EdgeWater powerboats has introduced a new diesel-powered centre console model based on a commercial design created for a British Columbia fishing lodge.
EdgeWater's new 228CCD uses an inboard Yanmar 4BY2 180 horsepower diesel in place of the traditional outboard power. "While we've traditionally featured outboard power, the 228CCD evolved from a custom gas sterndrive project for a British Columbia fishing lodge,' explains EdgeWater President, Peter Truslow. "It made us think about alternative power choices, and opportunities for superior fuel efficiency.'
The end result is a surprisingly balanced 22-foot centre console jackshaft setup with ample cockpit and transom space. With the console positioned slightly farther forward, the 180 hp Yanmar is centered and low, situated behind a 284 litre (75 gallon) fuel tank. Performance with the four cylinder Yanmar is 35.6 mph at 4,150 rpm, delivering an average fuel economy of 4.49 miles per gallon.
"Yanmar's diesel engine is really smooth and very quiet, with amazing range,' said Truslow. "What shocked people is the boat's fantastic balance. It floats just right, with the center of gravity lower and farther forward.'
The 228CCD uses EdgeWater's Single Piece Infusion (SPI) manufacturing process. Vinylester resin is vacuum-infused into both the grid structures and deep-V hull laminate in one step, making the entire hull bond as one. SPI makes EdgeWater boats stronger and lighter. "This complements the dynamics of a modern diesel engine,' said Truslow. "The Yanmar works really well with SPI â”€ they're a perfect fit.'
Exposure at EdgeWater's recent dealer meeting and the formal product launch at the Miami Boat Show validated the diesel concept. "The 228CCD is about simplicity and fuel efficiency,' said Truslow.
Customers can opt for a full bench seat across the transom, a T-top with rod holders and other accessories. Information about the 228CCD is available at www.ewboats.com