There’s no more versatile layout than a center console. The wide-open spaces that anglers so cherish provide a tabula rasa with which to define the boat’s mission. Aboard the 36 Open, I found dance-floor-size socializing areas and race-boat-inspired details. Transom seating is no mere bench, instead consisting of three bolsters that wrap and tuck occupants so they feel comfortable and secure at the highest speeds. Three can share space at the helm as well, and again, instead of a fishing-style leaning post, there’s a triple-wide drop-bolster. This allows a firm stance for those who choose to stand and secure seating for those who’d rather ride on their bums. We didn’t have heavy seas during our test, but the 36 Open’s steep deadrise and svelte length-to-beam ratio, plus its sheer size, assure a ride that doesn’t require using deep knee bends as shock absorption. Forward, my tester was fitted with a pair of beam-facing benches, easily seating four each. three more can sit on the seat in front of the console. All of this seating is upholstered in multitone panels of triple-stitched, heavily padded, leather-like vinyl.