The Tahoe 215Xi is an example of a deckboat which has the room to bring along plenty of friends because she has a capacity for 12 people. While her primary mission is to be used as a watersports platform for swimming and towing, she can also be used for fishing. She comes standard with a 220-hp 4.3 L Mercury sterndrive and has many features including an aerated livewell.
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). She's a deckboat that is designed for multi-purpose use.
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.
• Available in 5 standard colors
• Aft platform with 4-step reboarding ladder, insulated storage and fishing seat base
• Standard fishing features include 2 movable fishing seats with fore and aft base locations
• Full instrumentation
• PowerGlide hull design
• Refreshment center with sink, pullout sprayer, and an on-demand 15 gallon freshwater tank
The Tahoe 215 Xi has the low freeboard and the large bow seating area of a deck boat, but is far more than a one trick pony.
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. The Tahoe 215 Xi was powered by a 260-hp Mercury 5.0 MPI engine with an Alpha drive. She reached a top speed of 51.2 mph at 5200 rpm, while burning 21.8 gph while 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.The helm consists of a faux burl wood panel nestled into glare-reducing colors all surrounded by a molded fiberglass console. Tahoe went with full instrumentation that includes a digital depth finder to the left of the panel and a compass directly in the center. The wheel is mounted to a tilt base. A comfortable armrest is formed by the wide caprail to starboard. Engine control is flush mounted to the bulkhead. The stereo is mounted in an enclosed compartment just to the left of the steering wheel. The helm seat swivels and slides, includes a flip up bolster and wraps around for added comfort. The lumbar area is open to provide ventilation on hot days. The three-colored upholstery treatment adds style and compliments the boat's overall color scheme. A 220-hp 4.3 MPI MerCruiser engine is included as standard. Our test boat was fitted with the optional 260-hp 5.0 MPI. Whether to go with the 220-hp or the 260-hp engine will be the toughest decision consumers will have to make with this boat.
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.Reverse chines are carried well forward as can be seen in this image. The 215 carves through turns with no tendency towards falling off the turn or spinning out in the turn thanks to its sharp V-shaped bottom design forward and her flatter aft sections.
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.Dual pedestal seats fit into separate bases at the bow, with an in-deck anchor storage locker located right in between. The livewell is located at the step to the bow, right in between the forward cockpit seats. A single pedestal seat base is located on the port side of the aft deck. Rod storage is located under the starboard gunwales.
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.There are dual bench seats at the bow. A step through to the bow platform is over a hatch to the aerated livewell. Dual speakers and drink holders are mounted into raised molded modules to either side. Note the hatch over the beach boarding ladder on the foredeck. Wraparound bolsters allow for versatile seating positions. The usual accommodations for storage are underneath the seats. A starboard side entertainment center has a convenient trash receptacle to one side and a sink with pullout sprayer to the other. Two drink holders are included and a 15 gallon (56.8 L) water tank is underneath. A hatch leads to storage under the helm console, and notice the dedicated spot for the fire extinguisher. In deck storage is accessed through a ventilated hatch cover. The compartment drains into the bilge where there is a 500 gph bilge pump with auto switch under the engine. The compartment includes a mount for the included paddle, table pedestal, and nav lights. Courtesy lights are also included as standard and allow the 215 to be enjoyed well after sundown. The aft seat lifts to expose a 35 quart (33.1 L) carry-on cooler. This dedicated space is recessed below a raised lip to hold the cooler in place. Wraparound L-shaped seating at the stern also accommodates storage under the port side seat. This included an acrylic pedestal table that has raised edges to keep items from sliding off. It can easily be transferred to the bow seating area. A second trash receptacle is located underneath the step at the swim platform walkthrough. The Bimini top extends forward providing shade over the helm and some of the seating.
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.The optional wakeboard tower will definitely be on the must-have list. It creates a higher tow point so that wakeboarders can catch lots of air as they jump across the wake. Options include tower speakers and wakeboard racks. The bow features a four-step beach reboarding ladder under a concealed hatch. The swim platform features a four-step re-boarding ladder, where virtually all other boats in class have only a three-step ladder. Note dual grab handles to either side of the hatch. A hatch over the steering pump and battery is just ahead. An additional wet storage compartment is located to the port side of the swim platform. This would make a convenient spot to dump the masks and snorkels before climbing out of the water.
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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