While not a speed demon, the 228 truly shone in the handling department. Turning the wheel lock to lock at 30 mph, I executed silky-smooth turns that any runabout owner would love. The sterndrive combined with the dual counterrotating props gives the 228 CCD much more bite in turns than an outboard-powered boat, and we could accelerate through them with no fear of prop blowout. Moreover, the 228’s level running attitude and deep-V hull gave it a solid feel cutting through bay chop or wakes.
The boat’s level attitude stems from moving the engine weight from the transom to amidships, which also altered the boat’s center of gravity (CG.) Despite this, EdgeWater made no changes to the original hull’s running surface. It hired the design firm Marine Concepts to perform hydrostatic tests on the hull, and the company’s engineers said the diesel would actually make it perform better.
Topsides, EdgeWater had to do some rearranging. It moved the center console 10 inches forward and turned the leaning post into the engine compartment cover. No longer needing a motorwell for the outboard, EdgeWater built a narrower transom that adds eight inches of cockpit length. All that newfound space adds up to an exceptionally roomy cockpit, either for fighting fish or for lounging on the optional retracting transom bench. And it did this without losing space for a head in the console.
Another modification involved using a smaller fuel tank — 72 gallons compared with 125 gallons for the outboard version. Even so, the two versions have roughly the same range thanks to the diesel’s efficiency.
EdgeWater is not the only builder with a diesel sterndrive package. Intrepid Boats custom-builds a 245 Diesel, which sells for $195,000 with a D4-300 hp Volvo Penta that reportedly tops 44 mph.
The 228 is built with vacuum infusion using vinylester resin, which allows EdgeWater to use 50 percent less resin than with a conventional layup, making it much lighter in weight. The stringers and hull, as well as the engine bed, are infused at the same time, creating a single unit. The 316L grade stainless-steel hardware is bolted into backing strips. At a glance, the wiring and rigging looked spotless. It’s a good thing it’s so rugged, because with that little diesel you can run the 228 CCD all over the place.
Comparable model: Intrepid 245 Diesel