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)