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Brief Summary

The Tahoe T16 is a 16’5” (5 m) fiberglass outboard-powered sportboat. It has a base price of $15,995, which includes a trailer and Mercury 60-hp outboard. At this price, the boat is targeted at young families looking to get into day boating, including watersports and cruising, but as inexpensive as the T16 is, she is far from a stripped-down budget model.

Key Features

  • Fiberglass v-hull with lifting strakes
  • Six-person capacity
  • Sun pad
  • Swim platforms
  • Single-axle trailer
  • Mercury 60-hp outboard
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 16' 5''
    5 m
    Beam 7' 6''
    2.29 m
    Dry Weight 1,250 lbs.
    567 kg
    Tested Weight 2,089 lbs.
    948 kg
    - Draft Up 12.5''
    0.32 m
    - Draft Down 26.5''
    0.67 m
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 15-deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance 4' 2''
    1.27 m
    Weight Capacity 950 lbs.
    431 kg
    Person Capacity 6
    Fuel Capacity 13 gal.
    49 L
    Water Capacity N/A
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power Not Available
    Tested Power 1 x 75-hp Mercury 4-stroke
    Opt. Power 1 x 60-hp Mercury ELPT 4-stroke
    1 x 75-hp Mercury ELPT 4-stroke

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 3.8 3.3 0.4 9.4 8.2 110 95.4 53
    1000 4.9 4.3 0.7 7.5 6.6 88 76.7 61
    1500 6.1 5.3 1.1 5.5 4.8 65 56.4 62
    2000 7.2 6.3 1.5 5.0 4.3 58 50.5 70
    2500 13.7 11.9 2.0 6.9 6.0 80 69.7 74
    3000 20.6 17.9 2.4 8.6 7.5 100 87.3 77
    3500 26.2 22.8 3.1 8.5 7.3 99 86.0 78
    4000 30.2 26.2 4.1 7.4 6.4 86 74.8 78
    4500 33.7 29.3 5.3 6.4 5.6 75 65.3 80
    5000 36.8 32.0 6.3 5.8 5.1 68 59.4 81
    5300 39.8 34.6 6.8 5.8 5.1 68 59.5 81
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    600 95.4 177 6.10 1.51 4.00 53
    1000 76.7 142 7.90 2.65 3.19 61
    1500 56.4 105 9.80 4.16 2.34 62
    2000 50.5 93 11.60 5.68 2.13 70
    2500 69.7 129 22.00 7.57 2.93 74
    3000 87.3 161 33.20 9.08 3.66 77
    3500 86.0 159 42.20 11.73 3.61 78
    4000 74.8 138 48.60 15.52 3.15 78
    4500 65.3 121 54.20 20.06 2.72 80
    5000 59.4 109 59.20 23.85 2.47 81
    5300 59.5 109 64.10 25.74 2.47 81

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 2.9 sec.
    0 to 30 5.7 sec. (0to20)
    Ratio N/A
    Props 17p Spitfire
    Load 2 persons, 3/4 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 65 deg., 35 humid.; wind: 10-15 mph; seas: light chop

    Captain's Report

    Contents of Report

    Tahoe T16 running
    The Tahoe T16 is a sportboat designed to engage the family in boating at an entry-level price that delivers value.

    Tahoe T16: Mission

    Tahoe T16 lifestyle
    The Tahoe T16 can seat six, tow a skier, or provide kids a simple, straightforward boat to learn on.

    The Tahoe T16 is an entry-level day boat aimed at family fun. It is easily towed without a massive truck and should fit in the average garage, and is priced to fit a budget without compromising features. This boat goes toe-to toe with several other 16-footers on the market, but in our opinion has a bottom shape that will provide a more comfortable ride.

    Tahoe T16: Distinguishing Features

    How can the Tahoe T16 be so low-priced without affecting the quality, ride, or safety of the boat? The answer is that Tahoe eliminates many man-hours in tooling, and the boat’s fabrication. Here’s how:

    Tahoe T16 3d printer
    An industrial 3D Printer makes sections of the hull, which will be combined into a male plug from which to make the female tooling.

      First, the T16’s tooling is built with state-of-the art 3D printing technology - the world’s first production boat ever created from such tooling. We’re told recent advancements mean that tooling plugs can be made in one piece in the future in just two days.

