As the length and breadth of center console boats expand, so do the number of new elements, such as legitimate cabins within the console, and one of the latest examples of this trend is the Invincible 42 Center Cabin.
Riding on a Michael Peters-designed twin-step hull and powered by triple Yamaha F350 outboards, our test boat reached a top speed of 69.3 mph, and it did so with a soft ride and predictable handling.
A molded grid stringer system unites bulkheads and stringers into a single, unified piece. The deck and liner are bonded using methacrylate adhesive.
Invincible’s 42 Center Cabin is focused on fishing with features that include a 53-gallon transom livewell, 64-gallon well under the aft cockpit sole, and five insole fish lockers. A covered tackle-rigging station behind the helm seats sports features such as a sink with fresh and raw water, a cutting board, racks for leader line and other fishing tools, tackle drawers and a 105-quart slide-out Frigid Rigid cooler.
For overnighting or ducking out of the weather, the step-down cabin offers a forward berth measuring 7 feet long by 4 feet wide with a 17-inch TV. With more than 6 feet of headroom, the aft galley includes a microwave and refrigerator/freezer, stainless-steel sink with freshwater faucet, and a Corian countertop. The head-compartment door swings through the galley space and into the main cabin for access and latches halfway back to create a private space for the galley/head area. The door swings back to conceal the head.
Comfort continues topside with a two-person lounger with fold-down armrests on the forward console. There’s seating in the bow. In the forepeak, a cavernous anchor locker contains a horizontal windlass and an in-stem anchor chute.
At the helm, three-across Llebroc helm seats feature flip-up bolsters and fold-down armrests. A wraparound polycarbonate windshield extends from console to hardtop. The 51-inch-wide helm panel easily accepted the pair of Garmin 15-inch multifunction displays.
Jump seats in each stern quarter are not only great for cruising but also fold away quickly when it’s time to get serious about fishing. An outward-opening dive door on the port side with a foldout boarding ladder will prove handy when the crew wants to snorkel or just take a dip.
It seems that size does matter when it comes adding an honest-to-goodness cabin to a center console without detracting from the boat’s fishin’ mission, and the new Invincible 42 Center Cabin proves it.
Comparable Model: Everglades 435cc
Invincible Boats – Opa-Locka, Florida; 305-685-2704; invincibleboats.com