Originally Posted by seasdes
I have recently replaced my bench seat with a heavy duty esky that is strapped in. Did this to save a bit of space in my 3.8 as it also doubles as a fish box.
I'm guessing that an esky is a cooler. I've done similar with a heavy duty polyethylene storage box to which I've bolted a couple of plastic folding stadium seats on the lid - works very well for kids / light passengers.
As to the original question, for my applications (and I would guess for most SIBers), tiller control is more practical. If the SIB were a large commercial style such as a Zodiac Mark V or VI (+ 5.8m) with a largish outboard (80hp or so), I would consider a console, anything smaller, a tiller.
The tiller takes up far less space, allows one handed operation, provides direct steering and much more precise throttle control.