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October 26, 2001

Century 3100

The Century 3100 rides just a hair less stable than a catamaran.

As you'd expect, the Century 3100 rides just a hair less stable than a catamaran. Even abeam of the nasty stuff we encountered, walking across the cockpit without holding on posed no problem.

Today's conservation ethic would prevent conscientious anglers from ever filling the fish boxes aboard the 3100. It comes standard with four 100-quart boxes forward (all with drains) and two more huge boxes (300-quart) in the cockpit. Century has also designed a superb 70-gallon, lighted, aerated, live baitwell with a removable separator and two separate, independent recirculating pumps (with two sea cocks) that can move up to 2,200 gph. A rigging station alongside the well sports a sink with fresh and saltwater spigots.

With six in-gunwale rod holders and lockable storage for three rods under each gunwale, rod storage poses no problem even without the T-top's rocket launchers. The 3100 has enclosed storage compartments under each gunwale around the cockpit, much the way large convertibles do. You can't store rods in them, but everything else that usually has no place to live like gaffs and mops can be hidden away nicely.

It's almost laughable to discuss moving around on the 3100. Walkways are wide enough to allow "shaggin' down the boulevard." A low-profile bow rail starting at the console offers a good handhold without interfering with working a fish. Fortunately, the integral bracket area aft of the transom provides a lot of room because extending a rod tip from inside the cockpit to beyond the outboards may prove difficult for those with short arms.

Design and Construction
Unlike the rest of the Century line, you won't be trailering the new 3100. At almost 8,000 pounds with the engines and gear, it would take a truck. Plus, the beam exceeds highway restrictions.

The stringer system (which looks like a tuning fork from above) is constructed of foam-filled, solid fiberglass, giving excellent strength and rigidity to the hull. In fact, everything about the 3100 shouts brawny strength. The hatches all have big, twist-lock latches. The berth, though a single, stretches for 6-1/2 feet in the console. Access to all plumbing and wiring both underdeck and in the console is ideal. The 3100 provides more storage than you could ever want.

Century has created an especially interesting compartment arrangement in the cockpit, much like larger convertible sport-fishermen. All under-gunwale areas are enclosed with hatch doors hiding storage. Some cover rod storage, others hide wash-down hose, tackle boxes and storage for mops and other sundries. And tackle storage is not gratuitous on this 3100. Five full-size tackle drawers in the console augment those in the coaming on each side of the cockpit.

Compare the performance 31-footers with their narrow, arrow-like beams with this boat, and it's almost as if the Century offers three boats to the performance boat's one.