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Brief Summary

The Tahoe 450 TS is a value-priced, turn-key package complete with a 90-hp Mercury 4-stroke outboard and matching trailer, sized to fit most suburban garages with a 20’3” storage length. She features useful standard touches like a tow-line rack hidden away on the bottom of the aft hatch lid and under-sole racks for storing running lights. The 16-degree deadrise proved a good compromise between quick planing and delivering a respectable ride in choppy water during our test runs. Handling was agile.

Key Features

  • Longer, wider, and deeper hull
  • Powerglide II hull for outstanding performance, nimble turning and better wakes
  • Encapsulated transom with fiberglass-infused, high-density composite core
  • AM/FM Bluetooth-capable stereo with MP3 port and 2 speakers
  • Walkthrough tempered safety glass windshield with aluminum frame
  • Adjustable driver and passenger bucket seats with slide and swivel
  • 2-tone high-density marine-grade vinyl upholstery with stain-resistant coating
  • Premium stainless steel hardware and fasteners
  • Factory-matched trailer with color-matched powder-coat finish
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 18' 5''
    5.61 m
    Beam 7' 10''
    2.39 m
    Dry Weight 2,270 lbs.
    1,030 kg
    Tested Weight 3,005 lbs.
    1,363 kg
    - Draft Up 14''
    0.36 m
    - Draft Down 29.5''
    .75 m
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 16-deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance 7'
    2.13 m (max)
    Weight Capacity 1,300 lbs.
    590 kg
    Person Capacity 8
    Fuel Capacity 24 gal.
    91 L
    Water Capacity N/A
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight 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

    Std. Power 1 x 90-hp Mercury EXLPT 4-stroke
    Tested Power 1 x 115-hp Mercury EXLPT 4-stroke
    Opt. Power 1 x 115-hp Mercury EXLPT 4-stroke
    1 x 150-hp Mercury XL 4-stroke
    1 x 115-hp Mercury ELPT Pro XS 4-stroke Command Thrust

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    700 2.8 2.4 0.3 9.2 8.0 198 172 61
    1000 3.7 3.2 0.5 7.3 6.4 158 137 67
    1500 5.6 4.8 1.0 5.8 5.1 126 110 71
    2000 6.8 5.9 1.6 4.2 3.7 91 79 74
    2500 7.8 6.8 2.4 3.3 2.8 70 61 74
    3000 11.0 9.5 3.4 3.3 2.8 71 61 81
    3500 21.5 18.7 3.6 6.1 5.3 131 114 83
    4000 27.1 23.6 5.0 5.5 4.8 118 103 87
    4500 32.2 28.0 6.4 5.1 4.4 109 95 87
    5000 35.6 30.9 6.5 5.5 4.8 119 104 89
    5500 40.3 35.0 8.3 4.9 4.2 105 91 91
    6000 43.5 37.8 11.0 4.0 3.5 86 75 94
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    700 172 319 4.50 1.14 3.90 61
    1000 137 254 6.00 1.89 3.10 67
    1500 110 203 9.00 3.60 2.48 71
    2000 79 146 10.90 6.06 1.79 74
    2500 61 113 12.60 9.08 1.38 74
    3000 61 114 17.70 12.68 1.39 81
    3500 114 211 34.60 13.44 2.58 83
    4000 103 190 43.60 18.74 2.33 87
    4500 95 175 51.80 24.04 2.15 87
    5000 104 192 57.30 24.42 2.34 89
    5500 91 169 64.90 31.42 2.06 91
    6000 75 138 70.00 41.45 1.69 94

    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. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 4.6 sec.
    0 to 30 12.6 sec.
    Ratio 2.07:1
    Props 13.25 x 17
    Load 3 persons, 9/10 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 76 deg., 60 humid,; wind: 0-0 mph; seas: flat

    Captain's Report

    Tahoe 450 TS Outboard running shot
    The 450 TS' bottom design has more strakes than some competitive models. This should help generate lift and also improve turning performance.

    Overview

    The Tahoe 450 TS is designed to be a turn-key boat that gives a family what they need to start recreating on the water. She’s reasonably priced and comes packaged with an outboard motor and a single-axle trailer with a tongue jack and fold-away tongue. The trailer saves about 2’ (.61 m) of overall package length, allowing the boat to fit more easily into many garages.

