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The Q5 models come in two versions: the Q5i SF and the Q5i. Tahoe refers to the multi-purpose SF Q-model lineup as “ski & fish” boats, putting a spin on the traditional “fish & ski” designation. It’s a telling juxtaposition, for the angling amenities on the 19.5 foot Q5i model are token at best. But they may be enough for boaters who will angle only occasionally between bouts of cruising and enjoying towable-sports, for which the bowrider is well-suited.

Key Features

  • Fishing features include 2 removable seats, fore & aft pedestal base locations & non-skid surfaces, a removable trolling motor & aerated 8-gal. (30.28 L) livewell
  • Full-width swim platform with fold-down boarding ladder & storage
  • Aft sundeck with removable cushion, storage below & walk-thru transom
  • Full-width aft seating with 36-qt. (34.07 L) cooler & slide-out jump seat
  • Adjustable, swiveling helm & passenger bucket seats
  • In-floor ski/wakeboard storage
  • Port & starboard consoles with easy-to-read gauges, compass, ice chest, storage & AM/FM/CD stereo with MP3 jack & the ability to accept our optional Sirius Satellite Radio option
  • Bow seating with insulated & drained storage/coolers below
  • Custom-matched trailer with Galvashield corrosion protection, EZ lube hubs & swing-away tongue
Length Overall 19' 5''
5.92 m
Beam 91''
2.31 m
Dry Weight 2,722 lbs.
1,234 kg. w/eng
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 19''
0.48 m
- Draft Up N/A
- Draft Down N/A
- Air Draft N/A
Deadrise/Transom 16 deg.
Max Headroom open
Bridge Clearance N/A
Weight Capacity N/A
Person Capacity N/A
Fuel Capacity 19 gal.
71.9 L
Water Capacity none
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.

Std. Power 1 x 220-hp Mercury 4.3L MPI ECT
Tested Power 1 x 220-hp Mercury MPI ECT
Opt. Power 1 x 220-hp Mercury MPI (limited availability)
1 x 190-hp Mercury 4.3L (limited availability)

by Capt. Dan Armitage

Tahoe Q5
The Q5i SF boasts a bow-mounted trolling motor with wireless controls as standard equipment .

Notable Features

With no anchor locker at the bow, we also do not have cleats, which have been repositioned farther aft. There is a removable center filler cushion which reveals a non-skid deck area makes a nice casting area. There is a large wireless foot control for the trolling motor ideal for this area when you have the removable pedestal fishing seat installed at the bow.

Tahoe Q5
The boat’s forward seating area offers a pedestal mounted fishing seat for use with – or without – the bow-mounted trolling motor. The mounting plate covers the boat’s bow cleat.
Tahoe Q5
The front fishing pedestal seat base is located just forward of the bow cockpit’s foot-well between two shallow underseat, compartments that are glassed in and self-draining.
Tahoe Q5
The Q5i’s helm offers decent legroom and the dash is well appointed with all gauges in view of the operator.

We feel that any fish & ski –- or ski & fish -- model should come with at least a basic fishfinder as standard equipment. The single model offered by Tahoe with the Q5i comes as a $180 option. There is in-wall fishing rod storage with bungee cords to help secure the rods, just make sure they are not bumped onto the deck by the driver or passenger.

Tahoe Q5
The Tahoe’s stereo controls are located on the passenger console.

Our boat tester commented on the flat space offered on the simple King Star Board lid atop the port console, which he found to be a handy flat space for setting his laptop – at least until the boat got underway. With the right adapter, he could have powered-up using the 12-volt receptacle adjacent to the compartment.

Tahoe Q5
The sole locker is plenty long for stowing water skis and fishing rods.

There are dedicated racks for securing a paddle and the navigation lights’ posts in the sole storage compartment. Use of the locker for stowing longer items such as fishing rods may be awkward due to the size of the access. The hatch is made of Star Board with ventilation holes and secured with a piano hinge.

Tahoe Q5
An eight gallon livewell is found under the portside seat at the aft end of the cockpit.

A notable fishing feature on the ski & fish is the rig’s rather sophisticated livewell, fed by dual pumps to offer aeration circulation. We like the proximity of the courtesy light and control switch and the fact that the well’s rim over-hangs the basin to help contain sloshing water – and it’s finned contents.

