The Tahoe 215 Xi was created to be a crossover platform capable of being an "all-purpose" boat for entertaining up to 12 people, a fishing boat with standard items such as livewell and pedestal seats, and a runabout for towing sports. We think she does all of these tasks reasonably well in a reasonably priced package.
The Tahoe 215 Xi has a LOA of 21’6” (6.55 m), a beam of 102” (259 cm), and a draft of 16” (40.6 cm). With an empty weight of 3,510 lbs. (1,592 kg), half fuel and two people onboard we had a test weight of approximately 4,038 lbs. (1,832 kg).
With the 260-hp Mercury 5.0 MPI engine turning an Alpha drive with a 14.5 x 19 Black Max propeller, we reached a top speed of 51.2 mph at 5200 rpm. At that speed we were burning 21.8 gph giving us a range of 76 miles.
came in at 2500 rpm and 24.1 mph. That speed reduced the fuel burn to 5.5 gph meaning the 250 could keep that speed up for nearly 6 hours and 142 miles while still maintaining a 10% reserve.
With the PowerGlide hull’s 20-degree deadrise at the transom we reached planing speed in 3.2 seconds, accelerated to 20 mph in 5.8 seconds, 30 in 8.7 seconds, 40 came and went in 12.7 seconds and we continued accelerating through 50 mph in 20.3 seconds.
On accelerating, the 215 presents a 12-degree bow rise before coming up on plane in only 3.2 seconds. Add trim to about the 1/2 mark on the trim gauge to get into her proper cruising attitude, additional trim will cause ventilation of the propeller before any bow oscillation takes effect. She leans approximately 7-degrees into the turns and when taking power off she settles back into the water stern first.
It might seem to be easy to build a boat for fishing since it operates on the water and that's where the fish live. But it takes more than that. There are basic requirements for every fishing boat, and usually optional items as well. For the standard features, Tahoe includes starboard side rod storage with three rod tubes, two removable fishing seats with two bow positions and one aft position plus designated storage space, a bow livewell with a 500 GPH pump out system and adjustable spray head, and pre-rigging for an optional trolling motor.
, Tahoe offers five different trolling motors between 54 and 82 lb. thrust and 50 to 60’’ shaft lengths. Three different battery chargers are also offered.
There is comfortable seating for 12 guests on the 215 Xi. There's a portside refreshment center with sink plumbed to a 15 gallon (56.8 L) tank for easy cleanups at snack time. A removable pedestal table is included as standard equipment. The standard Bimini top includes a drop-down changing curtain.Several stereo options are offered and can even include wakeboard tower speakers and satellite radio capabilities.
The 215 Xi comes standard with a 220-hp 4.3 MPI engine. Our test boat was equipped with the optional 260-hp 5.0 MPI engine that brought us to a top speed of 51.2 mph. Obviously that translates to a boat with enough muscle to pull even the largest skier out of the water. The standard engine will likely suffice but it's reassuring to have the added muscle, particularly when the boat is loaded with guests. However, the higher horsepower engine is not needed quite so much when tubing or wakeboarding. The optional wakeboard tower is a desirable piece of equipment for boaters wanting to wakeboard, and for that it makes the 215 really shine.
We think Tahoe has its act together when designing the 215 Xi. She’s got a multitude of amenities and equipment that when added up provide a remarkably complete package that’s reasonably priced. And, because of her versatility, she can keep a lot of people happy regardless of what the day’s itinerary calls for.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Tahoe 215 Xi (2014-) is 51.2 mph (82.4 kph), burning 21.80 gallons per hour (gph) or 82.51 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Tahoe 215 Xi (2014-) is 24.1 mph (38.8 kph), and the boat gets 4.37 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.86 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 142 miles (228.53 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 260-hp Mercury 5.0 MPI.
Standard and Optional Features
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Pricing Range: $35,995.00Prices, 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.