John page williams
The following review was written by John Page Williams, Editor-at-large, Chesapeake Bay Magazine. John, senior naturalist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, has been a regular contributor to Chesapeake Bay Magazine for 30 years, specializing in environmental issues, nature, wildlife, fishing and boats. He has been testing new and used boats for the magazine's Time-Tested and New Boat News departments since 1998.
Tideline 19 Boat Review
FEBRUARY 2011
 
   
Length overall  19'
Beam  8' 4"
Draft  12"
Weight  2,125 lb
Fuel 48 gal
Max. power 175 hp
Base Price $38,000 with Suzuki 150

Tideline Boats enters the power catamaran market with a single-engine, center-console 19-footer that combines Carolina style and sophisticated composite hull construction with excellent performance, efficiency and seaworthiness. The interior layout suits both family utility needs and serious inshore fishing. For the former, there is plenty of open space, dry storage, comfortable seating, and cooler space for picnics. The stable twin hulls and shallow draft make the Tideline easy to beach. Fishing features include a centerline livewell at the transom, multiple fishboxes, a leaning post with rocket launcher, under-gunwale horizontal rod racks, bow and stern nonskid casting decks, and a console designed to hold an 8-inch flush-mount electronics display.

The design includes planing hulls with reverse chines and Carolina flare at the bow. In the center is a "pod" that not only reduces any tendency to "sneeze" (blow a fine mist of water forward so it flies into peoples' faces) but also compresses the water flowing to the prop, to give the specially-designed, cupped four-blade propeller a solid bite in the water at all times. Construction materials are knitted fabrics and structural foam, vacuum-bagged with vinylester resin by a highly experienced lamination crew. Fit and finish is top-hole. With Suzuki's quiet, powerful 175 four-stroke, our test boat performed flawlessly in all directions over and through 2- to 4-foot seas. Its efficient speed range was a wide 17-32 mph (3000-4500 rpm, all over 4 miles per gallon), with the sweet spot at 4000 (28 mph, 4.6 mpg). The top speed was 44 mph at 6000 rpm. Tideline Boats, Washington, N.C., 252-916-2997; www.tidelineboats.com.