The 17' center console is an idea that has been around for decades. Which is good news, because it means almost every builder offers one. Of course, that leads to the bad news-the choices are overwhelming. How do you sort through the slew out there? You don't-we do it for you. We've taken a sampling of the best and most interesting 17' center consoles on the market-the Aquasport 175 Osprey, Boston Whaler 170 Montauk, Mako 171, Polar 1700, and Trophy 1703- cracked open our test gear, poked, prodded, took measurements, ran numbers-and had a kickass time doing it. If only we had a tool to measure fun, which, as it turns out, is a major factor in a 17CC's appeal. The parameters we set were simple: Which one fishes the best, is built the toughest, performs like a sportboat, and gives you the most for the least. Want the answers? Read on.