Thinking of converting our Highfield 350 to centre console plus electric start (Honda 20HP) for L450. Any thoughts or experiences? Main reason is so my wife can start the outboard so I guess centre console not essential but have seen Highfield 'drop in' solution I think called 'FCT console'. Weight one consideration but I think will be OK. Will need to have the work done this winter in Ionian/Greece so any leads on competent tradesmen also appreciated.
We have a Highfield cl360 with tiller steer Suzuki 20hp electric start. Engine weighs about 108lb iirc, pushbutton start, and no space lost to a console. Just a small battery box by the transom.
Personally I don't think the console adds much on small to medium ribs. On a wide beamed 14'+ proper yacht tender yes, but not on the smaller boats. Too much space lost for too little return. Ymmv of course