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Old 05-27-2012, 07:09 AM
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Default Tidewater review?

Happy and Safe Memorial weekend!

Looking for the good the bad the ugly on Tidewater 23 or 25 cc?

How is the quality, ride etc. seems light for class but sure it helps on fuel.

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I looked at Tidewater, Sea Hunt and Sailfish, all around the same price range. I went with Sailfish 218. I felt the Tidewater had the lowest quality, fit, finish and general feel.
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Thanks for reply.

Any other thoughts from the group?
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just got rid of my tidewater 216cc for a sailfish 2360 WAC. The tidewater is a terrible riding boat. It will pound you to death in the front and will make your back hurt real bad. The quality is not great, as sailfish's is alot better. They are way too light and dont have enough deadrise in my opinion. Listen to a real owner and dont make the mistake i did. Go with the sailfish, for the price the ride is worlds apart from the tidewater.
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Wow! Thanks for the info, not wanting to make the wrong purchase.
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Wow! Thanks for the info, not wanting to make the wrong purchase.
Im gonna admit they look great but the ride is just not there. Also half of the snaps for the cushions broke off of the fiberglass. Sailfish is the way to go.
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just got rid of my tidewater 216cc for a sailfish 2360 WAC. The tidewater is a terrible riding boat. It will pound you to death in the front and will make your back hurt real bad. The quality is not great, as sailfish's is alot better. They are way too light and dont have enough deadrise in my opinion. Listen to a real owner and dont make the mistake i did. Go with the sailfish, for the price the ride is worlds apart from the tidewater.
It sounds like you are saying the deep V 23' Sailfish gives a much better ride than the shallow V 21' Tidewater.

Let me put your comments into the proper perspective.






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As a new Tidewater owner who looked at Sea Hunt and several others, I feel the comments on fit, finish and quality are way off base and almost sound like someone with an axe to grind or some other agenda. The boats are nice. And obviously the apples and oranges comment above is right on the money.

The boats are well-built, solid and ride well in my opinion. And they are priced very well.
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I have been stewing over this post for days now. But, I remain objective.

Obviously you can read every Tidewater post on this forum and you will find nothing (except a recent one here) bad about Tidewater. But please consider your usage profile before you foolishly buy something that you will not be happy with.

Consider the Tidewater 23 if you are looking for something more. It is a nice ride and is selling like hotcakes.
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This is the fifth year for my Tidewater It goes from PineIsland Sound to northern Ontario. My only issue has been the Igloo cooler.
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Been running my TW 216 2 years now, no real issues and we love it. They are light weight as are the Sea Hunts so that comes with advantages and disadvantages. Comparing a 21 CC TW to a 23 WAC Sailfish makes no sense, I agree with the apples to oranges statement. It rides great for it's size, anyone that says otherwise is either expecting too much from a light shallow draft boat or they don't know how to use tabs. Which reminds me, do not go without trim tabs. Unfortunately I have no experience with the 23 or 25, but fit and finish is good for a mid tier price boat so I would think that applies to other models.
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I had been looking for several years for a boat and chose the tidewater 230 cc for the following reasons:
Layout - has a 8'10" beam and I can fit a ton of people on it which is great for when we beach, raft-up, or cruise to a waterfront bar/eatery. The boat was made to fish. Which I do every chance I get, it has lots of storage, 20 pole holders, big live well, raw wash & fw shower.
Ride - I have a Yamaha 4s 250 and the boat move, stays dry and handles waves well. I do a ton of drifting when I fish and it stays pritty stable there too.
Price.

This boat is not a Regulator or Contender, it's a great fishing family boat. If you are on the fence - take the boats out for a ride and buy the one that best suits your needs
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I had been looking for several years for a boat and chose the tidewater 230 cc for the following reasons:
Layout - has a 8'10" beam and I can fit a ton of people on it which is great for when we beach, raft-up, or cruise to a waterfront bar/eatery. The boat was made to fish. Which I do every chance I get, it has lots of storage, 20 pole holders, big live well, raw wash & fw shower.
Ride - I have a Yamaha 4s 250 and the boat move, stays dry and handles waves well. I do a ton of drifting when I fish and it stays pritty stable there too.
Price.

This boat is not a Regulator or Contender, it's a great fishing family boat. If you are on the fence - take the boats out for a ride and buy the one that best suits your needs
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Where is the 20 pole holder storage? How big of poles are you talking? Is this locked storage. I really love the look and price of this boat, but haven't seen one in person yet. Still just in the prelim stages of researching center consoles. The lack of fishing features (again just reading through posts and pics on the net) was a turn off for me. And they don't have an option of a tackle center under the leaning post like Sea Hunt does correct? I really love this boat but want to hear more from owners. Thanks!
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Dont knock out Cobia in your search. You can get a 230CC with twin 150's for a fair price. Cobia was not on my short list until I did more research. Had I bought new (choice between Tidewater 250 and Cobia 230), the Cobia was going to be it. I really liked that the rear seat folded to where the cushion was not exposed - less to get torn up. There was a lot more to it than that, but that small detail remained on my mind.

