If you’ve read any of the recent reviews we’ve done on Edgewater boats, like the Edgewater 368CC or the 280CX Crossover, then you probably have high expectations for a new model like the 2016 248CX. And you should—Edgewater boats have a well-deserved reputation for being solidly-built, well-outfitted, and (let’s be honest here, folks) on the expensive side. We got a chance to poke through the 248CX at the Palm Beach International Boat Show, and discovered that you will, in fact, get exactly what you expect with this boat. It’s built with Single Piece Infusion, is cleverly designed with a number of unexpected perks, and if you’re shopping for a top-shelf dual console in this size range, the 248CX belongs on your short list. Check it out:

There are, of course, a few items we didn’t have time to cover in the short video which you need to know about. For starters, with a Yamaha F300 you can plan on cruising at around 38 MPH, and hitting a top-end speed that nips at 50 MPH. Look for a most-efficient cruise of 3.4 MPG, but that comes at around 25 MPH. Can you stand to hold back on the throttle? We didn’t think so; for most people, real-world cruising efficiency will be between 2.5 and 2.9 MPG.

Also note that some very high-priced features are included as standards: the SPI hard-top with LED spreader lights and a tow bit; the stainless-steel cockpit toe rails; bow and cockpit covers; LED underwater lights; and an anchor windlass with 200’ of rode and 15’ of chain. On the vast majority of the boats out there, these would be cost-adding options. So in the long run, maybe the 248CX isn’t as expensive as it seems. Want to learn more about this model? View some Edgewater 248CX listings.