Boat Test: 2012 Edgewater 158 CC

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Boat Tested2012 Edgewater 158 CC
Price As Tested$27,468 CAD
Category Center Console
Manufacturer Edgewater
Length15ft 1in / 4.60 m
Beam6ft 7in / 2.01 m
Weight1460
HullFiberglass
Engines1
Drive TypeOutboard
Engine MakeMercury
FuelGas
Fuel Capacity18

By Mike Milne

EdgeWater Power Boats was co-founded in the early ’90s by Boston Whaler’s longtime chief designer Bob Dougherty. Although the two brands share some design DNA, EdgeWater is no Whaler clone having built a solid reputation of its own for safety and offshore performance. Our 158CC test boat upholds that tradition.

In fact, “traditional” is a word that comes readily to mind when describing the 158CC. It’s a 15-foot centre console skiff with a white on-white colour scheme that will provide reliable all-round cottage and adventure transportation.

The 158CC fits neatly in the EdgeWater lineup between the 145 and 170 centre consoles and performs very well with Mercury outboard on the transom. The four-stroke 60-hp EFI Big Foot has a beefed-up gearcase and enough punch to take the 158 from 0 to 30 mph in 11.6 seconds, and to a top speed of 34.1 mph at 6000 rpm. Cruising speeds range from 19 to 27 mph, between 4000 and 5000 rpm.

The 158 really shows its stuff in choppy water or steeper waves. The variable-deadrise V-hull is a real wave tamer, but gives up nothing in the turns. Trim the engine out and crank the wheel over at WOT or cruising speeds and the 158 comes around easily; safe and sound without missing a beat. It’s just the kind of boat you’d like your family to be driving or riding.

One of EdgeWater’s advantages is weight. It’s constructed with weight saving vacuum infusion technology, with fibreglass grid stringers and structural elements. But it’s still relatively heavy, with enough weight for a commanding presence in waves. The 158CC may give up a few mph to competitors, but gives back wave-taming performance.

Fitting its presence on the water, the 158CC has a no-nonsense cockpit, console and layout. With non-skid fibreglass floors, using cleaner and a brush with the hose will be considered heavy maintenance.

There’s a padded bow platform with drained fibreglass-lined locker beneath, a forward- facing jump seat ahead of the centre console and a double-wide helmseat with a portable cooler beneath. There are jump seats, complete with backrests, in the aft corners.

The EdgeWater 158CC is a top-quality centre console in a small, family friendly package.

TEST BOAT ENGINE
Mercury 60 FourStroke EFI BigFoot, 995 cc/60.8 cid, four-cylinder four-stroke gasoline outboard driving a 15-inch three-blade aluminumprop.
ACCELERATION (mph/sec)
0-20 / 6.5 ; 0-30 / 11.6TOP SPEED (rpm/mph)
6000 / 34.1CRUISING SPEEDS (rpm/mph)
4000 / 18.9 ; 4500 / 23.9 ; 5000 / 27.2
SOUND LEVEL AT CRUISE (4000 rpm)
Helm - 83 dbA ; Aft cockpit - 87 dbASOUND LEVEL AT TOP SPEED
Helm - 87 dbA ; Aft cockpit - 91 dbA

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