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Everglades 253 Center Console2021Request Price
Pack your bags -- the 253cc is equipped with two storage holders under the helm seat to easily load and unload your gear, in addition to the massive built-in 87qt cooler/dry storage beneath the forward console seat. There's gear storage for any water activity you can dream up. The low-profile, powder-coated bow rails and pop-up cleats combine with the 91-square-foot cockpit to give you all the space and freedom to move around that you need. The under gunwale port and starboard rod storage and dry storage, lockable rod storage with cushioned protection under the forward bow seating, 26-gallon livewell, and 69-gallon in-floor insulated fishbox makes the 253cc ready to fish in any conditions. Two incredible foldaway stern seats are located on either side of insulated storage. When not in use, fold the seatbacks down to use the huge aft casting deck. Forward-facing bowseats have detachable backrests for the most comfortable ride underway. A perfect marriage of comfort and functionality, the elegant 253cc is sure to impress.More…17
Grady-White 251 Coastal Explorer2021Request Price
The 25-foot 251 CE Coastal Explorer center console is in a class by itself, a surpassing answer to other larger shallow water boats. Notably, the 251 is created for inshore use primarily as a sport fishing boat and offers more offshore, rough water capability than any bay boat. Here’s the best answer to off-the-beaten-track family fun and versatility.More…15
Lowe 22 Bay2021Request Price
Lowe’s 22 Bay can take you fishing almost anywhere your expedition takes you. Its modified V-hull can get through shallow water while handling bigger waves and provides an enormous platform for targeting everything from muskies to catfish in fresh water; snook to sharks in salt. Drive in comfort with a standing bird’s eye view from the Bay’s center console to better spot shallow hazards when running through skinny water. Its padded leaning post with footrest provides a high, comfortable perch. A Lowrance Hook2 fishfinder, windshield and chrome analog gauges adorn the aluminum boat’s fiberglass console. Ice down your catch in the massive 8-cubic-foot insulated cooler/dry storage area built right into the front deck. For you serious anglers, a jack plate with Power Poles is available, factory installed. The jack plate helps achieve maximum performance in super shallow water while Power Pole shallow-water anchors quickly stick into the bottom to keep you catching ‘em at the hot spot. Get all the fishing features and space you demand in the rugged 22 bay boat.More…13
Bayliner T18Bay2021Request Price
The T18Bay takes full advantage of our exceptionally stable M-Hull by combining it with a deck plan focused on fishability. This versatile center console blends affordability and fishability in a way you simply can’t ignore. Seasoned anglers and families alike will appreciate the features and layout we’ve put aboard this family-friendly fishing platform. Everyone will appreciate the performance and value.More…24
Scout 231 XS2021Request Price
The 231 XS compliments the already popular 251 XS. This model was created to be the best inshore / bay boat model in its class, and it’s just that - a hardcore fishing machine with performance that’s unmatched. Smartly designed and packed with our innovation, this model has all the characteristics of a serious bay boat, as well as a proud bow and sexy, aggressive lines. Underneath is a high performance stepped hull, and with a 300 HP engine it achieves speeds in the mid 60’s.More…8
Everglades 273 Center Console2021Request Price
Everglades Boats' 243cc has long been regarded as the premier hybrid inshore/offshore boat. True to our reputation for constant innovation, this model takes the 243cc to the next level. Meet the 273cc: everything you know and love about the 243cc. The low-profile, powder-coated bow rails and pop-up cleats combine with the casting platform/bow seating to make cast-netting live bait a breeze. The stainless steel gunwale flush mounted rod holders bedded and through bolted, in addition to the standard under gunwale rod racks, circulating live well with light, and more than 82 gallons of fishbox space makes the 273cc a ready-to-fish machine. The most comfortable place to sit on any boat while underway is the stern and the 273cc provides two incredible foldaway seats on either side of insulated storage. An upgrade from our 243cc model, the 273cc is a bigger version of the industry’s number-one hybrid inshore/offshore boat.More…25
Everglades 243 Center Console2021Request Price
The Everglades 243cc is the industry leader in the bay boat market, and has been since its debut. Add an optional GPS-enabled trolling motor and you'll never need to anchor again. Optional jackplate and lifting platforms allow you to get into those shallow spots that most boats this size don't dare. By adding the optional, patent-pending upper station to your standard-equipment hardtop you'll spot fish you never even knew were there. The low-profile, powder-coated bow rails and pop-up cleats combine with the casting platform/bow seating to make cast-netting live bait a breeze! The most comfortable place to sit on any boat while underway is the stern and the 243cc provides two incredible foldaway seats on either side of the livewell. When not in use, fold the seatbacks down to use the huge aft casting deck. So, whether you want to fish the back country or run 30 miles offshore, the 243cc can satisfy your requirements.More…17
Crestliner 2000 Bay2021Request Price
The Crestliner 2000 Bay is designed to take on the water day-in and day-out. This center console aluminum fishing boat offers ample space and stability to drop a line on any intercoastal water. And thanks to the legendary all-welded aluminum hull, reverse sheer bow and unique angled transom that increases handling, performance and stability is always apparent. The 2000 Bay includes a fiberglass center console with space for top mount electronics, an instrument panel, drink holders, a grab handle and a windscreen for your comfort and protection. It also includes extra rod storage with six vertical rod holders to supplement lockable bow rod and gear storage that holds rods that are up to 8’6” long. With a 23-gallon aerated livewell on the bow and 22-gallon aerated livewell on the stern, you’ll be set from the beginning to the end of your day. The Bay features multiple comfortable seating options and a cushioned leaning post so 5 other people can share in the adventure.More…14
