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dannieboiz 10-15-2019 12:43 AM

Why aren't dual consoles popular out here in the west?
I stopped fishing the Delta about 7 years ago but one of my favorite boat that I used out there was an open bow 18ft bayliner. I got rid of it and went into a Striper 21ft a month after getting caught in the weather one time and it was no fun getting in. I still have the striper but is considering a new boat in the near future. I find the cuddy cabin is a wasted space. The only time it was ever useful was when I had some folks with me getting sea sick and they got knocked out in there, of course they never went again after that.

Kids are getting to the age where they enjoy the water more. They don't want to be in the cabin either since they want to be out where the action is. Even the wife doesn't enjoy it in there, she had more fun hanging out on the bow reading a book while we fish on the little 18ft boat.

I've looked at center consoles but the sitting arrangement is little to none. If I do ocean trip with fishing buddies it won't be a problem but I don't think it will work well for the kids and wife. I'm seriously considering a dual console for my next boat. I see tons of them on craigslist Florida, but hardly any here.

A dual console where I can take it out to do inshore fishing and can handle the weather and yet get the family out on the bay/delta and do one of those lazy bait fishing just seems like the best of both worlds.

As you can see, I need to include the family to in order to have an excuse for the new boat. ;)

Anyone of experience in dual console out here?

NoYouRelax 10-23-2019 01:25 PM

Great question and I am looking for the same advice. It seems a DC will have more Cruise comfort features for a family ride but I need to know if it still fishes ok.

Elgreco809 10-23-2019 01:36 PM

There's a difference between a dual console, and a bowrider. My buddies stingray bowrider and now his regal are not self bailing and have no livewells. Something like the pioneer venture 222 is self bailing and has a livewell along with a large fuel capacity.

Sierrastar 10-25-2019 09:52 AM

Like you, we had a hard time finding a DC on west coast. It took about a year. We ended up with a 2001 Boston Whaler Ventura 210. It has a small head, fresh water tank, live well, ski pylon, etc. it runs well in chip and we take it into the ocean frequently. It also had a recent repower with a Honda 225 when we purchased. It fits our needs in San Diego. We fish, Tube in SD bay; whale watch in winter, and general fun/picnicking year round. It can be a cold ride, so we just add layers depending on season.

In that year, I think we only saw a couple other DC on west coast but we’re in sad shape. In the last mint or so, I think I ran across smaller Ventura’s for sale. I think one was in LA area and one was on lake Powell as a rental boat...

good of luck with your search. Here are some pics of our boat.

leek 11-18-2019 10:09 PM

In Puget Sound (original home of Bayliner) there is many dual consoles. I run a 2008 Grady 225 Tournament in south Puget Sound and have been very satisfied. I think people favor them because with a few curtains and a Bimini you have a 3 season set up. There is much more floor space in my Grady than in cc models that I have owned or been in. It works well for skiing, tubing, fishing, crabbing and cruising.

wdlfbio 11-18-2019 11:38 PM

Many folks don’t like an open bow for offshore, unless it’s self-bailing. While the bow area seems accessible for fishing, it’s a pain to follow a fish fore to aft or vice versa. But they are pretty versatile for a family.

Jeep8630 05-26-2020 10:54 PM

For family and fishing you can't beat leek's grady!

mr_mbuna 06-16-2020 12:14 AM

I have a Robalo R227 dual console. Two thirds of the time it's the perfect boat, one third of the time I come back home and browse BoatTrader.

You have to get a boat that's made for the conditions of your area. We have three pretty different coastal boating zones between the Pacific Northwest (lots of aluminum hulls and pilothouses and cruisers) and Northern California (fiberglass pilothouses and walk-arounds and sailboats) and Southern California (center consoles and dual consoles and pilothouses). There are also plenty of bowriders and lake boats for inland lakes and waterways all up and down the coast.

Having a dual console in Northern California without a full enclosure definitely means picking my days. My R227 can handle 3' SF Bay chop safely but with a 15-20 MPH wind out of the northwest it's going to be a wet ride. When it's nice out and the wind and chop are low (or I go up in the Sac Delta) it's a great boat.

Regardless of the sea conditions it's very fishable - 6 rod holders, livewell, self bailing deck, toe holds, built for saltwater, without cushions the bow is a big raised fishing platform, good rear deck for a 22' when you fold down the rear bench, etc.

mr_mbuna 07-29-2020 05:29 AM

I just upgraded to a larger dual console with a hardtop and enclosure to better handle SF Bay chop and wind spray. I'm excited to get her out West (currently in Maryland) and test her out.

HUP 07-31-2020 04:32 PM

Had this sucker 90+ miles offshore fishing for tuna. SUV of the Sea!

RMSail 07-31-2020 05:17 PM

Highly recommend a dual console for family duties. Absolutely love ours.

mr_mbuna 07-31-2020 05:26 PM

HUP that boat looks awesome.

HUP 07-31-2020 05:52 PM

Thank you! Great hull and it fits the needs of my family. Here's another one with riggers and mast.

barrelroll 08-05-2020 10:43 PM

They are all over the place up here in Alaska, mostly aluminum hulls. There's very few nice days and you are usually dealing with rain and a high of 60 degrees in the southeast. I think I've seen one normal fiberglass center console in town.

mr_mbuna 09-17-2020 12:11 AM

Originally Posted by mr_mbuna (Post 13901293)
I just upgraded to a larger dual console with a hardtop and enclosure to better handle SF Bay chop and wind spray. I'm excited to get her out West (currently in Maryland) and test her out.

She sails!

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