Combining the fishability of a center console design with the convenience of an enclosed forward cabin, a walkaround, or “express,” is a versatile choice for those looking for a craft that can both fish and cruise, especially on larger bodies of water. The walkaround design keeps the entire perimeter of the deck accessible, with just a short step up from the cockpit sole to the forward deck. Within the cockpit (or main seating area), seating is available for a family-sized crew, with the weather protection of a hardtop over the driver’s station, or “helm”. Below, cabin amenities typically include a V-berth (bed), head (toilet), sink and even a small galley (kitchen).
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Walkarounds are often found fishing larger coastal or inland waters, and have all the necessary features for the serious sportsman. Aerated livewells (to store live bait or live catch), coolers, rod and tackle storage, and rodholders are all typically standard issue. With its forward cabin, however, a walkaround also makes a great boat for an overnight, weekend, or short cruise with the family.
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Outboard power is reliable, quiet, easy to service, and creates additional cockpit room and storage space by positioning the engine behind the boat’s back panel, or “transom”. Outboards can also be fully lifted, or “trimmed”, out of the water.