Based upon EdgeWater's successful 205 Express, the 205CX "crosses over" from fishing to pleasure and ups the seating capacity with expansive bow lounges upholstered in rugged yet comfortable vinyl with accents, such as the bolster-top backrests and triple stitching. There is an anchor locker that also conceals a bow boarding ladder, which makes loading and offloading your crew a snap at the sandbar or cove. We noted with a smile that the locker's lid, like all those aboard the 205CX, is finished on both sides. Flip-up cleats and sturdy grab rails are bolted in place.
Open the wind-blocking door between the split windshield, walk aft, and check out the optional marine head inside the port console. To starboard is the helm, where our test boat featured a swiveling captain's chair mounted atop a livewell. Gauges, switches and controls are ergonomically arranged and easily accessed underway.