Tahoe Q5
The bench seat’s starboard base retracts to protect the upholstery and offer a skid-free step for passengers going to and from the sunpad/aft fishing deck or the swim platform.
Tahoe Q5
A two-panel cushion snaps into place on top of the Q5i’s motor well, and the pad is removed when the aft fishing pedestal seat is place in the mount, to reveal a large, skid-free deck.
Tahoe Q5
The engine compartment offers enough room to perform routine maintenance, as well as a dedicated space for stowing the aft pedestal seat. The engine hatch is secured with two auto-locking latches to keep vibration at a minimum.
Tahoe Q5
A dedicated compartment for the boat’s fire extinguisher is located atop the engine compartment.
Tahoe Q5
The Q5i’s integrated swim platform hides a self-draining compartment for wet storage, sports a recessed, three-rung boarding ladder with two handrails for easy boarding, and a tow ring.
Tahoe Q5
The Tahoe’s 16-degree, variable-deadrise hull has proven to be a versatile design for boats in the 20 foot class.

Performance

The standard package Q5i SF comes with a MerCruiser 4.3L 190-hp V-6. While reviewing that rig, we reached a top speed of 53 mph and got on plane in an average time of 4.4 seconds on consecutive runs.

Tahoe Q5
The Q5i has a traditional layout for a family fish and ski, with a smallish bow area, decent deck space, a broad bench seat aft and a sizeable after area for fishing, sunning and swimming.

Observations

I like the Tahoe as a family sportboat. I also feel that the angling amenities offered could be reworked to make the boat more fishing-friendly out of the box. Four key features of any boat intended for fishing use I feel should include: 1) a place to securely store rods when not in use, 2) holders for rods while fishing, 3) a depth finder – preferably with a fish-finding sonar function, and 4) a way to anchor the boat when a likely fishing spot is located. Happily all four of these matters can be easily handled by the Tahoe dealer in the aftermarket. A cleat for anchoring can be added to the bow and a depth sounder is offered as a factory option. Rod racks and flush-mounted holders are simple aftermarket items to add. On the other hand, a bow-mounted trolling motor is a luxury – as is a dedicated livewell – for most weekend anglers. The fish tank’s size may be better suited for keeping minnows than containing the larger fish they catch. But those gamefish that are not released and intended for the dinner table are better kept on ice in the Tahoe’s integrated cooler located under the bench seat right next to the livewell.

Recommendation

I think that the Q5i SF is an able family sportboat; comfortable, well-constructed, adequately powered and fairly priced at $29,995. If you want a versatile family sportboat and intend to target bass when you do use it for fishing, it’s a good choice. If you are more serious about exercising the boat’s fishing option, a few additions might be in order and a dealer can easily add them. If your primary interest is tubing, swimming and cruising, with only casual fishing, the Q5i SF is pretty well found just the way she is.

Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Tahoe Q5i SF (2014-) is 52.7 mph (84.8 kph), burning 16.2 gallons per hour (gph) or 61.32 liters per hour (lph).
  • Best cruise for the Tahoe Q5i SF (2014-) is 43.1 mph (69.4 kph), and the boat gets 4.02 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.71 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 69 miles (111.04 kilometers).
  • Tested power is 1 x 220-hp Mercury MPI ECT.

Marine Electronics

Fishfinder Optional

Systems

Battery Charger/Converter Optional
CD Stereo Standard
Shore Power Standard

Exterior Features

Carpet: Cockpit Optional Snap-in
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Tower: Watersports Optional

Canvas

Bimini Top Optional

Warranty

Hull Warranty
Transferable
Limited Five-Year


http://www.tahoe-boats.com/about/warranty.cfm

Price

Pricing Range: $29,995.00

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.

Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
600 3.7 3.2 0.9 4.4 3.8 74 65 69
1000 5.2 4.5 1.3 4.0 3.5 68 59 71
1500 7.3 6.3 2.2 3.3 2.9 57 49 73
2000 10.9 9.5 4.0 2.7 2.4 47 41 75
2500 24.9 21.6 4.8 5.2 4.6 89 78 86
3000 31.2 27.1 6.7 4.7 4.1 80 69 87
3500 37.2 32.3 8.4 4.4 3.9 76 66 89
4000 43.1 37.4 10.7 4.0 3.5 69 60 90
4500 48.5 42.1 13.6 3.6 3.1 61 53 91
4800 52.7 45.8 16.2 3.3 2.8 56 49 94
RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
600 65 119 6.00 3.41 1.85 69
1000 59 109 8.40 4.92 1.70 71
1500 49 92 11.70 8.33 1.41 73
2000 41 76 17.50 15.14 1.16 75
2500 78 143 40.10 18.17 2.22 86
3000 69 129 50.20 25.36 1.98 87
3500 66 122 59.90 31.80 1.88 89
4000 60 111 69.40 40.50 1.71 90
4500 53 98 78.10 51.48 1.52 91
4800 49 90 84.80 61.32 1.39 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.