We Say: This crossover model balances the compromises inherent in family boating with excellent execution. The 205CX’s Permagrid all-fiberglass stringer system, closed-cell foam flotation and self-bailing cockpit provide a safe, robust alternative to traditional bowriders. But it’s not all about nuts and bolts.
I’m 6 feet tall and found the enclosed head in the portside console usable. The head’s fitted with a fixed skylight, though a venting port would make it complete. The 205CX sports fore and aft boarding ladders. My test boat was fitted with the optional aluminum ski pylon: Powder-coated white, it looks great and was robustly installed. Seating includes aft and bow lounges upholstered in a heavy-gauge, yet supple-feeling vinyl fabric.
Anglers will love the large livewell under the helm seat. There are also rod racks under both gunwales. Gunwale-top rod holders are at the ready. The bow fish boxes drain directly overboard for easy cleanup (and enhanced safety) and will chill and hold the day’s catch.
Boaters of any ilk will appreciate the shallow draft and corrosion resistance an outboard-powered boat like the 205CX provides. With a quiet 200 hp Yamaha F200 four-stroke outboard, I hit 45.6 mph and netted better than 3 mpg at 28 mph.
Who'd Want One: Boaters seeking a refined boat for diverse activities.
Another Choice: Grady-White Freedom 205 ($64,935 powered like our test boat).
Bottom Line: Price not available at press time; ewboats.com