33 feet 10 inches by 10 feet 11 inches, 9,471 pounds
$252,995 with twin 350 hp Yamaha outboards
Center consoles with this arrangement fish and play at your whim. Concealed within the 34SS’s massive console, a mini cabin complete with the amenities needed for overnighting includes a cozy berth for two and a shower. Topside, its traditonal transom looks eye-sweet and gives the 34SS tons of space, since the bolt-on bracket isn’t included in the overall length.
The entertainment center with sink abutting the helm station creates a floor plan like that on a side console with wraparound bow seating. Riding on a hull with 24 degrees of transom deadrise, the 34SS took rough seas in stride during our test.The “SS” starboard seating allows half the yacht club to lounge and conceals cavernous stowage. A folding bench is at the transom. Choose from a variety of hull colors, and set your course for adventure.
Monterey 328SS Anniversary
32 feet 2 inches by 9 feet 8 inches, 9,700 pounds
$237,325 with twin 320 hp Volvo Penta Ocean Series joystick sterndrives
It won’t multitask like the others, but we couldn’t resist. Monterey’s 328SS makes its mark in the new breed of gigabowriders. During our test in rough seas, it confidently smoothed the way. That means you can go boating even when the flags are snapping.
Within the portside console there’s a berth for two with a reclining mattress, microwave, faux-wood flooring and optional flat-screen TV. In the starboard console is a Vacu-Flush head. A hot and cold shower is on the transom.
Topside, the fiberglass cockpit liner makes cleaning up a spilled drink or mud from a beachcombing expedition a snap. Seating is deep and plentiful, ensuring crew comfort whether anchored, nosing into a sandbar or zooming along at more than 50 mph. The wet bar is complete, and its electrically operated sun pad is best in class.
Intrepid 327 CC
32 feet 7 inches by 9 feet 6 inches, 10,200 pounds
$215,000 with twin 300 hp Mercury Verado outboards
Widely credited with bringing out the first multi-purpose center consoles, Intrepid continues its legacy with the 327. Shown here in its Tournament Edition, the 327 can be configured as fisher, entertainer or any combination that suits your boating style, thanks to Intrepid’s multitude of personalized and custom optional feaures. The open cockpit of a “CC” is as good for hauling a crowd to tour the waterfront as it is for hauling aboard big fish. Designed for blue water, multi-tasking CCs offer a smooth ride in choppy water courtesy of wave-busting hulls like the stepped design on which the 327 runs.
Niceties abound aboard this boat and those like it. Look for a hullside dive door to make boarding fish or crew super easy. With a generously sized, easily accessed head, comfort is assured for all for a full day aboard.
Grady-White Freedom 307
30 feet 6 inches by 10 feet 7 inches, 7,965 pounds
$198,475 with twin F250 Yamaha outboards
A big dual console like Grady-White’s Freedom 307 affords the weather protection of a cabin boat to the cockpit. But open the walkthrough and your crew can move forward to fish or just relax and enjoy the ride in the plush seating. Seats abutting the consoles allow reclining, and are deep enough so that crew seated here don’t impede the skipper’s view — an important aspect when shopping for a dual console. A table deploys for mealtimes, and an optional filler makes the bow a sun pad. With completely self-bailing cockpit and stowage, boats like the Freedom 307 are safe at sea and easy to hose off after a day of fishing, tubing or beachcombing.
The portside console houses a head and berth with five feet of headroom and a sink, plus it offers good light and ventilation.