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Grady-White Freedom 2552021Request Price
The 25-foot dual console Freedom 255 is a comfort filled, bred for saltwater family cruiser. There’s great seating and plenty of conveniently located storage for sportfishing gear, water toys, picnic and camping equipment–anything and everything the fishing family enjoys. A spacious enclosed head area adds to the all-day comfort.More…15
Stingray 191 DC2021Request Price
Do you love the open layout you get from a traditional deck boat but miss the full windshield of a standard bowrider? With the 191DC, you get the best of both. It has all the interior room and storage space of our very popular 182SC Deck Boat, but incorporates a full windshield to shield your passengers from the wind. Like other STINGRAY models, the 191DC features deep cockpit and bow areas for extra safety and security when underway. STINGRAY deck boats feature outboard power for ease of maintenance and large swim pods flank each side of the engine to make boarding a breeze.More…9
Pursuit DC 295 Dual Console2021Request Price
The Pursuit DC 295 builds on an award-winning product design that delivers unparalleled style, performance and amenities in the popular dual console category. Paired with dependable Yamaha outboards, the DC 295 conveys a message of superior design, engineering and construction synonymous with Pursuit. Integrated hardtop, a crystal–clear tempered windshield, convertible seating arrangements and product specific storage are a few of the highlights in Pursuit’s luxury dual console. The forward bow seating is perfect for lounging when the weather is right or you can dip behind the protection of the full windshield and hardtop arrangement to escape the elements. The wide-open layout is built around sport utility, fish, cruise dive and entertain in a luxury dual console that sets the standard for the category.More…24
Scout 277 Dorado2021Request Price
The 277 Dorado raises the bar for a family-friendly coastal fishing vessel. The custom fiberglass built-in hard top adds to the stunning look and functionality of the model, while the convertible seating arrangements in the cockpit leave numerous entertaining or lounging options for you, your friends, and family. Kick back and relax on the plush upholstery throughout the boat (available in multiple color options) or bring the rods and tackle for an exciting day at your favorite spot. From cruising to fishing, and all watersport activities in between, this model is ready for action.More…15
Pursuit DC 365 Dual Console2021Request Price
The stylish Dual Console line that has been perfected by pursuit is expanding to include the DC 365. More comfort, innovation and features have been engineered to bring your sport utility experience to the next level. Forward bow and port side lounge seating, a swivel seat at the helm and patent-pending fold away seating at the transom and under the gunwale give your crew a comfortable place to enjoy whatever type of water activities you choose. Features include a large tempered glass windshield with walkthrough, wide walkways from bow to stern and plenty of large storage compartments. Instrumentation and controls at the helm are ergonomically engineered and an optional Garmin electronics suite makes the DC 365 a joy to operate. The cabin is easily accessible with a fiberglass door and features solid wood accents with modern finishes, a full berth forward and a comfortable aft berth. A small family or couple may overnight with basic amenities for the weekend. Hull side windows reveal plenty of natural light below. Foldaway seating quickly transforms a social venue to a wide-open, fish-ready cockpit with hull side door, livewell, gunwale mounted rod holders and insulated fish-boxes in the floor.More…26
Cutwater C-24 DC2021Request Price
The Cutwater 24 Dual Console - Cutwater Boats’ sporty offering is just as comfortable blasting around the lake with the kids in tow, as it is gliding along the shoreline for a sunset cruise. Designed and built to be a master of multiple functions, the C-24 DC provides exceptional versatility. Whether you’re fishing, enjoying watersports, sightseeing, or entertaining guests, the C-24 DC opens up a new world of exciting possibilities. Powered by a Yamaha 250, she is fast, efficient and fun. Our patented laminar flow interrupters provide smooth positive cornering and her deep V forward and double stepped hull gets on plane quickly. The private head with marine toilet is roomy, comfortable, and bright thanks to the frosted overhead skylight. Standard features include Garmin GPSMAP942xs chartplotter with GPS and depth sounder, aft beverage cooler, rod holders, locking rod storage, fishbox, large under-seat cooler, retractable ski pylon, pop up stainless cleats, and abundant drink holders throughout. Options include bow thruster, refrigerator, livewell, Bimini or hard top, electric grill and more.More…18
