EdgeWater designed the 280CX “crossover” dual console to function as “one big dayboat that does it all,” says company president Peter Truslow. But he is quick to point out that the 280CX is no lake boat. “It is a real offshore boat that does well in rough conditions, plus it has the seating and head and features of a dual console,” he says.
With its large console cabin, the boat can be used for overnighting. Its standard 28-gallon live well, 112-quart transom cooler with overboard drain and fishbox with pumpout under the cockpit sole also let it rise to the occasion when it’s time to fish.
The 280 can certainly pack ’em in — and comfortably — with ample seating that includes a foldaway lounge in the cockpit, wraparound seating in the bow and “yacht-like” helm seating, says Truslow.
EdgeWater built the boat with generous freeboard to accommodate the cabin, which is equipped with a head, sink, microwave, storage and a lounge seat on the starboard side that converts to a bunk, where you can nap in air-conditioned comfort. “We have a nice 12-volt air conditioning system,” says Truslow. “It is slick. And with these engines, power production is no problem, as they have more powerful alternators to create the juice.”
She rides a deep-vee hull with 21 degrees of deadrise at the transom, which was used to build a center console version, says Truslow. The 280CX is the largest dual-console in the EdgeWater fleet, which includes the 205CX and the 245CX. “A lot of customers were looking for a larger open boat, and the dual console has become increasingly popular,” says Truslow.
With twin Yamaha F300s, the best mileage comes in at about 30 mph, where the boat gets around 1.75 mpg. It can also be ordered with twin F250s for a slightly lower top speed but comparable mileage.
LOA: 28 feet •
BEAM: 9 feet, 6 inches •
DRAFT: 1 foot, 9 inches •
FUEL: 200 gallons •
DEADRISE: 21 degrees •
POWER: twin Yamaha F300s •
SPEED: 54 mph top, 35-40 mph cruise •
PRICE: $217,000 •
CONTACT: EdgeWater Power Boats, EdgeWater, Florida, (386) 426-5457.www.ewboats.com
See it at the Palm Beach International Boat Show. Exhibitor: Edgewater Power Boats LLC, Location: Ramp 10; Slips 1038-1040