Center console models were the most viewed class on Boat Trader last year. Site visitors looked at listings for center consoles, new and used, about 12.7 million times, nearly double the 6.5 million times that boats in the No. 2 class, power cruisers, were viewed.
Perhaps even more startling is that more than a third of the time Boat Trader visitors who were seeking center consoles were in Florida. Close to 4.8 million visitors went to the site from the Sunshine State, nearly 4 million more than the next state — Texas. Although the open-air design is popular everywhere, center consoles clearly are most popular in warmer-weather and warmer-water areas. Apart from Texas, the rest of the top 10 states were on the East Coast, with Southern states generally leading those farther north. California, at No. 11, was the first of the West Coast states to appear in the rankings. Michigan and Ohio led the way among freshwater states.
This article originally appeared in the April 2017 issue.