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Old 03-15-2015, 06:48 PM
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For 25-28' center consoles, do you prefer forward seating or coffin box and why? Just curious
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Old 03-15-2015, 06:55 PM
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Coffin Box

works as good or better then forward seating, works way better for fishing. Coffin box usually has more storage space and opens up more deck space. I have owned boats with both, and would pick a coffin box every time.

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Old 03-16-2015, 01:53 PM
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I had a SeaVee with a coffin box and I as well as the wife loved it because of the storage/fish box room for me and still able to lean against the gunnels. Wife and her friends loved to sit on it facing outwards versus into the boat and they felt higher up when cruising. I have not liked the forward seating on center console boats because it, to me, defeats the purpose of a center console vs. walk around or cuddy but that is my preference. I do like the forward seating on the Intrepid Cuddy but that is a different beast than a center console IMHO.

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A lot depends on what you will use the boat for. If you are constantly taking people out for boat rides, lunch or dinner, etc., and or have small kids, then forward seating may be the best solution. Otherwise, as others have mentioned, I have always liked cofffin boxs on my cc's for their practicality.
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Coffin box hands down. Just for the fact that you can remove it if you change your style. Also for resale value, you will have way way more buyers for a center console fishing boat when the boat has usable fishing space up front.
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As was mentioned coffin box, no question. Those forward seats are useless, in my opinion. I had a 28' Southport with the coffin box and it served equally well for family cruising, inshore fishing, and offshore fishing. Forward seating is only practical for cocktail cruising or in extremely flat conditions. But with the coffin box, my boys could sit up front on an offshore run, and would even fall asleep on occasion, (with the snap in backrest and coffin box lid cushion). Also when fishing the bay, you actually can sit and face the rod comfortably. And of course, the storage is superior due to the larger opening.
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Are there any bay hybrid boats with a coffin box and the ability to mount a trolling motor for the shallows?
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Old 03-16-2015, 06:17 PM
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For 25-28' center consoles, do you prefer forward seating or coffin box and why? Just curious
Coffin box. If you want forward seating get something that is custom and removable.
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Old 03-16-2015, 06:39 PM
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Are there any bay hybrid boats with a coffin box and the ability to mount a trolling motor for the shallows?
this is what I'm looking for.

maybe COMP22 or 23DV
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Coffin Box! Simply more versatile. Good seating with a cushion on top; huge fishbox; huge ice storage when headed to the Bahamas; stores snorkeling and SCUBA gear. Plus, you can still walk all the way around the bow when fighting a fish without busting your butt tripping on a seat. Only thing they fail on is if you and wifey are the 5:00 PM wine and cheese types. If you fish, get the coffin box.
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Are there any bay hybrid boats with a coffin box and the ability to mount a trolling motor for the shallows?

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Old 03-16-2015, 06:51 PM
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Originally Posted by GASeminole View Post
I am either at the helm or in the cockpit, so the layout up front has no bearing on my experience whatsoever. Said another way, I view the layout in the front of the boat the same way I view the layout on the inside of my house: I prefer whatever my wife prefers
Exactly!! Well said
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Both serve their purposes well. My preference is the coffin box for my style of fishing. Its huge, long and deep storage for any fish you could ever load in it. This set up is more fisherman friendly because of the 360 degree fishability.

The port/stbd fwd seating is great for the family and kids but still very functional for fishing.

Pick your poison.
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A big cooler with cushion can work just as good as a coffin box and its easily removable.
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Old 03-20-2015, 01:53 PM
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I really like the coffin box on the southport and have considered selling my 07 26 reg to get a southport . but I do have a big cooler that works as a coffin box on the reg and may just keep it . if I find a sp at the right price I may change my mind. my reg is a classic so no forward seating
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It took me a while but I have grown to prefer the CBOX over opposed forward seating.
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We've been agonizing over this decision for the past 6 months while waiting for our 34 yellowfin to go into the mold. We do as much or more entertaining and island/beach days as fishing and diving and had settled on forward seating plus a deck mounted K2 120 cooler where the coffin box would go.

This all changed the night before finalizing the build a couple days ago where we did a complete 180. We ended up going with the large coffin box simply due to the huge preference for it over forward seating thus better resale value. The yellowfin forward seating is pretty poorly designed IMO, it's small, isn't waterproof, and offers little in the way of seating or storage. You have the option of both on the 36 but either/or on the 34. The insulated dry storage with the box is 10x more than what u get with the seating.


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Perhaps no one wants to really mention the most important reason for coffin box……..romancing the admiral
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We debated your question on our 2015 build 36'YF. After 9 months and 200+ hours split b/w family and fishing, the coffin box was the right decision. Increased dry storage on long trips that is easy to access, the coffin is comfortable to rest against or sit during picnics but also provides a safety support when fishing in sporty seas. We had forward seating on our Jupiter 31 and it made working fish around the bow a bit more challenging.

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Old 03-22-2015, 06:49 AM
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Another vote for a coffin box
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