There are some people that believe calling someone or something a “Jack of all trades” is a negative decree. Clearly, none of these people have ever been to a Walmart before. You can get everything from a Bible to an iPad to a Snickers bar to women’s lingerie and be in and out in about fifteen minutes. This idea that we need to be specialized in one specific area is good in some realms — I don’t really want my brain surgeon to also be a plumber on the side. But when it comes to my vehicles, I don’t mind an AWD SUV that is plenty quick, gets 30 mpg on the highway and has enough room for five adults and can tow a small boat. I don’t need a full-bore race car that I can only drive when conditions are absolutely perfect, especially when I need to go to Walmart.
This philosophy also pertains to boating. Sure, a pure speed boat is fun out on the open water, but what happens when you want to take more than one person out with you to enjoy the sea? Or sure, all all out fishing sport boat is a good time when you’re with your buddies, but when the wife and kids want to spend the day in the sun, it’s going to be tough to explain that the trolling motor shouldn’t be used as a reboarding ladder.
But thankfully Tahoe has given us the answer we need. The Tahoe 1950 is indeed a jack of all trades, but in the good way. This boat has a length overall of 19’ 5”, and a beam of 8’ 6”. It sports a dead rise of 20 degrees and has a draft of 32”. Beginning with a Powerglide fiberglass hull with Hyrodstep lifting strakes, it serves nicely as a family friendly cruiser thanks in no small part to things like wraparound bow seating for up to ten people total, as well as a removable table that can be mounted in two different locations, and has its own storage area. Speaking of storage, there is storage abound on this boat, with an in-floor wakeboard/ski storage compartment, as well as no matter what your daily activity.
There is an aft swim platform sports a ski tow rope rack as well as a four step telescoping boarding ladder for water sports, and then optional rod holders and tackle trays with dedicated storage no matter what your daily activities. The color keyed Bimini top that has quick release hardware and a drop down changing curtain as well as the four-speaker Bluetooth capable stereo provide shade and tunes for all manner of adventures.
Max horsepower is 150, which is plenty enough to haul the max people weight of 1,430 pounds. Obviously engine choice dictates the price of this boat, but with the base Mercury 115 EXLPT Pro XS Fourstroke Command Thrust with a horsepower rating of 115, and has an estimated top speed of about 45 mph, you’ll be ponying up about $33,995. That price can climb to about $35,000 if you opt for the trailer and the 150 XS Fourstroke Mercury motor. There are also a multitude of options to choose from, so you do have the ability to cater this boat to whichever lifestyle you lean towards the most. But, no matter what your focus, with the Tahoe 1950, you’ll have the ability to fish and troll along the bay, or go water skiing and tubing with the family the very next day, and all of that versatility for the cost of a small SUV. And while it may not have all the amenities of your average Walmart, t looks like this jack of all trades has everything you need to enjoy a day at sea, no matter what your goals.