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October 26, 2001

Century 3000 Walkaround

Century 3000 Walkaround

A good example of how Century attends to detail can be found in the installation of separate pumps for the saltwater wash-down and the live well rather than forcing a switch between the two. A small item? Perhaps, but important to serious fishermen because it says that other fishing amenities will surely be in evidence.

Anyone who likes to bottom-fish from the bow will really appreciate the cushioned seat there. Not only will tall people like me find it easy to get their rod tips over the rail, they'll find the seat a comfortable height so their knees don't meet their chins as on so many walk-arounds. And the access fore and aft from the cockpit also provided a super-secure feeling with adequate handholds and room to turn.

Standard rod storage includes: under-gunwales for six, across the T-top for five, across the back of the leaning post for five and two flush-mounted in each gunwale. More could be placed elsewhere, including upright in the console and on the overhead in the forward cabin.

The stringer system (which looks like a tuning fork from above) constructed of foam-filled fiberglass gives excellent strength and rigidity to the hull.

But a few missing handholds caught my attention. The windscreen on the console has no support - just the smoked Lucite, and as soon as someone loses his balance and grabs onto it, it's history. Also, getting down into the cabin could be made easier by the addition of a handrail on the outer bulkhead. As it stands, the only thing to hold onto is the Lucite windshield. Admittedly small items, but hey - everything big has been done impeccably.

The cabin provides remarkable room considering how much space the on-deck, L-shaped settee takes up forward of the helm console. The galley doesn't qualify as exotic, but does include a sink, small stove and refrigerator, microwave and stereo.

Interestingly, the head and shower have been placed in the console rather than down in the forward cabin. I found loads of room in the console - enough even for me to change clothes.

The cockpit, while not huge, proved to be very workable, and access to the swim platform virtually adds another 30 percent to the space. Atop the transom you'll find the bait prep area with sink and cutting board abutting the live well.

I'd have no problem taking this 3000 offshore 50 miles or more to fish with my cronies one day and cruise the bay with my family the next.