What They Got
Every marriage involves give and take, and there are times when drawing a line in the sand will leave your family bitter and boatless. If the better half really wants to be involved in the decision, there are boats on the market that can please both parties. Nothing’s perfect, but certain boats can best satisfy everyone’s needs.
The dual console design marries some of the runabout style with a more fishing-friendly V hull. For boaters in rougher waters in the saltwater environment, it might be a choice that satisfies both, particularly if it is built by a hard-core fish-boat builder like Pursuit, Grady-White, Edgewater or Scout.
More masculine and durable than a folding Bimini, so it provides the requested shade. The piping also allows for extra rod stowage and may serve as a tow tower and as a mounting bar for spreader lights and antennas.
Even with an outboard, the design allows for two small swim platforms to either side. There’s less room to sit while donning skis, but it’s decent water access for a fishing boat.
Outboard pleases the husband, yet once she hears how quiet and sees how smokeless four-stroke outboards are, the wife should change her tune.
Runabout-style seating with a sun pad filler cushion and a table, but you can remove the cushions for a nonskid elevated casting platform.
Full-on windshield meets the wife’s wind protection requirements, but that — along with the tower — compromises full 360-degree fishing.
The private head has enough space to double as a changing room/baby napper, with the option for a full pump-out head. But that comes at a price. Compromise cost: The pump-out head with a macerator is typically a $1,500 option, or $2,800 if you want a porcelain toilet.
Cushioned benches fold down and out of the way when fishing.
Perfect Compromise: Scout 245 Dorado
This 24-foot-5-inch by 8-foot-6-inch dual console combines an offshore hull with a family-friendly layout. Six stainless-steel rod holders come standard, as do six stainless cup holders, so it can meet several missions. An entertainment center sits aft of the helm, and Flexiteek looks sharp on swim platforms. scoutboats.com