FWIW, I didnt buy any of them and instead went used.
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Im gonna admit they look great but the ride is just not there. Also half of the snaps for the cushions broke off of the fiberglass. Sailfish is the way to go.
Hello, I am Captain Glen owner of RT113BoatSales.com and this is not a sales pitch. I sell Tidewater Boats. Sold 64 so far this year and we are a 4 man operation. That is a lot of boats for 4 people....... lots of work.

In three years I have sold over 150 Tidewater Boats and that is all I sell. Gave everything else up for Tidewater.

In those three years and over 150 boats I have never seen what you have described. Snaps broke off the fiberglass? I have seen snaps pull out of a cushion and usually that is when I have a boater that is a new-be or one who just does not take care of their boat. All you need to avoid the snap problem is Star brite Snap & Zipper Lubricant.

If you were my customer and had the problem you said, I would have taken care of it but....... What you say here just does not make sense....

As to the ride..... If I compare "Anybody's" 21 to a 23 you will see an improvement in ride.

With that said I first want to say "All boats are good" I just like my Tidewater Boats better. I own and drive my Tidewater Boats over 200 hours a year. They are not just what I have to sell. They are what I choose to own, sell and service.

Now I know my competition including Sail Fish and I will not engage brand bashing. I will leave that for someone else. I will point out some areas for a prospective buyer to look at before they buy.

You will need a tape measure and a mirror.

Take the tape measure and measure from the very front of the bow (top side center) and back 3 feet. Then measure how wide the boat is at that point. Do that again at 5 feet and 7 feet. What you will find is the Tidewaters are much wider then most boats out there. Tidewaters just have a big wide bow flair that pushes further forward then most. Some a lot more as much as 6 to 8 inches.

Take the mirror and open hatches to the bilge area. Use the mirror to look at the underside of the boat. In the Tidewater you will not be able to see anything but the underside of the bilge area. That is because the stringers and deck are contiguously joined. Most boats "Are Not" done this way.

Caulking..... not a little thing in the long term. Look at how the motor bracket is sealed as well as the through hull fittings..... You will see a difference there. Look at how the through hull fittings are "fitting" from the inside. Are they as flush as they are on the outside or is the builder using caulk to fill the gap. Are they double hose clamped?

I could go on and on but I am out of time... Getting busy here at the store. Anyone is welcome to call and ask me questions. I know my boats, how they are built, how they handle and performance.

Captain Glen of www.RT113BoatSales.com 302-436-1737
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Cap'n Glen, you gotta find someplace quieter to do your videos, the trucks blasting by on 113 don't help your production values!

They are informative though.
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Cap'n Glen, you gotta find someplace quieter to do your videos, the trucks blasting by on 113 don't help your production values!

They are informative though.
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Hello, I am Captain Glen owner of RT113BoatSales.com and this is not a sales pitch. I sell Tidewater Boats. Sold 64 so far this year and we are a 4 man operation. That is a lot of boats for 4 people....... lots of work.

In three years I have sold over 150 Tidewater Boats and that is all I sell. Gave everything else up for Tidewater.

In those three years and over 150 boats I have never seen what you have described. Snaps broke off the fiberglass? I have seen snaps pull out of a cushion and usually that is when I have a boater that is a new-be or one who just does not take care of their boat. All you need to avoid the snap problem is Star brite Snap & Zipper Lubricant.

If you were my customer and had the problem you said, I would have taken care of it but....... What you say here just does not make sense....

As to the ride..... If I compare "Anybody's" 21 to a 23 you will see an improvement in ride.

With that said I first want to say "All boats are good" I just like my Tidewater Boats better. I own and drive my Tidewater Boats over 200 hours a year. They are not just what I have to sell. They are what I choose to own, sell and service.

Now I know my competition including Sail Fish and I will not engage brand bashing. I will leave that for someone else. I will point out some areas for a prospective buyer to look at before they buy.

You will need a tape measure and a mirror.

Take the tape measure and measure from the very front of the bow (top side center) and back 3 feet. Then measure how wide the boat is at that point. Do that again at 5 feet and 7 feet. What you will find is the Tidewaters are much wider then most boats out there. Tidewaters just have a big wide bow flair that pushes further forward then most. Some a lot more as much as 6 to 8 inches.

Take the mirror and open hatches to the bilge area. Use the mirror to look at the underside of the boat. In the Tidewater you will not be able to see anything but the underside of the bilge area. That is because the stringers and deck are contiguously joined. Most boats "Are Not" done this way.

Caulking..... not a little thing in the long term. Look at how the motor bracket is sealed as well as the through hull fittings..... You will see a difference there. Look at how the through hull fittings are "fitting" from the inside. Are they as flush as they are on the outside or is the builder using caulk to fill the gap. Are they double hose clamped?

I could go on and on but I am out of time... Getting busy here at the store. Anyone is welcome to call and ask me questions. I know my boats, how they are built, how they handle and performance.

Captain Glen of www.RT113BoatSales.com 302-436-1737

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Are you kidding me? Are you now the forum police? He did answer a question and he is someone who has DIRECT experience on the product in question. As opposed to someones who's best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who once saw a Tidewater at a boat show...
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Are you kidding me? Are you now the forum police? He did answer a question and he is someone who has DIRECT experience on the product in question. As opposed to someones who's best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who once saw a Tidewater at a boat show...
His link was not provided to answer a question. It was provided as SPAM.
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