    Buyers can choose the base 90-hp 4-stroke Mercury outboard or step up to the optional 115-hp or 150-hp version. Standard equipment includes eight cup holders, a walkthrough windshield in an aluminum frame, an AM/FM Bluetooth-capable stereo with MP3 input and a full complement of gauges.

    Tahoe 450 TS Outboard floor plan
    By keeping the 450 TS' gunwales relatively narrow, Tahoe maximizes usable cockpit space.

    Features Inspection

    Power and Performance

    The Tahoe 450 TS has a LOA of 18’5’’ (5.61 m), a beam of 94’’ (2.39 m) and a draft of 14’’ (.36 m). With an empty weight of 2,270 lbs. (1,030 kg), 90% fuel, test power and three people on board, we had an estimated test weight of 3,005 lbs. (1,363 kg).

    The 450 TS comes standard with a 90-hp Mercury 4-stroke outboard, while the 115-hp and 150-hp versions are available options. We tested the boat with a 115-hp motor turning a 13.25” x 17” three-blade aluminum prop and hit a top speed of 43.5 mph at 6000 rpm, burning 10.95 gph for a range of 86 miles. Best cruise was at 3500 rpm, where we saw a speed of 21.5 mph and fuel burn of 3.6 gph, resulting in a range of 131 miles. The boat planed in 4.6 seconds and ran out to 20 mph in 8.7 seconds and to 30 mph in 12.6 seconds, which is respectable given the power.

    Tahoe 450 TS Outboard hull bottom
    Tahoe says the Powerglide II hull bottom is designed to make the boat nimble in turns as well as creating a good wake for tow-sports. It features the manufacturer’s Hydrostep lifting strakes and reversed chines, as well.
    Tahoe 450 TS Outboard lifting strakes
    The Powerglide II hull bottom features three lifting strakes per side and a reverse chine.

    In maneuvers, the boat worked smoothly through slalom turns and tracked cleanly through 360-degree rotations. When we crossed boat wakes and lake chop, the 450 TS took it without flinching.

    Tahoe 450 TS Outboard running shot
    With a 115-hp outboard, the 450 TS topped 40 mph and exhibited a reasonably good hole shot.

    Construction

    Tahoe manufactures the 450 TS with all hand-laid materials in three primary pieces, the hull, stringer system and deck. The one-piece stringer grid is bonded to the hull and all voids are filled with flotation foam. The hull-to-deck joint is mechanically fastened and chemically bonded and capped with a plastic rubrail with a rubber insert. For the hullsides, buyers can choose from Black Cherry, Victory Red, Onyx or Blueberry gelcoat.

    Features Inspection

    The Bow

    The 450 TS' bow has adequate space for kids, but would be a bit tight for most adults due to the leg space. Adults can sit against the backrests facing forward with their knees bent when necessary, however. There are cup holders and grab handles in reach, and each seat has storage in the base beneath hinged cushions.

    Tahoe 450 TS Outboard bow filler cushion
    The optional bow cushion fills in the bow seating area to create a kid-sized playpen.
    Tahoe 450 TS Outboard bow storage
    Both bottom cushions in the bow have storage beneath them and each locker has guttered drainage to help keep out water.

    The Cockpit

    Passengers can easily move from the bow to the cockpit by opening the walkthrough windshield. We’d like to see Tahoe offer an optional folding door to close off the passageway between the consoles for those days when it's needed to cut chilly breezes. Bucket seats at each console swivel and adjust fore and aft. The rear bench can seat three and there’s a one-person sun lounge just aft. There are swim steps on each side of the outboard with a four-step boarding ladder to starboard.

    Tahoe 450 TS Outboard companion seat
    To observe for watersports, the co-pilot can swivel the bucket seat and put his/her feet up on the rear bench.
    Tahoe 450 TS Outboard sun lounge
    Folding cushions snap in place to form the aft one-person sun lounge.
    Tahoe 450 TS Outboard ladder
    The boarding ladder to starboard is a four-step. Three steps is the industry standard.
    Tahoe 450 TS Outboard ski tow pylon
    The optional ski tow pylon will be a worthwhile option for buyers who are into watersports.

