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While some designs come and go, the center console has not only endured throughout the years but has exploded in the last decade with fierce global competition from various manufacturers. The result is a boon for those interested in this versatile style. The once small, narrow-beamed boats whose reputation often involved a somewhat rough ride and poor handling, inferior performance when venturing out into deeper waters, and a noticeable lack of creature comforts among other unenthusiastic attributes, has given way to larger models offering all the engineering and bells and whistles one would find on a family oriented cruiser.
These multipurpose and rugged boats, such as those rigged for hard-core offshore fishing or doing double duty as megayacht tenders, now come in a variety of sizes ranging from 16’ to 65’ and are available in a wide range of styles, configurations, and power options. If you happen to be in the market, you’ll notice that just like choosing a new car and most other big-ticket manufactured goods, you get what you pay for.
Offerings in the center console market were always quite plentiful, and part of the reason for its popularity was due to the relatively low cost of ownership. This, in turn, prompted several of the bigger brands to build larger, more capable and far more comfortable models, with the average size for a premium center console now landing between 33 and 40 feet. While this was great news for many boaters, a large percentage of potential owners could not afford these $400K to $600k models; it also did not address the issues of the under 30-foot market. A solution presents itself in the exciting Vanquish 23 Center Console.