This subject is being brought up after the discussion of Mag Bay and their new center console. There you have former SF people, coming back, but with a center console instead of a SF. One of the reasons I heard from Hatteras people for dropping Cabo was that the small SF market was being taken over by center consoles. When I was growing up on a lake in NC, outboards were for small boats and bass boats. A runabout over 20' was going to have an I/O. When it came to the SF world, it was diesel inboards and outboards had only the small boats on the coasts, such as Boston Whaler. When you wanted to go bigger and/or faster, the solution whether inland or coastal was to move away from outboards and toward I/O's or inboards. That was largely driven by the limitations of outboards. In the recovery from the market collapse, the market share of I/O's has dropped significantly and outboards have gained each year and show no signs of slowing down. Glastron reintroduced many outboards, Bayliner went all outboard, even Sea Ray introduced outboards. One of the companies that recovered quickest was Marine Products Corporation but it wasn't on the strength of Chaparral, rather the power of Robalo and the outboard line. As outboards rose in size to 300 hp, you could easily power any boat up to 30' with outboards for far less than other propulsion systems and this is just mainstream outboards, not even counting Seven Marine's 557. So, that brings us to SF and center consoles. Cabo built great SF's but primarily in the 30-50' range. Even Bertram was heavily dependent on their under 50' SF's. But outboard powered center consoles were now available in the 30-40' range. There were two factors responsible for major shifts. SF manufacturers were finding a strong market for larger and larger boats and greater profits in building those boats. They were moving away from the small SF boats at the same time CC's were gaining market share. A discussion of Center Consoles has to start with Boston Whaler. They're traditional and they have huge market presence. They also follow market trends. Today they have CC's up to 42' and engine options up to Quad 350 hp, so 1400 hp total. They're following companies like SeaVee who now offer up to 43' CC's with specifications of up to 1600 hp. Contender goes to 39'. Jupiter to 38' CC, plus a 41' Express. Yellowfin to 42', with triple or quad outboards to 1650 hp. Intrepid offers a 40' CC, 41' Express. Regulator to 41'. Seahunter to 45'. Scout to 42'. Regulator to 41'. Grady White to 38'. Everglades to 43'. However, the prize goes to the Hydrasports 53' Suenos model with quad 557's or for those not requiring as much speed, quad 350's. An exception to the death of small SF's is Hatteras sells a 45' now, basically the old Cabo, they call it an Express with two models, Express and Express sportfish. Clearly the small SF market isn't completely dead as that boat is selling great. However, Hatteras can perhaps get by with what others can't. The 30-40' market is all center consoles. They keep moving up. They are clearly the way for fishermen to get into a boat without spending what an Inboard SF costs. Also, they are not just used for fishing, they are used as family boats. Center consoles are not my area of greatest knowledge. However, I did purchase one last year for crew use. A 39' Contender with triple Yamaha 300's. I chose 300's over 350's based on what I felt was better dependability. We got the luxury model for all purpose use but it gets a little fishing on occasion. It's a great day boat. Our favorite day boat for our use is a 44' Riva. It is annoying a bit that the crew can outrun us in the Contender as max speed for the contender is 57 knots, but it cruises nicely in the 40's and 30's. And as to fuel, at 33 knots it gets about 1.25 nmpg. Our Riva doesn't get that at idle. At that same speed the Hatteras 45 Express gets 0.4 nmpg and it's top speed with twin 1136 hp is 39 knots. I was at first bothered a bit that Mag Bay came out with a CC and not a remake of a Cabo SF. However, now I'm glad they did. Perhaps nearer 50' the old SF makes sense but in the 30-40' range, the market is CC and one thing I learned long ago is the market is pretty smart and makes sense. The market can get what it wants for $80,000-$300,000 in center consoles. It can have a nice ride and great performance and save money. Can't really argue with that. Outboards have continued to grow and take market share. Center Consoles are doing the same thing. I'm not saying there is no place for the prior Cabo's or smaller Bertrams. We would still rather be out on our Riva than in a center console. However, the growth will continue. It also won't stop at 40-45'. While the 53' Hydrasports is a novelty now, others will follow. Boston Whaler held back until others proved there's a 40' market but now they have a 42' I predict three years from now they'll have a 50' and most of the others will as well. Center consoles aren't at all new, but their impact is and their movement into larger sizes is and has very much changed the playing field. This also isn't the only place outboards are making a move. Several pocket trawlers such as Rosborough now have them. Great Harbour has introduced a 35' Trawler type boat with twin outboards.