A center console is a boat with the controls in the middle of the boat rather than to the right side, like most other power boats. This configuration makes it easy to walk from the bow to the stern (or visa versa) along the sides. This is particularly good for fishing since you have access to the water from any side of the boat. They are also great for other boating fun and make a great family boat for skiing, wakeboarding and other activities.
Center consoles are usually made of reinforced fiberglass, but are also often made of aluminum. Aluminum is generally considered superior in terms of durability, but fiberglass works great also and is usually less expensive. Hence the popularity.
Center consoles are most often powered by outboard motors which tend to be less expensive, although inboard motors are also available. Since the controls are in the middle of the boat, it makes it easier to operate since you have a centered view of your surroundings.
Another plus with a center console is that they are generally much lighter than other boats so they have a very shallow draft. This makes them much more fuel efficient because they don’t have to cut through as much water as they go. It also makes them faster. That makes them a great choice for those who need to travel distances in their boat or those who use their boats a lot.
Many center consoles have a bimini top or other structure in place that offers shade to the driver and passengers. Some are collapsable and/or removable and others are permanent. That is great for those who need to be protected from the sun while on the boat for a long duration.
Center console boats are great for a wide variety of activities. We already mentioned fishing, but they also make great dive boats. The access to the water on all sides is very beneficial for diving. The high performance and manueverability makes them great for water skiing and wakeboarding. They also do well in various water conditions. The flat bottoms and shallow draft make them very safe in almost all conditions.