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Old 11-23-2010, 09:55 AM
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Default Tidewater 216 and 230 test ride

First thanks all of those that gave input on the Tidewater boats. It helped with my division on what boat to buy.

I took a ride on a 216 with an owner and really liked the boat. It was a nice dry ride and the captain really new how to drive. I learned how to use trim tabs. That was new to me. The boat ran great and topped out at 43 with a 150 Yamaha.

I wanted something bigger then my old Boston whaler. I wanted another one but I just can not believe the prices they want for a Boston whaler that is what drove me to find the tidewater boats. They look just as well built to me.

So I took a test drive on a 230 at the dealer in Delaware. He was making some statements about the boat that were hard to believe so I called his bluff.

First he said the boat would get 4.0 mpg at 31 miles per hour. I saw 3.9 most of the time. So that was close. He also said it would do 50 mph. I saw 48 so close again. I guess it is just the dealer thing to exaggerate some but I am still happy with the results.

We were running in a two foot chop and this guy did some crazy turns and wow what a ride. He told me he could run down a jet ski and I think he could with this boat.

It was hard to hold back my excitement because I wanted a better deal but I think I still did good.

We started with pricing around 43K for the 23 footer but I added electronics and digital motor with the electronics shifter, the Yamaha digital gauges with fuel management and I did the 250 hp instead of the 200. I do not usual spend the extra bucks but getting close to 50 mph was cool and shifting felt so different when docking. It was cool seeing fuel usage and mpg when running so I think the extra bucks was worth it.

I can not wait until April to get my boat back on the water, I love my boat and quality! I will put my boat up against any Boston Whaler any day and I know I saved 30K...
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Old 11-23-2010, 10:40 AM
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[quote=Captain Bill Ward;3356764]" They look just as well built to me."

You probably need to look again. They are decent boats, but come on this is stretching it some, don't you think?



" I will put my boat up against any Boston Whaler any day and I know I saved 30K..."

Yes you saved money, but lets be realistic, its not a Boston Whaler. I know they're not the boats they used to be, but they are still some great boats and no I don't own one anymore. I wouldn't pay the price either.
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Old 11-25-2010, 05:50 AM
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Maybe I am a little excited getting a new boat and bigger then I started out looking for or maybe it is the big bucks I saved.

I looked at a lot of boats over the past two years and my new tidewater boat is really built well. Better then most and as good as the bigger names. Open a hatch and look under the deck. That is where lots of boats lose it.

The owner of the 216 sold me. I saw the boat at Sunset marina in Ocean city and the owner sold me not the dealer. All dealers are full of bullshit just some more then others. The dealer I purchased from I think did me wright. When he told me his tidewater boat 230 got 4 miles per gallon I figured no way but I did see 3.9.

New Boat New Boat......... I am a little excited so let me have my joy.......
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I wasn't tryiing to burst your bubble and I'm tickled to death for you and your new boat. Please go out and catch thousands of fish and please take a kid fishing.

Teach a kid to fish and you want have to fish for the kid.
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Old 03-08-2011, 07:15 PM
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A little clarification on the Tidewater front....The company is no longer located in Winnsboro as the assets of Tidewater have been sold to Key West boats. Jimmy Metts the former VP of Sales for Sea Pro decided building boats wasn't as easy as he thought it would be!
Yo dude. Jimmy is a personal friend of mine. You should get ALL your facts straight before you spout off here on Hull Truth. You are correct though about the location of the plant changing.
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Old 03-08-2011, 07:28 PM
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You sir are correct! The new plant is in Ridgeville just outside Summerville.
I met with the owner today. I have been impressed with the boat, and jimmie impressed me a a real honest man.
Did not try to bs me on anything real straight forward.

Pier
Jimmy is in fact a very honest man. Let me assure all of you, the boats are being built by very talented persons, there is ample financial backing, Jimmy is still involved in ownership, Jimmy is still the responsible party for design and quality. Wish I could identify myself, I will say though I have been in the industry for 15+ years and for the dollar range involved there are only a couple of other brands that begin to stack up to the Tidewater. Have an awesome day!
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Old 03-08-2011, 07:38 PM
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Maybe I am a little excited getting a new boat and bigger then I started out looking for or maybe it is the big bucks I saved.

