Tidewater Boats developed the 252 CC Adventure to replace the 250 CC and be more of a multi-purpose boat with bluewater bloodlines. For serious offshore fishing, she is designed with Tidewater’s signature broken sheer line and Carolina flair at the bow. Twin Evinrude E-TEC 150-hp outboard motors offer the security of redundancy for the run home and the power for towing tubers or boarders. For family time, she comes with a foldaway aft bench, a seat on the front of the console and bow cushions, plus a freshwater shower.
Looking at the 252 CC Adventure’s sheer line, it’s easy to see where it breaks and rises up adjacent to the leaning post. It’s designed this way because the deck flares out as it runs forward and this break makes it easier to pull the hull and deck from the mold. Aft, the deck height is 27-½” (69.85 cm), a comfortable height to lean against when fishing. It rises to 33-½” (85.09 cm) amidships and in the bow, which makes these passenger areas more secure for the family.
The easiest way to board the 252 CC Adventure from a dock is at the stern. There are small swim steps on each side of the motors and forward of the port motor is a pullout freshwater shower. To starboard, the livewell comes standard, and the clear acrylic hatch is new on the 252 CC Adventure. It was a solid plastic model on the 250 CC. To port, there’s an aft boarding ladder and forward is a passageway to the cockpit that closes off with a gate. Another upgrade from the old model, a hatch folds out of the passageway sole to reveal a draining storage compartment that could be good for docklines and watersports towrope.
The Aft Cockpit.
Across the stern, a bench folds out to offer seating for a few people. It has four rod holders in the backrest and, to give anglers something comfortable to lean against, padding runs up the gunwale on each side, ending alongside the console. A hatch in the sole beneath the bench pulls out for access to pumps and other gear. There are drains in each aft corner for the self-bailing cockpit.
Leaning Post Choices.
The 252 CC Adventure comes standard with a leaning post that has a padded backrest for standup travel. It’s hinged and has storage in the base. Owners can upgrade to one with individual foldup bolsters so the captain and a companion can choose to sit or stand. Both of these are built on rugged powder-coated frames. Options include a fiberglass leaning post with a sink or livewell on the back side. A hatch in the cockpit sole beneath the leaning post pulls aside for access to the fuel tank fittings and sending unit.
Forward of the leaning post, the helm has the stainless steel steering wheel with a spinner knob on a tilt base to port with the engine controls centrally positioned. The buttons for the Lenco trim tabs are squeezed in between the steering wheel and shifts and throttles. Tidewater might consider relocating them to ahead of the throttles so that a driver could just lay his hand on the levers and adjust the tabs more comfortably. The key switches are ahead of the co-pilot’s seat just above are two stainless-steel cup holders. Ahead of the companion’s legs is a small tackle drawer. There’s space for electronics in a vertical section of the dash that would put screens at eye level. Up top are a compass and two shallow trays that could be good for frequently reached-for items like pliers or sunblock.
Designed As One.
A design upgrade that saves space and just plain looks better, the console is contoured for the powder-coated aluminum framework for the fiberglass hardtop to tuck into. This gives the console a cleaner look and it saves a few inches on each side, especially at deck level, which could help prevent stubbed toes. Overhead, the molded fiberglass hardtop has four rocket-launcher style rod holders and outrigger mounting plates integrated in the frame. A hatch in the console to port opens to let crewmembers get to the helm rigging. A portable head for this area is an available option.
Moving forward into the 252 CC Adventure’s boat, there’s a single seat on the front of the console. For cruising or days at the beach, cushions snap in place on the V-shaped nonskid walking surfaces to lounges on each side of the bow and there’s a small cushion that drops in place forward to fill in the area. Something we’re seeing more of on more boats in this size and class, backrests fold out of the gunwale aft on each side to create forward-facing lounges where an adult can stretch out. Padding runs forward from the backrests to the bow on each side.
The bottom cushion on the console seat has a pull strap so it can be opened to access the draining storage beneath it. The bow lockers have hinged hatches that lay outboard against the gunwale pad, making it easy to get to the contents. There’s a locker beneath a hatch in the sole that would be good for a casting net. In the foredeck, a hatch opens the anchor locker that can be equipped with an optional under-deck windlass.
Tidewater builds the 252 CC Adventure free of wood, using composite coring in the transom and a molded fiberglass grid for the boat’s stringers and transverse supports. The structure is called a Corrugated Grid Stringer Version (CGSV) and Tidewater has a specific CGSV for each model it builds with reinforcement built-in for fuel tanks, consoles, seats and storage compartments. The CGSV is foam-filled to reduce vibration and noise. All deck hardware is installed with aluminum backing plates.
Power and Performance
The Tidewater Boats 252 CC Adventure comes standard with twin 115-hp outboards and can be powered by a single or twin motors up to 300-hp total.
We tested the boat with a pair of Evinrude E-TEC 150-hp 2-stroke outboards turning Quicksilver 15” (38.1 cm) x 19” (48.26 cm) stainless-steel props through 1.86:1 reductions. With the choppy conditions we experienced on test day we
reached a top speed
of 44.7 mph (38.9 knots) at 5000 rpm and burned 30.7 gph (116.2 lph). Now as we said, that was in choppy conditions. The team at Tidewater has tested this same boat extensively and reports speeds up to 50 mph on the flat, and while we didn’t achieve that, we certainly can see how it would be feasible in better conditions than what we had for our test. Best cruise was at 2500 rpm where the boat ran 23.6 mph (20.5 knots) and consumed only 9 gph (34.1 lph), giving us a range of 297 statute miles with 10% of the boat’s 126-gallon (477-L) fuel capacity in reserve.
In acceleration tests
, the boat planed in 3.5 seconds and continued to 20 mph (17.4 knots) in 5 seconds and to 30 mph (26.1 knots) in 6.7 seconds.
Handling and Ride.
We tested the 252 CC Adventure in a mix of conditions and were impressed with her overall ride. She has a deep bow entry and a broad flare that helped keep the deck dry on a day that served up confused seas from other boats’ wakes. With a transom deadrise of 21-degrees, she rode well in bay chop and big boat wakes so a run offshore on a reasonable day is definitely in the cards. In turns she showed plenty of agility, carving clean arcs and staying on track so she should be a capable tow platform for watersports as well.
The boat sells for about $100,000, give or take a few thousand dollars depending on the engines specified.
Options to Consider
On the Tidewater Boats’ website, the manufacturer touts the 252 CC Adventure primarily as a fishing boat, but with her cockpit depth and spacious bow, it could be a good all-around family center console with just a few options added. Her 9’3” (2.82 m) beam pushes the limits for trailering but a savvy owner could get away with it. With her empty weight of 4,150 lbs. (1,882 kg), on a trailer full of equipment, she would probably weigh between 6,000 lbs. (2,722 kg) and 6,500 lbs. (2,948 kg), which would be an easy load for a half-ton pickup or SUV.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Tidewater Boats 252 CC Adventure (2016-) is 44.7 mph (71.9 kph), burning 30.70 gallons per hour (gph) or 116.2 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Tidewater Boats 252 CC Adventure (2016-) is 23.6 mph (38 kph), and the boat gets 2.62 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.11 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 297 miles (477.98 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 150-hp Evinrude E-TEC.
Standard and Optional Features
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