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Content courtesy ofThe Tahoe 1950 carries much of her 102" beam all the way to the bow, adding seating space forward as well as increasing the size of the bow swim-deck. A beach ladder provides easy access here. A fishing package is available, with swivel seats that fit on the bow and stern platforms, a bow-mount troller, livewell and sonar.
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.
Tahoe developed the 1950 as a follow-up to its larger sibling, the 2150. She was designed from the start for outboard power, which opened up the cockpit space. Her bow and swim platforms lend themselves well to watersports, and there’s good flow from bow to stern.
A comprehensive standard equipment list includes a color-matched bimini top, a ski tow pylon, two coolers, and a refreshment center with a sink.
The Foredeck. We are starting at the 1950’s bow because it has a specific design element that contributes to the overall flow and ergonomics of the boat. We’ll get to that in a moment, but first, the foredeck measured 6’ (1.83 m) across and 2’7” (.82 m) deep. There are two pull-up cleats outboard on each side for securing docklines plus a third one dedicated for securing the rode just ahead of the anchor locker. To starboard, the four-step beach boarding ladder is beneath a hinged hatch.
Bow Seating. We noticed when we looked at the 1950’s bow that the port lounge is 8” (20.3 cm) longer than the starboard side, 4’2” (1.3 m) compared to 3’6” (1.07 m). The reason for this is that Tahoe didn’t want to compromise the ergonomics at the helm or the ease of passage to the stern.
Tahoe also said that because the starboard side seat is smaller, a shorter passenger is more likely to sit on that side, which could make it easier for the driver to see over that person.
There are stainless steel rails outboard on each side, plus speakers and cup holders. The forward bow cushion secures with a track and bead plus dual snap-down straps that secure in the lockers beneath the outboard lounge cushions. Freeboard at the bow is 2’10” (.86 m).
Bow Storage. The outboard lounge cushions in the bow are hinged, and they open to draining lockers on each side. The seat bottoms are plastic and have proper weep holes to let water drain out of the foam. The backrest on the front of the helm console opens on a gas strut to reveal a locker and access to the helm rigging. Forward, the anchor and rode store in a dedicated locker in the bow.
The Helm. Working aft, the helm features a speedometer, a tachometer, fuel, trim gauge and water-pressure gauges, and a voltmeter, all in good sight lines above the steering wheel. In the center of the panel, Tahoe provides a cell phone holder with a bungee-style cord and a 12-volt power plug nearby. The steering wheel is mounted to a SeaStar hydraulic helm.
To starboard, the accessory switches are clearly labeled, and we liked the Master Power switch that shuts down the whole 12-volt system. The helm also has two cup holders and a windscreen that’s tall enough to keep a driver’s hat from blowing off his head.
Refreshment and Storage. Across from the helm, the refreshment center has a sink beneath a hinged cover, two stainless steel cup holders, a remote control for the stereo, and storage in the base. A locking hatch in the sole between the helm and refreshment center opens the ski locker that is 6’3” (1.9 m) long, 1’9” (.5 m) wide and 1’4” (.4 m) deep. Lining the bottom of the locker with rubber mat would cushion the ride for boards and skis.
Versatile Lounges. Abaft the refreshment center, the port side lounge has forward and aft-facing backrests. This seat would be the best on board for observing watersports. In the base of the aft-facing backrest, there’s a tray lined with soft foam and a 12-volt plug. This would be a good spot to charge a cell phone. There’s also a full bench across the stern.
Cockpit Storage. In the locker in the base of the port side lounge, we found the table strapped in place as a well as a dedicated rack for a watersports towrope. The twin hatches are held up by gas struts, and when closed, they stay down thanks to a pair of posts and sockets.
Across the stern, there’s a 36-quart (34-liter) cooler beneath a hinged bottom cushion. When the bottom cushion and cooler hatch are up, the latter holds the former in place. Above, the aft bench backrest opens on hinges that hold it up to provide access to the ski tow pylon and the leg for the table.
The Stern. To starboard, a gate closes off the passageway to the swim platform. Beneath a hatch in the walkway deck, there is dedicated space for a wastebasket. Aft on each side, the swim platforms measure 2’ wide (.61 m) by 3’ (.91 m) deep fore to aft, and there is a narrow walking surface just ahead of the splashwell.