I looked at a lot of boats over the past two years and my new tidewater boat is really built well. Better then most and as good as the bigger names. Open a hatch and look under the deck. That is where lots of boats lose it.

The owner of the 216 sold me. I saw the boat at Sunset marina in Ocean city and the owner sold me not the dealer. All dealers are full of bullshit just some more then others. The dealer I purchased from I think did me wright. When he told me his tidewater boat 230 got 4 miles per gallon I figured no way but I did see 3.9.

New Boat New Boat......... I am a little excited so let me have my joy.......
Captain Bill, you did the right thing and fishnnutt obviously doesn't know as much as he thinks he does. Boston Whaler boats aren't even CLOSE to the same boat they were 10 years ago. Almost any boat built will ride and handle better than a Whaler, except maybe a skiff, and some skiffs ride better. And, you are both correct, they are WAY over priced and if I might show my prejudice a little, they aren't offered with Yamaha power :-)
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" They look just as well built to me."

You probably need to look again. They are decent boats, but come on this is stretching it some, don't you think?



" I will put my boat up against any Boston Whaler any day and I know I saved 30K..."

Yes you saved money, but lets be realistic, its not a Boston Whaler. I know they're not the boats they used to be, but they are still some great boats and no I don't own one anymore. I wouldn't pay the price either.
Don't know who you are Capt, but those that really know what they are talking about know you don't know as much as you think you know no offense intended, just setting things straight ...tight lines.
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Old 03-09-2011, 04:54 AM
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Captain Bill, you did the right thing and fishnnutt obviously doesn't know as much as he thinks he does. Boston Whaler boats aren't even CLOSE to the same boat they were 10 years ago. Almost any boat built will ride and handle better than a Whaler, except maybe a skiff, and some skiffs ride better. And, you are both correct, they are WAY over priced and if I might show my prejudice a little, they aren't offered with Yamaha power :-)
Tidewater makes a good boat for the money and they are being build out of the Key West plant. not being offered with Yamaha power is not that big of a deal like it was 10 or 11 years ago. The quality is very close is all brands now.
I say this with yamaha being the primary engines i have bought in the last 15 years. I do own other brands along with the yamahas and right now i see no advantage to owning a yamaha over another brand with one exception. That exception would be the size of their dealer network
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Old 03-09-2011, 08:53 AM
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Just an FYI---Tidewater can be ordered with any of the following engine choices: Yamaha, Mercury, E-tec, Honda or Suzuki
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I ordered a Tidewater 180 cc in March. I really liked the boat and the price. Now it is just a question of getting power from Japan. It looks like it will be July before the boat is ready.
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Old 06-06-2011, 12:54 PM
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Default Tidewater Boats 196cc

I have been looking for a boat for @ 2 years and finally decided on the Tide water 196cc.
I am awaiting delivery and can't wait. I owned a 23 wa Wellcraft 98 and this was a great boat I sold it and now bought the 196cc. I was going back and fourth between a
Sea Hunt and then I saw Tide water. I think this boat is going to be fine for me and wife and 2 kids. wanted something small enough to go to the sand bars and big enough to fish in the atlantic ( I live in Jensen Beach Fl a little above Palm beach) I picked this boat up with the Stars and Stripes Blue, the full rocket launcher seat with back rest, Bow cusion package, and a 140 Suzuki 4stke with the factory 6 year warrantee. Also had then throw in a cd radio, depth finder and bimini top although I want a t-top it might be a while before I save up another $2000 for the T-Top. Anyway, I see the last post was in 2009 or so and wondered if anyone else had bought a 196cc and what they think of it. Oh, when I get mine this week I will post pics and tell you how it runs in the river and in the ocean. Thanks DocSunshine.
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Old 07-20-2011, 08:21 PM
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Time to dig up this old post..

