Watch the Sessa Key Largo 24, Bénéteau Flyer 650, Trophy 2203CC and Boston Whaler 190 Montauk in action
MBM got together four great reasons to make your next boat a centre console model. The Sessa Key Largo 24, Bénéteau Flyer 650, Trophy 2203CC and Boston Whaler 190 Montauk were our players, sadly the Bénéteau was not available for the video shoot but all of the boats can be seen in the boat test gallery.
The centre console style – named after the helm console that sits in the middle of the boat – is a winner for all sorts of reasons. It is practical, with masses of deck and stowage space. It is fun, with a true sportsboat hull and great looks. It is easy to use and look after thanks to the clean deck design and the outboard engines that most commonly power this type of boat.
But it is the boats overall usability, its mix of abilities that makes the centre console so interesting. Many have the option of a cabin, most will offer a compartment within the centre console itself where a toilet can be fitted.
All of our centre console examples are different in size and design.
The Sessa (£50,000) is the largest and comes with a large sunpad forward and a decent cabin complete with a double berth and toilet below decks.
At 19ft the Boston Whaler (£30,000) is the smallest, but packs in plenty of deck and stowage space.
The 20ft Bénéteau (£26,000) is the cheapest boat and offers a very strong mix of on deck seating and space plus a useful if Spartan cabin.
The 22ft Trophy (£37,000) was our favourite on the day for its cracking style, chunky build and capable ride qualities. Its centre console delivers a toilet compartment and the overall improvement in finish and detail from this builder is worthy of special praise.
But, depending on your budget and boating style, all four boats will do you proud.