By Gregg Mansfield
Whether you are planning to buy a new center console or repower an existing one, Suzuki Marine outboards are often at the top of the list for buyers. The Japanese manufacturer produces high-quality engines at an affordable price, making it attractive to boaters of all budgets.
For the center-console market, Suzuki Marine’s outboard offerings start at 40 horsepower and go up to 350 horsepower. With supply chain issues a thing of the past, Suzuki Marine can hang a new outboard on the transom in short order.
Twin Vee 240 STX
Twin Vee updated its original 240 center console to make it even better with the introduction of the 240 STX (24’ LOA, 8’8” beam). The STX line features better fuel efficiency and upgraded performance and stability over the previous generation.
Twin Vee says the 240 STX is perfect for sport-fishing thanks to an open floor plan and the tall gunwales inspiring confidence when hauling in big game. The catamaran comes standard with anodized aluminum T-top that protects the helm that has room for an optional Garmin 8616XSV screen. The console has a portable toilet, always a nice feature.
Below the two-person helm seat is a 65-quart cooler. Additional seating is in the bow and there is a seat in front of the console with room for two.
To hold the catch of the day, Twin Vee equipped the 240 STX with in-deck fish boxes to port and starboard, a large livewell with a pump, a stern cooler and rod storage under the gunwales. Raw and freshwater washdowns are included to make cleaning up easy after a day on the ocean.
For power, Twin Vee equipped the 240 STX with twin Suzuki Marine 150APX outboards. www.twinvee.com
Jaguar Powerboats’ long awaited OS36 center console made its debut at the Florida Powerboat Club poker run and quickly generated a buzz among attendees.
The hull for the OS36 (37’ LOA, 10’10” beam) is based off Jaguar’s championshipwinning offshore race boat and above the waterline is focused on fishing. Besides being a wide fishing platform, the OS36 has abundant fish boxes and stowage.
Highlights include twin 700-quart insulated fish boxes and twin 700-quart dry storage boxes below deck. Six Gemlux Bluewater rod holders are in the gunwales and Jaguar offers optional electric reel outlets.
The helm bench seat has individual bolsters and includes a tackle station and rearfacing flip-up seat. Protecting the electronics is a T-top with an Isinglass windshield and side screens. Jaguar offers a custom T-top with an integrated ladder, rear-facing seat, sunshade, molded-in spreader lights and teaser reels. A large console has a head and access to the electrical panel.
Base power for the OS36 is twin Suzuki 300-horsepower outboards and also Jaguar offers Suzuki DF350 Dual Prop, Mercury Marine 300 V8 Verados, Mercury Racing 300R or Mercury Racing 450R outboards with Sport Master lower units.
John Bellemare launched Miami-based Dynamic Boats and the company’s first offering is the D-305V center-console boat.
The D-305V (an ode to the Miami area code) cockpit layout features facing bow lounges and seating with a table in front of the console. Additional seating includes a full bench on the transom and twin captain chairs under the hardtop. A refrigerated cooler from Dometic pulls out from under the leaning post.
Dynamic says its center console is ideal for fishing, watersports, cruising or as a superyacht tender.
The D-305V (30’ 5” LOA, 9’ beam) features a plumb bow and when it comes to the rubrail, Dynamic Boats offers an oversized or stainless-steel version. Dynamic offers the D-305V in a single or twin outboards, and the hull is rated for a maximum 800 horsepower. Buyers have a choice of power from Suzuki, Mercury or Yamaha with a 180-gallon fuel tank as standard.
When it comes to options or customizations, Dynamic will work with a customer. The builder offers optional teak decks, custom upholstery, teak accents, dashboards and helm seats. Dynamic will handle Seakeeper installations and offers an auxiliary fuel tank with transfer system as a yacht tender.
The new 51 Panacea is based off its popular 475 Panacea, and Intrepid has taken the center console to the next level for space, performance and luxury. The helm under the hardtop has two rows of seating for eight people, fold-up rear bench seat and a forward sun lounger for three. The wraparound bow seating converts to a dining area.
Intrepid maximized the space in the cabin on the 51 Panacea (51’ LOA, 14’ 10” beam), which features a large V-berth and a head with a shower and sink. Owners will appreciate the 16,000 BTU cabin air conditioning and gyro stabilizer that comes standard. The builder also included a fully appointed galley, which will supplement the sink, refrigerator and slide-out cooler in the helm seat cabinet.
The 51 Panacea is fully customizable and potential owners can transform the center console into a fishing machine by adding rod holders, bait wells, outriggers and a custom tackle center. Thanks to a 900-gallon fuel tank, the 51 Panacea has plenty of range to get to your favorite offshore fishing ground.
The quad-engine boat is available with power from Mercury, Suzuki or Yamaha with a maximum of 2,400 horsepower on the transom.