Originally designed for the rigors of commercial salmon fishing in Pacific Canada, the EdgeWater 228CCD is a workhorse. It's also the first diesel powerboat model for EdgeWater, using a fuel-efficient Yanmar 4BY2 180 hp engine from Mastry Engine Center.
"While we've traditionally featured outboard power, the 228CCD evolved from a custom gas sterndrive project for a British Columbia fishing lodge," said Peter Truslow, EdgeWater Power Boats president. "It made us think about alternative power choices, and opportunities for superior fuel efficiency."
Having worked with Mastry Engine Center on other custom projects, Truslow again turned to Mastry and Yanmar for the 228CCD. "We trust Mastry and have a great comfort level with them," he said. "Many of our dealers worldwide say Yanmar is the preferred diesel engine."
The end result is a surprisingly balanced 22' center console jackshaft setup with ample cockpit and transom space. With the console slightly farther forward, the 180 hp Yanmar is centered and low, behind a 75-gallon fuel tank. The Yanmar 4BY2 is a 4-cylinder, direct injection, turbocharged, common rail diesel. Performance on the EdgeWater 228CCD is a respectable 3.96 mpg at 35.6 mph @4,150 rpm, averaging 4.49 mpg in the 22-35 mph range.
"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"Ÿthey'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.
"There is a niche of people who want EdgeWater styling, and are already fans of the dependability, durability and fuel efficiency of diesels. But we've also found a new market of larger boat owners who, due to gas prices, want something simpler to run around in. We've built many custom boats, and the 228CCD is an entryway to explore concepts for other fuel-efficient models."
The EdgeWater 228CCD combines a spacious, fishing-friendly layout with superior rough water handling. Seating includes a comfortable leaning post with storage below and aft-facing seat above the engine. An unobstructed transom and full-width swim platform appeal to fishermen and SCUBA divers.
Customers can opt for a full bench seat across the transom, a T-top with rod holders and other accessories. Information about the 228CCD and EdgeWater's quality line of powerboats is available at www.ewboats.com.
Mastry Engine Center of St. Petersburg, Florida, provides diesel and gas power solutions to marine and industrial OEM and re-power markets. It supports a network of over 140 authorized dealers in the US and Caribbean.
Contact Mastry Engine Center, 2801 Anvil St., N. St. Petersburg, FL 33710. 727-522-9471; Fax: 727-527-7013. www.mastry.com.
The EdgeWater 228CCD is available for testing, contact Peter Orlando at 386-426-5457 or firstname.lastname@example.org.