In mid-2013 Tidewater Boats added the LXF (Luxury/Family) Series made up of the 210 and 230 models to its product mix of 19 models. The LXF Series has an emphasis on greater comfort amenities for the whole family in addition to the regular sport features. This family orientation sets it apart from its broader line of fishing-oriented models. The 210 LXF has pronounced Carolina flare, a relatively high freeboard forward with 25" at the transom, and a 10-year hull warranty like all Tidewater boats. She is a price-point boat and for that reason alone gets a lot of attention.
Hand laid fiber glass hull with full liner
Forward casting deck
Forward seating area
Full rear seat
30 gallon aerated livewells
Insulated fishbox and livewells
LED lighted livewells
Stainless steel rod holders
Tidewater Boats 210 LXF (2014-) Specifications
20' 10'' 6.35 m
2,100 lbs. 953 kg
8' 6'' 2.59 m
13'' 0.33 m
60 gal. 227 L
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.
The 210 LXF CC from Tidewater Boats is a compact family-oriented cruiser with open bow seating, a standard seat in the stern, and cushions and bolsters as standard.
The mission of the 210 LXF is to provide a boat that can be used for the whole family for cruising, picnics, casual water sports as well as fishing. Stern bench seating, standard cushions on the bow in addition to padded bolsters all around will all make the 210 LXF more comfortable than a standard "guys-only" stripped-out fishing machine. Like all Tidewater boats, pricing of the 210 LXF is competitive with most other boats in what we generally call the "affordable" category.
The 210 LXF is Family Friendly
Seating. This CC has reasonably roomy bow seating that doubles as a casting deck with the cushions off. She has a person weight rating of 1,200 lbs. or 8 people, which ever is hit first. In addition to forward bow seating with standard cushions which snap in and out, aft she has a full-across sectionalized aft bench seat. This, too, can be a casting platform, sans snap-on cushions. There is an optional 2-person leaning post seat at the helm as seen in the pictures, but captains' chairs are standard.
Forward of the console is a cushioned seat large enough for one person and is a fun place to ride for kids. The deck and seating plan means that a typical family can spend a day on the 210 without necessarily rubbing elbows.
The builder says 85% of 210 LXF buyers select the T-top, leaning post and special helm seating options, along with the recommended Yamaha 150-hp outboard. Two captains' chairs at the helm are standard equipment.
Family Amenities. The 210 LXF has bolsters around virtually all of the gunwales, something that mom will like as it keeps bruising to a minimum. A stereo system is standard, along with a 3-step fold down stern boarding ladder, an optional Porta-Potti is available for the compartment in the console, and a heavy-duty stern mount for an optional towing pylon can be fitted.
More Options. Every boat should have UV protection and this boat is no exception. We would opt for either the T-top or a Bimini top, which will be less money but problematical for anglers. A fresh water system is also available with a sprayer in the console.
The cockpit depth is 29.5” (74 cm) forward of the console and 23.5” (59 cm) at the stern. These depths are typical in this type of boat. Dry storage or a cooler compartment with a capacity of approximately 25 gallons (95 L) is located under the port sectional rear seating.
Fishy Things. The fishing amenities are there, such as vertical and recessed stainless steel rod holders, gunwale forward rod storage, insulated fish boxes/storage compartments both port and starboard which are self-draining, and a single 30-gallon aerated livewell (with LED lights inside) centered under the aft bench seat.
A view of the cushioned bow seat forward of the console; the 210 LXF’s bow seating area can also double as a forward casting deck.
The 210 LXF has standard cushioned bow seating; stainless steel bow rails, cup holders/recessed rod holders are standard. Note that there is one recessed cleat on the centerline forward of the anchor locker for the rode, but that is the only cleat forward.
The 210 LXF offers good leg room in her bow seating.
The length of the 210 LXF at the centerline is 20’10” (6.35 m) and she has a beam of 8’ 6” (2.59 m). Construction is pretty much in line with industry standards with hand-laid up fiberglass, a glass stringer system, and foam in the stringers and between the hull and deck to provide flotation. We are told that an "extra" layer of foam is injected into the hull sides until about half-way up the sides. It is important to remember that the USCG does not require level flotation when swamped for boats over 20' (6.09 m).