Scout 251 XSS2021Request Price
The 251 XSS, with forward seating, was designed to be a “hybrid” model capable of handling and performing in both inshore and offshore waters. This model has a draft of approximately 13” for backwater fishing; while the proud bow, hull design, depth and freeboard allow it to slice through offshore waves while keeping you dry. Standard features include a large anchor locker, port and starboard lockable rod storage boxes, high performance leaning post with rod holders, transom ladder and trim tabs. Optional features include rear deck jump seat cushions, port aerated bait well and a porta potti just to name a few. Beyond the stunning lines, ample fishing features and creature comforts Scout is known for, the 251 XSS also showcases Scout’s revolutionary T-top/glass enclosure, which was awarded a U.S. Design Patent.More…13
Bayliner T21Bay2021Request Price
The T21Bay makes the most of its size—and your boating dollar. Its M-Hull design improves stability whether on plane or fighting a monster. Its spacious layout includes large fore and aft decks that create ample fishing platforms with loads of storage beneath. Aft flip-up seating quickly folds out of your way when it’s time for business. You’ll be hard-pressed to find more boat for the money anywhere.More…19
Wellcraft 241 Bay2021Request Price
Wellcraft's 241 Bay remains the perfect model for family boaters who keep cruising and fishing coastal waters a primary focus while requiring offshore capability. To accommodate a universal appeal, Wellcraft designers took the family-fisherman's needs in stride: uniting features anglers crave with creature-comforts families desire.More…18
Crestliner 2200 Bay2021Request Price
The Crestliner 2200 Bay is uniquely engineered with an all-welded Deep-V aluminum hull to be one of the best aluminum boats for bay fishing. This center console boat features everything you’d need for a day on big water, including a 22-gallon aerated livewell with timer and insulated lid on the stern, and a 16-gallon aerated livewell in the front of the console. There’s plenty of console rod storage and lockable bow rod lockers that can hold 7’6” rods, so from your rods to any extra gear, there’s ample space for everything you need. The 2200 Bay is an aluminum center console boat that comes standard with a premium fiberglass center console, a self-bailing hull, and Crest-Liner interior coating that is non-slip, durable, and easy to clean. Crestliner’s strength and durability are evident throughout the boat resulting in a low-maintenance, stable ride. All you have to do is take the helm or sit in one of the comfortable jump seats while you ride towards your next catch. You can relax comfortably knowing that everything you need to enjoy your day on the water is contained within 22 feet of coastal boating dominance.More…13
Crestliner 1800 Bay2021Request Price
The Crestliner 1800 Bay combines the best of our bay boat features while maximizing space and storage. It comes standard with a Mercury engine and a max 200 hp rating so you can get to your next fishing spot with speed and control. The 1800 Bay’s center console design puts you at the helm of a wide, stable hull that is built to take on any water with confidence. This 18 foot aluminum bay boat is imbued with the all-welded strength that Crestliner is known for. And with the fiberglass center console that includes an instrument panel and storage for 6 rods, that performance is consistent from top to bottom. The 1800 Bay comes standard with a 21-gallon stern livewell with timer and a bow deck with plenty of casting space and ample storage underneath. With seating that includes stern jump seats and a forward facing console seats, you’ll have plenty of room to bring up to three other friends. When you take the new 1800 Bay out on the water, you’ll realize that this center console boat has everything you need to own the day, wrapped up in an efficient, agile package.More…18
Lowe 20 Bay2021Request Price
A high-performance aluminum pad hull and well-equipped center console layout deliver maximum fishability and easy handling. The 20 Bay is designed to keep you safe, dry and ready no matter the water conditions, with a seamless cockpit finish and injected foam construction for a smooth, stable ride. And with premium features including a huge 30-gallon livewell and 16-gallon baitwell, a standard MotorGuide® trolling motor and Lawrence Hook - 3x fishfinder, shock-absorbent SeaDek® traction surface, and an array of available paint and seating options, your prey don’t stand a chance. The rugged center console 20 Bay reflects Lowe Boats’ expert craftsmanship and proud heritage of delivering top quality to serious anglers.More…14
Contender 25 Bay2021Request Price
The 25 Bay is the perfect boat for those who love offshore fishing on calm days, and cruising around inshore on the bay. The 25Bay is built with custom options for tops, consoles, leaning posts, and electronics. Built to fish with live well plumbing, rod holders, electric reel outlets, trolling motors, forward casting platforms, and more. Every boat comes standard with forward seating in the bow, pop-up jump seats in the aft, and all around fishing mojo.More…8
Ideal for freshwater and saltwater fishing these Bay boats vary in length from 16ft to 34ft and can carry 4 to 13 passengers. These powerboats use the following propulsion options: outboard engine. There are a wide range of Bay boats for sale from popular brands like Tidewater, Sea Pro and NauticStar with 745 new and 434 used and an average price of $42,628 with boats ranging from as little as $7,433 and $238,710.
