What defines a big center console fishing boat? We think over 30 feet LOA (length overall) serves as the benchmark, though today you’ll certainly find multiple boats over 40 feet in this genre. And there are some spectacular models — not just because of their size, but also because of their great designs, features and style.
We’ve scoured the market to find today’s best offshore fishing boats, labeled as center consoles, that have earned the respect of serious offshore anglers. So if you are looking for a new blue-water boat, start your search here with our best center console boats over 30 feet. Please keep in mind the following center console boat brands are listed alphabetically.
Blackfin outfitted its stepped-hull 332CC with a full complement of fishing and family amenities. From the pantographic sliding door on the console, which keeps the walkways unobstructed, to the two separate livewells (fed by pumps housed in a sea chest) and the twin 45-quart Yeti coolers, this center console features thoughtful design. A dual lounger ahead of the console features a center rest with two cup holders. Below the U-shaped bow seating, you’ll find a 98-gallon storage hatch. Powered by twin Yamaha 425 XTOs, the 332CC tops out over 60 mph.
Blackwater 41 Sportfish
The Blackwater 41 SportFish is a custom-built center console with a dry-riding stepped hull. With almost 12 feet of beam, the 41-footer offers an abundance of interior space not seen in most 41s on the market. Deck designs and customizations include wraparound bow seating, a forward sun lounge with a full cabin and berth below, standard or oversize hard tops, a tuna tower, second row helm seating, three livewells and more. Choose up to quad 350-hp Mercury outboards for maximum power.
Boston Whaler 380 Outrage
Whaler designed the 380 Outrage to serve many masters. As a fishing vessel, its standout features include a 60-gallon transom livewell with an acrylic lid, dividable blue interior and dual red LED lights. You’ll find rod holders at the bow, in the cockpit, on the hardtop frame and along the transom. An acrylic transom door accesses the swim platform, and a fiberglass boarding door opens on the port side to slide in a big catch. With triple Mercury 300s, the 380 cruises at 39 mph, burning 0.92 mpg.
Available with a diesel surface drive or quad outboards, Calcutta’s new express catamaran sports an asymmetrical hull design, which gives it monohull-like turning capability. The diesel version planes at 15 knots; at cruise it burns 1 mpg, Calcutta says. The standard layout features two state rooms and two heads with showers. The bridge deck seats 10. An optional second station seats six with a sun lounge. The vessel also comes with a tackle center and insulated transom fish box. As are all Calcuttas, the 48 is custom built and sold direct from the factory.
Caymas 341 CC
The Caymas 341 features a patented Stepped-Vee Ventilated Tunnel (SVVT) hull, designed by Michael Peters, for increased riding comfort, performance and fuel efficiency. The center console measures 33 feet, 7 inches long, with a 10-foot beam and a fuel capacity of 345 gallons. When maxed out with horsepower, the 341’s drag-reducing hull generates a brisk hole shot, crisp acceleration and an impressive top-end speed. Fishing amenities include a custom 70-gallon transom livewell, oversize fish boxes fore and aft, lockable rod storage, an innovative hardtop with pass-through hatch, an elevated helm station and more.
Cobia Boats’ 350CC features a double-stepped, vacuum-infused hull to match its elegant topside amenities and fishing conveniences, which include dual 42-gallon livewells, two in-floor fish boxes that pump overboard, a full tackle and bait-prep station, plus a belowdecks lockable rod box. The center console’s 11-foot-2-inch beam translates to a spacious cockpit (131 square feet) and roomy walkthroughs. An inward-opening side door simplifies hauling aboard a big fish or loading gear from a dock. Cobia’s 350CC can carry 320 gallons of fuel, and handles a maximum of 900 hp.
