at the stern. It can be well equipped for fishing but the main emphasis is on including the family on the majority of your outings.
When a manufacturer known for building hard core fishing boats adds in a few features for the wife and kids you still get the benefit of the proven hull design that they are famous for. The twin stepped hull incorporates a 24.5 degree deadrise and a full transom with an integral dive platform plus transom door.
If your fishing machine has to pull double duty as a family cruiser, look for features such as built-in forward seating, aft flip-up jump seats and a step down console with a head. The Contender 24 Sport is a pure fishing machine with all the amenities your family needs for a day on the water.
If you like that classic look of the early days, when center consoles were just coming into their own, having one built to your specifications with single, twin or even stern drive power might be what you’re looking for. The Stuart Boatworks 26 is a shining example of a custom boat in the mid-size center console class.
Maybe a smaller boat is a better fit for your driveway and your budget – the Release 208 RX fits the bill. Just because you choose a shorter hull doesn’t mean you have to give up the features you want. A molded fiberglass inner liner with bow seating, stern seating and in-deck storage give you the feel of a much larger boat.
If you want your new boat to be more of a family cruiser that can also fish with the best of them, start up at the bow and look for wide cushions in a wraparound seating configuration. Throw in a removable picnic table and opposing seats on the front of the center console and you have a forward area set up for entertaining.
The Dusky 227 Open can be as simple or decked out as you want it to be – this particular boat was set-up with just the right amount of options you need to spend a day on the water fishing or diving. This makes it easy to clean at the end of the day and just as easy to maintain.
The Robalo R300 , 29-feet, 2-inches long and 10-feet, 6-inches wide, combines tournament level fishing appointments with a wide array of family features. A VacuFlush Porcelain Marine Head is housed in the center console along with a sink and pull-out shower.
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