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Buying Center Consoles: What To Know

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Buying center consoles is a big investment and one that can last you a lifetime if you make the right choice. There’s a myriad of options available, which can make it overwhelming. From different styles and sizes to finding the right option within your budget, it may feel as if it’s like picking a needle in a haystack. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be difficult, as long as you go by the following: 

Know What Center Consoles You’re Looking For

With so many different types of center consoles, it is overwhelming for first-time buyers to choose from. The first step in purchasing a center console is to decide on what exactly the center console will be used for. Your center console can be perfect for cruising or fishing, how many people you plan on going out with normally, etc. Making this list can help the buyer have an idea of the type of layout and seating arrangement they are truly looking for. There are several brands of center consoles out there boasting about why their center console is better than the rest. Do your due diligence either through online research about the model or by contacting owners to find out what they like and dislike about the center console, and if that aligns with your values & what you’re searching for. 

Set a Budget

When buying their first center console, people usually only take the sticker price into account, however we strongly advise against this. Other things buyers must consider are insurance, maintenance, gas, and storage, repairs, and upgrades. Buyers should only see the MSRP of the center console as a part of the budget, otherwise they may find themselves way out of budget right from the start.

Pick Equipment

Another thing buyers should keep in mind is the equipment that they will want on the boat. Some examples of equipment include additional storage spaces, transom door, swim ladder, stern seating, baitwell, and upgraded electronics. These all add to the price of the boat and your overall budget, so keep that in mind when planning additional purchases.

Attend a Boat Show

It is extremely beneficial to do research, read reviews, and look at brochures on the vessels you’re looking at. Going to a boat show is truly going the extra mile. A boat show is the go-to place for prospective center console buyers to window shop a ton of different makes and models. If a buyer has specific boats in mind, check out the manufacturer site to see their schedule of boat shows.

Sea Trial

Once a buyer has their eyes set on a specific center console, they can take the center console out on a test drive. Since sea trials tend to be a bit of a hassle for the center console company, they are usually at the buyer’s expense in the form of a fee or down payment on the center console, so make sure to keep that in mind before requesting one!

Taking a center console out for the first time is an exhilarating experience unlike any other. This guide sets you up to find the perfect boat. 

We here at Hysucat can help make the buying experience easier than ever. We have been the premier international builder of center consoles for over two decades. We specialize in constructing hydrofoil center consoles and RHIBs for whatever you may need. To learn more, simply contact us today at (919) 345-0240 for all of your boating needs!