Boat Test #1591

When Tidewater Boats was launched 13 years ago, the owners’ mission was to build the best boats for the money. The 232 CC Adventure certainly fits with the South Carolina builder’s mission statement.

The center-console model has standard features such as a fiberglass T-top and a recessed anchor with windlass that are often options on other models in the 20-foot range. With seating for up to 10 people, the 232 CC Adventure has abundant space for people and gear for a day on the water.

Basic power for the 232 CC Adventure is a Yamaha F250 outboard with a top speed of 48.7 mph, according to the manufacturer. Cruising at 35 mph with the Yamaha turning 4,500 rpm, the center-console has a range of more than 300 miles. Tidewater offers outboards up to 300 horsepower for the model.

The 232 CC Adventure has features often found on higher-end models such as the backlit carbon-fiber dash panel for the digital gauges. Standard is the tilt BayStar Plus steering though buyers can upgrade to power-assist steering. A glass windshield will knock down the wind and spray. The integrated fiberglass T-top and leaning post with a backrest ties the cockpit together. In the front of the console is a two-person seat with a cooler under the seat.

For the anglers there are 33-gallon fiberglass boxes to port and starboard as well as a 19-gallon aerated live well on the stern. A raw water wash down helps to clean up the boat after a day of fishing or a stop at a favorite sandbar.

Tidewater provided a neat seating feature on the bow with a swingout backrest to make the seating area more functional. The rear bench tucks up and away, providing more room to move around the boat. A door to port provides access to the transom with a fold-up swim ladder for easy access in and out of the water.


SPECIFICATIONS

LOA 23’8”
Beam 8’10”
Weight dry 3,200 lbs.
Max. Power 300 hp
Price w/ Yamaha F250 $66,700

For more information: www.prolineboats.com

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Brad Roberts
Brad grew up at the family cottage on Lake Simcoe using both powerboats and sailboats. A veteran journalist with large national daily newspapers, outdoor interest magazines, and syndicated television shows, Brad has entertained and educated readers for over 25 years with his unique family-inclusive perspective. His favorite pastime is teaching others to use their boats to access the freedom and beauty of a Life Afloat. Brad, his wife, and their three daughters have traveled and boated all over North America and the Caribbean, but choose to keep their "floating home" on the fresh waters of Central Ontario.