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    I've only been on a center console one time, my uncle's 18' Wellcraft in Cape Coral, FL many years ago. I live in KY and love to get out in the fall. I have a 21' bowrider and can throw the bow cover on, close the windshield and stay warm. Considering downsizing in the future and was wondering how a center console does in a cold weather environment.

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    As you would expect in asking the question......freeze your begeebies off.
    If you are new to boating or have a new boat, a knowledgeable friend could show you how to operate your boat and save you a lot of grief, maybe some money, and maybe your life.

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    • #3
      I see center consoles with dodgers on the bow which serves to block the wind and cold and also prevent a wave from washing over the bow and taxing your bilge pump. Mine is a side console and the first thing I had custom made for my rig when I bought it was a full enclosure with plastic windows all around which stow away in a bag until I need them. 3 seasons ago I added a custom folding bow dodger. Turns my bow into a cuddy for added gear storage too. Here in the Northeast can be a very short season due to the cold weather. But the enclosure and dodger extend our season from sometimes April through end of Oct!
      Albany, New York
      2007 Lund 1425 Classic SS
      2007 40 hp Merc 4 stroke EFI ELPT

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      • #4
        That's a neat setup Expidia.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Stinnett21 View Post
          That's a neat setup Expidia.
          Thanks. Into our 13th season with it!
          Albany, New York
          2007 Lund 1425 Classic SS
          2007 40 hp Merc 4 stroke EFI ELPT

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            Originally posted by Stinnett21 View Post
            I've only been on a center console one time, my uncle's 18' Wellcraft in Cape Coral, FL many years ago. I live in KY and love to get out in the fall. I have a 21' bowrider and can throw the bow cover on, close the windshield and stay warm. Considering downsizing in the future and was wondering how a center console does in a cold weather environment.
            If you want to maximise your boating/ fishing opportunities when it's cold, wet and or drizzly don't consider a centre console,
            only the hard core fisherfolk around here ( south end of Oz ) use them and then only untill their brass b...s fall off,

            They pretend they aren't cold but the teeth chattering tells a different story.

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