Everybody wants a center console! At least that’s the indication in a recent tally of the most-viewed boat classes on the Boat Trader website.
In the last six months of 2016, 6.3 million site visitors looked at center console ads — nearly twice the 3.4 million that looked at the second-place class, power cruisers, and two to three times as many as any other class.
The six-month table showing interest in the top 15 classes records increases in most classes because 10 percent more people visited Boat Trader in 2016 than in the previous year. Along with center consoles, bowriders, express cruisers and bay boats far surpassed that benchmark, with 20 to 30 percent gains.
Center consoles and bowriders may be gaining in their markets as preference shifts their way, compared with saltwater fishing boats and runabouts/cuddy cabins, respectively.
This article originally appeared in the February 2017 issue.