Contender 44 ST
The Contender 44 ST features an expansive level deck with little to impede the pursuit of catching fish. A twin-stepped hull provides lift for efficiency and speed, and maintains a flat running attitude. Powered by triple or quad Yamaha 425 XTO outboards and equipped with 600 gallons of fuel capacity, the 44 ST lets you to reach distant angling destinations with a smooth, dry ride, even in dodgy conditions. A pair of 55-gallon transom livewells provide excellent onboard abodes for bait. The dash is set low for better visibility over the console, which features a wraparound polycarbonate windshield to protect the helm and helm seating.
Crevalle 33 CSF
Crevalle Boats designed its largest model to date, the 33 CSF center console, with offshore fishing and family cruising in mind. Standard features include dual 16-inch multifunction displays at the helm, three 30-gallon transom livewells, a slide-out Yeti cooler, oversized hardtop, leaning-post tackle-prep station, lockable rod storage for six rods, and in-floor storage for a 5-gallon bucket with a cast net. The no-wood design features resin-infusion and a composite transom. With 300 gallons of fuel capacity, the 33 CSF is rated for twin outboards totaling 900 hp. The bow features a dedicated mounting surface for a long-shaft GPS trolling motor.
EdgeWater’s flagship center console, the 340CC, features 28- and 66-gallon transom livewells and a leaning-post tackle station as well as a plush forward sun pad and bow dining area. The standard leaning post comes with a removable 48-quart cooler, freshwater sink, pullout shower, cutting board, storage drawers, and rod holders. Option up for the super leaning post, and you’ll get an additional 30-gallon livewell. The standard hardtop comes with six rod holders, LED spreader lights, and a custom tempered glass windshield.
Everglades designed the 395cc for anglers seeking something larger than its 355cc but more nimble than the company’s flagship 435cc. Boasting Everglades’ Ramcap hull construction, the 395cc features mezzanine seating and a fold-out transom bench. Inside the console is a dining area that transforms to a berth. Fishing features include insulated 112- and 75-gallon fish boxes and two 40-gallon pressurized transom livewells. Powered by triple Yamaha 425 XTO outbards, the 395cc can reach speeds of more than 55 mph. Options include a full upper station with a fiberglass sun top, a Seakeeper 3 gyrostabilizer and a full suite of Garmin electronics.
Grady-White Canyon 326
The superstructure for the hardtop on Grady-White’s Canyon 326 fits inside the breadth of the full windshield, a design factor that keeps the walkways beside the console wide open. Add the optional insert between the port and starboard bow loungers, and you create a generous casting platform or a sun pad. Aft of the helm seats, you’ll find a rigging station and fish box. You can opt to plumb that 38-gallon box as a livewell, and add its capacity to that of the standard 32-gallon tank in the aft port corner.
The distinctly styled Insetta 45 center-console features a tunnel hull based on the designs of offshore racing catamarans. Its twin hulls cut through the water and result in remarkable stability, Insetta says.
The 11-foot, 8-inch beam offers a super-large cockpit for fishing. The walk-through transom door allows for both landing the big fish and access to the swim platform. The wide walkways around the console give you plenty of room to fight a fish down the rail.
The console interior features a head, a cabinet with sink, a shower and a full-size berth. There are two additional V-berths at the bow.
The Insetta 45’s vacuum-infused construction results in a hull that’s very light and extremely strong, the company says. The one-piece deck is bonded both around the hull/deck joint and on each of the full-width bulkheads.
You can order the Insetta with twin inboards or as many as four outboard engines. The 450-gallon fuel tank offers plenty of range, especially with twin diesels.
Invincible 40 Cat
Invincible’s 40 Catamaran was the first to use Morrelli & Melvin’s patented hybrid semi-asymmetrical design, lending this model remarkable performance and handling. With a beam that carries well forward, the 40 Cat also offers expansive deck space. It features twin pressurized 55-gallon transom livewells and a 72-gallon well under the aft cockpit sole. With quad Mercury 350 Verado outboards, expect speeds in excess of 70 mph. The optional 240-gallon coffin box is lined with seven vertical rod holders on each side, and the top doubles as a lounger. The dash panel will accept twin flush-mounted Garmin GPSMAP 8617 displays.
