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Old 09-12-2006, 05:04 PM
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Have you guys ever heard of tidewater bay boats? Its a brand new boat from the guy who used to own Sea Pro. It looks really good!!! 19ft. w/115 HP 4 strk is $21000. What do you guys think?
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I believe the company is owned in part by Jimmy Metts who used to work at Sea Pro. They started making boats this year and it looks like allot of boat for the money. I have not ridden one but I have spoken to Jimmy Metts about the 2200 Bay Max and I would be surprised if the boat did not run / perform well with the F150 package. My problems with the 2200 are the live wells are small and the bilge access is small at best. I have not seen the 1900 but JM told me the hull is different from the Sea Pro and that it performs better.
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seen a few on the water around here, made right down the road in winnsboro, gotten the chance on several ocations to speak with and do business with the president of the company, and check out their boats, seems to be good quality from good people.
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I am seriously considering the 1900. Have looked at it and was impressed by quality and finish. Have not ridden in one, or spoken to anyone who has. Where did you see one for $21000, and did that include a trailer? There are a couple more threads on this forum on them.
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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!
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Or I think they were more successful than they thought they would be, and decided to "sell out" for a big profit. The ones I have seen have looked on par with the sea pro in terms of quality and thus look like a great deal. However, I would now be concerned with factory support as they have been bought out and moving the factory downstate.
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Old 09-13-2006, 08:18 PM
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Tidewater did not sell out, just got a backer with deep pockets. They have moved to Summerville SC
I have a 19 bay on order in Fighting lady Yellow with dual batteries, tilt wheel, t-top and curtains.
Hope to have the boat the week of the 25th.
The boat rode great!!! We were going to buy the seapro but were impressed by the tidewater.

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Pierhappy: Did you buy your Tidewater from Hankel marine in Charleston? Which engine did you get, and if I am not being too nosey, what did you pay for the package? I have been seriously looking at the model you bought(I looked at the 1900 in lake City FL) and was very impressed with the quality. Please let us know how it performs in the salt. Good luck!
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Old 09-14-2006, 09:41 AM
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For those who are interested. I heard from Tidewater Boats this morning and here is the skinny " Tidewater has been purchased by a group of investors. Tidewater boats will be built by Key West for the short term while Tidewater sets up it's production facility and gets it moving. All warranty issues will be honored on all products. Tidewater expects the new facility will build better boats in the long run. You can make of this anything you want, but I don't think it changes much.
There is no indication as to where the new facilities will be, but if you go to the web site, there is an address listed just outside of Columbia SC. The key West factory is very close to Somerville SC.
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Old 09-14-2006, 05:33 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.

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Pierhappy: Did you buy your Tidewater from Hankel marine in Charleston? Which engine did you get, and if I am not being too nosey, what did you pay for the package? I have been seriously looking at the model you bought(I looked at the 1900 in lake City FL) and was very impressed with the quality. Please let us know how it performs in the salt. Good luck!
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Yes I bought it from Hankel. Had a 115 Yammi t- tops dual batteries, tilt wheel side curtains, full t-top cover, ladder, electronics

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Pier; The reasom I asked about price is because there is a dealer in Florida who gave me a price on this boat on a trailer with the 115 Yammie for $21600. Now that is the bare boat motor and trailer. I spoke once with Paul at Hanckel and he seemed pretty straight. Is the price I was quoted in line with what Hanckel is selling them for or is it higher/lower?
Be sure to keep the forum informed as to your boat's performance and your opinion of it after some time with it. Thanks for all the info.
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Old 09-15-2006, 08:10 PM
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Bob, Hankel will beat that price.
I will keep everone informed on performance and quality
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BOAT IS ON THE WAY TO MY HOME AS WE SPEAK

WILL POST THIS WEEKEND AFTER BREAKIN

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Sorry for the delay in posting, the computer has been down.

The boat arrived and we have been enjoying it!!! The delivery was perfect no problems at all. She has exceeded all expectations
One very dry ride with plenty of storage. I have been concerned that it would be to small but the 19' is plenty. We have been tearing up the fish, trout and flounder.

My wife " The Admiral" was determined not to let me purchase the 21' she insisted we didn't need it, We have named the boat " KT's Choice " She saved me allot of money and allot of maintenance time by not having a dual axle trailer.

Plenty of power with five big adults, t-top with curtains, full load of fuel and gear I run 42mph

She is a great boat!
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Glad to hear you like the new boat. Post some pictures when you get a chance.
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Pier: I have been looking forward to your first post after you actually ran the boat. I am glad that it meets and exceeds your expectations. I am pretty well convinced that I will buy one when I am ready. Please post some pics and keep us informed on how it holds up and if you find any negatives that could appear as you use it.
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pierhappy,

Thanks for the report and keep us updated in the future. Would also like to see some pictures!!!!!

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Pier -I just sent you a PM.
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