Boat Reviews By Owners
1997 -- 17' 6" EDGEWATER
Cockpit: Roomy, nice post mounted seats, nice center seat for two at transom and two very nice ones up in the bowrider area. Rod storage for four.
Cabin: None; open boat
Construction: We used her for seven summers around Boston and Cape Cod. The hull is solid, no flaws in finish. The balsa core hatch cover in the sole plate over the fuel tank rotted away in the last year, had to be replaced from factory with one more durable. Bimini top had major problems. Fasteners didn't hold. Had to through bolt the tubing sockets and install backing plates at the deck anchors - then it was fine. The raw water pump for the baitwells had to be replaced almost every year. I never found a retrofit that could resist corrosion better.
Handling: With a 7'6" beam, she's quite roll stable, but pitches in the Vineyard Sound chop. We always felt safe in her up to 6 ft seas in 25 knot winds. Even then she was fine, only we were scared.
Engine Room: Yamaha 130 Saltwater. Plenty of power. Replaced a head gasket after ~350 hrs. The heads should have been re-torqued after the first 20 hours but no one told us.
General Comments: Fishing, water skiing, day cruising. Although top speed was about 32 mph, we often had to slow to 10 in a 3 ft chop.
Date Submitted: 2005-03-19
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