In response to customer and dealer suggestions, Eastern developed the roomy 220 Center Console design from our successful 248 Downeast-style hull with 8’6” beam. The 220 hull combines a sharp bow entry with a soft chine, a relatively flat bottom aft, and a keel for good tracking on course. A molded bottom strake offers lift while knocking down spray (look closely at running shots in our Gallery to gauge the effectiveness of the strake). The hull shape provides a soft, smooth, efficient ride at speeds in the ‘teens and twenties with only a 115-hp outboard.
The 220CC is big and strong enough to take on snotty near-coastal waters safely for hard-core anglers and explorers while providing a spacious shallow-draft platform for beach picnics and sunset cruises. She offers room for seating and storage both fore and aft, plus a large console with space for a portable toilet inside and room on top for serious electronics. Seating includes cushioned forward benches (storage under), a double-wide cushion in front of the console (ditto), and rear cushioned seating on either side of the transom splashwell. For weather protection, add a T-top and a folding bow dodger. Fishing features include rod holders and racks, an optional livewell, and tackle storage. Like all Easterns, the 220CC relishes multiple tasks for her families.