I am also a happy owner of a Tiderunner 150-Cuddy. The one pictured here looks almost identical to mine. I could never find one word about this great boat on the Internet, and I figured it was high time something was posted to commemorate it So I cooked up this long paragraph. Posting it here seems like a proper thing to do. In ’92, I bought an ’83 Tiderunner 150-Cuddy from the original owner. Tiderunner only made seven of these boats, all in Gig Harbor, Washington. By far, the Tiderunner 150-Cuddy is pound-for-pound, foot-for-foot, and dollar-for-dollar the greatest boat ever made. Fiberglass; 15 feet; the enclosed and watertight prow forms a cuddy cabin that an adult can sleep in with gear-storage space left over; the windshield sits atop the rear of the cuddy; dual 360-degree swivel seats sit directly behind the cuddy; the steering wheel and engine controls are mounted on the cuddy bulkhead; there’s full canvas if you want to pitch it up, but just the forward awning (looks like the Arima set up) for sun or rain is all that’s necessary; there’s a large and deep below-water-line fishing area with rump-high railings; a fish/ice box is built into the floor of the fishing area; there’s a pull-up padded bench seat at the rear of fishing area; ample power comes from a Suzuki 50 with an 8 horse Johnson fishing “kicker” I hung next to it; there’s high free board; there’s a broad well between the fishing area and the engines, with a battery slot and a 16-gallon built-in gas tank below that well; the boat is very stable; two men can stand against the side and railing on the same side of the boat, even lean over the side while netting a fish, and the boat remains upright and stable; a fish can be played all around the boat, over and around the windshield and the prow from the seating/fishing area; the boat is very capable in rough seas; it takes a wave over the prow nicely; running at speed in rough water, the boat doesn’t slap down or belly-flop like an Arima does because the semi-deep V is deeper; the boat reaches 22 mph over “lake chop” according to its GPS speed indicator; this boat is an easy one-man-launch operation from its EZ-Loader trailer; launching from a beach is also easy because a high rail around the top of the cuddy (not around the nose of the boat) allows the launcher to pull himself up, get a knee on the prow, then step around the cuddy and into the seating/fishing area. I have had my Tiderunner 150-Cuddy on Puget Sound, Grays Harbor, Willapa Bay and River, Lake Mayfield, Riffe Lake, Hood Canal, Admiralty Inlet, on the Strait of Juan de Fuca at Sekiu, at Port Angeles, and extensively at Port Townsend. Like I said, only seven 150-Cuddys were made because, as I was told by one of the artisans who built for Tiderunner, considering all the work and materials that went into that boat, the company could easily make more money from a 17 or 19 footer for very little additional cost. Mine is garaged on its trailer ten minutes from Puget Sound. I have seen two others on Puget Sound at Point Defiance in Tacoma, and I know there is one in the Aberdeen/Grays Harbor area. There are many other models and sizes of Tiderunners around Puget Sound. Any one of them is worth very serious consideration.
I found my Tide Runner to be a bit jumpy on the water, no amount of weight distribution and or trimming the motor would keep it from bobbing. I ended up parting with it in favor of the Arima Sea Chaser which was a much more sea worthy ride. However, after one season of having the Arima, I found a better boat, which I current own. Hewescraft, which will likely hold onto unless there is a bigger welded aluminum in the future. I have friend with Tide Runners and I was impressed with the run about glass windshield model.
Great to hear back from you. I think you have one of the classiest websites going. Your section on knots is spectacular. I haven’t had my boat out for several seasons, but I will get it out and on the water this year. I don’t think I’ll ever fish again. I believe that salmon swim all the way to Japan and back. A recent news story reported that a single fish caught near Japan registered gamma radiation at 2.500 times the “acceptable” level. So I won’t be wetting another hook. But I will get out to enjoy the scenery, and because I won’t be driven by “salmon fever” anymore, I am likely to avoid drowning in a marine accident. Carry on. I am sure your internet offerings are a great resource for other fishermen.
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