Center console (boat)

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Center console (British English: centre console) is a type of single-decked open hull boat where the helm is in the center. There is a cabin on some models; these are usually located in the bow and hold small berths for sleeping. An advantage of this type of boat, especially in fishing, underway, and at rest, is that person can walk all around the boat from stern to bow with ease.

The console of a boat is where all the controls are located, including steering, ignition, trim control, radio and other electronic devices, switches etc. It may have a small storage space and/or a head. In general there is no weather protection or berths, making the design ill-suited to cruising. The console may have a T-Top cover to provide limited relief from the sun and rain, but this is not universal because it interferes with fishermen's casting. Most center consoles are powered by outboard motors.

A center console boat is popular as a yacht tender or ship's boat.

Center console boats typically range in length from 13 feet to 30 feet, though some[citation needed] may be as large as 53 feet.