Pursuit DC 266 Dual Console2021Request Price
Featuring a fiberglass hardtop, tempered glass windshield engineered with a vacuum infused fiberglass frame with roomy walkthrough and plenty of storage, the DC 266 has an LOA of 27' and is powered by dependable twin Yamaha Outboards. The adjustable helm seat allows for excellent access to the instrumentation and controls as well as the optional Garmin electronics. The exterior seating is complemented by the open bow design that has full wrap around seating with plenty of room for family and friends. Add the sunpad option and the social zone quickly converts to a private oasis. A head and sink allow for freshening up dockside. Foldaway seating quickly transforms a social venue to a wide-open, fish-ready cockpit with 20 gallon livewell, gunwale mounted rod holders and transom fish-box.More…17
Cobia 280 Dual Console2021Request Price
The Cobia 280 Dual Console is designed to maximize every trip you take whether fishing, cruising, or spending time at the sandbar. Standard features include a hideaway bow ladder, a fully featured kitchenette, a hardtop with an optional, electric cockpit sunshade, and a walk down head. A 25 gallon livewell, standard rod storage, and an expansive cockpit appeal to the serious angler. When the fishing is finished, the cockpit and helm area can be transformed into a luxurious seating and lounging area for up to 10 passengers. All seating, including the additional bow lounges, have standard USB outlets and cup holders close by, and there’s even a standard stern table and optional bow table, both of which can be completely stowed away. Add to all this superb inshore and offshore running performance and the 280 DC will make you and your passengers smile every time you hit the water.More…14
Boston Whaler 280 Vantage2021Request Price
The 280 Vantage builds on the legacy of the award-winning Vantage series, delivering exceptional stability, comfort and ease of operation. With its family-friendly dual-console layout and smart, convertible seating, the 280 provides plenty of space for everyone to stretch out and relax. Try a new activity, or try a whole range of them: The 280 Vantage is an all-access pass to everything your family wants to do on the water, from discovering remote beaches to finding thrills at the end of a towrope or fishing line. Sleek, redesigned bow available with both windlass and boarding ladder Convertible portside lounge seating adjusts to an array of configurations Easy access from the dock or the water via the standard portside dive door Integrated hardtop and windshield provide great weather protection and clear visibility Hardtop can be equipped with an electrically actuated cockpit Sureshade Dedicated fishing features include cockpit fishboxes, transom livewell and strategically-placed rod holders Cockpit grill station makes for easy entertaining and stows away when not in useMore…20
Albemarle 27 Dual Console2021Request Price
Family time is a treasure. Albemarle Boats understands this and has designed the 27 Dual Console to meet the demands of boating families wanting to do all sorts of on the water activities. Her deep-v hull and solid fiberglass construction offer the soft dry ride necessary to run in big open water. After all, that is what Albemarle is known for. She also boasts everything needed for coastal family fun. Anchoring at the sandbar, waterskiing, diving, cruising, dinner by boat - the list goes on and on. The 27DC is loaded with amenities and truly built for comfort and convenience. There is comfortable seating from bow to stern providing ample room for the entire family. An electric head, freshwater sink, and cockpit shower have the necessities covered. The starboard console houses a bunk and a cavernous dry storage area for larger items like rods and wakeboards. Charging ports are located throughout the boat in case you forget to leave your electronic devices at home. In addition to seating, the cockpit offers a huge insulated in-deck box that can be used for storage or to hold your catch. There is also an insulated multi-purpose transom box that is also plumbed as a livewell and a 64 quart cooler beneath the aft-facing seat. A transom door makes it easy to get from the cockpit to the integrated swim platform and ladder. The optional hardtop, bow, and cockpit sun shades will keep you cool on hot summer days, and the full height windshield and custom enclosure will keep you dry and comfortable when the weather conditions deteriorate.More…19