When it comes to saltwater fishing, center console boats rule the roost. And while there are many different varieties of center consoles, most can be split into one of two groups: offshore boats, and inshore boats. Often, it’s size that defines the boat’s ability. But there’s one specific kind of center console that has a much more well-defined purpose and design—the bay boat.
Bay boats are for coastal saltwater fishing, pure and simple. You won't find any wakeboarding towers, sunpads, or wet bars, on these boats.
Bay boats are incredibly popular in many coastal saltwater areas, especially along the Gulf Coast. That’s because their traits fit the Gulf fisheries particularly well. Bay boats usually range between 18 and 24 feet in length, and have lower gunwales than boats designed for bigger waters. They also have less V in their hulls (commonly 14 to 18 degrees of deadrise) which helps keep the draft low, so they can get into back-country fishing spots. Most have fore and aft casting decks, so you can stand in an elevated position while fishing. And of course, they have fishing features all serious anglers insist on, like livewells, rodracks, fishboxes, and rod holders.
If you’re interested in getting a new bay boat, you’ll find plenty of models to choose from. The question is, how will you pick the best one that meets your budgetary constraints? Just what is it that makes one bay boat better than another? Here are some top traits to look for.
Anchoring Systems – The tried-and-true bow anchor locker is fine, but bay boats on the cutting edge employ a Power Pole system. These allow you to “stake out” in water up to 10’ or 12’, at the press of a button. If you have an anchor and line in a bow locker, the hatch should allow access regardless of the electric trolling motors’ position. Cleats and/or tie-offs should be inside the compartment (to keep the deck clear of snags) and the hatch should be notched to allow complete closure with the anchor deployed.
Casting Decks – They should be elevated fore and aft, with as much room as possible. On a large model, it’s not unrealistic to expect room for two to cast from one deck. All hatches and hinges should be flush, or stubbed toes will be an issue. There should also be a two to three inch raised toe-kick around the sides, and obstructions which can snag fly lines should be minimal or non-existent. (Cleats and chocks should be pop-ups, lights should be rounded and low-profile, etc).
Casting decks should have minimal snags, especially if fly fishing is in the plans.
Gunwale Design – Some anglers prefer gunwales that are wide enough to stand on, so you can essentially use them as elevated fishing space. Some others like narrow gunwales that maximize cockpit space. Pick your poison.
Hullforms – Standard semi-V hulls are the norm with bay boats, but some anglers prefer the softer ride of a power catamaran. Thanks to their reduced draft, tunnel boats also make their mark in the bay boat world, but some poorly-designed models ventilate the propeller so a thorough sea trial is in order before buying one. There are also a few flat-bottom bay boats around, which usually offer a wet, bumpy ride, but excellent stability and low cost.
Livewells – Every good bayboat should have at least two, one forward and one aft, so you don’t have to leave your fishing area to freshen up a bait. Better bay boats have a third as a back-up. Stay away from those that share a pump with the washdown system (another must-have) since these rarely provide enough pressure and wear out the pump faster. Wells should be rounded, hold at least 20 gallons each, and if they’re baby-blue inside—which keeps your baits calm—they get an extra thumbs-up.
Propulsion Systems – As usual, the bigger a powerplant you get, the better. Not only will you be able to cruise faster and hit more hotspots in one day, but you’ll also have better resale value. Jack-plates are a plus, and an electric trolling motor is a must-have so you can fish with stealth.
Rod Holders – Vertical racks should line each side of the console, and spare racks in the bow or at the stern are a good perk. There should also be at least four gunwale holders, for trolling and drift fishing.
More rod holders is more better. At the very least, the console should have a set of vertical racks on either side and the gunwales should have at least four flush holders.
Seating – Flip-up jump seats in the aft casting deck will make the ride a lot easier on your fishing buddies. Pedestal-mount seats are great for fishing once you get where you’re going, but don’t plan on having someone ride in one when you’re on plane.
Tops – To top, or not to top? That’s a tough question, since protection from the sun will allow you to stay fresh, and fish longer and harder. This ability comes at the cost of casting room, since a top can get in the way. And while protection from the sun is a good thing, Bimini tops are not; those supports will get in the way of casting 10 times as much as a T-top. T-tops should have rocket launchers—with a few angled out for trolling—and should be beefy enough that there’s little to no visible motion when underway. Spreader lights and an electronics box get bonus points.
Usual Boat Stuff – Obviously, items like hull and stringer construction, vinyl toughness, wiring, and the use of stainless-steel needs to be up to snuff. In this regard, look at a bay boat as you’d look at any other watercraft. Remember that the better it’s built, the longer it will last and the easier it will be on to take on rough seas.
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