You’re looking for a new center console fishing boat, but you don’t want to break through the $100,000 barrier? Here are 10 top picks in 2020.
Center console boats are red hot on today’s market, and it’s no wonder why: this design is ideal for all types of fishing, comes in all shapes and sizes, and can also be used for watersports, cocktail cruises, or just kicking around on the bay. Finding the ideal console may be a bit more challenging, however, if your budget has a hard ceiling. And if that ceiling is the $100,000 mark, stay tuned — we’re about to check out 10 of the best center consoles under $100,000 on the market, today.
Boston Whaler 210 Montauk
The Boston Whaler name is a legend, and the 210 Montauk is a great example why. Completely unsinkable, you could saw this boat into 100 pieces and each one would still float. Of course, that would be a horrible waste of a $65,000 (base MSRP) to $80,000 (well-equipped) boat. The 21 Montauk will be a top contender for people who want a seriously stout build, since along with its fiberglass-over-foam sandwich construction the boat has pieces-parts like all-welded 316-L stainless-steel rails, stainless-steel latches, and stainless-steel hardware.
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Cobia 240 CC
The Cobia 240 CC (starting at $85,951 with a single Yamaha F300) will prove to be an excellent option for family anglers who want niceties like bow seating with backrests, an easy-to-access head compartment, and a fold-out transom seat. But it still has the goods where it counts, like a 28-gallon livewell and a pair of flanking 33-gallon fishboxes. Added bonus: the through-hull anchoring system is uber-slick.
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Grady-White Fisherman 216
Grady-Whites command top dollar and a well-rigged Fisherman 216 isn’t going to be far beneath our $100,000 cap, but the flip side of that equation is that Grady-Whites also command top resale value so you recoup much more of your investment than usual when you sell the boat. Besides, look at the bang you get for those bucks: a Grady-White variable-degree deadrise SeaV2 hull, port and starboard 81-quart fishboxes, a leaning post with rocket launchers, tackle stowage, a 25-gallon livewell, and jump seats that flip down to create an aft casting deck.
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Pathfinder 2500 Hybrid
With 24’9” of LOA this is one of the best equipped boats to make our cap (MSRP is $92,189 with a Yamaha F300), and has a slew of sweet fishing features. A 35-gallon livewell complements huge fore and aft casting decks, four gunwale-munt rodholders are included, the insulated fishbox holds 43 gallons, and there are port and starboard locking rodboxes. Pathfinders also feature a high-tech vacuum-infusion construction method, which minimizes weight while maximizing strength.
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Ranger Bay Ranger 2510
If you want a beefy bay boat that also has oceanic capabilities, the Ranger Bay Ranger 2510 will be a must-see center console. Starting at $81,795 with a single Mercury 300 Pro XS FourStroke and a tandem axel trailer, there’s room left in the budget for plenty of additional options. Not that you’ll need them — the stock boat comes with a 40-gallon livewell, a 320-quart fishbox, eight gunwale and transom rodholders plus four rocket launchers on the leaning post, fresh and raw water washdowns, 12” trim tabs, and a 14” hydraulic setback plate.
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Coming in well under the cap at a MAP price of $86,595 with a pair of Yamaha F150s on the transom, the Robalo R242 is one of the few boats you’ll find in this mix that comes with twin engines yet still has plenty of room in the budget for extra options and features. And a pair of 150s is more than enough juice, delivering a 4500-rpm cruise in the low 30s and a wide-open speed in the mid-40s. Plus, the boat already comes well outfitted with standard perks like a hard top with LED spreader lights and an electronics box, a head inside the console, and 20-gallon livewells both in the cockpit and in the bow.
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Scout 231 XS
In recent years Scout has been beefing up its line of large, luxury sportfishers with boats like the 355 LXF, while some of their smaller models like the 231 XS have been flying under the radar. That’s a shame, because anglers looking for a bay boat offers serious fishability and spectacular performance will want to take notice. Rigged with a single 300-hp outboard (which put the boat right around the $90K mark) the 231 XS can hit speeds over 60 mph while running on a 14-degree deadrise hull than can sneak into a mere foot of water.
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Sportsman Open 242
With a price tag in the mid to upper $80,000 range, the Sportsman Open 242 has many of the features and capabilities of larger, more expensive boats. The livewell holds a hefty 25 gallons, it comes with an integrated electronics system including a 12” Garmin GPSMAP1242xvs MFD, there’s a 13-gallon freshwater system, and even an eight-speaker stereo system. It also holds a whopping 110 gallons of fuel, which means that when rigged with a Yamaha F300 you can cruise at 35 mph and enjoy a range of well over 200 miles with fuel to spare.
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Tidewater 252 CC Adventure
With a 24’8” LOA and a wide-body 9’3” beam, the Tidewater 252 CC Adventure delivers the most space-per-dollar of any boat in this round-up. It also comes in at $89,900 with not one but two powerplants, a pair of twin Yamaha F150s. The 252 CC rides on a 21-degree deep-V hull with generous flare in the bow and carries a copious 126-gallon fuel capacity, making this one of the few boats at this price-point that will be just as home offshore as it is inshore.
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Twin Vee 240 Center Console
The lone powercat in this group, the twin-hulled Twin Vee 240 Center Console promises to deliver the smoothest ride in a chop. It comes in at $94,175 with a pair of 115-horse Suzukis and includes perks like transom rodholders, a tackle center with stowage boxes, and a whopping big livewell with 40 gallons of capacity. Thanks to its cat design and an 8’8” beam, it’s also among the roomiest boats in this roundup.
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Are there plenty of other choices for center consoles under $100,000 that are worth a look? Absolutely. In fact, if you run a search for center consoles on boats.com you’ll see literally thousands of listings. But these 10 standouts deserve more than a passing glance, and one of them may very well be your own personal top pick among the best center consoles under $100,000.