    Tahoe T16 molds
    Here, the pieces from the 3D printer are combined to create a male plug from which to make the necessary molds.

      Second, Tahoe takes advantage of White River Marine’s economy of scale as the world’s largest boat builder and the retail footprint of Bass Pro Shops. That means that the infrastructure, engineering, and back office costs that all boat builders have, can be spread across many boats, not just a few as most boat builders have to do.

      Third, Tahoe has a price that all dealers adhere to, and they work on thin margins. All of this means that more of the dollars spent go into the materials and equipment of the boat and less into overhead and sales commissions.

    Tahoe T16: Overview

    Tahoe T16 deck plan
    Seating for six, or 950 lbs. (431 kg) of passengers, whichever is greater, and features for cruising, lounging, sunning, swimming, or skiing are designed into the T16.
    Tahoe T16 hull
    The T16’s bottom has two strakes per side and reversed chines that help her hold her course and track cleanly through maneuvers.

    The T16’s hull has a 15-degree deadrise at the transom. This is important when it comes to ride quality, and this design sets it apart from some other boats in class.

    Tahoe T16: Construction

    Tahoe T16 foam
    Tahoes all have structural liners which are foam filled to comply with USCG regulations and to improve sound and vibration qualities.

    Once the unbelievable tooling process is complete, more traditional fiberglass boat-building techniques follow. Gelcoat is sprayed in the female tooling, then fiberglass is hand laid, a structural grid is attached, and the deck mold both chemically and mechanically is bonded.

    Aluminum backing plates are used in high-load areas, such as seat attachments.

    The T16 has a hand-laid hull and stringer system for strength and durability. Her hull and deck are chemically bonded and mechanically fastened.

    Tahoe T16: Comparison

    Other entry level brands don’t ride as well as the Tahoe T16, especially when planing on anything but glass-smooth water. With the T16, Captain Steve reported riding comfortably in the mid 35 mph (56.3 kph) range.

    Tahoe T16: Boat Inspection

    Test conditions for the T16 included a very light chop and winds in the 10 to 15 knot range, leaving Captain Steve to use his wake-hopping method for getting a feel of how the boat reacts in choppier conditions.

    The Tahoe T16 measures 16’5” (5 m) long with a 7’6” (2.29 m) beam and the boat draws 12.5” (0.32 m) with the engine up or 26.5” (0.67 m) with the engine down. Empty weight is listed at 1,250 lbs. (567 kg). With two people, 9.75 gallons (37 L) of fuel and test equipment on board, we had an estimated test weight of 2,089 lbs. (948 kg).

    Tahoe T16: Performance

    Tahoe T16
    At 39.8 mph WOT on the Tahoe T16, Captain Steve enjoyed this test.

    Our Tahoe T16 test boat had the optional 75-hp Mercury 4-stroke outboard with a 17” (43.18 cm) pitch Mercury Spitfire prop.

    Top Speed. At 5300 rpm, it hit a top speed of 39.8 mph (64.0 kph).

    Best cruise came at 3000 rpm, where we saw 20.6 mph (33.2 kph) and a fuel burn of 2.4 gph (9.08 lph), giving us 8.6 mpg (3.65 kpl) and a range of 100 statute miles (162 km) while holding 10 percent of the boat’s 13-gallon (49 L) fuel capacity in reserve. That is remarkable fuel economy, particularly so because she has a 15-degree deadrise at the transom rather than a skiff-like bottom.

    Tahoe T16 still
    Settling in for a hole-shot to test the T16’s acceleration, Captain Steve brings the boat to a full stop.

    Tahoe T16: Acceleration

    In acceleration tests, the T16 planed in just 2.9 seconds and ran through 20 mph in 5.7 seconds.

    Tahoe T16: Handling

    Tahoe T16 running
    Our T16 test boat had an optional 75-hp engine. The boat comes standard with a 60-hp Mercury.

    We’re starting with the T16’s handling because this boat was so much fun to drive. Trim the outboard motor all the way down and crank the wheel and the T16 will carve tight turns.

    There is noticeable torque from the outboard when turning. For that reason, we would recommend the optional hydraulic steering.

    Tahoe T16 trimTahoe T16 trim
    Tahoe put in the time to make the boat appropriately sensitive to trim. Notice how the bow wave moves from breaking well forward of the windscreen when the engine is trimmed in the top picture, to about 4’ aft (1.21 m) where the captain sits when the motor is trimmed out for cruising in the bottom picture.
    Tahoe T16 transom
    The transom incorporates a 4” (10.16 cm) setback to position the engine in the correct location for the boat to have a proper center of gravity for optimal planing speeds and handling.

