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Brief Summary

The Tidewater 2200 Carolina Bay’s name is a direct reflection of the manufacturer’s intentions for her use. The boat is designed to be a coastal and bay fishing boat, but thanks to her design she can handle it when the conditions kick up.

Key Features

  • Rear casting deck
  • Pull-up cleats
  • 30 and 12 gal. aerated livewell with thru-hull pickup
  • Fishbox
  • Lockable rod storage for 8 rods
  • Flip-flop helm seat
  • Forward console seat
  • LED lighted livewell
  • Cockpit courtesy lights
  • Flip-up rear seats
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 22' 4''
    6.81 m
    Beam 102''
    2.59 m
    Dry Weight 2,400 lbs.
    1,089 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 9''
    0.23 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 15-deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 56 gal.
    212 L
    Water Capacity N/A
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    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.

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    Captain's Report

    Tidewater Boats 2200 Carolina Bay running shot
    With a sharp entry and broad bow flare, the 22'4" (6.81 m) Tidewater 2200 Carolina Bay is a small boat that can handle big water.

    Overview

    Her pronounced bow flare (some call it a “Carolina Flare”) helps the boat deliver a dry ride in coastal chop and creates a large forward casting deck that spans much of the boat’s 8’6” (2.59 m) beam. Fold-down seats create an aft casting area as well, so at least three adults can fish this boat comfortably.For fishing, there are large locking rod lockers forward and two livewells. The boat is built with no wood and comes with a 10-year transferable hull warranty. Tidewater rigs its boats with Yamaha outboards and buyers can choose among five Value Packages.

    Tidewater Boats 2200 Carolina Bay floor plan
    The boat widens at amidships and flares out forward to create a large casting deck.

    Features Inspection

    The Bow

    For fishermen, the forward casting deck will be the focal point of the 2200 Carolina Bay. The boat comes pre-wired for a trolling motor and there’s an anchor locker in the forepeak. Tidewater uses pull-up cleats to keep the decks clear. Just aft in the center of the foredeck sole is a large hatch that opens on a pneumatic strut. Outboard on each side are locking rod lockers with space for eight fishing rods. After a quick stop for some live bait, anglers can store the castnet in a locker beneath the cockpit sole.

    Tidewater Boats 2200 Carolina Bay rod locker
    The starboard locking rod locker opens on a stainless-steel gas strut so anglers can use two hands to retrieve their gear.

    The Helm Console.

    There are vertically-positioned rod holders on each side of the 2200 Carolina Bay’s center console. A hatch in the port side of the console provides access to the forward side of the dash. A clear acrylic windscreen, Yamaha gauges and controls and two cupholders come standard, and there’s plenty of panel space for owners to add electronics. Down below are two items that any boater will appreciate, a glovebox and an open tray where drivers can stash small items. Up top, a locking electronics box has space for a VHF radio and other accessories.

    Tidewater Boats 2200 Carolina Bay helm
    With the steering wheel positioned as far to port as possible, the helm console actually has space for two adults. Also, note the glovebox below the throttle binnacle.
    Tidewater Boats 2200 Carolina Bay
    The ventilated hatch in the port side of the helm console provides easy access to the dash rigging and more storage.

    Seating.

    Passengers need somewhere to sit en route to the fishing grounds and the 2200 Carolina Bay has a few choices. There’s space for at least one person on the cooler on the forward side of the helm console. The leaning post lets two people stand or sit and has a flip-up bottom cushion. Finally, in the aft corners of the cockpit are two jump seats with fold-up backrests.

    Tidewater Boats 2200 Carolina Bay running shot
    The 2200 Carolina Bay’s rear jump seats have backrests that fold flat when not needed, creating a flat aft casting deck.

    The Stern.

    In addition to the four rod holders on the back of the leaning post, there are two in the gunwales in the aft corners of the boat. The stern casting deck has space for one angler to work comfortably. The 30- and 12-gallon (114 L and 45 L) livewells are in the aft deck and there's also access to check on accessories, such as the bilge and livewell pumps and batteries.

    Tidewater Boats 2200 Carolina Bay jump seats
    The rear jump seats fold down to provide added fishing space. Hatches just behind them let owners get to accessories such as the bilge and livewell pumps.
    Tidewater Boats 2200 Carolina Bay boarding ladder
    The optional swim step on the port side stern has a two-step boarding ladder and a grab rail.

    Construction.

    Tidewater builds the 2200 Carolina Bay with a hand-laid fiberglass hull supported by a fiberglass stringer system. All voids in the hull and stringers are filled with flotation foam. To resist blistering, the hull is protected with a Vinylester barrier coat. All of the stainless steel hardware is installed with aluminum backing plates.

    Power

    We haven’t tested the 2200 Carolina Bay so we don’t have performance numbers. Tidewater typically packages the boat with Yamaha outboards. Base power is a Yamaha 150-hp 4-stroke outboard. Yamaha tested the boat with a 250-hp F250XA motor with 14 ¾” x 23” three-bladed stainless steel Saltwater Series II propeller. So powered, the boat hit a top speed of 60 mph at 6000 rpm, burning 22.8 gph. Best cruise was 26.6 mph at 3000 rpm where the boat burned 5.5 gph, giving it a range of about 260 miles with 10% fuel in reserve.

    Tidewater Boats 2200 Carolina Bay running shot
    Powered by a 250-hp Yamaha 4-stroke outboard, the 2200 Carolina Bay hits a top end of 60 mph, exceptionally fast for the genre.

    Packages To Consider

    • Package 1: Compass and swim platform
    • Package 2. Compass, swim platform and raw water washdown
    • Package 3. Compass, swim platform and dual battery switch
    • Package 4. Large console with flip-flop seat at helm
    • Package 5. Large console with leaning post

    Options to Consider

    • Hydraulic steering
    • Bow and stern casting area
    • Charging system
    • Compass
    • Dual battery switch
    • Jackplate
    • Leaning post with backrest
    • Trim tabs with indicators
    • Tilt wheel
    • Trolling motor
    • T-top
    • Bimini top
    • Mooring cover (not available with T-tops)
    • Garmin 441, 541 or 740

    Price

    Contact a local dealer.

    Warranty

    10-year transferable hull warranty.

    Tidewater Boats 2200 Carolina Bay running shot
    In addition to being a solid fishing boat, the 2200 Carolina Bay could be a handsome choice as a yacht tender.

    Observations

    The 2200 Carolina Bay is designed for inshore fishing. With her deep entry and broad bow flare, she should be able to handle choppy water in a bay, lake or river, and to ease outside the inlets in reasonable weather. She’s equipped with all requisite fishing gear, such as the livewell and rod storage and her large forward casting deck has space for two people to fish comfortably. The aft casting deck should accommodate a third angler.Seating includes a bench on the front of the console plus the two aft jump seats. The 2200 Carolina Bay has open lockers and dedicated rod storage in the bow, plus space in the helm console and beneath the aft jump seats.Outboard power from Yamaha is available up to 250-hp. The base motor is a 150, so a 200-hp 4-stroke could be a good all-around compromise.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    GPS/Chart Optional

    Systems

    Battery Charger/Converter Optional
    CD Stereo Optional
    Head: Portable Optional
    Trim Tabs Optional
    Washdown: Raw Water Optional

    Exterior Features

    Swim Platform Optional
    Transom Shower Optional

    Canvas

    Bimini Top Optional
    Cockpit Cover Optional

    Warranty

    Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

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