The world of saltwater fishing boats is dominated by center consoles, and these six hot new center consoles introduced for the 2021 model year are grabbing plenty of headlines. You say you want one of the coolest new fishing machines to hit the water? Whatever your budget may be and whichever type of fishing is your thing, these boats are sure to be of interest.
1. 2021 Axopar 22 Spyder
While you could certainly fish from it, the Axopar 22 Spyder is more of a center console day-boat than it is a dedicated angling machine. Either way, this unusual center console will certainly be making waves in the boating market. It rides on a twin-stepped, 20-degree hull bottom with Axopar’s trademark razor-sharp plumb entry, and can break the 50-mph mark with a single 200-hp outboard on the transom.
Built for both the European and US market, the 22 Spyder meets all USCG, ABYC, European CE, and NMMA standards. And the Euro-thinking is clearly evident in how this boat is laid out. The cockpit is modular, convertible, and can be kept open with a transom bench seat, fitted with a stowage compartment and forward seat, rigged with a U-shaped settee with or without a dinette table, or converted into a huge aft sunpad. There’s additional seating in the bow, where you can also put up a dinette table.
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Axopar 22 Spyder boat. Image credit: Axopar Spyder
2. 2021 Cobia 240 CC Center Console
The Cobia 240 CC was completed over a year ago, but thanks to the world being put on pause due to Covid-19 hasn’t yet been seen by the complete boating public and is now enjoying something of a fresh introduction to the world as boat shows start up again for 2021. And we’re glad for that, because this redesign of Cobia’s popular 237 CC is ideal for those American middle-class anglers who want a center console which can serve equally well as a fishing machine and a family boat. It has the usual list of fishing features (including a 28-gallon livewell, a tackle station, and 33-gallon fishboxes in the deck), but it also has niceties like a fully finished console head compartment with a pull-out shower, a sink, and six feet of headroom. Plus, the boat has forward seating with backrests that swing out of the way when it’s time to cast.
Another perk the Cobia 240 CC offers is spiffy performance, with your choice of single or twin engines up to 300-hp total. Max power provides top-end speeds breaking 50-mph, and a cruise in the upper-30-mph range. Go with the single, and you’ll enjoy efficiency hitting the three-mpg mark.
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COBIA 240 CC. Image credit: Atlantic Coast Marine/Cobia boats
3. 2021 Intrepid 409 Valor Center Console
The 409 Valor is another model that was introduced during Covid times, and as a result, hasn’t been seen by much of the public and is still in something of an introductory phase. What’s particularly interesting about this model is the fact that it’s a center console, but it’s also a cabin boat. The Valor has its centered helm station fairly far aft, with a large open “cockpit lounge” in front of it and a cabin forward of that. The cabin has a full stand-up head with a shower; a galley with a refrigerator, sink, microwave, and single-burner stove-top; and a settee with dinette forward which converts into a berth. There’s a second berth aft, carved out underneath the cockpit lounge like the mid-cabin arrangements found on many cruisers.
While anglers will note that having a cabin in the bow cuts down on the boat’s overall fishing space, the aft cockpit is still thoroughly fishy with a brace of seven rodholders in the transom in addition to those in the gunwale, six rocket launchers on the hard top, five rocket launchers on the leaning post, twin optional transom livewells, and a nifty swing-out cooler hidden under the gunwale.
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2021 Intrepid 409 Valor Center Console. Image credit: Intrepid powerboats
4. 2021 Jupiter 32 Center Console
Jupiter’s 31 center console was so successful that they built the model for well over a decade, but it’s now been redesigned and updated in the form of the Jupiter 32. At 32’8” long and 9’9” wide this model is rigged to the teeth for serious pursuit of bluewater species, with a 35-gallon livewell in the transom, a bait and tackle station behind the leaning post, flush-mount rodholders in the gunwales, fore and aft spreader lights, fresh and raw water washdowns, and six rocket launchers spanning the hard top. It’s most unusual feature, however, is probably the extraordinarily extensive stowage. In the deck and forward seating there are holds totaling 500 gallons of capacity, with 125 of those gallons insulated and macerated for icing down the catch.
One of the big changes in this new model is the fact that it’s a digital-switching boat utilizing the C-Zone system, so everything from the livewell to the lights can be controlled with a swipe of the touchscreens at the helm. Other high-tech touches include a poured ceramic transom, closed-cell PVC coring, and a hull that’s vacuum-infused with biaxial and triaxial coring.
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2021 Jupiter 32 Center Console. Image credit: Jupiter Marine
5. Sportsman Open 302
The Open 302 is the latest boat debuted by Sportsman, and had just begun shipping to dealerships across the nation as we prepped this roundup. This model carries all the latest tech, like a Seastar Maximus digital switching system, a glass bridge-style helm with flush-mounted Garmin electronics, and a Seakeeper pod designed into the stringer system.
Beyond the tech, this boat exhibits some very creative thinking in its design. While some boats this size have a side-entry dive door, Sportsman incorporated doors into both port and starboard gunwales. While most boats of this size have a livewell, the Open 302 has twin pressurized 30-gallon aquarium-style wells in the transom corners with large viewing windows. And while plenty of fishing machines in this class have onboard tackle stowage, Sportsman somehow manages to fit four bulk stowage drawers and six pull-out tackle boxes into the Open 302.
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Sportsman Open 302. Image credit: Sportsman/Thunder Marine
6. Weaver 41 Center Console
In the world of custom-built multimillion-dollar sportfishing boats, cold-molded construction dominates the game. Building with Okoume ply sheathed in fiberglass and Kevlar results in a lighter boat that runs faster, handles the seas better, and absorbs more sound and vibration to provide a better experience out on the water. Since the build process is so labor-intensive, however, very few center consoles are built with cold-molded construction. One new model that breaks the mold, so to speak, is the Weaver 41 Center Console.
This boat is 43’ long overall with a beam of 11’, yet it weighs in at just 17,000 pounds and runs in the mid- to upper-50s with triple Suzuki DF350A outboards. Many competitors of this size weigh about 15-percent more and require a fourth powerplant. And none are more customizable than the Weaver, which has a transom livewell, two massive 65-gallon fishboxes in the deck, six flush gunwale rodholders, and an aft-facing bait-watching seat with tackle stowage and a 65-quart Yeti underneath — but all of these accessories can be arranged however you’d like. Multiple livewells, different tackle station set-ups, and various seating options can be designed in to suit any owner’s taste. The console interior is custom, too, and includes teak woodwork crafted to the same scale found on Weaver’s large sportfishing yachts. If you want a unique center console that performs like a thoroughbred and qualifies as a work of art, the Weaver 41 Center Console is a boat you’ll want to check out.
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Weaver 41 Center Console. Image credit: Weaver Console
Which of these hot new center consoles will be your next ride? That call is entirely up to you. But if you want one of the latest and greatest boats hitting the water in 2021, all six of these models make the grade.