Boat Review - The 2010 Tidewater 230CC

Recently my family and I had the opportunity to spend the day aboard a 2010 Tidewater 230CC on Sodus Bay, compliments of Krenzer Marine.  We picked the boat up at Krenzer's gas dock and I was immediately struck by how good looking the boat was.  It had a beautiful blue hull that we got several comments about over the course of the day.  With a classic Carolina style and a 20 degree deadrise, the boat is certainly at home here on the Great Lakes or the Finger Lakes.

The center console design lends itself to a variety of uses - fishing, cruising, swimming, and tubing come immediately to mind, and were all things that we enjoyed while on the boat.  We had plenty of space to spread out as a family and over the course of the day we used every bit of that space to enjoy our day on the water.  There is a roomy bench seat/leaning post for the Captain, in front of the center console there is seating for two more people and the bow will seat an additional 3 people per side.  That's a lot of seating for a 23 footer! 

Under the bow seats there was plenty of storage room for our towels, food, and drinks.  Additionally, there was a ton of space located inside the center console accessible through a hatch located on the port side.  You could probably put a porta-potti in there if you wanted to.  All of the latches on the boat are stainless steel and the lids and doors closed securely.  Fit and finish is very good all the way through the boat.  Tidewater doesn't use any wood in their stringer systems, so there's no need to worry about rot somewhere down the line.  This is a well made boat!

Speaking of the center console, I found the design to have all of the instrumentation that I needed plus room for a large screen Multi-Function display like the Humminbird 1157C that we like so much on our own boat.  The windshield provided plenty of coverage from the wind as we cruised around the Bay, and the dash board, while not as large as I'm used to on my 30 footer, was big enough for me to store my cell phone, keys, and wallet without fear of losing them.

Powered by a nearly-silent Yamaha 250HP Four stroke engine, we were able to trim the boat out using the standard power trim and tilt as well as the trim tabs to reach a top speed of just under 50 mph!  This boat is a rocket ship on the water and handled it like a pro.  If this were my boat, we would be spending a lot of time pulling a tube behind it when we weren't out fishing. The boat has plenty of power for both, as my oldest son William found out!

Speaking of fishing, there are rod holders everywhere on board:  There's a 4 rod rocket launcher on the hard top, vertical holders on the back of the Captain's bench, and flush mounts on the gunnels.  We spent some time fishing and loved the amount of room that we had so that each of us could concentrate on our baits.  I wouldn't hesitate to take this boat out onto Lake Ontario to troll for the King Salmon that we love so much, but it would also be a great boat for chasing bass and other panfish on smaller bodies of water like the Finger Lakes.

With a host of standard features that includes a 10 year fully transferable warranty, fiberglass stringer system, high density composite transom, 103 gallon fuel tank, 25 gallon aerated live well, raw water wash down, drink holders, stainless steel hardware throughout, anchor storage, transom door, and more than I can possibly list here, you can see that the 230CC would make the perfect boat for fishing, cruising, or just plain family fun.  When I asked my son Benjamin what he thought of the boat he and I agreed - We give the 2010 TIdewater 230CC two very enthusiastic thumbs up!

Loads of fun, fast, stable, well built, and a great value - that's pretty much how I'd sum up the 2010 Tidewater 230CC .  If I was looking for the perfect trailerable family boat, this would be it!  You can see the complete lineup of Tidewater boats by visitng Krenzer Marine in Sodus Point.  Be sure to tell them that we sent you!

Until Next Time,
Fish On!!
~Capt. Bill


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