2021 Tidewater 220 LXF Center Console

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Boat Review by: Richard Crowder

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Tidewater’s new 220 LXF, like its other three luxury family center console models from twenty-one to twenty-five feet, concentrates on offering more family-friendly relaxing and cruising amenities.

This is in contrast to Tidewater’s fishing-focused, all business-like attributes of the center consoles in its Adventure series ranging from eighteen to thirty-two feet. The South Carolina manufacturer also offers eight models in two series of Bay boats from nineteen to twenty-seven feet.

And like all Tidewater models, the 220 LXF is built for the big salt water off the Carolina coast, with decent freeboard and noticeable bow flare to deflect the big stuff. It is also beamier than almost all other center consoles of this length at 8’10”. The hull also offers a decent 18 degree deadrise at the transom to provide the potential for a reasonably cushioned ride when the going gets rough.

You have seven choices of hullside colours in addition to standard white, and you can make a separate choice from the same list for the hull bottom, the top, and the underside of the optionally available fiberglass T-top. A canvas covered T-top on a white powder coated frame is standard. Below all bottom gelcoat is a layer of vinylester barrier coat to protect the fiberglass. The fiberglass layup is all composite materials and wood-free.

The center console itself features a black dash panel with the normal digital gauges and a standard Yamaha Command-Link readout for the available 200 or 250 horsepower Yamaha outboard. Either of these choices may be had in white or black. SeaStar hydraulic steering is standard with a tilt wheel. To this you may add power assist, or an Edson wheel, Yamaha DES (Digital Electronic) steering, and a very useful Yamaha Information Display.

Also on the dash is the standard JL MM50 stereo complete with four speakers. To this you may upgrade to a JL MM100 with six speakers and then add a couple of hardtop speakers, an amplifier, or a subwoofer with amplifier. A soft-grip console kit is standard as is a glove box, footrest, and catch-all trays on the front and top of the console. Facing the helm is a standard leaning post with backrest on a white powder coated frame.

To this you can then add drop bolsters, with or without livewell, sink, aquarium, and/or cooler slide to accommodate the optional 65-quart Yeti Performance Cooler. Or you could just choose the Super Deluxe Drop Bolster leaning post. Black powder coating throughout is also available instead of standard white. A portside door provides entry to the console interior, which is handy for bulk storage or useful as a changeroom and to which a porta potti can be added.

Seating is plentiful for a twenty-two foot center console and comfortably upholstered. Even the full-width stern bench seat is more properly a couch with bolstering at both ends. The port end of this seat hinges open for walk-thru access to the full width swim platform with recessed stainless steel telescoping boarding ladder on the portside.

Upholstery colour is Sahara and white is optionally available. Padded protective coaming bolsters surround almost the entire cockpit except in the middle few feet on each side next to the console. Up front is ample U-shaped bow seating complete with hinged, flip-around backrests to accommodate forward facing stretch-out lounging. A single forward-facing seat with backrest is on the forward face of the center console. The available optional table would complete a great relaxing entertainment area in the bow.

Additional standard equipment includes stainless steel cupholders throughout, an aerated livewell on the starboard side transom, recessed trim tabs with indicators, raw water washdown, bow spreader light, pull-up cleats, and rod holders. Notable additional optional equipment includes bow and/or aft sun shades, lots of T-Top options including fresh water misters, gull wings, spray shield, cargo netting, GEM outriggers, mooring top, and strata glass upgrade.

You may also want a console curtain, choices of Echo Map GPS screens and transducers, Soft Grip transom and/or floor kit with or without a logo’d helm pad, fresh water shower, stainless steel anchor roller for the standard foredeck anchor locker, lots of various additional rod holders, stainless steel ski tow pylon, RGBW or Ocean LED underwater lights, tackle box, dual battery switch, 24-volt charger system, and a trolling motor plug with or without a choice of two iPilot Ulterra trolling motors. If you do not want the factory rigged 200 or 250 Yamaha, you may otherwise choose a Honda, Mercury, or Yamaha pre-rig.

So yes, Tidewater’s 220 LXF is most certainly a family-friendly, go anywhere, do anything, center console that you can outfit to your personal requirements. And if you ever wanted to see how a hand laid-up fiberglass boat is built, head to their website to watch their “Factory Tour Video” as it is one of the best videos I have seen.

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Length: 22'2" 6.76 m
Beam: 8'10" 2.69 m
Dry weight: 2,700 lbs 1,225 kg
Draft: 1'2" Boat 36 cm
Fuel Capacity: 71 US gal 269 L
Base Engine / Drive: Yamaha Outboard
Engine HP: 200-250
Fuel Type: Gas
Deadrise: 18
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