Gentlemen...thanks for the replies. My questions was posed because of the following...
I do a lot of trolling for striped bass. I've had some very hefty bass hit my line like a freight train. I've got the drag set appropriately (not too tight, not too loose). But even with that, I've had some fish hit where I saw the center console literally bow out. The last thing I want is to lose that fish of a lifetime because my center console blew up on me.
As Ronbo suggested, I installed a backing plate on the yak actually using some cutting board material (non-pourous type).
I had a nice 40 incher hit the other day and there was zero give from the center console, which reassured me a great deal.