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This cen­ter con­sole cata­ma­ran ac­tu­ally em­ploys the word hy­brid in its model name. “This boat was de­signed specif­i­cally to be able to fish both in­shore and off­shore,” says Ge­orge Stronach, Tide­line pres­i­dent. “The ad­van­tage that this boat has, which is a char­ac­ter­is­tic of cats in gen­eral, is that the en­try on the vees is so sharp, pro­vid­ing a very smooth ride. The chine, which is just above the wa­ter­line, and Tide­line’s trade­mark bow flare make this a very dry-rid­ing boat as well.”

An­other nod to off­shore fish­ing: This boat can han­dle up to 400 hp in a twin con­fig­u­ra­tion and tops out around 60 mph. It fea­tures two 56-gal­lon fish boxes in the sole; for ad­di­tional in­su­lated stowage, Tide­line can con­vert half or the en­tire front box for fish.

The 235 Hy­brid comes with 120 gal­lons of stan­dard fuel ca­pac­ity, with an op­tion for 160 gal­lons. At cruise, the

boat achieves about 3 mpg, giv­ing it a more than 300-mile range stan­dard; 500 with the larger fuel tank.

The aft cock­pit depth of the 235 Hy­brid mea­sures 19 inches; for­ward of the con­sole, the gun­wales rise to 25 inches above the deck. The boat’s in­shore fea­tures in­clude a large bow cast­ing plat­form that can ac­com­mo­date a bow-mounted trolling mo­tor, and a mea­sured draft (en­gines up) of 13 to 14 inches.

“We first started build­ing this boat in 2014. We orig­i­nally wanted this model to com­pete with the other high-end bay boats that were gain­ing in pop­u­lar­ity, but as we got fur­ther into the de­sign, we re­al­ized we were do­ing this boat a dis­ser­vice by call­ing it a bay boat be­cause it is so off­shore-ca­pa­ble, which is why we now call it a hy­brid.”

Tide­line re­tained a sig­nif­i­cant cast­ing deck (above) for in­shore an­glers, while de­sign­ing the 235 to carry up to 400 hp (left).

SPECS: LOA: 23 ft. 5 in. • Beam: 8 ft. 6 in. • Tran­som Dead­rise: N/A (cata­ma­ran) • Draft: 1 ft. 2 in. Dry Weight: 4,900 lb. (w/ en­gines) • Max Power: 400 hp • MSRP: $81,200 (w/ twin Suzuki 115s)

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