August 01, 2011
March 2011 WebXtra
The 220 InShore is the first model in a series of shallow-draft boats from EdgeWater Power Boats.
Unique from its offshore cousins, the shallow-draft 220 IS (InShore) is the first model from the EdgeWater Power Boats inshore series. Florida Sportsman met with Roger Taylor, Director of domestic sales at EdgeWater, to try out the brand-new boat on the Indian River Lagoon. The hull is based off an older Century Boats mold, but the interior is entirely re-rigged and re-worked to the max, explains Taylor.
A Single Piece Infusion (SPI) hull floats as shallow as 13 inches, yet a self-bailing cockpit and 18 inches of interior freeboard allow for beach and nearshore fishing. Standard features include a forward console baitwell, 35-gallon aft recirculating livewell, hydraulic jackplate, raw-water washdown, console helm station and stainless steel hardware. Rigging options impress with an available upper-station tower with electronics; aluminum or fiberglass leaning post with livewell; and Power-Pole, trim tab, trolling motor and electronics packages.
EdgeWater Power Boats
211 Dale Street
Edgewater, FL 32132
Length: 22 feet
Beam: 8 feet, 6 inches
Dry weight: 2,400 pounds
Max horsepower: 250 hp
Fuel capacity: 65 gallons
Bridge clearance with top: 10 feet, 4 inches
Base Price: $63,317
Roger Taylor gets the morning started with a few casts. The bow is wide open, with room for at least two anglers.
Trying to find warmer waters, Taylor hooks into a snook at the inlet—a surprising catch for mid-60-degree temperatures. Cockpit height is 18 inches, so it's easy to reach the water's surface to release fish.
At the bow, there's room for a trolling motor in front of the anchor locker.
Anchor locker has the room and hanging clips to hold a full-size Danforth anchor.
The Minn Kota trolling motor plugs into a heavy-duty MARINCO plug.
Bow compartment with carbon fiber hood handles bumpers, anchor balls, life jackets and whatever other large-size items that need storing.
Port, pictured, and starboard under-gunwale storage areas keep rods out of the elements and out of sight of thieves.
A frontal view of the optional tower with full array of electronics and steering controls. Taylor mans the controls at the main station and makes a point to say that the tower doesn't hinder any of his view. Forward of the console is a seat with back and seat cushions.
The tower midstep sits above an acrylic windshield. In total, the self-bailing cockpit measures 67 square feet.
Underneath the forward console seat is a 12-gallon re-circulating baitwell. Stainless steel grab handles bookend the well.
Three rod holders adorn each side of the console.
Battery switches are easy to reach, located at the starboard side of the console.
A full console, rigged with the latest electronics from Garmin. Of course, there's a switch panel with breakers, VHF radio, drink holders, stereo and compass too.
Above the console, there's extra storage, plus easy access to wiring from electronics in the tower.
Below the console, there's a compartment for a fire extinguisher, extra batteries and more storage.
The upper tower station is enclosed from all sides. At the front (not pictured) are the console controls. At the rear, includes a canvas top and seat.
Roger Taylor shows how to access the tower, but first he must unzip the canvas top. Duck under or cross over the outside bar to get inside.
Standing at the tower, he plugs in a Garmin fishfinder unit.
Steering wheel, throttle and Garmin GPS unit make up the tower station. In the background, Roger Taylor works the trolling motor on the first floor.
Compartment underneath steering controls has room for a VHF radio or storage.
A shot of the seat and backrest atop the tower—looks comfy!
Four rod holders and an LED light adorn the back of the T-top.
The cockpit features an optional bench chair and backrest or leaning post along with a full-size cooler. Notice the speakers that cover the entire boat.
At the stern, a flat deck for fishing along with plenty of storage.
The port side, aft livewell re-circulates 44 gallons. Hatch is made from carbon fiber.
The middle, aft re-circulating baitwell handles 35 gallons.
Aft, starboard side storage has room for life jackets and other supplies.
Maximum horsepower on the 220 InShore is 250. This rig was factory installed with a Yamaha 250. Available options like a Power-Pole can be mounted to the engine bracket.
Options in the rear include Lenco trim tabs, step ladder and stick-style anchor. Notice the two transducers for the two units.
This boat first appeared in the March 2011 issue of Florida Sportsman magazine.