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Tahoe 450 TS (2016-)

1 x 115-hp Mercury EXLPT 4-stroke

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

Test Results

700 2.8 2.4 0.3 9.17 7.97 198 172 61
1000 3.7 3.2 0.5 7.3 6.35 158 137 67
1500 5.6 4.8 0.95 5.84 5.08 126 110 71
2000 6.8 5.9 1.6 4.22 3.67 91 79 74
2500 7.8 6.8 2.4 3.25 2.83 70 61 74
3000 11 9.5 3.35 3.27 2.84 71 61 81
3500 21.5 18.7 3.55 6.06 5.27 131 114 83
4000 27.1 23.6 4.95 5.47 4.76 118 103 87
4500 32.2 28 6.35 5.06 4.4 109 95 87
5000 35.6 30.9 6.45 5.51 4.79 119 104 89
5500 40.3 35 8.3 4.85 4.22 105 91 91
6000 43.5 37.8 10.95 3.97 3.45 86 75 94


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
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
Total Weight 3,005 lbs.
1,363 kg


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Acceleration Times & 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

Engine Options

Tested Engine 1 x 115-hp Mercury EXLPT 4-stroke
Std. Power 1 x 90-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

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.


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.


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)


  • • $24,595 (90 Mercury ELPT FourStroke)
  • • $25,595 (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.


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.

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