Boat Reviews By Owners
2005 -- 18' 7" TAHOE
Model: Q4 SF O/B
Cockpit: It has a fair amount of space for a 18-19' Bowrider. good for a small family. Ski locker decent. "Old style" seating for the captain and co-pilot, meaning the seats are kinda low, and you will be needing to sit on a life jacket (or up on your knees)for good visibility when driving
Cabin: - decent for cruising, but no real good place to store fishing rods. Tiller style front mounted trolling motor gets in the way for front Port side passenger.
Construction: - Remember the Korean Cars of the 80's and 90's?
- Mount for the front fishing seat was missing when we picked up the boat.
- Live well doesn't work since day 1, the pump is above the water line and doesn't prime
- Luckily no leaks (yet)
Handling: - with most boats of this size, you need to get the trim right, or else the boat will tend to pull violently to one side if you loosen your grip on the wheel.
- gets up on plane decently, but not good for any waves over 12-18"'s. It can be a wet ride for passengers at the back depending on the wind, as the gunwales seem low, or the windshield doesn't go far enough back
- hard to dock, as the throttle drive assembly is stiff, especially going from F to R at slow speeds. It always seems to jam in Neutral.
Engine Room: 115 Mercury Classic. This is old school 2stroke motor. Very rough off idle (2500 rpm shakes the whole boat.
Probably does 40 mph GPS before you get Scotty's voice from Star Trek in your head " Cap'n I don't think she can take much more "
General Comments: We had a tin 16' Princecraft boat w 20 hp mercury from 1977-1996. We used it a couple weeks a summer at different fishing resorts on a summer vacations.
My parents are near retirement and bought a place near my inlaws cottage. This is their 1st cottage, and their 1st bowrider. My parent's wanted to buy new, and this was in their price range.
It looks good from a far, looks good in the brochure, but in real life, it is fairly cheap, and it shows. They bought the boat in July 2005, and brought the boat back at the end of their 1st season (early october 2005) to get some issues addressed, but none were actually fixed.
1. Reciever that holds the detachable bow fishing seat was missing. They ordered it, but it still isn't usable because there are no inserts into the fibreglass decking - in other words its not usable!
2. Livewell pump doesn't work. The pump that is supposed to circulate water into the livewell never primes. I think it is because it was installed above the waterline. It will work if you disassemble the pump, quickly pour water in it to prime and turn it on before the water flows out of the pump. When u shut the pump off, it again loses prime and the water exits through the intake.
Boat hasn't been back to get these rectified cause it doesn't bother my parents as much as the hassle of getting the boat out of the water and finding someone to trailer it back to the stealership.
I would be very hesitant to recommend this boat, or the service department at the Bass Pro shop at Vaughan Mills, Ontario, CANADA.
Email Address: pjchang A T rogers DOT com
Date Submitted: 2007-02-13
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