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PRODUCT review

eastern boats 22 center console By Capt. John N. Raguso

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ust introduced for the 2011 model year, the Eastern Boats 22 Center Console may look like your typical 22-foot CC, but offers one unique difference, she is built on a downeast-designed semi-planing hull, which milks maximum mileage out of every gallon of fuel.

outboard hull in this size class. Since the new Eastern Boats 22 CC is a direct descendant of the old Seaway, albeit with a number of tweaks and modern upgrades, I can tell you from firsthand experience that this new Eastern 22-footer will be a steady and predictable performer in various bay, inlet and inshore sea conditions. My buddy Mako Mike’s old Seaway 23 CC was rigged with a Merc 90 Horsepower two-stroke outboard and the lesson to be learned here is that these semi-displacement hulls will Although Eastern Boats may be a recognizable marine tradeget along nicely with modest powerplants that are roughly less mark with New England Fisherman readers, as you venture down than “half” of the power required by similar sized planing boats. into the NY Metro and Mid-Atlantic coastal areas, you might not be That translates into fewer bucks required for the initial acquisiable to make the connection, so a brief corporate history is in order. tion cost and ultimately down the road in smaller fuel bills to Eastern Boats began in 1981 building their 18-foot classic. A few feed all of those hungry sea ponies. Given today’s economy, years later, they added the 22-foot model and offered it as a center anything you can do to mitigate that challenge is a good thing console or Lobster cabin. In 1988, Seaway Boats went out of busithat will still allow you to afford to go fishing. ness and Eastern acquired the SeaMy local Eastern Boats dealer way 19- and 23-foot CC tooling. To(Hampton Watercraft and Marine) day, these are represented by their outfitted their 22 CC with a Mer20 and 24 models. In 1991, Eastern cury 115 Horsepower in-line fourintroduced a 27-footer under an cylinder four-stroke fuel injected length 21 feet, 10 inches agreement to buy these hulls from outboard. Their performance tests beam 8 feet, 6 inches Five Island Boat Works and finish them produced a top speed of 32 mph at draft 14 inches in-house. A year later, they bought the wide open throttle and a very respecthull design Semi-displacement molds and did the entire build themable cruising speed of 24 knots at fuel capacity 64 gallons selves from start to finish. In 1994, 4200 RPM, burning approximately 6 Eastern acquired the JC 31 and JC 35 gallons-per-hour. You don’t have to be max horsepower 115 HP outboard under an agreement where Eastern an MIT grad to ascertain that the fuel (factory recommended was building the parts as well doing economy at this speed is roughly 4 weight 2,295 pounds the finishing. Since then, Eastern miles-per-gallon, which is an envihas acquired different molds and able number when tooling around redesigned models to get to their the back bays and inlet areas, current 2011 model line-up. They searching for some rod-bending have a 30,000-square-foot facilcontact with your favorite gamefish. The onboard 64-gallon fuel ity that operates out of Milton, NH tank might seem smallish for a and has been owned and operated 22-footer, but given these perforby Bob Bourdeau and his family mance figures, it will take you over since 1993. The Eastern Boats 22 CC offers 250 nautical miles in between fillDEALER maximum fishability with its open ups. In comparison, most similar-sized center console layout. There’s 24 planing hulls with motors that are HAMPTON WATERCRAFT AND MARINE inches of internal cockpit freeboard twice the size of that 115 Merc will net — On The Shinnecock Canal — for welcome leg support if you ensomewhere in the 2.5 to 3 MPG range, 44 Newtown Rd., Hampton Bays, NY counter choppy seas, plus a self-bailif you are lucky, with optimum cruising 631-728-8200 ing sole to channel water and sprayspeeds that are in the same ball park. Our Showroom is: 401 Montauk Highway back overboard via large transom Notable standard features on the Westhampton Beach, NY 631-288-2900 scuppers. Standard fishing features Eastern Boats 22 CC include hydraulic include a quartet of flush-mount rodsteering, a fuel filter/water separator, holders, horizontal racks under each gunwale, a leaning post, combo rear seat/splashwell, spray rails on either side of the bow, twin insulated coolers/fishboxes under each forward vee-bunk stainless steel hardware, plus a marine compass. Popular options in the bow area, plus a large console for enhanced wind and are a gelcoat color change, swim platform with fold-down ladder, weather protection, with a Porta-Potti down below. a leaning post/livewell combo, front canvas dodger and a dockside pump-out for the Porta-Potti. Backed by a 10-year structural hull warranty, my local dealer is offering the Eastern Boats 22 CC for an MSRP of $54,112 outfitted with a Mercury 115 Horsepower I had spent some quality time on my old buddy Mako Mike four-stroke outboard. This boat is also available with other brands Townsend’s 23 Seaway CC in the past and I am quite familiar with of outboards, depending on your local dealership. For more inthe running and drifting characteristics of a semi-displacement formation, call 603-652-9213 or visit www.easternboats.com.

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