There’s a four-step ladder aft to starboard and just ahead, the battery is beneath a hatch in the deck. The tow pylon threads in place in the center of the aforementioned walkway between the two platforms. The port swim platform locker is open for storage. The hatch in the splashwell provides access to the fuel lines.
Twin stainless-steel pull-up cleats are positioned for easy cross-tying at a dock and the fuel fill is outboard to port. Aft freeboard is 2’2” (.66 m).
The Stats.Tahoe designs the 1950’s Powerglide bottom with a broad flare and sharp entry at the bow with 20 degrees of deadrise at the transom. She has six Hydrostep lifting strakes and a slightly turned-down chines.
With two people, 35 gallons (132.5 L) of fuel and test equipment on board, our test boat weighed 3,585 lbs. (1,626 kg).
We tested with the largest engine available, Mercury’s 150-hp ELPT FourStroke. It was equipped with 1.92:1 gears and turned a 14 ¼” x 18” (36.2 cm x 45.7 cm) Enertia three-blade stainless steel propeller.
The Numbers. We hit a top speed of 49.6 mph (43.1 knots) at 5800 rpm.
Best cruise was at 3500 rpm where she ran 27.1 mph (23.6 knots) and burned 4.6 gph (17.2 lph). That works out to 5.9 miles per gallon (2.53 kpl) and a range of 214 statute miles (344 km) with 10 percent of the boat’s 40-gallon (151.42-liter) fuel capacity in reserve.
In acceleration tests, the 1950 planed in 3.5 seconds and ran to 20 mph (17.4 knots) in 5.4 seconds and to 30 mph (26.1 knots) in 8.2 seconds. Under hard acceleration, bow rise was 15 degrees.
Tahoe tested the 1950 with a two-stroke 150-hp Mercury OptiMax outboard with a 1.87:1 gear ration turning a 14 ¼” x 18” (36.2 cm x 45.7 cm) Enertia three-blade propeller. The boat ran 50 mph (43.5 knots) with a light load and 40 mph (34.8 knots) with a heavy load.
With a 115 four-stroke Mercury Pro XS CT outboard turning 2.38:1 gears and a 14 ½” x 17” (36.8 cm x 43.2 cm) Enertia three-blade stainless steel propeller, Tahoe saw 41.4 mph (36 knots) carrying a light load and 34.55 mph (30.04 knots) with a heavy load.
Handling. The 1950 delivers a spirited performance in maneuverability tests. Crank the wheel to a full lock, and she holds her line and carves out a tight, clean turn in either direction. Whip through slalom passes, and she transitions quickly and smoothly from side to side. Her deep bow entry cut through boat wakes and lake chop handily.
Construction and Rigging. Tahoe builds the 1950 with a hand-laid hull and stringer system that is finished in gelcoat and filled with flotation foam. The hull and deck are chemically bonded and mechanically fastened for strength and longevity. Deck hardware is all stainless-steel navigation and interior courtesy lights are all LED. The bilge pump is rated at 1,000-gph (3,785.4 lph).
$28,995 with a Mercury 115 EXLPT Pro XS Command Thrust outboard.
Options to Consider
Fishing Package. $2,400
Digital Deluxe Stereo Package $900
Digital Deluxe Stereo Package w/Wakeboard Tower $1,450
Digital Depth Sounder $150
Snap-in Woven Flooring $500
Custom tandem axle trailer with brake on one axle $2,995
Custom tandem axle trailer with brakes on both axles $3,195
Tahoe designed the 1950 around outboard power and the choice of engine will be important. If this will strictly be a boat for a four-person family with light equipment load, the standard 115 Four-Stroke may work best. Ideally, however, we recommend buying the most horsepower an owner can afford.
This deck boat was designed for versatility and comfort during a long day on the water. The storage is plentiful, well-placed and easy to use and we appreciate that the standard equipment list includes a bimini top, cockpit table and ski-tow pylon that give the 1950 extra value.
Test Result Highlights
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!
Pricing Range: $28,995.00Prices, 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.
Test Results - Change Measurement Unit
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.