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Tahoe Q7i (2014-)
(w/ 1 x 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0 MPI )

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Tahoe’s Q7i is the company’s top tier sportboat, and the optional Extreme package makes it even better. We tested her with a 260-hp 5.0 MPI MerCruiser and reached a top speed of 53.7 mph, and her sporty handling made for an exhilarating ride. With Tahoe’s exclusive PowerGlide hull with Hydrostep lifting strakes, we had a quick time to plane of under 3 seconds. And everything about her layout encourages watersports fun with the family.

Key Features

  • AM/FM Bluetooth-capable stereo with MP3 and USB ports
  • Upgraded furniture upholstery
  • Exclusive PowerGlide hand-laid fiberglass hull with Hydrostep lifting strakes
  • Stainless steel ski tow ring
  • Adjustable, swiveling helm/passenger bucket seats with helm flip-up bolster
  • Lowrance digital depth finder
  • Full-width aft swim platform with storage and boarding ladder
  • Companion console with glovebox, ice chest and storage tray
  • Storage in floor, sides and under seats
  • Custom color-matched trailer with swing-away tongue and Galvashield protection

Specifications

Tahoe Q7i (2014-) Specifications
Length Overall 20' 6''
6.25 m
Dry Weight 3,031 lbs.
1,375 kg
Beam 96''
2.44 m
Tested Weight 3,661 lbs.
1,661 kg
Draft 23''
0.58 m
Fuel Cap 35 gal.
132 L
Deadrise/Transom 20-deg. Water Cap N/A
Max Headroom open Bridge Clearance N/A
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.

Engine Options

Tahoe Q7i (2014-)Engine options
Std. Power 1 x 220-hp MerCruiser 4.3 MPI ECT
Tested Power 1 x 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0 MPI
Opt. Power 1 x 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0 MPI

Tahoe Q7i (2014-) Captain's Report

Tahoe Q7i Extreme

Tahoe’s Q7i Extreme edition has a LOA of 20’6” (6.25 m), a beam of 96” (244 cm), and a draft of 23” (58.4 cm).

Mission Statement

The mission of the Tahoe Q7i is to provide the best of the runabout lineup with high performance looks and all the features the company has to offer. The Extreme package optional add-ons increases the watersports capabilities that accompany its sporty handling.

Major Features

• Exclusive PowerGlide hand laid fiberglass hull with Hydrostep lifting strakes and full width swim platform with two insulated and drained storage compartments
• Custom matched trailer with swing away tongue and GalvaShield protection
• Stereo with Bluetooth streaming audio plus MP3 and USB ports
• Extreme edition includes silver/black consoles, silver wheel accents, silver upholstery accents and Extreme hull graphics
• An optional black folding wakeboard tower with Bimini top, LED lights and upgraded sound system is available
• 20-degree deadrise hull


Tahoe Q7i Extreme

Tahoe Q7i Extreme

Performance

The Q7i Extreme edition has a length overall of 20'6" (6.25 m), a beam of 96” (244 cm), and a draft of 23” (58.4 cm). With an empty weight of 3,031 lbs. (1,375 kg), full fuel and two people onboard we had an estimated test weight of 3,661 lbs. (1,661 kg).

With the 260-hp 5.0 MPI MerCruiser engine turning an Alpha drive with a 14.5 x 19 Black Max propeller we reached a top speed of 53.7 mph at 5250 rpm. At that speed we were burning 22 gph giving us a range of 77 miles. Best cruise came in at 2500 rpm and 24 mph. That speed reduced the fuel burn to only 5.1 gph which the Tahoe Q7i could keep up for 6 hours and 12 minutes or 148 miles.

Tahoe Q7i Extreme

Tahoe created a good looking helm that includes full instrumentation, waterproof switches, a simulated wood trimmed steering wheel mounted to a tilt base, and plenty of leg room under the console.

We had a quick time to plane of only 2.9 seconds, accelerated to 20 mph in 5.8 seconds, 30 mph in 7.7 seconds, 40 in 10.8 seconds and continued accelerating through 50 mph and 17.1 seconds.

Tahoe Q7i Extreme

The engine hatch is raised by releasing a small latch. The installation leaves plenty of room to the sides for climbing in doing both light and heavy maintenance.

Handling

Upon accelerating, the bow comes up 15-degrees and doesn't stay there very long as she's quick to plane. She doesn't require a lot of trim, just bring the needle out to the one quarter mark to get her into her proper running attitude. Any more trim will induce bow oscillation and a couple of clicks back down will have her right back where she needs to be at about a 3-degree bow high attitude.

She turns like she's on rails showing no sign of slipping or falling off the turn. Normal turns have her leaning roughly 14-degrees but high-performance turns can crank around to little more than that. She's very responsive to the helm, so feel free to keep a light hand on the helm. When taking power off she settles back into the water stern first.

Tahoe Q7i Extreme

In normal turns the Q7i leans only 14-degrees into the turns, remaining comfortable throughout.

Tahoe Q7i Extreme

She cuts cleanly through waves with no pounding whatsoever. Notice how there's hardly any spray.

Features Walkthrough

Watersports Capabilities

Because the Q7i is clearly made for watersports, and the Extreme package only exemplifies that even more, let's start with its most distinguishing feature… the optional wakeboard tower.

