12 Center Console Buying Tips | Galeon 500 Fly | Sea Ray SDX 270 - 01/10/2019
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Galeon 500 Fly:
Rotating Cockpit Settee/Sun Pad

Galeon 500 Fly
Galeon 500 Fly

The aft cockpit settee of the Galeon 500 Fly, which includes a telescoping teak table, rests on a rotating platform, allowing the settee to rotate a full 360-degrees so that it can face forward toward the swim platform or any angle in between. When the table is lowered, the settee converts into a sun pad. More...

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Hargrave 95 Freedom:
An Owner/Operator-Friendly Helm

Hargrave 95 Freedom
Hargrave 95 Freedom

The Hargrave 95 Freedom includes Furuno electronics displays flush-mounted at the spacecraft-style lower helm, which has exceptionally good sightlines forward. The yacht has bow and stern Naiad thrusters, controlled by twin sticks (arrow). A second command station, also with a full complement of electronics, is available on the flying bridge. More...

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Sea Ray SDX 270:
Plenty of Seats for Partying

Sea Ray SDX 270
Sea Ray SDX 270

The Sea Ray SDX 270 welcomes partying on the water, with seating for up to 15. We measured 6’2” (1.88 m) of width at the rear of the bow (red), narrowing to 4’9” (1.45 m) at the front (green). There’s plenty of room to relax with 4’6” (1.37 m) long lounges (blue), and no worry about knocking knees when facing each other as the seats are 2’3” (.69 m) apart (yellow). More...

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Robalo R317:
Electric Controls for Stern Seating

Robalo R317
Robalo R317

The aft seat of the Robalo R317 converts from a forward-facing settee to a chaise facing forward or aft, to a full-sized flat sunlounge, all at the touch of a button. The two-tone expanded vinyl covering has a stain-resistant topcoat. Large drawers on rollers provide storage underneath. More...

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Evinrude E-TEC G2 200 HP:
Digital Control for Smooth, Quiet Shifting

Evinrude E-TEC G2 200 HP
Evinrude E-TEC G2 200 HP

Digital shifting ensures quiet, smooth shifting in the Evinrude E-TEC G2 200. The top arrow points at the digital shift module in the new SLX gearcase. It connects via the middle and lower linkages to the gears to engage the propeller. The skeg has a cambered design to offset propeller torque, eliminating the need for an adjustable trim tab, and two low-water pickups provide plenty of cooling water to the powerhead. More...

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Consumer Report

12 Important Features in a Center Console

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Bow flare is an important aspect to center consoles going for blue water trophies.

There are many center consoles for sale these days, and they run the gamut from big, fast boats with multiple outboards to single-engine boats with room for a friend or two with a love for fishing. Boaters should give careful thought to what’s important to them, and prioritize their considerations. Here are a dozen criteria that may be worth a look...


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