    The Helm

    Drivers will find all the operational information and accessory switches they need at the 450 TS' dash. The instrument panel includes a speedometer and tachometer plus gauges to monitor fuel level, water pressure, trim and volts. The switches are easily visible above the wheel and the 12-volt plug and horn button are to starboard.

    Tahoe 450 TS Outboard helm
    Compact and practical, the 450 TS' dash is properly arranged with the tachometer and speedometer split on each side of the steering wheel.
    Tahoe 450 TS Outboard helm seat
    At the end of the day, the driver can spin his seat, put up his feet and relax.

    Storage Capacity

    The port side console has a glove box with a 12-volt plug and MP3 input. Trays in each gunwale have retainer lips to keep contents in place. Between the bucket seats, the ski locker has racks for the stern light and cover posts. There’s dedicated space for the optional 36-quart (34 L) cooler beneath the center of the bench seat and 10-gallon insulated compartments outboard on each side beneath the individual cushions. To get to the largest compartments, the sun lounge cushions can be removed, revealing two big hatches that open to huge lockers in the stern. In fact, these lockers are so expansive that we’d like to see Tahoe install some partitions to keep gear organized.

    Tahoe 450 TS Outboard companion dash
    In addition to the glove box, the companion dash has small trays on each side. The remote control for the stereo is in the center.
    Tahoe 450 TS Outboard optional cooler
    The optional cooler fits under the center cushion of the aft bench seat, which saves cockpit space.
    Tahoe 450 TS Outboard gunwale storage
    Storage trays in each gunwale have molded retainers to keep contents in place. Also shown here are two of the eight cup holders on the boat.

    Tahoe 450 TS Outboard ski locker

    The ski locker has a gas strut to hold up the hatch, which locks to keep boards and skis secure.

    Individual Options to Consider and Pricing

    • • 115-hp Mercury 4-stroke outboard ($1,000)
    • • 150-hp Mercury 4-stroke outboard ($3,800)
    • • Cranking battery charger ($75)
    • • Depth sounder ($175)
    • • 36-quart (34 L) cooler ($45)
    • • Ski tow pylon ($220)
    • • Auto bilge switch ($50)
    • • Bimini top with aluminum frame ($795)
    • • Cockpit and bow covers ($620)
    • • Driver’s seat bolster ($125)
    • • Bow filler cushion ($300)
    • • Tilt steering ($100)
    • • Tilt hydraulic steering (with 90 or 115-hp motor) ($690)
    • • Tilt hydraulic steering (with 150-hp motor) ($940)
    • • Hydraulic steering (with 90 or 115-hp motor) ($625)
    • • Hydraulic steering (with 150-hp motor) ($815)
    • • Folding wakeboard tower with racks (includes Bimini top) ($2,750)
    • • Spare tire kit for trailer ($290)
    • • Single-axle brake up-grade ($445)

    Price

    • • $23,995 (90 Mercury ELPT FourStroke)
    • • $24,995 (115 Mercury ELPT FourStroke)
    Tahoe 450 TS Outboard trailer
    Having the fuel fill on the aft port corner means it’s on the same side as the driver of the tow vehicle, making it easier to pull up to a land-based gas pump.

    Observations

    Packaged with an outboard motor, trailer and standard equipment that the typical boater needs to get out on the water, the Tahoe 450 TS is a turn-key runabout at a reasonable price.

    She exhibited solid performance with the 115-hp outboard and the boat should be able to handle towing duties for a growing family. She has a roomy feel for her size, and the stowage capacity is a plus.

    Her standard equipment list is adequate, with swiveling bucket seats, a boarding ladder, full-instrumentation, a couple 12-volt plugs and a stereo with a MP3 input. Since Tahoe provides dedicated space for the cooler, it seems that the manufacturer could just include it as well instead of making it a $45 option.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Tahoe 450 TS (2016-) is 43.5 mph (70 kph), burning 10.95 gallons per hour (gph) or 41.45 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Tahoe 450 TS (2016-) is 21.5 mph (34.6 kph), and the boat gets 6.06 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.58 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 131 miles (210.82 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 115-hp Mercury EXLPT 4-stroke.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Systems

    Battery Charger/Converter Optional
    CD Stereo Standard
    Shore Power Standard

    Exterior Features

    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Tower: Watersports Optional

    Canvas

    Bimini Top Optional
    Cockpit Cover Optional

    Warranty

    Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

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