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Draft (max): 1'9"
Displacement (approx.): 6,500 lb.
Transom Deadrise: 21 degrees
Bridge Clearance: 9'6"
Max Cabin Headroom: 6'4"
Fuel Capacity: 200 gal.
Max Horsepower: 600
Available Power: Yamaha outboards to a combined 600 hp
I’ve seen several bigger, better and more badass dual consoles pop up over the last few years, with good reason. Just as SUVs have been rebranded as “crossover” vehicles in car companies’ efforts to mate rugged with practical (translation: mom-friendly), so too have boatbuilders latched onto the name in efforts to brand family-style fishing boats. The new EdgeWater 280CX (the “CX” stands for crossover) is an excellent iteration of this style, mating a rugged offshore build with familial features while not neglecting the fishing mission.
EdgeWater, founded by a marine industry mover and shaker, makes an unsinkable boat. All EdgeWaters are built using the SPI system, which stands for single-piece infusion construction. In this method, the hull and the interior grid system are infused with vinylester resin via a vacuum process, making the separate parts chemically bond together so that structurally they behave as one. Like Boston Whaler, EdgeWater fills its boats to the gills with closed-cell foam flotation. The result is a brick-house boat that doesn’t rattle or flex after years of abuse in heavy seas. Another benefit is a comfortable ride for the whole crew.
Since family is a driving factor in this boat’s layout, let’s look first at the friendly features. The main cockpit has 65.6 square feet of usable space, a number that bodes well for anglers but also gives room for a crowd on a cruise. Two sturdy double-wide jump seats fold out from the transom on rugged stainless-steel supports that will handle the weight of your most rotund friends and hold up during use on a ride in rough seas. Another bench folds out from the portside gunwale, creating a conversation pit. There’s also built-in aft facing seating to port that houses a removable cooler.
Stepping up to the helm area, the captain can enjoy company at the wheel thanks to the double-wide helm seat with flip-up bolsters and flip-down armrests. Another double-wide seat sits to port, with a flip-up footrest for the passengers. Both are protected from the sun by the standard hardtop, featuring beefy and well-mounted powder-coated aluminum supports. If the shade’s not enough, there’s room under the helm step-up to mount a genset to power air conditioning.
Forward, the bow lounge wraps around in circular fashion, capable of comfortably seating four grown-ups. No matter where you sit, a stout stainless-steel grab rail is easily in reach, and there are four stainless-steel drink holders. A built-in cooler that drains outboard adds to the convenience.