Stingray 225 SE2021Request Price
The 225SE 40th anniversary edition model has performance and retro styling and lots of room to move around. From the fully integrated swim platform to the removable cocktail table, this boat has everything you need to make the most of your time on the water. With its sleek, low-profile windshield and racy looks, this boat looks fast when it’s still tied up to the dock. The 225SE is packed with amenities, seats up to 10 people, and has special sport upholstery. The boat is standard with Seadek flooring throughout and ensures plush comfort and outstanding non-slip qualities.More…21
Grady-White Freedom 2352021Request Price
Grady-White’s Freedom 235 has so many “big boat” features along with exceptional quality, luxurious seating, and an oversized enclosed head. A Grady first: built-in swim platform extensions port and starboard, and stern auxiliary anchor storage. Every inch a Grady-White family fishing boat with safety, reliability and performance,More…23
Scout 255 Dorado2021Request Price
The 255 Dorado is a dual console family-friendly sportfishing model ideal for fishing, cruising, entertaining, and watersports. One of the unique innovations onboard the model is an electronic aft-facing seat that easily converts to a lounger when activated, complemented by the fold-down aft portside seat. When the seat slides out, the backrest moves into a leaning position and allows for complete comfort. Additional seating can be found with the fold-down transom bench seat, deluxe fiberglass captain’s chairs with armrests and fold-down bolsters (the portside seat can even fit two people), as well as comfortable and roomy bow seating port and starboard.More…24
Cobia 330 Dual Console2021Request Price
The Cobia 330 Dual Console’s boundless space, wealth of amenities, and abundance of plush seating means stress relief comes standard. Whether you want to fish, cruise, or spend the day at the sandbar, this boat’s exceptional layout and vacuum –infused, high performance hull makes your options endless. If luxuriating is your desire, there’s a standard summer kitchen with sink, fridge and wine chilling cubby to go along with tons of Corian countertop space for spreads. A hidden bow table that electrically raises out of the floor is perfect for a picnic lunch or happy hour and doubles to complete a huge forward sun lounge. There’s even a standard bow boarding ladder that lets you step onto the sand without getting your feet wet. The 330 DC is equally ready for when the fish are biting with a huge, uncluttered cockpit, a 28-gallon livewell with acrylic lid, 115 gallons of insulated fishboxes with macerators, and a full bait prep station. An inward opening side door makes it easy to slide a big one on board or slip into the water for a dive. And no matter the activity there’s enough dry storage space for everything you need and more.More…21
Scout 195 Sport Dorado2021Request Price
The 195 Sport Dorado is ready to run out to your favorite fishing hole, cruise along the waterways, or go tubing with the kids. The 195 Sport Dorado is up for any adventure. Room for crew and gear, and ideal for making memories out on the water.More…7
Grady-White Freedom 2152021Request Price
Innovative and stylish with forward-looking design yet timeless beauty, Grady-White’s Freedom 215 combines a roomy 8' 6" beam with spirited, award-winning SeaV2 hull performance in a head-turning, versatile 21-foot dual console family boat and fishing boat. The 215 is feature rich with incomparable storage, port and starboard swim platforms, aft seating innovation, a head compartment, and thoughtfully engineered detail.More…19
Grady-White Freedom 2852021Request Price
Grady-White’s dual console boats are especially popular with coastal homeowners because they are truly the most versatile boats for sale anywhere. The wide beam, wide open 28-foot Freedom 285 is a great performance cruiser as well as a feature-rich saltwater fishing boat. A pleasure to drive, solid in all sea conditions.More…11
Ideal for day cruising, saltwater fishing and watersports these Dual Console boats vary in length from 17ft to 39ft and can carry 7 to 15 passengers. These powerboats use the following propulsion options: outboard engine. There are a wide range of Dual Console boats for sale from popular brands like Grady-White, Robalo and Scout with 555 new and 118 used and an average price of $85,000 with boats ranging from as little as $7,519 and $722,100.
