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Old 07-03-2020, 10:40 AM
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My 90% family 10% fishing need suggest a dual console, but I hate sacrificing walkaround ability for the 10% of the time we are fishing. Is there a center console that can provide this without sacrificing the key features I like of dual console: (1) head; (2) shade; and (3) wind / elements protection for guests who want it (think grandmothers or friends with newborns).

Thus I am thinking in my mind the ideal boat would be a center console with (1) a ton of seating; (2) an extra large top that is mounted to the console (not the gunwales) but is as large as most dual console tops that are mounted to the gunwales; (3) a large full windshield (or option therefore); and (4) a head.

Is there any boat that fits this description or am I describing a unicorn / frankenstein that does not exist?

Closest boats are center consoles with full windshields and large hard tops mounted to the gunwales, but again I want a large top but NOT mounted to the gunwales.

Thank you all very much!
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One note: friend of mine bought 27 dauntless and that's pretty close to perfect EXCEPT top isn't really large at all and not a full windshield.
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Originally Posted by mamster View Post
My 90% family 10% fishing need suggest a dual console, but I hate sacrificing walkaround ability for the 10% of the time we are fishing. Is there a center console that can provide this without sacrificing the key features I like of dual console: (1) head; (2) shade; and (3) wind / elements protection for guests who want it (think grandmothers or friends with newborns).

Thus I am thinking in my mind the ideal boat would be a center console with (1) a ton of seating; (2) an extra large top that is mounted to the console (not the gunwales) but is as large as most dual console tops that are mounted to the gunwales; (3) a large full windshield (or option therefore); and (4) a head.

Is there any boat that fits this description or am I describing a unicorn / frankenstein that does not exist?

Closest boats are center consoles with full windshields and large hard tops mounted to the gunwales, but again I want a large top but NOT mounted to the gunwales.

Thank you all very much!
I think there is going to be a limit on how big your tip can be without mounting to gunwales. That said, I would have a hard look at the Edgewater 280cc. It has A LOT of family friendly amenities including full windshield, small cabin/head, galley station behind console... etc.
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1st world problems. Grandmothers and newborns in a CC? It really does sound like you need a DC. Do a little research and look for one that is geared toward fishing. A lot of them will have a rear deck where the seats all fold up, leaving you a lot more space than you would find on a CC. When we bought our last boat I was looking for all the same stuff you are but in a smaller package. Fishing is about 25% and family/cruising 75%. Never go to sandbars. The DC is much better suited for what we do. Though I have to admit, that Edgewater 280CC is a sweet boat.
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Originally Posted by deerfly View Post
1st world problems. Grandmothers and newborns in a CC? It really does sound like you need a DC. Do a little research and look for one that is geared toward fishing. A lot of them will have a rear deck where the seats all fold up, leaving you a lot more space than you would find on a CC. When we bought our last boat I was looking for all the same stuff you are but in a smaller package. Fishing is about 25% and family/cruising 75%. Never go to sandbars. The DC is much better suited for what we do. Though I have to admit, that Edgewater 280CC is a sweet boat.
Yeah.... Thank you for confirming my suspicion that I am just in denial. I'll give up my delusions and get a DC that has some fishing capabilities.
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I've been looking at Jeanneau, specifically Leader 9.0 CC. Seems to check many of the boxes. But maybe not if primarily offshore.

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What about a world cat 280CC-X or 295 cc (also make a dc version). Has a full windshield, very wide front with seating all around. Seating flips down in the back. As for the t-top you can always add shade front and back if needed. Probably hard to find a hardtop on cc that gives you the coverage of the D.C's. Nice big ladder to get in and out as well.
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263 Calcutta...add an enclosure like I did.... or 27 Albemarle DC

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Having room for the potty in the console is a huge plus for the Admiral. The T top fitted to most of the CCs is all but useless as far as providing shade goes. Yeah, I know, it 'looks' much nicer than a bimini.

I like my shade. I acquired a bimini for a 20' Whaler & put it on my little 14' Maritime Skiff. In the boot I can have it aft on the rigid braces or lay it forward. Up, it acts as a sail so I don't run at speed with it but it provides an awful lot of shade.


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While you do lose walk around ability on a DC, you do gain a ton of cockpit space, making the inability to go front to rear less significant, especially given how little you plan to fish out of it.

The only thing that really comes to mind beyond that would be a Dusky 252 Fish Around Cruiser. Has a small cabin for a center console, and all sorts of custom options available being that they are a semi custom builder.

https://www.dusky.com/boat/fac-walka...around-cruiser
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Yeah.... Thank you for confirming my suspicion that I am just in denial. I'll give up my delusions and get a DC that has some fishing capabilities.
Try getting Grandma in the head of a dual console. Good luck, most 30" CC's can meet your requirements. T-top with windshield, head then add a front sunshade. Cobia, Robalo, Sailfish, Pursuit etc.
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the Pursuit dual consoles adapt to fishing really, really well.
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Originally Posted by dodmarlin View Post
Try getting Grandma in the head of a dual console. Good luck, most 30" CC's can meet your requirements. T-top with windshield, head then add a front sunshade. Cobia, Robalo, Sailfish, Pursuit etc.
The windshield on most center consoles works ok for maybe 1 or 2 people as long as there's no wind or rain. At which point you need a mask/snorkel. And I'm a center console guy. A dual console with full windshield/hard top provides a much drier/less windy environment than a center console. And chicks dig that.
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If your often taking small kids (under 12) and friends then you want a full cockpit. I tried the CC and too hard to enjoy if everyone is tired of the wind/water/etc.

I highly recommend either a DC or a walk around. Something 27-30ft will be very comfortable and manageable to trailer and operate solo. Best advice is to take some friends when shopping and see how everyone fits and operates sitting or walking around
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Where do you boat? “Family and “Center Console” should never be used in the same sentence in New England...
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I have a similar situation. Was going to buy the BW 27’ Dauntless, but went with a 266 Sea Fox which has a very similar seating capacity although otherwise very different boats in terms of cost and design. I only go offshore 2-3x/year and the 266 has way seating for 10 people although I’ve never hauled that many.
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Another option you may wanna look at is tidewater. I was having the same issue woth my old boat a 1988 whaler but then started looking at the Carolina bay and it check all the boxes. I also like the adventures. I mean a top can always be fabricated and I usually will never run with a Bimini top up too much wear and tear but at my destination grow it up or create a sun shade with poles and a cloth tarp and you are good to go. Good luck In Your search.
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Pursuit S288 sounds pretty close to what you are asking for.

https://www.pursuitboats.com/S288.php
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Sea Hunt checks most of those boxes, assuming the top is "large" enough for you. The Ultra line has a bunch of seating, especially in the 255, 265 and 275 models. Good luck.

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If you are going to go out on nice days like most people, a CC is a perfect family boat. If it is raining or really windy, sure a DC would be better. Probably not taking the kids out on those days anyway. I thought the seats on the DC’s waisted a lot of space. My kids never sit so I don’t need that.

Happy with my CC here up north and I wouldn’t trade it for a DC.
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