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07-01-2008, 07:36 PM
Looking to buy a 21 foot Tidewater boat. I did not sea trail them yet, but the looks and price seem very good. They are offering a 21 footer with a tee top, 175 susuki 4stroke and an alum trailer. Brand new $29,000

Does anyone have one of these boats or know anything about them?



07-01-2008, 07:43 PM
I looked at them nice boats Jimmy Mitts started company after leaving sea pro.

07-01-2008, 08:05 PM
I looked at one last year and almost traded my 99 SP on one instead of re-powering.

I thought they were a good looking boat and the fit and finish was better then my SP, also like the Clearwater

07-01-2008, 08:31 PM
tprice - 7/1/2008 7:05 PM

I looked at one last year and almost traded my 99 SP on one instead of re-powering.

I thought they were a good looking boat and the fit and finish was better then my SP, also like the Clearwater

Eds in VA is the one who has the deal. I just dont know where I can sea trail them

07-01-2008, 08:40 PM
Greenville marine will throw one in the river. I know a guy who owns one and loves it...

07-02-2008, 06:43 AM
I live in NJ and there are no dealers up this way

07-02-2008, 11:40 AM
Just picked up our new 216cc last week. Powered with a F150 Yamaha. Feel free to PM me with any questions. It's been great so far...

07-02-2008, 01:16 PM
I've had mine for two seasons, LOVE IT :)
Have had no problems. I have the 19' bay with a tee
top and full curtains with f115. with 4adults I run at

Jimmy is great! he has always been there to help
or answer any questions.


07-02-2008, 01:20 PM
Very happy with mine. No dealers in Mich. Picked mine up from Choplin. Was all email and phone.

07-02-2008, 02:22 PM
offshorecustomtackle - 7/2/2008 5:36 PM

RE: Tidewater Boats. Are they any good?



Yes they are. I think they are far better boat than their price would suggest. If they made a 24ft Bay I most likely would have bought one. I had owned a SP prior to this boat and that lead me to lean towards the TW. Only they didn't have a 24ft Bay model (This may have changed) Now that SP is no more, I would look for the TW to get more popular, and go up in price too. Can't go wrong with TW IMO :thumbsup:

07-02-2008, 02:53 PM

07-02-2008, 03:46 PM
ROLLO TOMASI - 7/2/2008 4:53 PM


And your information is based upon???

07-02-2008, 05:02 PM
ConchRepublic - 7/2/2008 5:46 PM ROLLO TOMASI - 7/2/2008 4:53 PM NO And your information is based upon???


07-02-2008, 05:07 PM
I have owned the Tidewater for about 2 years now no problems. It is very dry and nice handling. For the price I do not think you can beat it. I bought the very first Tidewater sold at Ed's Marine. A point of pride with me as a matter of fact Jimmy Metts was thinking of calling the company Sea Maxx instead of Tidewater and mine says Sea Maxx on the center console and Tidewater on the hull.

07-02-2008, 05:08 PM
I would think they learned a lot running Sea Pro, a they copied great SP models. Customers seem happy from what I've read here and elsewhere.

07-02-2008, 05:10 PM
There really are no "bad" boats anymore in my humble opinion. Just "better"
The Clearwater down here is a lot of bang for the buck.

If you like the lines and the finish go for it.
One thing I look for is the finish under the gunnels and around the tough to get to spots. If you keep it a while sooner or later you will have to replace fix something. Fiberglass splinters hurt.

07-02-2008, 05:10 PM
I've had a TW 21 Bay boat for about 10 months so far. Zero problems and I think it's a great boat for the money. Here's my web page with more info:


07-02-2008, 07:22 PM
wow, thanks for all the responses.

I spoke to Jimmy Metts today and he answered alot of my questions. He also said they are going to come out with a 25cc in 3 months. He said with twin 115 yamahas, it will do 45mph and cost about $49,000 for the boat motor and trailer.

I'm going to wait until that boat comes out then make my decision on the 21 or 25.

07-09-2008, 12:17 PM
I am really liking these boats. Looking for a bay boat. I have some time to decide and Tidewater is at the top of my list.

07-09-2008, 01:57 PM
ROLLO TOMASI - 7/2/2008 4:53 PM


what kind of boat do you own rollo?

07-09-2008, 04:01 PM
Could not find the switch on the control panel that filters out ROLLO. :mad:

07-10-2008, 07:43 AM
i've asked rollo twice what type of boat he owns.(once in this thread and once in another) he will not answer me. i want to be a critic about his ride if he evev has one. he sure isn't afraid to critisize someone elses. i guess if he doesn't answer, that means he does not own a boat which also means he should keep his b.s opinions to him self. ;)

07-10-2008, 08:39 AM
I noticed that Tidewater recently posted specifications and a few pictures of their new 24 bay boat. For some reason I was under the impression that they were planning a 24/25 center console, not a bay boat.

07-10-2008, 08:47 AM

07-10-2008, 08:49 AM
I'm not sure how long they've had the 19 dual console model either. I just noticed it. Very sharp looking!

07-10-2008, 08:49 AM
They are coming out with a 25 CC very soon.

07-10-2008, 04:19 PM
I hadn't noticed that dual console either. That is a sweet looking boat. I'll have to check that out.

08-02-2011, 08:43 AM
dont buy them they may look nice but ive owned mine for a year and all the snaps have broken off the coushins and the 216cc rides terrible in the front and get soaked all the time. they promised me 45 mph with a 150 hp yamaha and i only get 37 tops

08-02-2011, 08:51 AM
I think that Coastal Marine, in Bricktown is the dealer for Tidewater boats, in NJ

08-02-2011, 09:24 AM
Bought my 1800 Bay Max new in '08. Love the boat! Good ride, good fit and finish for the price. It's not a high dollar boat. But for the price it's a great boat.

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