Edgewater Crossover 230 CX Boat Test

May 21, 2019, by , under Powerboat Reviews

There seems to be no end to the demand for dual consoles or, as EdgeWater calls its model, a crossover. It is the SUV of salt water, bringing the spacious seating of a bowrider to the fishability of a center-console EdgeWater’s Crossover 230CX is a bull’s-eye in that market both for its size and the features packed into it.

For creature comforts, there is ample seating forward with fold-down armrests. Cockpit seating wraps around from the port side to the starboard-side transom door. Adding more versatility is the sliding seatback that will convert the portside lounge from a back-to-back seat to a full-length lounge—just lay the seatback forward for that bonus arrangement.

The hardtop is standard on the 230CX, and it brings shade, a spot to hang some rocking stereo speakers, plus an overhead dashboard to hold the VHF and stereo head unit. At the helm, there is room for a factory-rigged Garmin chart plotter. Both the dash on the hardtop and the helm are trimmed in glossy black acrylic. ­Electrical switches for all systems are stretched across the dash, and the stainless-steel buttons are LED-trimmed for easy identification.

The captain’s chair is adjustable with a flip-up bolster and foldaway armrests. Just aft of it is a ­cockpit galley with a freshwater sink and a slide-away cooler ­below it.

But all that comfort doesn’t cut into fishability. There are two livewells: one on the transom and one under the aft seat. That way, you can carry crustaceans and mud minnows ­separately, or you can carry frozen cut bait in one and let it drain overboard. Four rod holders on the aft gunwales and a pair up front are well-placed. Lower the cocktail table for a beam-to-beam casting deck.

On plane, the boat was most comfortable near 30 mph. It possesses plenty of deadrise and a sharp stem to knock down seas. We tested it with 1,000 pounds of crew and a half-full fuel tank, netting about 42 mph—only losing 1 mph over a standard two-man test crew.

High Points

  • Nonskid deck is textured for traction but slick enough for easy cleaning.
  • Even with our large crew, the boat planed off quickly without tabs.
  • Large compartment in the port console holds a head compartment.

Low Points

  • At lower speeds, the 230 was tender and required tabs to level the ride.

Toughest Competitor
The Boston Whaler 230 Vantage ($128,370 base with Mercury 250, hardtop and blue side colors) broke new ground, and we would characterize it as 60/40 family over fish, while the EdgeWater proves somewhat fishier.

Price: $127,600 (with test power)

Available Power: Outboard

How We Tested
Engine: Yamaha 250
Drive/Prop: Outboard/Yamaha SDS 15″ x 16″ 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.75:1
Fuel Load: 40 gal.
Crew Weight: 400 lb.

EdgeWater Boats – Edgewater, Florida; 386-426-5457; ewboats.com


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