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Tideline 19 Power Catamaran

A new cat for family fishing and boating from a Carolina maker.















Tideline Boats' first boat to the market is the Tideline 19, a smooth-riding single engine catamaran with a wide bow flare and high gunwales. There are only a handful of cats on the market at this length. For their 19, Tideline, based in Washington, North Carolina, built their first boat from wood for their hull mold and are now building each boat to order.

Fishing attributes include a 12-inch draft, a 20-gallon livewell, 4 gunwale mounted rodholders, 8-foot, 4-inch beam, 48 gallon fuel capacity and plenty of dry storage. The Tideline 19, powered by a 115 Suzuki, and trailer, retails for approximately $38,000. The owners of the company routinely bring boats to both coasts of Florida to offer prospective buyers test drives, so don't hesitate to contact them if you're interested in discovering the power cat ride. See www.tidelineboats.com for more information, including a list of standard features.

Tideline 19 Power Cat Specs:

Length: 19 feet

Beam: 8 foot, 4 inches

Weight: 2,800 pounds, with engine

Fuel Capacity: 48 gallons

Draft: Approx. 12 inches















The wide bow flare keeps the Tideline 19 Power Cat a dry ride.


 















The spacious front casting deck is snag free and has two dry storage lockers.


 















And there's plenty of walking room around the center console. There are horizontal rod racks for storage under the gunwales. The 19 has 4 gunwale-mounted rod holders and 2 gunwale cup holders.


 















A closer view of the cat hull. The Tideline 19 has a 12-inch draft.


 















Front seat on the center console with underseat cooler.


 















20-gallon livewell with plexiglass lid and blue interior.


 















The rear casting deck has two foldup jump seats (one shown) with underseat dry storage.


 















The leaning post has 4 rod holders and underseat storage.


 















The console has reach-in access to wiring.


 















Bilge access is extra wide.


 















View of the transom. Tideline has solved the standard knock against single engine cats—cavitation as air gets trapped in the tunnel and lifts the engine—with a skeg in front of the motor to block air flow, longer engine leg and four-blade prop. In this picture, the skeg can be seen partially submerged in front of the engine's lower unit.


 















On a rough-seas day out of the St. Lucie, the Tideline rode smooth and dry in a good chop. At cruising speed of 30 to 33 m.p.h., it gets about 3.5 to 4 miles to the gallon. At 25 m.p.h. mileage goes up to about 4 to 4.5 m.p.g. It tops out between 40 and 44 m.p.h.


 

FS Classics, November 2010

 

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