The Jupiter 32 marks the modern-day return of this brand’s iconic 31, originally released in the early 1990s. Fishing features include a leaning post with four rod holders and tackle storage. Aft of that is a 150-gallon in-deck fish box with a macerator. In-deck lockable storage flanks the console; each box holds four 8-foot rods each. Other notable aspects of this build include Release Marine teak ladder-back helm seats, a fiberglass T-top, and a portside boarding door.
Pursuit S 378
The S 378 features a fully appointed console cabin accessed by a companionway on the helm deck. Cabin- and hull-side windows offer an outside view. Abaft the helm seating, an entertainment center deploys and retracts at the touch of a button. Pursuit also included a standard 36-gallon transom livewell, a pair of fish boxes, and lockable rod storage. An optional sport-fishing package includes a second livewell, hardtop rod holders and Taco Grand Slam outriggers. Rigged standard with triple Yamaha 425 XTO outboards, the S 378 can reach speeds of 60 mph.
Regulator Marine’s new 34 features one of the largest cockpits in its class, with a transom design that maximizes space rivaling that of 39-footers, according to Regulator.
With a 10-foot, 11-inch beam, the 34 employs a full transom and a newly designed engine bracket that places the propellers in optimal water flow. This center-console can be powered with up to three Yamaha F300 outboards, and it holds up to 350 gallons of fuel.
Standard features include a 42-gallon transom livewell and two insulated fishboxes. Featuring 24 degrees of deadrise at the transom, the hull is designed to carry forward Regulator’s reputation for a legendary ride.
Options for the Regulator 34 include Flexiteek cushioned, non-skid decking on the newly-engineered Armstrong bracket, additional gunwale rod holders and the Yamaha Helm Master steering system to make docking simple.
“Our customers were asking for more, and we like to give our customers what they want,” says Regulator Marine President Joan Maxwell. “What’s special about Regulator’s approach to triple outboards is that we engineered a consistent engine-mounting height to ensure a better look and improved water flow to the engines.”
Scout 355 LXF
A luxury center-console fishing boat, the 355 LXF is built on Scout’s dual stepped hull, which is strengthened by expoxy infusion. On deck, you’ll find three independently heated helm seats and a patented glass enclosure. The 355 LXF comes with a 55-gallon transom livewell, a 60-gallon fish box and twin in-deck fish boxes. The cabin’s forward dinette becomes a double berth; the interior space features a little over 6 feet of clearance. With triple Mercury 400 Verados, the boat tops out at 70.2 mph.
Sea Chaser 35 HFC Bluewater
The largest Sea Chaser in that company’s lineup, the 35 features a wide-open deck, easy-access side boarding door, and many standard features including a windlass anchor system, fold-down lounge seats, LED deck lighting, in-deck storage and 50-gallon livewells in the transom and leaning post. An electric switch elevates the forward console lounger; beneath is room for buckets, tackle bags and other storage. In the transom, dual benches fold down for plush seating for four. With twin Suzuki DF350A outboards, the 35 tops out at 54.1 mph.
The new 390Z features an innovative twin-stepped hull design that SeaVee says should recalibrate the industry standard for performance, efficiency and handling. Born of offshore-racing technology, the hull has been perfected for the recreational customer through the use of proprietary computer modeling.
The extensive design work was then further processed by a computational fluid-dynamics computer model, previously utilized only by NASA and the U.S. Navy. To achieve the highest performance possible, the 390Z features multiple lifting bodies with unique geometry. These, along with the carefully engineered weight distribution, ensure the optimum angle of attack that produces maximum hull lift with minimum resistance regardless of speed or sea conditions.
The 390Z can remain planing at speeds as low 18 knots. It also offers directional stability, at any speed, achieved through an array of speed rails.
A new, cored hull design reduces weight, yet offers strength and durability. Core-Cell M130 structural foam is sandwiched between two fiberglass panels to form a stiff, strong, lightweight laminate with similar strength properties to an industrial I -beam structure, SeaVee says. This design feature contributes to higher speeds and better overall performance of the boat.