Dual Console Boats Guide
Die-hard anglers looking for a small open boat will almost certainly choose a center console, and pleasure-boaters who plan to spend their time on the water pulling tow-toys or just tooling around the bay commonly look at bowriders. But many mariners have multiple interests, and this is where cross-over dual console designs come into play. Before settling on this type of boat, however, you should know the good, the bad, and the ugly of owning a cross-over DC.
No matter what waterborne activity you're into, dual console boats get the job done.
Good: Dual console boats can be used for just about any on-the-water activity, as long as you choose wisely when outfitting them. If you plan to pull water skiers or wakeboarders, for example, make sure you opt for a tow bit or maybe even a tower. But if you also plan to fish, it should be a removable version. Anglers should also beware of hard-to-clean carpet in the cockpit, and instead choose bare non-skid fiberglass. Read the options list carefully, and don’t forget about things like stereos, extra cushions, and cockpit tables - or livewells, raw water washdowns, and rodholders.
Bad: It’s true that as a boat gains versatility, it often loses specificity. You can’t expect it to be the best wakeboarding boat on the water (since it’s not designed to throw the largest wake), nor can you expect it to be the best fishboat around (since it can’t by definition have raised casting decks, or 360-degree fishability). Recognize that everything on a boat is a trade-off, and the dual console design requires quite a few trade-offs be made.
Ugly: Get a DC that’s fully rigged for both water-play and fishing, and you’ll be ordering—and paying for—twice as many options as usual.
Good: Most modern dual console boats of 21’ or more have a head compartment in the passenger’s side console. This naturally provides a lot of convenience.
Bad: Designing in a compartment large enough for the average person eats up a lot of space. That means there’s commonly less legroom in front of the passenger's side seat, less room in the bow, and a narrower walk-through between the consoles.
Ugly: DC console heads tend to be cramped, and have poor ventilation and lighting. You can imagine the results of entering one on a rough day.
Good: Because of the open nature of dual console boats, you’ll get plenty of sun and salt air. The bow cockpit is usually great for lounging around, and many models also have passenger’s side seats that fold down into sunpads.
Bad: Truth be told, the bow section of many DC’s is too exposed and too bumpy to ride in comfortably, except for on the calmest, nicest days. That means everyone usually has to cram in aft of the windshield, and you can’t necessarily take advantage of those forward seats while cruising.
Ugly: Since there’s no center console to attach a T-top, your only option for sun protection is a Bimini top. These get in the way, especially when fishing, and many manufacturers recommend you don’t run at planing speeds with the Bimini erects, due to the extra stress and wear it causes. In other words, on most DC boats you’d better bring plenty of suntan lotion—or be prepared to burn—and if rain is in the forecast, you’ll be getting wet.
Good: Thanks to the consoles, bow seating, in-deck boxes, and gunwale pockets, this type of boat often has as much or more dry stowage then either runabouts or center consoles.
Bad: Most of the compartments are usually non-dedicated stowage, so you won’t have rod boxes nor board racks. Some level of customization is often necessary, though in some cases this can be accomplished with optional features.
Ugly: Few boats of this type have more than one compartment that functions well as a cooler. You may regret that, when your sodas are bobbing around in the same compartment as those slimy stripers you just caught.
Good: These days, DC’s are available in much more diverse and larger sizes than they were just a few years ago. Some 30-somethings are even available, with under-the-deck cabins and gigantic sunpads.
Bad: The cabins on these very large dual console boats are often oddly-shaped, and may require some stooping or contorting to move around belowdecks.
Ugly: A big DC costs every bit as much as a cuddy or express of the same size, and thanks to complex design and construction challenges, sometimes even more. In fact, a few approach a half a million dollars. For a dual console "runabout". We are not making this up.
All boats force you to make trade-offs, and this is certainly true of the dual console design.
So: will a dual console boat be the best choice for you? Since you know the good, the bad, and the ugly, we’re hoping you can make the right call.
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