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Old 07-17-2013, 01:41 PM
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Does anyone own one of these boats and if so how do you like it?
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Old 07-18-2013, 04:47 AM
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The 250cc is on my short list of upgrades from my seapro 206cc (same as tidewater 216cc). I checked one out last year and they look well made. Haven't rode in one yet but Ive read good reviews. Also like the Seahunt GF25. The tidewater is a bit cheaper tho. Hopefully an owner chimes in.
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Old 07-19-2013, 08:34 AM
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Thanks for your reply XPAC. I no Sea Pro's were great boats thus why I am seriously considering a Tidewater. Hoping someone that currently owns a 250CC can give me some feedback based on experience.
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From what I've seen from a few people is that the workmanship and hardware on these boats are under par with other boats in its class. While the boat is appealing and looks well designed it seems that it is just simply that. This boat was also on my short list but I fell in love with the Dusky. From what I've seen I made the right choice. Many reports of it being a decent but wet ride. And like FloridaMahi said....I have seen a few other reports of bad quality control.
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Old 07-25-2013, 08:37 PM
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There's been a ton of happy owners as well. They're selling a lot of boats, there's going to be some variation with any manufacturer. I can't speak to whether there's more, or worse, variation in Tidewaters than other boats in their class directly, but my boat (216CC) has been flawless and I have heard the same from a lot of other people. I've also heard complaints as well.

I suggest the op search the forum a bit, there's been a lot of talk on here about Tidewater.
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Hi,

First post here on THT, great forum and has provided me a ton of info over the past few years, I recently moved up to my third boat, a tidewater 250cc. I understand that many are partial to their brand, however I have ridden on many boats over the years some with nicer features and rides than my boat and some not. The tidewater 250 is a great looking boat with a no frills cockpit..however ride, performance and fuel economy more than meet my expectations, I have only had small issues such as 2 latches needing repair (anchor locker and leaning post seat)... As far as the comments about it being a wet ride? I find this baffling as both myself and many I have taken offshore often comment on the dryness of the ride (this is due to the huge amount of bow flare). Of course any CC can be wet depending on wind a swell conditions. The tidewater 250 works for me especially considering its price-point, I would recommend and buy again....

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The wet ride all depends on the wind and what angle you hit the waves imo. I have a 216 tidewater and have got soaked but overall when the weather isnt snotty its as dry as anyone would hope for. I've been just as wet riding in a everglades 290 pilot. Just my 2 cents I love my tidewater
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I ordered a 23 TW cc . I love the boat w/ a Yammy 250 on it. I have no issues with hardware, or bow spray. The boat is fast and fuel efficient and roomy. I would say Sea Hunt, Sailfish, Sea Fox, Key West would all be in the same category[ middle ] for quality/price. Or you can buy a high end 5-10 year old boat with 600-1000 hours on it for the same price w/ no warranties.
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Took the Tidewater 2500 for a test run in 3 footers during boat show and thought it was a rough / wet ride even with good bit of tab down. I did not like the unfinished sub par area's including the head, underneath console around fuel tank and using black silicone for joints on the exterior of the rails. For the price I would spend a little bit more and get a Sea Hunt. I choose to get a couple year old Scout and count my blessing each day. Enjoy it though! Main objective is that your happy.
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In my experience after owning both Tidewater and Sea Hunt boats is that Tidewater's fit,finish,ride and lay out are equal to and in some cases better than Sea Hunt. Both boats are get values.
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I shopped that boat before buying the Sea Hunt GF25 and found that once you add options to the Tidewater to make it equivalent option wise to the Sea Hunt the GF25 ends up a bit less expensive.
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If you are local come and take a ride on my 250 CC parked on the lift behind my home......
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From this dealer's standpoint; great value and, best of all, no warranty issues at all which is rare this day and age--we love the line for Lake Erie!
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Took the Tidewater 2500 for a test run in 3 footers during boat show and thought it was a rough / wet ride even with good bit of tab down. I did not like the unfinished sub par area's including the head, underneath console around fuel tank and using black silicone for joints on the exterior of the rails. For the price I would spend a little bit more and get a Sea Hunt. I choose to get a couple year old Scout and count my blessing each day. Enjoy it though! Main objective is that your happy.
Most if not all 25 foot boats are a rough ride in 3 footers
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close to 1000hrs on my 250, til going strong
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Another reason I did not like the Tidewater is using black sealant for joints instead of white, not finishing the head area, and the wiring. I guess you get what you pay for. Just my two cents.
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Another reason I did not like the Tidewater is using black sealant for joints instead of white, not finishing the head area, and the wiring. I guess you get what you pay for. Just my two cents.
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Check out these video links and when you have the time come and take a ride.

I am a dealer and I only sell Tidewater boats so know this up front. Also know this, we are a small family business and "We Are Boaters" and I drive a Tidewater 250 CC with twin Yamahas.... I love my boat..

Black caulk.... Yep. You can start with white but after a few years, it ain't white anymore.

Check out these videos and in the end, buy what makes you happy....

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Old 11-09-2013, 04:54 AM
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I recently bought a 2012 tidewater 250cc and have been very happy with the boat. I own other quality boats such as a boston whaler and have found the boat to be very stable in deep water and is a solid performer. The boat has a very wide beam up front to help with the chop and I run a Yamaha 4 stroke single 300 hp and can go about 49 mph. This boat can catch fish.
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Old 11-19-2013, 06:59 AM
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I own a tidewater 250cc 2012 It is a great boat. It is great for offshore and in big swells. it is not a wet ride. It is a stable boat and great with a yamaho 300 4 stroke on it. It goes about 48 mph full tilt. I agree that the screws on the hatches should be redone so they do not come out. The rest of the boat has been solid. The boat can take a pounding from the surf but it is smooth. My wife even likes it! My other boat is a Boston Whaler and I like it as much as my whaler. Go figure. The company seems to be responsive to customer issues when they arise and I would buy again. Richard
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