I too am ready to pull the trigger on a 23cc with a 250 Yami...

Never drove one yet so I hope it performs like Ive been reading..
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Old 07-20-2011, 08:52 PM
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One of my friends has a 24 tidewater that I have fished on for the last year or two, I agree with the other posters, its a great boat and it takes bay chop really well with out any shake. I went to the plant with him when it was being built and it looked to me like they ran a nice operation. If anyone has any questions u can shoot him an email, website is www.nothinbutfish.com
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Time to dig up this old post..

I too am ready to pull the trigger on a 23cc with a 250 Yami...

Never drove one yet so I hope it performs like Ive been reading..
Go ahead, pull that trigger. I bet you will hit the bullseye. I love my Tidewater and have been looking at the 230 CC myself.
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Have the 230 CC Tidewater with the 250. A little over 30 hours so far. No worries. A really nice boat.
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Old 09-02-2011, 07:51 AM
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Cool 2007 Tidewater 1900 Bay max, need info

Just purchased a 2007 Tidewater 1900 Baymax. Only used 2 days so far, and Tidewater says it has a 60 gallon fuel tank, but filled it up, only held 35. Unless fuel gauge isn't working right, don't know for sure. Anyone know for sure. Tidewater told me to call Key West, Key West said call Tidewater. Love the boat, had it in a 3-4' chop in Gulf, and rode very well and dry!!!! An answer on the fuel tank would be helpful. Thanks.
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Old 09-05-2011, 07:12 PM
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Hello ... new member here... first post ...

Getting ready to pull the trigger on a 2011 Tidewater 230 CC Adventure. I hate spending $ and have been shopping for almost 2 years now ... going to multiple boat shows up and down the east coast of FL.

My final 4 are (in order) ...

(4) Robalo 24 - Solid, well respected boat with above avg. finishes. Looked good at the shows. The only Robalo I've been on was a late 80's/early 90's 25'. I never sea trialed the 2011 because honestly, it was 4th on my list, and the Dealership was the furthest away.

(3) Everglades 23CC - LOVED the boat as I have grown up with Boston Whalers my whole life, and followed the whole story with the Dougherty's etc. I've been on one, and it's a great riding boat with all the bells and whistles. I will say the Everglades is NICE. I didn't go w/ the Everglades because of (#1) PRICE. It's cheaper than a Whaler, but not by much. Honestly, it would have broken my wife and I's budget rules. I just couldn't justify it when the other boats I was looking at were close in almost every category. and (2) the dealers in my area kinda ... well ... were tough to deal with unfortunately, and I'll just leave it at that.

(2) Hydra Sports 23 - Similar review as the Everglades, but I have been on several HS's, and LOVED them all. It's just a really nice, well built, respected hull. Great for family and fishing. Unfortunately, she was the runner-up because ... the one we liked had a Yamaha 300 (in order to get "the deal"), and I really like the Y250, and the money factor made the difference ... as I couldn't see were the extra $18-19K was when comparing to the potential winner ....

(1) Tidewater 23CC. I've done a lot of research, and have even lurked this board looking for clues before registering. For the $$, I can't find a better boat. Sure, I could open the wallet a little more, but $ for $, pound for pound ... I think I'm making the right choice. The hull is SOLID. It looks ALOT bigger than most 23's out and in the water. The drastic "Carolina Flair" provided an awesome ride. It reminded me of a late 1980's Mako actually. The finishes might not be as fancy as Everglades or HS, but it isn't that far off.

I haven't signed the papers, and I hoping to get some last minute suggestions before my wife and I make the purchase. My mind tells me Tidewater. But is it being "cheap" by not going with ... say .. an Everglades or HS? Or, is it Smart $, and going with a relatively new boat Company in Tidewater, and hoping their craftsmanship is as good as it seems to be??

Thanks!
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I too am interested in the 23 tidewater any info would be great,
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:20 AM
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Smile Tidewater Boat

I bought a new 22 foot Tidewater with 150hp Suzuki 4 years ago (first year made) and I really like the boat. No problems and boat runs very well.
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