Bryan Pair launched Pair Marine about four years ago, and in that relatively short time, he has made his mark with the center consoles he builds. “My concentration is on clean, simple and classic,” Pair says. “While everyone else is trying to see how complicated they can make their boats, I’m trying to do the opposite.”
Based in Washington, North Carolina, Pair Marine builds three center consoles: a 21-footer and two 24-footers. The 24s are available with a modified-vee hull or a deep-vee, the latter of which is a new model.
Both 24s share the same basic layout and are customizable as either a hardcore fishing platform or a boat that can transition from fishing to family fun. The modified-vee hull has 14 degrees of transom deadrise and is better suited for more sheltered and skinnier waters. The deep-vee model has 22-degrees of transom deadrise for cutting through seas on the way to and from the grounds. Both models measure 28 feet, 1 inch overall, including the Stainless Marine engine bracket, and have an 8½-foot beam. Dry weight is about 4,300 pounds.
The profiles of the boats show proud bows with sloping sheers. They can be ordered with a single-level, unobstructed deck from bow to stern, or with modular bow seating that includes stowage. An in-deck compartment is forward of the console, which has a toe rail. A basic leaning post at the helm can be ordered with rod holders, a live well and tackle drawers. The cockpit includes a transom live well/fishbox, a transom door and a hatch to access the bilge. The boats can be outfitted with a T-top or a tower with controls.
Pair’s three-part, all-composite construction starts with a hull that is hand-laid with 24-ounce biaxial cloth and a grid stringer system made of 1½-inch core material glassed in place in the mold. The transom is thickly cored and glassed to support the outboard bracket. Voids are foam-filled for flotation, rigidity and a quiet ride, and then the deck, constructed of ¾-inch PET foam inside a heavy laminate schedule, is glassed in. The cap mold is fitted before such components as the console and bow seating are added.
When I spoke with Pair, he had just taken hull No. 1 of the deep-vee model 60-miles offshore for dolphin and tuna. He said that while the fishing was marginal, the boat ran great, with a soft ride in moderate seas and good fuel economy.
The 24 modified-vee model has a base price of $65,000 with a 250-hp Suzuki 4-stroke, and the deep-vee is $70,000. Power options for the deep-vee model include a single 350-hp Suzuki or a pair of 200s.