In Boat Buying

Center Consoles Under 26′ Feet

So you’ve decided it’s time to take the plunge and buy a center console as your family boat. The appeal is certainly understandable, they offer more versatility than just a fish boat and can go almost anywhere, to include offshore fishing. Now add in countless family-friendly features with efficient hull designs and there’s a check in almost every box. One other benefit that is perhaps often overlooked (not evening mentioning fishing features here), is the need to store your boat.

Knowing that “the only source for knowledge is experience”, many first-time boat buyers just don’t get fully understand the concept of easy boat storage until they’ve been boating for a season or two. The fact is, the “smaller” center console boats of the Sea Born LX Series offer a sign of relief on the topic of boat storage. Mainly, they can remain on their trailers when not in use or put under a shelter, or inside a larger garage. Does this mean you can’t put your LX boat on a lift or in the boathouse? Certainly not, but for those that want to hitch and go, or drop and forget, the LX21, LX22, and LX24 center consoles are certainly more convenient to stow than a boat that over 24-feet.

Outside of storage, our smaller-footage center consoles almost all include:

• Family-Friendly Forward Seating

• Aft Bench-Style Seating

• Two-Position Seat & Leaning Post Combo (also called, “Bolster Style”)

• Multi-Function Display

• In-Console Head

• Anchor Locker

• Rod Holders

• Multiple Cup Holders

• Multiple Wells

Storing Outside: Don’t Forget Your Boat Cover

Don’t have a boat house? You’re not alone as according to the NMMA, “95 percent of all boats in the US are smaller boats and trailered”. We’ll also guess that a large percentage of those boats are stored outside, meaning they need a properly fitted cover. If you’re on the fence about this, just keep in mind that one day you may want to sell your boat and a cover will help you improve resale value. Secondly, NO ONE likes clearing leaves or debris from their boat before they can enjoy their time on the water.

Want to Go Bigger? No Problem

If you’ve determined to own a larger center console, keep an eye out for our next model, the all-new LX26 due out in later this year. Like all the boat in the LX Series, our 26-footer will include dozens of fishing and family affections to include a stepped hull, standard hardtop, along with technology upgrades like the all-new Simrad control system which includes, NaviOP digital switching, glass console and digi-twin engines.