By Brett Becker
2240 Extreme Bow Rider Does Double Duty
This Ebbtide bow rider puts a performance edge on a family-friendly runabout package.
It’s difficult to talk about Ebbtide boats without talking about company president, Tom Trabue. Ever the southern gentleman, Trabue is the heart and soul of Ebbtide boats. His high standards and his philosophies of quality, performance—he calls it total performance—workmanship and service find their way into each Ebbtide boat that leaves the company’s White Bluff, Tennessee headquarters…the latest of which is the 2240 Extreme Bow Rider.
“Boats are products that are entirely built by human beings,” Trabue says. “There are no machines to pop them out so there are many, many opportunities to have mistakes, and if you skimp you know you’re asking for trouble. And we just don’t do that. I’ve just never believed in that. I believe that if a family buys one of our boats and wants to keep it for 10 or 15 years or whatever, then that boat ought to hold up.”
As much as Trabue enjoys performance, you’d think he was trying to carve out a living building offshore performance boats. True, Ebbtides are probably more at home on inland lakes and rivers and the Intracoastal Waterway, but if you look closely at the company’s lineup, you can see signs that Trabue is an enthusiast.
Take the 2240 Extreme Bow Rider, for example. It doesn’t take a genius to notice its sleek looks, vibrant gelcoat colors and a racy smoked Plexiglas windshield. The boat looks fast just sitting still. Look inside and the performance theme continues, but you also notice something else. This boat has not sacrificed utility and family-friendly features at the altar of performance.
The bow area features a deep seating area with stainless grab rails atop the gunwales. The bow also has a stainless
telescoping boarding ladder, which is great for getting in and out when the boat is beached.
At the stern, the 2240 comes standard with an extended swim platform that has another stainless telescoping swim ladder. Buyers can add the optional stereo controller at the stern and a transom-mounted trim switch. Perhaps the nicest feature at the stern is the sun pad, which features a covered passenger walk-through that converts to a lounge headrest in seconds.
All small-blocks, engine options range from a 350-horsepower MerCruiser 5.7 liter or a 270-horse Volvo-Penta 5.0 liter. With MerCruiser’s 300 horsepower 350 Mag MPI and an Alpha One drive, the 2240 Extreme Bow Rider costs $47,995. If you prefer Volvo-Penta power, you can expect to pay $50,935 for 320-horsepower 5.7 Gxi and a single-prop drive.
The boat is well equipped in standard trim but there are a few options you might find worth considering, such as the snap-in carpeting, canvas covers and the bow filler cushion. The stainless steel bow scuff plate is also a good idea for avoiding those scrapes and scratches that can occur when you’re not looking as the boat is going back on the trailer.
For more information, call 615-797-3193 or visit www.ebbtideboats.com.
Editor’s Note: Brett Becker is a freelance writer based in Ventura, Calif. He covers the marine, automotive and racing industries for various print and Web titles.
Max draft: 34″
Deadrise: 20 degrees with 14 degree pad
Weight: 3,475 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 45 gal.
- Brett Becker is a freelance writer and photographer who has covered the marine industry for 15 years. In addition to covering the ski boat and runabout markets for Boats.com, he regularly writes and shoots for BoatTrader.com. Based in Ventura, Calif., Becker holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s in mass communication from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.