Boat Test: 2017 Tahoe 700

Boat Tested2017 Tahoe 700
Price As TestedNot Available
Category Bowrider
Manufacturer Tahoe
Length21ft / 6.40 m
Beam8ft 4in / 2.54 m
Weight3488
Fuel Capacity42
By Mike Gridley

The Tahoe 700 is a well-designed attractive bowrider, ideal for family fun on the water. The hull is the PowerGlide design with reverse chines and HydroStep lifting strakes.

The lines of the boat flow stylishly from hull to deck and are accented by a chrome rub rail insert. Our test boat had the optional extended swim platform with slate decking and a four-rung telescoping boarding ladder. At the transom is a remote for the stereo, a ski tow eye, two-cup holders and pop up cleats in the aft gunnels.

The full width sunpad lifts on gas struts for engine access. The removable LED navigation lights are located here along with room for more gear. The pad has folding backrests for lounging or accessing the walkthrough.

The cockpit is large, with ample seating and plenty of open deck space. While the finishes and trim pieces are limited, the multicolour vinyl upholstery with red accent piping works well with the bright white gelcoat.

The stern seat is a full-width L-shaped bench with a gelcoated locker to port and a portable cooler and draining locker underneath. A board locker can be found in the deck.

Twin sliding and swivelling bucket seats with bolsters provide comfort behind the consoles. The passenger console has a large locker and the stereo system controls.

The helm sports a new Mercury VesselView 702 management system with touchscreen, keypad and dial controls. It displays all of the engine data, speed, GPS, plus optional sonar, radar and video. Rounding out the helm is the padded tilt wheel, push button system controls with LED lighting, a second stereo remote and optional Digital Throttle and Shift (DTS) control.

While the standard power is a MerCruiser 4.5L 250, our test boat had the optional MerCruiser 6.2L 300 with DTS that provided plenty of refined power and performance.

At Tahoe’s “no hassle” value price point that includes a trailer, you’ll find this 700 a joy to run.

TEST BOAT ENGINE
Single MerCruiser 6.2L, 350 hp, 6.2L (377 CID) V-8, MPI, DTS with Alpha One Drive

ACCELERATION (mph/sec)
0-20/ 4.6; 0-30/ 5.5
TOP SPEED (mph/rpm)
54.1/ 5,200
CRUISING SPEED (mph/rpm)
28.6/ 3,000

DETAILS
Length: 21 ft / 5.28 m
Beam: 8 ft 4 in / 2.29 m
Weight: 3,488 lbs / 810.6 kg
Fuel Capacity: 42 gals / 90.8 L

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