The knock on many center console boats is a lack of quality seating, but the EdgeWater 262CC has a large U-lounge in the bow with a large trapezoid-shaped, side-mounted dining table. The table drops down to fi ll in the void and create a giant sunning area, with the addition of a cushion. Without the seat cushions, the bow area becomes a casting deck.
In front of the console is a doublewide jumpseat that’s attached to a front-opening console door that accesses a people-sized head compartment. Passengers don’t have to duck down and enter spelunker style. There’s more seating in the stern on a bench seat that flips up to clear the deck for fishing. Behind the helm seats is a large bait-prep station that does double duty as a smorgasbord table for food presentation during parties. Its sink is fed by a 19-gallon freshwater system that complements the standard raw-water hose for post-fish cockpit deck cleanups.
For fishing, the 262CC’s cockpit has high gunwales, a toe rail for security and plenty of rod storage: four holders on the transom, four set into the gunwales and six more in the fiberglass hardtop. A 28-gallon livewell and two insulated fishboxes can hold the catch. Divers will love the starboard-side door that’s engineered like a submarine hatch. Many of the standard features are items usually only found on larger boats, such as 10-inch cleats and an electric windlass. EdgeWater’s exclusive Clear View windshield eliminates vision-obstructing aluminum tubing, and the twin side-to-side helm seats are equally comfortable for leaning or sitting.
The hull is constructed using a process called Single Piece Infusion (SPI), which is a “green” closed-molding vacuum-infusion process that uses less resin to reduce weight for better performance, but it is stronger than boats built by traditional techniques. — Alan Jones