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April 24, 2013

Edgewater 210IS Bay Boat

The Edgewater 210IS is a classy bay boat that’s easy on fuel.

There’s also a small casting deck aft with enough room for a single angler, and under it you’ll find three ­compartments: an 18-gallon livewell in the center and access to rigging — as well as storage space — in the two side compartments.

The center console is packed with functional features. A stainless-steel steering wheel with the EdgeWater logo etched in the hub controls the SeaStar hydraulic steering on the port side of the console, and there’s a built-in pad for mounting the throttle-and-shift control box, as well as the control panel for the optional Lenco trim tabs, to starboard of the wheel. A pair of recessed stainless-steel drink holders and a grab handle are also situated on the starboard side of the console. A panel of 10 switches controls everything from the four courtesy deck lights and electric horn to the bilge pump and raw-water washdown system.

The dash will accommodate flush-mount flat-panel displays up to about seven inches, with room for a larger bracket-mounted display atop the console. The helmsman can easily read the EdgeWater custom compass while under way. A thick acrylic windshield provides a bit of protection from wind and spray, while a beefy grab rail surrounding the console offers a sturdy handhold for your angling partner.

A removable hatch on the backside of the console provides ­access to the dual-battery system secured in a well that’s below deck to help keep the center of gravity as low as possible. The console will also store small items such as sunscreen and sunglasses. The ­upholstered passenger seat back in front of the console unsnaps to reveal a waterproof tackle locker containing three Plano tackle boxes. Unsnap the seat bottom, and you’ll find a 12-gallon livewell. A latching waterproof hatch keeps water from sloshing out in rough seas.

The padded leaning-post seat on the 210IS proved ­comfortable and secure during our test, even during some maneuvers in which we brought the boat about at high speed. Below the seat’s anodized-aluminum frame nestles a 72-quart cooler for keeping drinks and food iced while you’re out for a day of fishing. 

Handling proved exceptional for this size boat. The 210IS hull knifed cleanly through the one- to two-foot seas on test day, and landed smoothly when we challenged some big wakes generated by nearby yachts powering through the bay. The hull slid a bit in turns with the outboard trimmed up, but tracked well once we brought the trim down a bit. The 210IS needs very little tab to run well, except perhaps to level out unbalanced side-to-side loads or pop on plane more quickly when fishing shallow water. 

A host of factory options are available to help enhance the fishability of the 210IS, including four Garmin ­multifunction units, a bow-mounted trolling motor and two different Power-Pole shallow-water anchoring ­systems. 

No matter how you order it, EdgeWater’s 210IS combines first-class construction and features with remarkable fuel efficiency, giving new meaning to the term “economy class.”