I’ve always wondered how a guy can buy a boat that’s only dedicated to fishing and still get along with his wife and kids. I figure those guys must be single, because that would never fly in my house. So… to get my light fishing kicks, it’d have to be a fish and ski package that we can all enjoy, and still tow behind a light duty vehicle. The Tahoe Q5i SF is just such a boat. Storage for What’s Needed…
I had fun checking out the latest addition to the Tahoe line because I could easily picture my family onboard and see how the boat would handle us. As is typical with a boat this size there’s limited storage, so if you’re not the type to wear life jackets, now’s a good time to start.
The storage in these boats is better suited for the skis and fishing gear and not stuffing life jackets where you’ll leave and forget them. But for the rest of the goodies, there’s ample room for what you need to bring. Up in the bow, there’s the usual under seat storage that we use for towels, the bags with hats, sunscreen etc…
The passenger side has drink holders, a non skid area for the cell phone and a charge receptacle, the AM/FM/CD player is Sirius ready and thankfully has an MP3 jack, and to the left... an insulated, self draining ice chest. Walk-thru windshield supports are strong and the bow seats have drink holders as well.
In between the center seats is below deck storage for skis. I’d like to see the hatch here be more rectangular for easier access and a hinge would help keep it in place when the pounding over the waves starts, but this one’s still very functional. Drinks are stored in the in-dash cooler and back on the swim platform, there’s yet another cooler. Versatility…
On those days when I want to try my luck as an angler, the boat converts easily to a light duty fish boat. There are two fishing platforms, one in the bow and one in the stern, both are treated with non skid and accommodate the removable pedestal seats that are included in the standard equipment list.
The removable MotorGuide® 12V, 55-lb. thrust, foot-controlled trolling motor will easily move you about silently, and it’s powered by a separate trolling battery. In the stern, an 8 gallon aerated live well is under the seat.
The port side seat has an 8 gal., aerated live well. The lid has a stainless piano hinge. And that's a 60w speaker.
Tahoe didn’t skimp on the features for the boat either. Both helm and passenger seats are adjustable and swivel. There’s an option for a driver’s seat that has a flip up bolster, and I’d be sure to check that box off on your order sheet. All the vinyl is marine grade with a stain resistant coating, rub rails have stainless steel inserts, and where most boats of this class have basic instrumentation, Tahoe has the full speedometer, tachometer, voltmeter, fuel gauge, trim gauge, oil pressure & water temperature array... a depth gauge is optional.
Just lift the center bow cushion to reveal the non-skid fish platform and foot controls for the 55lb thrust trolling motor. Notice the insert for one of the two removable, stowable pedestal seats.
And, a Trailer…
And best of all, a trailer is included as standard, so no playing the “low price but you have to buy a trailer separately” game. And it’s not just a basic trailer either. It’s factory matched to your boat’s color, powder coated, has Galva-Shield corrosion protection, a swing away tongue so it can fit in the garage, and a fold away tongue jack. At What Cost?
The boat measures 19’ 5” and has a beam of 7’ 7”. She weighs 2,722 lbs. which is 200 to 300 pounds lighter than other boats in her class. I expected to see a 3.0L MerCruiser engine, but standard power is a 190-hp 4.3L V6 MerCruiser which the factory says will give the boat a WOT of 49-51 MPH. We haven’t tested the boat so I can’t tell what she’ll do or where her best cruise is, or mpg, 0 to 30, etc. Go to our engine tests and find a similar weight boat and you’ll get a rough idea what the 190-hp 4.3L engine will do in this boat.
If you need more horses, then you can add the MPI to bring it up to 220-hp for an additional $2,400. That will increase your muscle for hauling skiers out of the water and add 2-3 mph to your top end. And the bottom line, no haggle price…is $22,995, which is $1,000-$5,000 below the competition. That makes this boat a package worth looking into.
Standard and Optional Features
|CD Stereo||Standard Sirius-capable AM/FM/CD stereo w/MP3 jack|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
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