Build Details. The bottom has a vinylester skin coat to prevent blistering and there is no wood used in the boat so rot will not be a concern. The 210 has five stainless steel pop cleats and most other hardware aboard is stainless steel. The cockpit is self bailing but the metal plates over the drains greatly restrict the flow and we would opt for a more open drain.
When we compare the Tidewater 210 LXF with other boats in class we see that she is at the light end of the spectrum in hull weight. That is one reason why the builder can keep the price down, as well as being why a 150-hp outboard is all that is needed in most applications for good performance.
All of the boats are built in Tidewater's plant in Lexington, S.C. and we are told that all tooling and molds are Tidewater designs.
The stern seat is full-across forward of the transom; beneath the starboard aft seat section is battery storage, with a 30 gallon livewell centered and a dry storage/cooler section positioned under the aft seat portside.
A hinged, swing-out transom door is a unique feature on the 210 LXF models; also pictured is the fold-away stern boarding ladder.
Another view of the broad, sectionalized rear bench seating that can serve sun hungry passengers as a tanning pad. There is a place for two batteries under the starboard seat. The seat back at right pulls out to reveal a transom door and access to the small swim platform and re-boarding ladder.
The Helm Console
The console has a footrest, a glove box, adjacent covered storage bin, and a recessed pocket tray on top that measures roughly 8'' squared to hold wallet, keys, cell phone and similar items. There is adequate real estate for nav screens on the instrument face. The windscreen is Plexiglas and the 210 has hydraulic steering and a tilt wheel as standard.
Inside the console is a compartment that can act as a changing room or head. A Porta-Potti is a low-cost option. For boaters with families we recommend this option. The compartment is accessed by a swing out door on the port side.
The steering wheel is stainless steel and note the lockable glove box and cubby for "stuff." The throttle is on what appears to be a 50-degree angle which is not the way we like to see them installed. We prefer throttles to be mounted on a more horizontal plane to be ergonomically easier to adjust with fine movements.
We have not tested the Tidewater 210 LXF so can make no comment about her performance, handling or ride based on empirical data and our own experience with this vessel. The builder tells us that she will travel in the mid 40-mph range WOT. That is undoubtedly due to her relative light weight of 2,100 lbs. (945 kgs.) and her 17-degree deadrise at the transom.
She is rated for as much as 200-hp but her builder feels that 150-hp is more than adequate and we would agree.
Tidewater’s 210 LXF CC models are available with color options for the hull, including White and Horizon Blue pictured here.
The Ride. Because the vessel has a 17-degree deadrise at the transom most people who are looking for a deep-V center console might be disappointed. But we think boaters should understand that along with the advantages of a lighter, shallow draft (13"/32 cm) boat at just under 21-feet in length, come some trade-offs. It’s a mistake to compare her to larger, deeper-V boats at higher price points. She is designed to run well and deliver a reasonably smooth ride in reasonable conditions.
Obviously the 210 LXF's bottom is not designed for jumping off big square ones in the Gulf Stream. But that is not the work this boat was intended to do -- remember, she is LXF, that is to say a comfortable family-friendly boat. The 17-degree deadrise should maximize her speed with the 150-hp engine and provide good fuel efficiency at cruising speeds.
Note that the throttle is nearly wide open in the normal conditions seen here and the young lady in the bow is able to sit with her feet up on the cushions, indicated to us that she is in no discomfort.
With her draft of just 13'' (32 cm) inches and variable 17-degree deadrise, she can navigate in a variety of water conditions, from coastal work in normal conditions to inland rivers, canals, sounds and lakes. In other words, she is designed to go where most people do their family boating.
Towing Weight. The factory does not supply a trailer. At her 2,100 lbs )953 kg), which will roughly double when the trailer weight is added, her load puts the 210 LXF within reach of towing capacities for a number of mid-sized SUVs and pick-up trucks, further contributing to her value proposition.
Price. The LXF powered by a quiet and relatively economical Yamaha F150 4-stroke, has an MSRP in the high $30s. That makes her competitive with some of the lowest priced boats on the market with respectable credentials.
Standard and Optional Equipment
Tidewater Boats 210 LXF (2014-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Washdown: Raw Water
= Standard = Optional
Tidewater Boats 210 LXF (2014-) Warranty
Tidewater Boats 210 LXF (2014-) Warranty Information
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