    Tahoe T16: Helm

    Tahoe T16 helm
    The straightforward helm console has a single multi-gauge, storage trays, switches, a footrest, steering, and throttle controls.
    Tahoe T16 helm
    Captain Steve tugged and pulled on both the helm console and wheel to see how solidly built it was and reported it passed his stress tests.

    On many inexpensive boats we’ve tested, the helm flexes and feels flimsy. The T16’s helm console is rotocast in three pieces and through-bolted in place at eight different locations for a solid feel.

    Tahoe T16 windshield
    The top spoiler to the windshield is designed to deflect air over the helmsman, yet maintain a low profile.

    Atop the console, the acrylic windscreen has a spoiler integrated into the top designed to deflect onrushing breeze over the captain’s head. It’s installed with a stainless-steel support.

    Tahoe T16 gauges
    The integrated gauges are right in-line with the wheel and give the helmsman all the basic information needed with just a quick look below the line-of-sight.

    The single centrally positioned gauge cluster gives speed, fuel level and trim position. On each side of the console are padded trays, and the accessory switches to starboard include the navigation lights, bilge pump and horn, plus the ignition.

    Tahoe T16 cellphone
    The tray on the starboard side of the multifunction instrument is bigger and has power and connectivity plugs. We’d like to see it drain.

    Outboard to starboard, the 4” (10.16 cm) wide caprail creates a comfortable place to rest the helmsman’s arm.

    Tahoe T16 foot rest
    Down low, the footrest is at a comfortable angle.
    Tahoe T16 cockpit
    Cockpit seating is fixed but versatile. The center seat backrest flips down for easy boarding from the transom and access to the sun pad. The side seats have storage below and the backrest of the spotter’s seat reverses for lounging forward.

    On the T16, there’s three-across seating at the helm. The center seat folds down and has a pad on the underside so no one ever steps on the upholstery when boarding. The step pad on the center set is removable for washing.

    The upholstery colors match the boat’s exterior graphics and feature multiple textures and welting, not something we’ve found on many other boats in this price range.

    Here’s a look at some of the other graphics and colors available for the T16.

    Tahoe T16
    White (standard).
    Tahoe T16 red
    Victory Red ($500).
    Tahoe T16 black
    Black ($500).
    Tahoe T16 orange
    Impact Orange with Black Graphics ($740).
    Tahoe T16 red graphics
    White with Victory Red Graphics ($240).
    Tahoe T16 cockpit seats
    The outboard cockpit seats hinge up on King Starboard bases to reveal storage below.

    There’s storage beneath the outboard seats with the standard fire extinguisher to port. Notice the straps to hold down the bottom cushion. Inside, the compartments are angled forward and the bases are notched at the front to improve drainage.

    Tahoe T16 livewell
    Beneath the center cushion, there’s a shallow insulated storage tray that can be used for ice and beverages, but we’d like to see it equipped with a drain. An optional 6-gallon (23 L) livewell can be installed here.
    Tahoe T16 spotters seat
    The spotter’s seat has a backrest that reverses, providing a lounger in the bow. The bottom cushion for the aft facing seat flips up, ostensibly to provide a spot to disembark without stepping on the upholstery.

    There’s 22” (55.88 cm) of legroom between the portside seats, fore and aft, and Tahoe provides grab handles for forward or aft-facing travel. Facing aft, the seat is made for spotting.

    Tahoe T16 backrest
    The spotter’s seat backrest simply lifts up, turns, and is re-inserted to become the backrest for the forward port lounger.

    Tahoe T16: Stern

    Tahoe T16 boarding
    Flipping down the seatback in the center and the center cushion of the sun pad to the side makes for easier boarding and saves the cushions from being stepped on. The cloth that covers the seatback, can be unsnapped and tossed in the wash.

    Here we demonstrate how boarding from the stern can be done without stepping on the upholstery. In addition to the center cockpit seat folding down, the middle cushion for the aft sunlounge folds away to reveal a nonskid walkway underneath. It’s 22” (55.88 cm) fore and aft and 18” (45.72 cm) wide.

