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Tahoe Q7i SF (2014-)
Tahoe Q7i SF (2014-)
Dual-purpose boats are popular choices for families who want to use their watercraft for both fishing and more active watersports such as tubing, skiing, wakeboarding and cruising. Achieving a proper balance among features that facilitate multi-use options is an ongoing challenge for boat manufacturers, and one that Tahoe has met with the Q7 SF. The “SF” stands for “Ski & Fish,” a juxtaposition of the popular “Fish & Ski” designation that appears to say that Tahoe puts its SF models’ towing appeal ahead of amenities that allow for easy angling.

Key Features

  • Fishing features include 2 stowable chairs, fore & aft pedestal base locations and non-skid surfaces, a removable trolling motor and aerated livewell
  • Full-width aft swim platform with fold-down boarding ladder and 2 storage areas
  • Sundeck with removable pad & port walk-thru transom
  • Full-width aft seating with starboard storage, insulated cooler below middle seat and port slide-out jump seat cushion
  • Adjustable helm and passenger bucket seats with helm flip-up bolster
  • In-floor ski/wakeboard storage
  • Port and starboard consoles with easy-to-read gauges, a Lowrance depth finder, compass, glovebox, ice chest and AM/FM/CD stereo with MP3 jack and the ability to accept optional Sirius Satellite Radio package
  • Bow lounge seating with removable cushions, insulated and drained storage/coolers below
  • Custom-matched trailer with Galvashield corrosion protection, EZ lube hubs and swing-away tongue

Specifications

Tahoe Q7i SF (2014-) Specifications
Length Overall 20' 6''
6.24 m
Dry Weight 3,631 lbs.
1,650 kgs.
Beam 96''
2.44 m
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 23''
0.58 m
Fuel Cap 35 gal.
132.5 L
Deadrise/Transom 20 deg. Water Cap none
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 SF (2014-) Engine options
Std. Power 1 x 220-hp MerCruiser 4.3 MPI ECT
Tested Power Currently no test numbers
Opt. Power 1 x 190-hp MerCruiser 4.3L MPI
1 x 220-hp MerCruiser 4.3L MPI
1 x 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0 MPI

Tahoe Q7i SF (2014-) Captain's Report

Captain's Report by Capt. Dan

Tahoe Q7 SF

Tahoe’s 20'6" ( 6.24 m) Q7i SF for 2014 offers families a choice of on-water activity options at an affordable price.

The Mission

The Tahoe Q7i SF is designed for families who want a boat that will allow them to partake in a variety of activities, including fishing, cruising, swimming and tow sports. Measuring 20.5' (6.24 m) in length, the Q7i is the largest of three-model ski-and-fish fleet for 2012, which includes a Q4i (18.5'/5.63 m) and a Q5i (19.5'/5.94 m) model. With a 8' (2.43 m) beam the Q7i will fit into most peoples' garages. At a towing weight of 3,631 lbs. (1,650 kgs.) she can be towed with a medium-sized to large automobile. So, to sum up the mission of this boat it is to be an all-around family watersports boat that can be easily trailered and fit into a garage at an affordable price.

Tahoe Q7 SF

With a beam of 96 inches, Tahoe’s largest SF model offers plenty of elbow room for anglers.

Tahoe Q7 SF

The Tahoe’s forward fishing seat is mounted on an offset post to offer additional leg room.

Fishing Features

Since the Q7i is supposed to be a ski & fish boat, let's start with fishing and see what kind of amenities she has. The front fishing position features a 54-pound-thrust bow-mounted Minn Kota trolling motor with a wireless foot control that keeps clutter to a minimum. The motor is fitted to a removable mount that is handy if you don’t plan to use electric power on a particular outing. So if you are going to take the kids out tubing, simply stow the Minn Kota in your car.

The tradeoff is that the bow-motor’s mounting plate replaces the bow cleat, which is used when anchoring a boat. The builder does it this way because that is what customers have asked for. We don't like anchoring a boat from any part of the boat except the bow, so we'd have the dealer mount a pop-up cleat on the forward gunwale as close to the stem as possible. You'll have to use one of the stowage bins forward for the anchor and line.

The Q7i comes standard with a deep-cycle battery to power the electric motor, and optional on-board chargers to keep it and the startling cell conveniently juiced for use.

Tahoe Q7 SF

With the Q7i’s bow fishing pedestal seat stowed, a cushion fills-in to create a large forward lounging area. The side-lounge seats hide insulated lockers that drain into the boat’s bilge.

Tahoe Q7 SF

A dedicated storage area for fishing rods, complete with a rack and protective tubes for three outfits, is built into the Tahoe’s starboard gunwale.

