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Century Boats 2901 Center Console: 2021 Boat Buyers Guide

The 2901 Center Console provides a nice balance of luxury and fishability .

December 14, 2020
Century Boats 2901 Center Console idling
The options on the 2901 Center Console let you dial-in your fishing needs. Courtesy Century Boats

Fishability? Luxury? Reliability? that’s Century’s trademark style.

Boasting more than 90 years of building high-quality boats for anglers and families, Century evolved from Lake Michigan, crafting wooden runabout and high-performance boats, to its current base in Florida, with saltwater-fishing boats its specialty. Today the company produces saltwater-fishing boats from 22 to 32 feet, including express, walkaround, center-console and dual-console models.

Century knows how to partner. Vectorply provides latest-technology glass and core materials for all-composite construction. Raymarine high-performance marine-electronics packages and Fusion True Marine entertainment products are standard. Mate Series combination rod and cup holders are also standard, as are Edson steering wheels.

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Advanced storage systems throughout the boats keep tackle and other gear handy while preserving fishing room.

Century Boats 2901 Center Console

What do you call a luxury crossover boat designed around a tournament-fishing rig? Century calls it the 2901 Center Console, and it boasts a long list of fishing features presented in comfort and style to please the entire family.

Forty percent of center-console survey respondents say that they consider bow seating important; Century answers with wraparound bow seating, with standard, forward-facing backrests, and a bow table and stand.

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Century Boats 2901 Center Console tackle rigging station
The lockable tackle rigging station keeps anglers competitive and organized. Courtesy Century Boats

But a rare accommodation to fishing efficiency is the double-aerator 62-gallon baitwell (69 percent of respondents say one is plenty), lockable rod storage (important to 26 percent of CC boaters surveyed), tilt-out tackle trays, and a pair of 277-quart insulated and pump-out-equipped fish boxes. Three gunwale-mounted rod holders on each side meet or exceed the needs of 68 percent of CC survey respondents; additional rod holders are on the hardtop, helm seatbacks and transom.

Dial-in your fishing needs with options, including downriggers, outriggers and additional rod holders, plus eye candy such as underwater lights, Helm Master EX electric steering and stereo upgrades. Standard are electric head; anchor, windlass, rope and chain; trim tabs with lighted indicator; and fiberglass hardtop with spreader lights and rod holder.

Century recommends twin Yamaha F300s or XF350s for the 2901 CC.

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Survey Says: On Target

  • Nice balance of luxury and fishability
  • Handy, tilt-out tackle trays
  • Dual-aerator livewell provides redundancy

Owners Say

  • Center console offers ease of movement and fishability
  • Lots of room for fishing gear and plenty of rod holders
  • The spaciousness of the layout, along with the cabin room in the center console
  • Fishability, big livewell, and well-placed, good number of rod holders

Brand Says

  • An eye on even the smallest details
  • Passion for perfection
  • Solid platforms built to get you there—and back—in safety and comfort

Reader Response

  • “Favorite feature? Everything”

Specs

LOA: 29′

Beam: 9′6″

Fuel Capacity: 280 gal.

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Dry Weight: 7,000 lb. plus power

Max HP: 700

Certifications: NMMA

More Info

centuryboats.com

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