    Tahoe T16 sun lounge
    With the center cushion in place, the sunlounge spans the T16’s width.
    Tahoe T16 tubs
    Beneath each of the outboard sun pad cushions are removable 4-gallon (15 L) tubs, ideal for wet bathing suits, shoes or other gear.

    Abaft the sun pad, a hatch in the engine well provides access to the bilge pump and mechanical accessories.

    Tahoe T16 swim platforms
    Swim platforms flank the engine well, where a hatch opens to access the bilge.

    Swim platforms extend on each side of the motor and there is a walkway in front of the engine that links them. The four-step boarding ladder complies with ABYC standards.

    Tahoe T16 nmma
    Tahoes are NMMA Certified using ABYC standards.

    Tahoe T16: Bow

    Tahoe T16 footwell
    The footwell between the port and starboard bow seats is 24” (60.96 cm) wide.
    Tahoe T16 bow lounge
    We’d like to see the grab handle moved farther aft a bit, as it is a reach for Captain Steve.

    Between the helm and spotter seat, there’s 24” (60.96 cm) of space to facilitate moving forward. It narrows to 21” (53.34 cm) between the seats and 14” (35.56 cm) at the bow. The seats are 11” (27.94 cm) off the deck and it’s an 11” (27.94 cm) step up to the foredeck.

    Tahoe T16 lockers
    Self-draining lockers are below the forward seats, which is something we often don’t see in this size boat no matter what the price. We’d like to see a couple more drains in the starboard locker in order to drain the foam faster.

    Both bottom cushions in the bow fold up on hinges, which means they won’t fly out. The seat bases are King Starboard and the cushions are made with dri-fast foam. The lockers are fully finished and have drains, which means they can be used for iced beverages.

    Tahoe T16 in deck storage
    In-deck storage on the centerline is bigger than the hatch opening, extending below the deck.

    There’s additional storage in an under-deck locker that has dedicated racks for the anchor light and paddle. The opening is 22” (55.88 cm) long by 14” (35.56 cm) wide and the locker is 42” (106.88 cm) long.

    Tahoe T16: Trailer

    Tahoe T16 trailer
    The Tahoe T16 comes on a single axle trailer, and if an owner has limited garage space, they can upgrade to a trailer with a swing-away tongue which reduces the storage length to 19’ (2.74 m) overall.

    Tahoe T16: Price

      $15,995 with Mercury 60 ELPT FourStroke and trailer.

      $17,595 with Mercury 75 ELPT FourStroke and trailer.

      Price does not include freight or dealer prep.

    Tahoe T16: Warranty

    Tahoe warrants the hull, interior stringers, and transom from material and workmanship defects for five years and covers components for one year. The Galvashield impact steel tubing of the trailer is warranted against structural failure due to corrosion for three years.

    Tahoe T16: Optional Equipment to Consider

    Tahoe T16 ski bar
    The ski bar, shown bottom right, is optional.

      • TurboSwing ski bar ($930)

      • Swing away trailer tongue and brake ($560)

      • Bimini ($1,050)

      • Aerated 6-gallon (23 L) livewell ($360)

      • Hydraulic steering ($570)

      • Automatic bilge pump ($30)

      • Kicker KMC1 stereo with 2 speaker ($420)

      • Depth sounder ($170)

      • Soft-touch interior and swim platform flooring ($600)

      • Cockpit cover ($360)

      • Trailerable mooring cover ($630)

    Tahoe T16: Observations

    Tahoe T16 running
    The Tahoe T16 performs above her pay grade.

    Calling the Tahoe T16 an entry-level boat is a misnomer. She is an ideal boat to buy for children or grandchildren in which to learn basic boating skills and self-confidence. And older kids and adults will like her, too, because she can be used as a ski boat and an entertaining platform. We think the T16 is a smart investment for a young family that wants outdoor recreation for all without breaking the bank.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Tahoe T16 (2019-) is 39.8 mph (64.1 kph), burning 6.8 gallons per hour (gph) or 25.74 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Tahoe T16 (2019-) is 20.6 mph (33.2 kph), and the boat gets 8.6 miles per gallon (mpg) or 3.66 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 100 miles (160.93 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 75-hp Mercury 4-stroke.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Systems

    Shore Power Standard

    Exterior Features

    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard

    Canvas

    Bimini Top Optional
    Cockpit Cover Optional

    Warranty

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