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September 21, 2007

To the Edge

The EdgeWater 318 CC can play rough.


BEEFY T: The optional fiberglass hardtop provides protection from the elements and can be outfitted with an electronics box and lights.
SAFETY IN NUMBERS: With 130 square feet of deck, 30 inches of freeboard, toe rails and thick padded bolsters, the cockpit lets anglers focus on hot fish rather than getting wet.
GRAY MATTER: Factory-rigged twin Yamaha four-stroke 250s or HPDI 300 outboards give the 318 impressive power and range.
HEAD ROOM: Only the tallest anglers will have to stoop to use the VacuFlush head or pull-out shower in this console compartment with six feet, five inches of space.
CATCH CRATER: The limit will be filled before the fishbox space thanks to the 620-quart insulated box in the forward deck.
FISH OR FROLIC: The bow has it all: an adjustable filler that can raise to table height, three insulated storage boxes and comfortable seating.
COMFORT ZONE: The deluxe leaning post has bucket seats that convert to flip-up bolsters, so anglers are fresh after even the longest runs.

Battlewagon is a boating term used for sportfishing boats 45 feet and larger. The EdgeWater 318 CC doesn't make that cut, but this speedy center console will wage bluewater battles with ease. Single-piece infusion technology bonds resin, stringers and hull in one process, qualifying the 318 for another clich¿-"tank," as in "built like one."

Performance

Length 31' 10" Beam 10' 2"
Draft 1' 9" Deadrise 23 ¿
Fuel 300 gals. Price $148,038
w/ twin four-stroke Yamaha F250 outboards

The unitized hull had no shakes, sliced the waves and was stable on the drift. The twin Yamaha F250s topped out at 51.7 miles per hour with a crew of three and a half load of fuel. Cruising at 4,500 rpm, we did 38.8 miles per hour and burned 26.3 gallons per hour-a 347.5-mile range with a ten-percent reserve.

How it Fished

Test Conditions
Jupiter, Florida
Sunny 65 ¿
Winds: Northwest 15 mph
Seas: 4-5 feet
Target: Sailfish

The 318's cockpit is big enough to handle multiple hookups. We pulled ballyhoo for sailfish and had one taker, but the circle hook came unbuttoned. Live-baiters will appreciate the large wells on the transom. EdgeWater Power Boats; (386) 426-5457; www.edgewaterboats.com