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Quailtail
05-30-2016, 01:12 PM
Still boat shopping and have looked at some center console boats that appear to have bunches of room. What are the advantages/disadvantages of the center console? Who has gone from side to center and would you do it again?

Thanks for your responses in advance.

windstone
05-30-2016, 01:30 PM
believe me, the older you get the better the center console looks. if i ever get another boat, regardless of brand, it will be a cc. good luck..ws

feelay
05-30-2016, 03:28 PM
Love my CC..... I'll never own another SC.


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crp4570
05-30-2016, 03:31 PM
While I'm probably in my last boat, which is a side console, if a new one does come along it will be a center console.

cnette01
05-30-2016, 04:14 PM
I just purchased a new to me boat, a 2013 Xpress CC with a 150 Yamaha on the back. To me, a CC is easier to move around in and is better for the kind of fishing that I do, which is mainly trolling for crappie, hybrids, and white bass.

bfish
05-30-2016, 04:33 PM
On a wide boat, CC all the way. On a narrow boat, side console all they way. Room to get around the console, regardless of size is a good thing.

M R Dux
05-30-2016, 07:33 PM
I recently bought an Excel Bay Pro 203 with a 140 Suzuki 4 stroke from Bill (BRM)at Big River Marine (C.com sponsor). I troll 90+% of the time and I couldn't be happier with the boat.

Professional Bay Boat Series by Excel Boats (http://www.excelboats.net/BAY%20PRO.html)

huntinslabs
05-30-2016, 07:34 PM
On a wide boat, CC all the way. On a narrow boat, side console all they way. Room to get around the console, regardless of size is a good thing.

This!!!!

Ljones
05-30-2016, 07:53 PM
I love my CC 2003 22ft. Key west Bay reef ... all the room you could ever want and that Bimini top is a life saver when its hot and it can handle with ease any water or weather conditions kentucky lake can dish out

http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/tt83/jonestaxidermy02/image.jpg1_zpsbuax6ms5.jpg (http://s600.photobucket.com/user/jonestaxidermy02/media/image.jpg1_zpsbuax6ms5.jpg.html)

Deroc
05-31-2016, 02:30 PM
I have owned three different side console boats and am now in a Nautic Star CC bay boat and love it. lots of room and very user friendly.

Hanr3
05-31-2016, 03:03 PM
For me, space is a premium. I prefer a tiller. Side council and center council suck up fishing space. Maybe if I had a 22' boat, it might be an option. But on a 16' Ill stick to a tiller.

Cane Pole
05-31-2016, 03:08 PM
:hesaid

Or stick steer.

wilbur
05-31-2016, 03:28 PM
CC and dont look back

jimp
05-31-2016, 03:59 PM
Might want to look at the deep v's, with a side console. I troll 99% of the time, have a 16.5' deep v side console, I sit in the passenger side seat while trolling with the TM or with the 60hp OB. I have rod holders on all four corners of the boat but can move 'em all up front or to the back in 5 minutes, easy to step up onto the low front deck (much lower than bass style boats), don't have to crawl over the seats to get to the rear storage compartments, rod holders, etc. Just walk around the boat in a normal fashion IMO. Only time I go up front is to deploy/stow the TM, and go sit back down in the lower part of the boat.

MasonG
06-02-2016, 03:08 PM
Center console all the way, plenty of room to get to all sides of the boat.

okhawg
06-02-2016, 06:47 PM
Depends on the boat. A cc bay boat with rod box up front is a very nice layout. I ordered a War Eagle and added a rod/gun box, on the side console you still have a lot of room, on the center it gets tight on the box side.

Quailtail
06-02-2016, 08:20 PM
I like the 961 War Eagle, but the Excel 203 Bay model is nice too. Just concerned about the bow width on the Excel.

M R Dux
06-03-2016, 07:39 AM
I like the 961 War Eagle, but the Excel 203 Bay model is nice too. Just concerned about the bow width on the Excel.

This pic might change your mind on the Excel. Mine is 49 inches wide at the point my 3 pedestal bases are mounted on the bow.
http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m65/mrdux/seat%20brackets2_zpsi5wo76vl.jpg (http://s101.photobucket.com/user/mrdux/media/seat%20brackets2_zpsi5wo76vl.jpg.html)

CrappieDreamer
06-03-2016, 04:05 PM
I recently bought a used bass tracker panfish version. It is a front stick steer and I love it! No console!!

Quailtail
06-03-2016, 05:29 PM
Looks good. The dealer near me has one with a 140 Suzuki on the back.

M R Dux
06-03-2016, 09:47 PM
Looks good. The dealer near me has one with a 140 Suzuki on the back.
That's what mine is wearing.

Ketchn
06-04-2016, 08:35 AM
i like center consoles best even though i dont own one ....

Quailtail
06-05-2016, 11:09 AM
How are those seats holding up? Have not seen ones like those. Did they come with the Excel or purchased elsewhere?

Cane Pole
06-05-2016, 03:12 PM
I have a hobby boat. It has no console but has electric steering. I have lots of room to roam, but no storage per se.

I can do anything but go fast. Great old folks boat too.

Several others on CC have this same boat.

My neighbor has a 20 foot pontoon with a 90 hp Honda. I can outrun him. This is important!