I had a chance to demo the new 18-foot one-inch Lund Tyee 1800 powered by a Mercury Four-Stroke 150 outboard, and it’s a great new interpretation of the classic Tyee platform brought to the market as Lund fine-tunes its big-water aluminum fishing boat line for 2013. The 1900 Tyee is another new model for 2013, and these two boats bracket in size and replace the 18-foot 6-inch 1850 Tyee.
Lund designs its Tyee models with more freeboard and a deeper cockpit than its Pro-V walleye boats, and has a deck layout more oriented toward jigging and trolling than casting. This will appeal to anglers fishing wind-swept Western impoundments and big lakes in the Midwest, including the Great Lakes. The Tyee 1800 cockpit is 27 inches deep, which is five inches deeper than a Pro-V model of similar length. The Tyee cockpit is also longer, at the expense of less room on the bow deck. All Tyee models have dual consoles and a tall glass walk-through windshield.
While anglers who want to put family features front and center may gravitate towards a model like the Lund Crossover XS (see Lund offers Fishy Family Fun), that added depth and a new IPS2 running surface with 16 degrees of deadrise do make the Tyee a viable “duo-sport” boat that can function as a family runabout when called upon. Add a set of optional cushions to the padded backrests on the front of the consoles and this boat can do a fair bowrider imitation. The center of the bow deck can also be folded down to create a foot well, or doubles as a cooler stowage compartment. The 1800 Tyee comes with three Pro Ride seats, but there’s room for a fourth in the cockpit plus a set of jump seats in the aft corners which become part of the aft fishing platform when the backs are folded down. A ski pylon is an option.
This boat has a full complement of angling amenities, including lives wells in the bow and stern decks, lots of stowage in the bow deck including room for two batteries and a spot in the peak for a trolling motor pedal, and a big rod locker in the deck that will hold 10 sticks -with even more rod stowage in the inwales. A boarding ladder is standard, as is the extension on the forward edge of the aft deck that incorporates drink holders, a cubby for small items, and slots for tools and even a net handle. Our test boat had the optional vinyl flooring on the cockpit deck, which is easier to clean and faster to dry than carpet.
|Fuel capacity||29 gal.|
The helm has a sport wheel, white-face instruments set in a dark insert, chrome switch gear, and a spot for the optional Sony audio system. There is room on top of the console for moderate-size electronics, but the biggest screens will require a pedestal mount. The helm put me in a great position during a short test drive; the seat is high off the deck and visibility is excellent. The Tyee handled well in a light chop and hit 48 mph with the Merc at full throttle. This version of the ISP2 hull has a single strake on each side of the running surface that extends about three-quarters of the boat length and is there to knock down spray, not to provide lift.
Like all Lund aluminum boats, this Tyee features mostly riveted construction, I-beam stringers and a double-plate bottom for added durability. Fit and finish and materials throughout this premium model are first rate. The 1800 Tyee offers a nice combination of fishability, comfort, and even a little luxury.
Other Choices: The Crestliner 1850 Super Hawk is going to be running the same waters with a similar mix of family and fishing features, as will the slightly smaller Starcraft Starfish 176.
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