Center Console Boats to 37 Feet at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

What's sexier than a sleek, offshore center console fishing machine? Here are various views of 13 that we saw at this year's Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Everglades 243CC

Walking underneath a boat gives one an interesting hull perspective. The 243 comes in at 25-8 overall, with an 8-2 beam, and can take 300 horses. Like all Everglades, it’s filled with high-density closed-cell structural foam for flotation making it unsinkable.

Mid-sized center consoles at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Everglades 243CCDoug Olander / Sport Fishing

Grady White 236 Fisherman

The striking lines of the 236 make it a show stopper. With an 8 ½-foot beam, the 236 features Grady’s patented SeaV2 continuously variable vee from its severe bow entry back to 20 degrees at the transom.

Mid-sized center consoles at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Grady-White Fisherman 236Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Grady-White has added full console windshields this year to models like the 236, so the scratch-resistant, extra-heavy acrylic extends to the bottom of the T-top and provides full spray protection for those at the helm.

Mid-sized center consoles at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Grady-White 236 FishermanDoug Olander / Sport Fishing

Cobia 220CC

Leading a line of Cobia center consoles is a black-hulled 220CC which the builder describes as “big-water ready.” The hull has an 8-6 beam and a variable-deadrise bottom with 20 degrees at the transom. Max horsepower is 200 and dry weight just under 3,000 pounds.

Mid-sized center consoles at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Cobia 220CCDoug Olander / Sport Fishing

SeaVee 370Z

In its second year, SeaVee’s 370Z offers a relatively lightweight (# pounds) cored hull with twin steps. The builder points to greater fuel efficiency and more deck space/storage than center consoles of comparable size. . Its 22.5-degree-deadrise hull planes at 16 mph; with triple 350s, it can run up to 65 mph.

Mid-sized center consoles at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
SeaVee 370ZDoug Olander / Sport Fishing

A closeup of the 370Z’s hull steps.

Mid-sized center consoles at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
SeaVee 370Z hull stepsDoug Olander / Sport Fishing

Boston Whaler 230 Outrage

Whaler’s new little-big boat for offshore features bold lines. Its hull offers 21 degrees of transom deadrise and 8 ½ feet of beam, weighing in at 3,800 pounds, dry. It can handle up to 350 hp, and comes in any of 11 hull colors. The builder cites 54.3 mph as top speed with a 350 Verado on the back end.

Mid-sized center consoles at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Boston Whaler 230 OutrageDoug Olander / Sport Fishing

Comfortable helm seating stretches amidships on the 230, allowing for either a seated position (left) or, with the cushion back (right), a leaning post.

Mid-sized center consoles at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Boston Whaler 230 Outrage helm seatingDoug Olander / Sport Fishing

Regulator 31

Regulator’s newest hulls fills a gap with mathematical precision in its lineup between the 28 and 34. Equipped with twin 300 Yamahas, it can hit 55 mph. Regulators are serious offshore machines, witness its 24 degrees of transom deadrise. The beamy 10-4 cockpit promises tons of deck space for anglers.

Mid-sized center consoles at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Regulator 31Devin Golden / Sport Fishing

A generous bilge hatch offers quick access to clearly arranged pumps, rigging and so on — and even has a place to stash those pesky 5-gallon buckets.

Mid-sized center consoles at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Regulator 31 Bilge AccessDoug Olander / Sport Fishing

Invincible 33

Some boats look like they’re hauling ass even when sitting still. The high-performance stepped-vee ventilated tunnel hull of the sleek 33 certainly qualifies. Invincible says it hs the lowest drag-coefficient of any mono hull in the world. Look for 60 to 65 mph with twin 300s — though the boat is rated for up to 900 hp.

Mid-sized center consoles at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Invincible 33Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

The long, sleek lines of the 33 are evident from within also, here looking aft from the bow. But don’t be deceived: The boat still sports a generous 9-7 beam.here

Mid-sized center consoles at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Invincible 33 foredeckDoug Olander / Sport Fishing

World Cat 280CC-X

World Cat is hoping it's all-new 280CC will be the power cat that finally sways buyers who think they'd prefer a monohull. Its aggressive lines are a compelling starting point, as is an impressively long list of standard features. It's 9-2 beam offers more deck and storage space than a monohull of comparable length. It comes standard with twin Yamaha F200s.

Mid-sized center consoles at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
World Cat 280CC-XDoug Olander / Sport Fishing

While a side view of the 280CC may not seem so dissimilar from a monohull, seeing the boat bow-on shows a much different animal.

Mid-sized center consoles at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
World Cat 280CC-XDoug Olander / Sport Fishing

Everglades 230CC

The 230 is marketed as a family friendly fishing boat that’s at home in inshore waters but also clearly offshore capable. The hull drafts a fairly modest 15 inches, with a moderate 19 degrees of transom deadrise. The 4,300-pound boat is rated for up to 300 horses.

Mid-sized center consoles at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Everglades 230CCDoug Olander / Sport Fishing

Exceptional pipework is evident on the 230, with its uniquely curving bow rails.

Mid-sized center consoles at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Everglades 230CCDoug Olander / Sport Fishing

Deep Impact 360 Sport

While Deep Impact isn't at the top of the list for many serious offshore anglers, it is an eye-catcher, with its distinctive green hull and green accents throughout. Pushed by three Verado 400Rs, the 360 can top 80 mph, according to the manufacturer. The boat has a 10-foot beam and fuel capacity of more than 300 gallons. The twin-step hull features a sharp 24-degree transom deadrise.

Mid-sized center consoles at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Deep Impact 360 SportDoug Olander / Sport Fishing

Scout 275 LXF

Standard with the 275 are two 20-gallon corner transom baitwells.

Mid-sized center consoles at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Scout 275 LXF baitwellDoug Olander / Sport Fishing

Scout 300 LXF

Stepped hulls have become increasingly popular, and the 300’s twin steps are evident here. The beamy 300 offers a console berth with AC.

Mid-sized center consoles at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Scout 300 LXF hull stepsDoug Olander / Sport Fishing

Grady-White Canyon 306

A peek into the well-appointed head of a Grady-White Canyon 306. No more glaring dome lights with these recessed fluorescents.

Mid-sized center consoles at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Grady-White Canyon 306Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

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