The 390Z is available in a twin-outboard configuration, and the 688-gallon fuel tank offers exceptional range.
Southport 33 FE
Southport’s new 33 FE is based on a C. Raymond Hunt hull that’s designed to jump on plane quickly and maintain a flat angle no matter what the speed. Its classic lines are sure to turn heads no matter where you fish.
With sharp entry, 22 degrees of deadrise at the transom and Southport’s famous bow flare, the deep-V hull boasts a smooth, dry ride in virtually all sea conditions.
Anglers will appreciate the abundant in-deck storage and 6-foot-long, insulated fish boxes. A 35-gallon transom livewell holds plenty of live bait, but you can add a second, optional livewell in the leaning-post module.
The console interior features a marine head, shower and a berth for overnighting. A transom door offers easy access astern.
With a 10-foot, 8-inch beam, the 33 FE offers an open cockpit for fishing. Rated for a maximum of 700 hp in the form of twin Yamaha F350 outboards, the vessel boasts 300-gallon-plus fuel capacity.
Sportsman Open 352CC
Sportsman’s Open 352CC measures just longer than 35 feet. It carries a beam of 11 feet, 2 inches and a max-horsepower rating of 900. This offshore fish boat features a family- and angler-friendly open cockpit layout and amenities such as flip-up aft seating, full access to the bow, an enclosed head and dual side-entry doors. All Sportsman boats utilize the company‘s SportTech Advanced Fabrication System, a proprietary boat-building process. The Open 352CC’s stringer system touches every inch of the hull, ensuring superior strength from bow to stern. The stringers are completely finished in gelcoat and foam filled for additional flotation.
Stamas 31T Aventura
The Stamas Yacht 31T Aventura is a beamy center console loaded with fishing amenities and blessed with an eye-catching sheerline. The 31-footer features an oversize dash for electronics, a leaning-post livewell, transom livewell, insulated fish boxes, numerous rod holders, and a tackle station with a freshwater sink. A generous cockpit aft, as well as a spacious casting area in the bow, allow plenty of room for anglers and family. Wraparound bow seating converts to a huge sun lounge or dining area for those days when you want to take a day off from fishing hard and relax on the water.
Tidewater 320 CC Adventure
The Tidewater 320 CC Adventure incorporates luxury into fishing. Features such as a yacht-style helm station, backlit carbon-fiber dash panel, wraparound bow seating with flip-out backrests, and a porcelain head belowdecks show the attention to detail throughout this boat. Still, hardcore fishing features such as port and starboard 41-gallon macerated fish boxes, two 28-gallon bow boxes, two 20-gallon livewells, and a leaning post tackle center should make any angler happy. Customize your rig with optional features, a preferred hull color and outboard power.
World Cat 325CC
World Cat took its already popular 320CC and completely retooled it with numerous enhancements such as an improved removable transom seating arrangement, increased insulated storage and improved styling. The new 325CC also features additional transom reinforcement, Mate Elite Series oval 30-degree cup/rod holder combos, upgraded white sport speakers, port and starboard Frigid Rigid coolers with seat cushion and coaming bolsters, and a transom insulated storage tub with an acrylic lid. Standard features include a 45-gallon insulated livewell with a clear lid, Plano box compartment, twin 56-gallon insulated storage compartments and a 26-gallon center compartment forward, as well as Optimus electronic steering.
Yellowfin 42 Offshore
Yellowfin’s 42 Offshore provides a smooth, dry ride and top-flight performance, courtesy of its stepped hull. The wide-open, level deck of this center console provides room for serious bluewater fishing. Each Yellowfin is built to customer desires, with available triple or quad outboards up to 1,700 hp. The 571-gallon fuel capacity grants anglers plenty of range. Buyers can select from a hardtop, dual tower or marlin tower. You can also add forward seating for the family. Massive pumps deliver sea-chest water to two pressurized 75-gallon livewells, and there’s a trio of insulated in-sole fish boxes.