Center console boats are some of the most popular boats on the market today due to their exceptional versatility, their ability to handle rough water, and their minimal maintenance requirements. Many anglers prefer center console boats because of their 360-degree fishability, while families find that these types of boats are ideal for day trips out on the water. There are many excellent center console boats available that are smaller than 25 feet in length, making them easy for one person to manage and get onto a trailer. If you are looking for the best center console boats under 25 feet, here is everything you need to know about the top 10 in the category.
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Top 10 Small Center Console Boats Under 25 Feet
Different models of center console boats have different features, making them more or less suitable for different types of boating activities. To get the best center console boats under 25 feet for your needs, you need to know what type of boating you will be doing and what bodies of water you will be doing those activities in. The three main things to look for are a well-designed hull that can deliver a smooth ride in the sea conditions you’ll likely be dealing with, creative storage options that use all the available space, and a large deck for fishing or socializing.
Aquasport 2500 CC
With a length of just under 25 feet, the Aquasport 2500 CC is designed for saltwater fishing, freshwater fishing and day cruising. The boat is durable with a Kevlar-reinforced hull and a tempered-glass windshield protecting the helm. It also has a skid-resistant deck with a diamond pattern for added safety and a self-draining cockpit with scuppers. The standard T-top model features four rod holders and a pair of spreader lights, along with a dash large enough for multiple electronics.
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Boston Whaler 220 Dauntless
The 22-foot-long Boston Whaler 220 Dauntless is considered one of the best center console boats under 25 feet. Having a fiberglass-encased foam construction makes these boats extremely strong, and the brand has a reputation for making boats that are virtually unsinkable. This model is also fast, hitting speeds up to 50 MPH with its 250-horsepower outboard motor. Boston Whaler also makes the 250 Dauntless, a 24-foot-9-inch-long center console boat with a spacious deck, a full-beam casting platform, and a 35-gallon aft-deck livewell for holding your live baitfish.
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The 24-foot-6-inch-long Edgewater 245CC has an all-composite construction for superior durability and a hull design that maintains its full width for nearly the entire length of the boat. It is designed to run with single or twin outboards and has a draft of 21 inches for increased shallow water mobility. Its cockpit is one of the most spacious for a center console boat under 25 feet, with 89 square feet of useable cockpit space. Standard amenities include a 19-gallon freshwater tank, a 28-gallon transom livewell, and a removable transom stern seat.
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The manufacturer calls the Everglades 235CC a new performance center console boat with some innovative features. The helm features a sliding windshield, digital displays, and a first-of-its-kind swivel helm seat that provides superior 360-degree visibility. A large head and a storage area are situated below deck. The Everglades boat also has a rigging station for anglers and a 17-gallon starboard livewell.
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One of the best center console boats under 22 feet is the Robalo R222. The boat is 21-feet-6-inches long and features twin 30-gallon fish boxes and a 15-gallon aerated livewell with LED lighting for serious fishing adventures. Its bow seating area converts to a sun lounge and it has plenty of space for gear and rod storage. If you are looking for something a little larger, there is also the Robalo R230 that tops out at 23 feet long.
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Another candidate for best center console boats under 22 feet is the Xpress XP20CC. Many boaters choose it because it’s an aluminum boat (and thus is lighter and easier to tow, launch, and load), suitable for both freshwater and saltwater fishing. The XP20CC model is 20 feet, 3 inches long, 7 feet, 11 inches wide, and features a Yamaha VF115LA outboard, a Minn Kota Riptide 46 electric trolling motor, and a Humminbird PiranhaMax 4 fishfinder. It is one of the fastest boats in the category too, reaching speeds up to 45 MPH.
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Scout 240 XSF
Few center consoles under 25 feet can offer the comfort of a full lounger integrated into the front of the console, but one that makes it happen is the Scout 240 XSF. Along with that lounger the bow has wraparound seating and a folding transom seat, so there’s plenty of space for the entire family to relax. But the aft cockpit is kept clear for fishing, and anglers can make good use of the 15 gallon transom livewell, four leaning post rocket launchers, four flush-mount rodholders, and under-gunwale rodracks. Added bonus: this Scout boat comes standard with the Seakeeper Ride vessel attitude control system.
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Grady-White Fisherman 236
While the nearly 24-foot-long Grady-White Fisherman 236 is designed to be an excellent fishing boat, it also has features that make it a great boat for family trips, with room for up to 10 people. It has a spacious cockpit, a stand-up head inside the console, bow seating with foldaway backrests, and swim platform extensions both port and starboard. For anglers, there is a standard 15.5-gallon livewell, twin 22-gallon insulated fish boxes, and plenty of rod and tackle storage.
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Pathfinder 2500 Hybrid
This boat is just under 25-feet long and comes with some notable fishing features like a 43-gallon insulated fish box, a 35-gallon livewell, and a deluxe tackle station with convertible bolster seats. Its high-performance, double-stepped hull and max horsepower of up to 400 make the Pathfinder 2500 Hybrid one of the strongest and fastest center console boats on the water today. The deck layout has a large, single-level foredeck, additional freeboard, and considerable cockpit space.
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This 24-foot-4-inch-long center console boat is one of the most feature-rich boats in the category. Dozens of features come standard, including a 25-gallon aft starboard livewell, two bow fish boxes with locking rod storage, forward and aft casting platforms, and a 12-inch Garmin display. Its versatility and 16-inch draft give you easy access to rivers and bays, while its Yamaha F300 allows it to hit a top speed of 50 MPH in open water. It also has a fiberglass T-Top with an integrated wraparound windshield, and an optional hydraulic jack plate and trolling motor for shallow-water angling.
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This article was most recently updated in July 2023 by Lenny Rudow
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