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.”