10 Top Selling Center Consoles Over 40 Feet
The past decade has seen an explosion in the market for king-size center console boats, perhaps best described as center console yachts. Not surprisingly, manufacturers have responded to the demand with even larger and more sophisticated models. As a result, today’s buyers can choose from a huge selection of large center consoles ranging from strictly business fishing platforms to luxury models with every conceivable amenity. Offered in all shapes, prices and hull configurations, this article highlights ten of the most popular designs found in today’s new and used market. There may be a boat on this list that’s built for you.
- Valhalla V-46 (2021–Current)
The powerful V-46 takes the Valhalla series to an entirely new level, broadening its appeal through additional accommodations, while maintaining its fishing DNA. There’s a copious amount of seating including a double row of helm chairs under the hardtop and an aft-facing mezzanine. Fishing amenities include dual 50-gallon transom live wells, five insulated fish boxes, and an optional in-deck well. The forward section of the lounge seating can also serve as a live well below the deck, a roomy cabin features a dinette that converts to a queen berth, a compact galley, and an enclosed head. Natural light floods the interior through windows in the side and overhead. A dedicated machinery room houses critical electrical and mechanical components. With nearly a 700-gallon fuel capacity, the V-46 has plenty of range. Built on a Michael Peters twin-step hull used on smaller Valhalla models, the V-46 was designed with a mounting structure molded into the stringer grid to house a Seakeeper gyro. Power options include quad Mercury V8 450Rs (36–37 knots top), or 600hp V12 Mercury engines (60-plus knots).
- Bahama 41 (2010–Current)
In the world of super-size center consoles, it would be a challenge to find a better built and more offshore-capable vessel than the Bahama 41. A wide 11-foot beam provides plenty of storage and fishing room, and the 9,500-pound all-composite hull (with no steps) can support four 350 horsepower outboards and carry up to 634 gallons of fuel (in four tanks) and 65 gallons of freshwater. The Forward Seating model has storage/fish boxes under the seats, and the Raised Deck model has twin oversized fish boxes with overboard drains. Standard features include a 60-gallon transom live well, a 90-gallon in-deck cockpit well, a transom wash station with fresh/saltwater sink, a console seat with a cooler under, and an insulated forward in-deck fish/storage box. The cabin below the console—with a full 6'5" of headroom—houses a marine toilet and storage. Hatch interiors are gelcoated and sealed with a unique double-O-ring system to prevent leaks. Most of these boats have been delivered with a factory hardtop with upper controls. Each Bahama 41 is factory-rigged to owner specifications. This build is typically powered with triple Yamaha 350s, these builds reach a top speed of over 50 knots.
- Boston Whaler 420 Outrage (2015–Current)
The flagship of the current Boston Whaler fleet, the 420 Outrage combines a large crossover center console designed for fishing the Canyons or hosting friends and family in remarkable luxury. With a cabin worthy of most express cruisers and a deck layout perfect for entertaining, the 420 is much more of a day cruiser than a hardcore fishing machine. The helm seating accommodates six people and converts easily to face forward or aft. The huge dash area is wide enough for three 15-inch displays. The fishing features include insulated fish boxes fore and aft, a 24-gallon transom live well, recessed toe rails, and extensive rod storage. A deluxe bait prep station has an electric grill, sink, refrigerator/freezer, and a second 50-gallon livewell. A separate air conditioner cools the helm, and the hardtop comes with an electrically deployed sunshade. Below, the console cabin features a teak dining table that lowers to create a double berth. There’s also a small galley (with microwave and freezer) and head compartment with sink and shower. Other notable features include the portside dive door and power windshield vent. This build is typically powered with four 350 Verados. The 420 Outrage can reach a top speed of 44–46 knots.
- Hydra-Sports/HCB 4200 Siesta (2015–Current)
Based on the Hydra-Sports 4200 SF, the 4200 Siesta adds luxury amenities to go with the style and performance long associated with her predecessor. She can handle the same quad 350hp outboards as her predecessor and the focus is still on fishing, but the Siesta gets her name from the cozy cabin beneath the console. The model features a compact galley with a sink and a microwave, a flat-screen TV, a marine head, and a foldaway queen berth. A forward hydraulic table converts the bow seating into a huge sunning area. Other features include a deluxe tackle station outfitted with cutting boards, Corian countertop, a freshwater sink, a Summer Kitchen including a 12-volt refrigerator, stainless steel grill, fresh and raw water washdowns, 6 massive fish boxes, multiple livewells, and many other standard options. The huge helm station has space for three big-screen video displays. The hull side door is a great feature, and the Siesta comes standard with nearly 48 holders. This build is typically powered with quad F350 Yamaha outboards that reach a top speed in the neighborhood of 55 knots.
- Everglades 435 (2015–20)
Everglade’s 435 Center Console takes sportfishing luxury and comfort to an entirely new level. With a luxurious cabin, plush seating, and a fully equipped head with standing shower, the 435 offers the amenities of a small cruiser in a jumbo sportfishing machine with nearly 200 square feet of cockpit space. The extended console conceals a roomy cabin below complete with a galley with a refrigerator/freezer, microwave, and freshwater sink. The L-shaped seating converts to a queen bed, and the enclosed head features an electric toilet and a separate shower. Air conditioning at the helm and cabin keeps the crew cool on warm days. At the helm, the dash has space for three 15-inch displays. The center console and hardtop are constructed as a single integrated unit, and the hardtop extends well aft to shade the seating module. The fishing features include twin 60-gallon live wells, a 45-gallon built-in bait freezer, a rigging station with twin cutting boards, two lockable rod lockers, and a huge 225-gallon insulated fish box in the sole. Powered with four Yamaha F350s reach a top speed of 50-plus knots.
