New Tidewater 220 LXF Stands for Luxury, Functionality


New Tidewater 220 LXF Stands for Luxury, Functionality

By Craig Lamb

Luxury and functionality are unique in a center console fishing boat, and you get both with the Tidewater 220 LXF. A boat designed for fishing with ultra comfort features for cruising and family outings.


Find luxury from stem to stern in this boat with a centerline of 22’ 2” and a ultra-wide beam of 8′ 10.” With a transom height of 25” and 18-degree deadrise the 220 LXF is built for performance with a smooth, dry ride.

A fuel capacity of 71 gallons provides the perfect balance between weight and practicality for making long runs offshore without sacrificing performance. The 220 LXF has a draft of approximately 14 inches with an overall weight of 2,700 pounds, making it ideal for inshore and offshore angling.


Tidewater Boats engineers succeeded in a designing a boat with comfortable, spacious family seating, abundant storage and all the features serious anglers seek in an offshore center console rig. Best of all, the design is family friendly when it comes time to welcome aboard passengers for a cruise.  


Fish or play, the 220 LXF is designed to please everyone. Passengers get ultimate comfort with full-length transom seating. Bolsters at port and starboard rails add comfort and stability when fighting fish. Boarding is safe and easy with a transom door, new for this year. Wrapped inside the bow is full-length seating with hinged backrests. Seating up front is comfortable and spacious without limiting storage space underneath. Unsnap the bow cushions and get a solid casting deck when it’s fishing time.

Luxury meets functionality at the helm. A newly designed console has catchall trays for small items, and a footrest provides solid footing and comfort on choppy runs. The console design allows flush mounting of large screen electronics with ease of reading gauges for safer handling.

LED lighting is the hot trend and in high demand for offshore boats, and the 220 LXF offers abundance for style, convenience, and safety. That includes bright red and green bow lights integrated into the rail at the bow. Optional underwater lights and illuminated overhead lighting is available with T-Tops.

Center console owners like variety in optional features to rig a boat that suits their needs. The 220 LXF delivers with a long list. T-Tops are fitted with spreader lights and have overhead storage for electronics. A Porta Potti can be added, along with a pump out head, raw water wash down and fresh water shower. Other popular options are leaning post with backrest, Garmin electronics, and 12/24 volt charging system.


Tidewater Boats are designed with distinctive Carolina Flair, the most in class, that provides a softer transition between chop and big waves. That sets up the dry ride, to direct waves away from the hull using reverse chines. Tidewater likes to appropriately call that feature the Dry Chine Ride.

The smooth ride comes from the wave-shock absorbency of the Corrugated Grid Stringer Vertebra. Filled with foam to reduce noise and vibration, the stringer system works like a human skeleton to create a rigid, unified construction that tightly secures all of the internal parts. Those include fuel tanks, consoles, seating and storage compartments that are fastened to the stringer system. To ensure a solid, tight fit, every stringer system is customized for each Tidewater model.


Another defining Tidewater feature is the Spray Relief Point. That is the point of impact on the hull deflecting water away from the boat. Multiple SRP areas enhance the characteristic dry ride of the Tidewater.

By taking extra steps not found in most brands, Tidewater has the confidence in providing owners a 10-year, transferable warranty that covers the hull.


Tidewater stays close to it’s saltwater roots with the manufacturing facility located in Lexington, S.C. Find out more about the complete lineup of models, and find a Tidewater dealer at Visit the growing community of Tidewater owners on Facebook at Tidewater Boats LLC.


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