As part of the Extreme package the added optional wakeboard tower comes in black, and has a custom fitted Bimini. It really adds to the profile as well as the functionality of the Q7i and it's collapsible so the boat can still fit in a garage. There's an additional tow point at the stern as well as wet storage in the swim platform.

Tahoe Q7i Extreme

The optional tower includes a custom Bimini top and an elevated tow point. Board racks are available.

Tahoe Q7i Extreme

Extreme graphics, upgraded wheel, and the silver and black consoles are among the features included in the optional Extreme package. The premium sound system with the Bluetooth-capable stereo is standard.

Tahoe Q7i Extreme

The sun pad is low enough to serve as a comfortable seat. This turns the area into a staging area for putting on boards or for transitioning onto the tube. There's wet storage to both sides and the three-step reboarding ladder is to starboard. Notice the raised grab handles.

Layout

Overall, the layout of the Q7i is typical of the sportboat seating theme. Swivel bucket seats are behind each of the consoles with four across seating at the aft end of the cockpit. A sun pad lies over the engine cover. The bow features V-seating ahead of the walkthrough windshield.

Tahoe Q7i Extreme

Typical sport seating is featured with twin bucket seats and four across seating at the aft end of the cockpit.

Tahoe Q7i Extreme

The port console is well laid out with a self draining cooler, two stainless drink holders, a recessed area for putting stuff that includes a nonskid surface, a premium stereo with Bluetooth streaming audio and over to the left is a 12V supply.

Tahoe Q7i Extreme

The sole storage hatch is ventilated and the compartment itself runs well up into the bow area.

Tahoe Q7i Extreme

The bucket seats swivel around to form an intimate conversational atmosphere.

Tahoe Q7i Extreme

The aft end of the cockpit consists of four across bench seating.

Tahoe Q7i Extreme

The seat cushion retracts under the walkthrough to expose the non-skid step. Underneath is molded storage.

Tahoe Q7i Extreme

The exposed area of the bulwarks is huge, thanks to the cockpit depth. This makes a great place to store life jackets behind the bungee cord.

Tahoe Q7i Extreme

The seating includes wraparound padded bolsters for added comfort. The usual accommodations for storage are underneath.

Tahoe Q7i Extreme

The forward seat cushion lifts to reveal a non-skid step underneath.

Observations

The Tahoe Q7i represents one of the best of Tahoe’s lineup and she’s not only a great handling boat but a great looking boat, especially with the Extreme upgrades. She’s also priced well, starting at $31,995 with a MerCruiser 4.3 MPI 220-hp ECT, complete with a color matched trailer. The Extreme edition costs extra.

Tahoe Q7i (2014-) Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Tahoe Q7i (2014-) is 53.7 mph (86.4 kph), burning 22.00 gallons per hour (gph) or 83.27 liters per hour (lph).

  • Best cruise for the Tahoe Q7i (2014-) is 24.0 mph (38.6 kph), and the boat gets 4.70 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 148 miles (238.18 kilometers).

  • Tested power is 1 x 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0 MPI.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.

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Standard and Optional Equipment

Tahoe Q7i (2014-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Systems
CD Stereo Standard
Power Steering Standard
Trailer Standard
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Optional
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Tower: Watersports Optional
Canvas
Bimini Top Optional
Cockpit Cover Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Tahoe Q7i (2014-) Warranty

Tahoe Q7i (2014-) Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.
Hull Warranty
Years Limited Five-Year
Link http://www.tahoe-boats.com/about/warranty.cfm

Tahoe Q7i (2014-) Price

Tahoe Q7i (2014-) Price
Pricing Range $31,995.00
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.

Test Results   (Printer Friendly Page)

Test Power: 1 x 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0 MPI
  Range  
RPM MPH Knots Total GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM   KM    KPH    LPH    KPL   dBA
670 3.8 3.3 0.80 4.75 4.13 150 130 241 6.1 3.03 2.02 73
1000 6.2 5.4 1.70 3.65 3.17 115 100 185 10 6.44 1.55 77
1500 7.8 6.8 2.85 2.74 2.38 86 75 138 12.6 10.79 1.16 80
2000 15.1 13.1 4.70 3.20 2.78 101 88 163 24.3 17.79 1.36 85
2500 24.0 20.8 5.10 4.70 4.08 148 129 238 38.6 19.31 2 89
3000 31.6 27.5 7.20 4.39 3.82 138 120 222 50.9 27.25 1.87 90
3500 36.7 31.9 8.75 4.19 3.64 132 115 212 59.1 33.12 1.78 90
4000 42.9 37.3 11.70 3.66 3.18 115 100 185 69 44.29 1.56 94
4500 47.5 41.3 15.15 3.14 2.73 99 86 159 76.4 57.35 1.33 96
5000 52.8 45.9 20.15 2.62 2.28 82 72 132 85 76.28 1.11 99
5250 53.7 46.7 22.00 2.44 2.12 77 67 124 86.4 83.28 1.04 101

All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation.

Performance Chart

Performance Chart

Test Conditions

Test Power: 1 x 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0 MPI
Time To Plane 2.9 sec.
0 to 30 7.7 sec.
Test Power 1 x 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0 MPI
Transmission N/A
Ratio Alpha 1.47:1
Props 14.5x19 black max
Load 2 persons, full fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
Climate 68 deg., 69 humid.; wind: 0-5 mph; seas: calm
Elevation 922


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