- Invincible 42 Open (2012–Current)
The Invincible 42 Open and her sister ship, the 42 Center Cabin, have been among the elite big center consoles available in recent years. Built on a Michael Peters-designed hull with twin steps, the single-level deck of the 42 Open provides a full 360 degrees of unobstructed fishability. Fishing amenities include a 53-gallon transom live well and a 64-gallon well under the aft cockpit sole, five in-deck fish lockers, deluxe leaning post with rocket launchers, and mezzanine seating, hardtop rod holders, and five vertical rod holders on each side of the console. For overnighting, the step-down cabin with teak trim includes a convertible V-berth/dinette, an L-shaped galley with sink and microwave, a storage cabinet, and a head with a shower. A hull side dive door and large coffin box are popular options on this model. Other notable features include the fold-down jump seats at the transom corners and the two-person lounger with fold-down armrests on the forward console. Beautiful fit and finish, and exceptional open-water performance combine to make the Invincible 42 one of the most outstanding larger center consoles on the market. Offered with triple or quad outboards, triple Yamaha F350s reach a top speed of nearly 60 knots.
- Midnight Express 43 Open (2015–Current)
Midnight Express was a pioneer in the development of large, customized center consoles and one of the first to hang four large-horsepower outboards on its boats. Paint schemes, upholstery options, custom flooring, sunroofs, and a console full of screens are just some of the design options offered in this innovative boat. Interior cabin options, coolers, hidden rope and fender storage, extra fuel, and dive tank storage allow buyers to build a fully personalized boat. Midnight Express offers a variety of seating options on the 43 Open. In the bow, a fiberglass U-shaped lounge with a flush hatch easily converts into a sun pad or table. Single or double helm seat configurations, full-beam seating aft, and summer kitchens are available to accommodate the entire family. Other notable features include the carbon-fiber infused hardtop and the side dive door with an integrated ladder. Built on a twin-stepped hull, the 43 Open can be factory-ordered to meet each owner’s tastes. Fully infused and cored with carbon fiber in key locations, quad Mercury 350hp Verados power the 43 Open to speeds in excess of 60 knots (over 80 knots with four Seven Marine 627hp outboards).
- Pursuit S 408 Sport (2017–20)
Pursuit’s contribution to the 40-foot, yacht-class center console market, the S 408 Sport is a big hybrid 42-footer designed for offshore fishing, entertaining and luxury day cruising. The spacious cockpit, comfortable forward lounging area, and roomy step-down cabin offer big-game fishermen and families alike exceptional center console versatility. A triple-seat helm arrangement provides plenty of room to enjoy operating the boat with friends and family nearby, and the uncluttered cockpit comes complete with an aft-facing mezzanine seat, hull side dive door, lighted 44-gallon transom live well, and an insulated fish box. A transom rigging station with tackle storage doubles as an outdoor kitchen with a Corian cutting board, electric grill, sink with hot and cold-water faucet, and refrigerator/freezer with digital thermostats controlled from the cabin. A portside transom door opens to the stern platform which extends well aft on each side of the motors in a design unique to Pursuit. Below, a well-appointed cabin with hardwood flooring offers wraparound seating that converts to a V-berth, enclosed head, and a full-service galley. Powered with triple F350 outboards, this model cruises at 28–30 knots (low 40s top).
- Regulator 41 (2016–Current)
Designed by Lou Codega, the quad-powered Regulator 41 is built to fish and designed for comfort. The console is massive and offers a commanding view from the elevated helm, and a wraparound windshield provides protection while running at high speeds. The forward seating layout will appeal to families. Some features include a hull dive door with in-deck swim ladder, twin 40-gallon transom live wells, a large transom fish box, an air-conditioned helm, a foldaway transom seat, and cockpit bolsters. The forward casting deck doubles as an entertainment area with a retractable bow table and seats with adjustable backrests. Not only is the Regulator 41 great for fishing but entertaining as well thanks to the below deck accommodations. The cabin (with side entry) features a fully equipped galley, convertible dinette with cherry table, and an enclosed head/shower with Corian counter. The hardtop shelters the bridge deck and serves as the base for an optional second station. Regulator’s indestructible hull and legendary ride ensure that the 41 will keep on going when the going gets rough. When powered with a quad set of Yamaha F350s, this model tops out at 55 knots.
- Valhalla V-41 (2020–Current)
Designed from the ground up to excel on the tournament circuit, the Valhalla V-41 delivers the goods with the best-in-class fishability, range, and performance. The double-stepped hull reduces wet surfaces and drag while increasing speed and stability. Underway, the centerline tunnel creates two vertical walls that act like keels—in a turn, the hull sticks to the water as if it were on rails. Live bait anglers will love the V-41. A raised live well can be integrated into the forward lounge for quick access while fishing from the bow. A huge 90-gallon live well is built into the transom, and owners can opt for another live well in the cockpit sole. The decks are filled with insulated fish boxes, and rod holders can be installed virtually anywhere. While the V-41 is designed and built to fish, she also excels as a luxury tender or sport cruiser thanks to her diverse deck layout choices. This includes an aft mezzanine seating module complete with armrests and an insulated cooler (or live well) under the seat. A gyro stabilizer fits under the cockpit sole of this model. When powered with quad Mercury Verado 400s, the V-41 can reach a top speed north of 60 knots.
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