Center Console

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Center console (British English: centre console) is a type of single-decked open hull boat where the console of the boat is in the center of the boat. There is a cuddy cabin on some models; these cabins are usually located in the bow and hold small berths for sleeping. The boat deck surrounds the console so that a person can walk all around the boat from stern to bow with ease.

The console of a boat is where all the controls are located, including steering, ignition, trim control, radio and other electronic devices, switches etc. It may have a small storage space and/or a head. In general there is no weather protection or berths, making the design ill-suited to cruising. The console may have a T-Top cover to provide limited relief from the sun and rain, but this is not universal and less common on center consoles below 20 feet in length. Most center consoles are powered by outboard motors although a few companies do make them with inboards.

Center console boats may be as small as 13 feet. The largest center console is 53 feet in length and made by Hydrasports.

Transom types differ depending on brand, model, and year of the boat.