While some fish and ski models address fishing rod and tackle storage as an afterthought, the Q7 offers rod racks and flush-mounted tackle storage trays specifically for those purposes. We’d like to see a couple of flush mounted rod holders fitted to the tops of the gunwales forward and aft for temporary placement of rods while fishing or trolling, perhaps as an option. Of course the dealer can add these for you in the after market.

Tahoe Q7 SF

The portside cushion on the cockpit’s bench seat slides back into a storage pocket to protect the upholstery and to offer a skid-resistant step leading to and from the rear fishing deck and swim platform.

Tahoe Q7 SF

The convertible cushion also hides a small aerated livewell beneath a sturdy Star Board hatch.

If you plan to do much fishing from the Q7i, we recommend the optional Lowrance X50 top-mount fishfinder. In addition to water depth, which is what you get from a digital depth finder unit, a fishfinder offers information on the size, location and number of fish under the boat, as well as any structure and bottom features.

Tahoe Q7 SF

The aft fishing deck is large enough to be practical for anglers of all ages.

The Q7i features a fishing deck aft that with the addition of a snap-in pad converts in to a sunning lounge. The designated access aft to the deck and the swim platform features a ‘leg up’ from the cockpit via a step that leads to a recessed, skid-resistant walkway along the port side. All the upholstery aboard the Tahoe is treated with a stain resistant top-coating that parents will appreciate the first time a (literal) can of worms is spilled on a seat.

Tahoe Q7 SF

The sun deck lifts to offer access to the standard 4.3L 190-hp V-6 MerCruiser sterndrive, one of several power options available for the boat.

Engine Room

Access to any boat’s engine compartment is important for routine maintenance and repairs, and the aft-hinged hatch over the Q7i’s engine area makes that convenient right from the cockpit. Note how much working room there is around the engine and the starting battery – even with the aft seat stowed in its designated position.

Tahoe Q7 SF

The tail end of the 20.5’ Tahoe sports the boat’s primary watersports features that include a large, integrated swim platform with two self-draining “wet” lockers, a three-step stainless steel telescoping boarding ladder with a pair of handrails and ski tow ring.

Tahoe Q7 SF

The faux-burlwood-trimmed console comes complete with full instrumentation, including a compass and a Lowrance digital depth finder.

The Helm

The helm console offers decent leg room with a partial wrap-around to protect legs from wind and spray. The gauges, which include speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, trim gauge, oil pressure and water temperature, are set high enough over the wheel for easy viewing, and the ignition and toggle switches are concentrated in a protected position above and behind same.

Both the helm seat and the companion seat are bucket seats that swivel. That makes the companion seat ideal for the spotter when towing.

Tahoe Q7 SF

A view from above shows the Tahoe’s traditional layout while accenting the boat’s 96-inch beam, four inches broader that the Q4 and Q5 models.

Tow Sports Features

Amenities for towing are the towing ring on the transom, the swim platform and the three-step ladder. The companion seat swivels for a spotter. There is an AM/FM/stereo as standard along with an MP3 player port and four speakers. The swim platform and three-step swim ladder are pretty much standard on this type of boat. Probably the most important aspect of the Q7i for towing sports is it's hole-shot time.

Storage and Trailer Features

Tahoe designers tuck lots of storage options aboard their 20-plus-footer, including open in-wall storage to starboard of the passenger seat for bulky items that need to remain accessible. A large locker under the cockpit sole is for skis, wakeboards, the boat’s standard paddle, or additional fishing rods, and is accessed through a wide-mouthed hatch located between the console seats. Often wakeboards will fit in the sole storage and it also depends on how many you have. We'd check this compartment with your actual boards. If it is not large enough for all of your gear then consider the optional towing arch with racks.

The center section of the bench seat at the aft end of the cockpit hides a large, insulated ice chest.

Tahoe Q7 SF

The Tahoe Q7i comes atop a tandem-axle, drive-on trailer with brakes, and a powder-coat finish that is custom-matched to hull color schemes that include a choice of Black Cherry, Onyx, Blueberry, Citron Yellow & Victory Red with Galvashield corrosion protection. The swing-away tongue feature allows the trailered rig to fit in most suburban garages.

Observation

As testament to the designs’ popularity, there are a number of fish and ski models in the 20-foot-class available in today’s boating market. Some offer a reasonable number of fishing options but most lean toward the easier-to-please cruise-and tow-sports market. Not so this new Tahoe, which boasts a good balance between what it offers families who want to include fishing among their active watersports pursuits – and at "national" price of $32,995 when powered by a MerCruiser 4.3L 190-hp V-6 and including the trailer above.



Standard and Optional Equipment

Tahoe Q7i SF (2014-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Marine Electronics
Fishfinder Optional
Systems
Battery Charger/Converter Optional
CD Stereo 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 SF (2014-) Warranty

Tahoe Q7i SF (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 SF (2014-) Price

Tahoe Q7i SF (2014-) Price
Pricing Range $32,995.00
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.


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