Wakeboard boat

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Moomba Mondo wakeboard boat

Wakeboard boats also known as wakeboats, surfboats or tow boats are designed to create a large, specially shaped wake, for a wakeboarder to jump the wakes from side to side doing aerial tricks. They developed from the Runabout type.

Boat types[edit]

Generally speaking, wakeboard specific boats are V-drive boats. This means they are an inboard boat with the engine placed backwards in the rear of the boat. This is done to keep more weight in the back of the boat and make the wake larger. Some wakeboard specific boat models are direct drive boats where the engine is in the middle of the boat. Most wakeboard boats will have several features that help to create large wakes. These include ballast,[1] hydrofoil, and hull technology. Ballast is a simple term for weight. When wakeboard boats have ballast tanks, it means that they have room for extra weight to weigh the boat down for larger wakes. For example. If the rider is surfing on the starboard side of the stern. Then you want to activate the starboard ballast in order to give the rider a surf-able wave. All these key features would not be anything if it was not for cruise control which innovated wake boarding. Throttles on v drive boats are extremely sensitive and it is hard to get to the desired speed of the rider. When cruise control is set the driver can push the throttle all the way down and the boat will not go any faster than the desired speed. It locks the engine in at that rpm.

Wedges and plates[edit]

Two wakeboard boats with wedges visible

Many watersports boat manufacturers have developed systems to further enhance the shape of the wakes their boats create. These devices often help to lower the stern of the boat, which creates a larger wake and are very useful when wakesurfing as well. However, the quality and size of the wake is largely a function of the hull design and ballast weight of the boat. Malibu Boats' "Wedge" is a hydrofoil device that can be extended or retracted. When the "Wedge" is extended it creates downward force that pulls the stern of the boat lower in the water. MasterCraft boats use an "attitude adjustment plate" which is a large trim tab that allows the boat to be trimmed- enhancing the wake. Nautique developed the "Hydrogate" which uses Bernoulli's Principle to trim their wakeboarding boats. It works by creating a small channel along the stern of the boat at the transom- when it is closed, the nose of the boat is lower when on a plane creating a wake better for skiing. When the trough opens, approximately 1/2 inches deep, the higher velocity of the water through the trough creates a region of lower pressure, and causes the transom to settle lower, for wakeboarding. The hull is specifically molded to displace monumental amounts of water. Skiers Choice, manufacturer of Supra and Moomba, has created a wake plate that aids the boat in planing by allowing the driver to adjust the device (basically a trim tab). All manufactures have some type of ballast system in addition to the other devices.

Hull technology[edit]

Hull technology is the innovation and R&D that the manufacturers put into their boats to ensure the best stock wake possible. Many boarders use aftermarket ballast and lead to further weigh down their boats for very large wakes or for sports such as wake surfing. Most wakeboat manufacturers have installed factory ballast but sometimes more weight is needed. Ballast can take the form of hard tanks or soft bags which are filled with water from the body of water the boat is being operated on. Wakeboard boats have a certain type of hull to allow for bigger wakes. The bigger the wake the more the stern is sitting in the water. These boats are not good for shallow waters considering their draft is roughly over 3 feet. There is a rudder propeller and shaft drive along with three fins directly under the boat. Shallow waters with that much instruments under the boat will call for disaster. These boats are not good substitutes for fishing boats for that reason. Most fishing boats have a flat bottom hull and an outboard motor which is completely retractable. They also have a plastic trolling motor in case they ever get into sticky situations. Wakeboard boats offer depth finders to keep out of the shallow stuff. People often think that if they ruin a prop on an inboard that it will be an easy fix. Inboard props do not come off without a special tool that can be costly.

Wakeboard tower[edit]

Wakeboard tower with bimini top, rearward facing loudspeakers and wakeboard holder

A wakeboard tower is usually a common characteristic of a wakeboard boat. The tower elevates the pulling position of the rope allowing the rider to launch and stay in the air longer reducing the pull downwards.[2]

Popular brands[edit]

Key features[edit]

  • V-Drive
  • Tower
  • Platform

Boat comparisons[edit]

Model Length (ft) Dry Weight (lbs) Factory Ballast (lbs) Total Weight with Ballast, without Fuel or Passengers (lbs) Horse Power (HP) Passengers MSRP
Pavati AL 24 24' 4,894 4,888 9,782 575 17 $285,999
Pavati AL26 26' 6,700 5,988 12,688 575 $315,999
Nautique S23 23 5,500 3,150 8,150 400 / 355 / 450 / 475 / 600 16 $154,954[3]
Nautique GS20 20' 4,500 1,850 6,350 355 - 450 12 $122,906
Nautique GS22 22' 4,750 2,950 7,700 355 - 450 15 $137,597
Nautique GS22E 22' 5,900 1,850 7,750 Electric 2-3 Hour Battery Life, Charge Time AC: 10 Hours, DC: 4 Hours, Supercharger: 1.5 hours 15 $299,583
Nautique GS24 24' 5,100 3,200 8,300 355 - 475 16 $158,896
Nautique G21 21' 5,800 2,250 8,050 370-600 14 $171,496
Nautique G23 23' 6,000 2,200 or 3,650 with supplemental ballast option 8,200 or 9,650 with supplemental ballast option 370 - 600 16 $186,229
Nautique G25 25' 6,400 2,200 or 3,650 with supplemental ballast option 8,600 or 10,050 with supplemental ballast option 370 - 600 19 $201,300
Nautique Paragon G23 23' 7,200 2,200 9,400 600 16 $306,191
Nautique Paragon G25 25' 7,400 2,200 9,600 600 19 $322,568
Supra SE 24'5" 6,150 4,100 10,250 450, 575 18 $157,400
Supra SL 23'5" 5,600 3,500 9,100 400, 450, 575 17 $144,800
Supra SA 22'5" 5,800 3,500 9,300 400, 450, 575 16 $142,800
Supra SR 22'11" 4,950 3,300 8,250 400, 450 14 $127,600
Axis A20 20' 3,500 760 4,260 11
Axis A22 22' 4,500 1,065 5,565 15
Axis A24 24'5" 5,500 1,370 6,870 18
Axis T22 22' 4,200 1,065 5,265 15
Axis T23 23'5" 5,000 1,140 8,250 16
Moomba Makai 24'5" 5,200 4,000 9,200 400, 450, 575 18 $87,320
Moomba Kaiyen 21'5" 4,500 3,700 8,200 400 15 $76,440
Moomba Mondo 20' 4,000 3,700 7,700 400 13 $68,700
Moomba Craz 22' 4,200 3,000 7,200 400, 450 16 $72,920
Moomba Max 22'6" 4,500 4,000 8,500 400, 450 17 $71,600
Moomba Mojo 23' 4,800 4,000 8,800 400, 450 17 $78,640
Mastercraft NXT20 20' 3,965 1,770 5,735 11 $77,990
Mastercraft NXT22 22' 4,300 2,150 6,450 14 $85,500
Mastercraft NXT24 24' 5,000 2,600 7,600 16 $92,200
Mastercraft XT20 20' 4,500 1,700 6,200 11 $107,700
Mastercraft XT21 21'4" 4,800 2,460 7,260 14 $114,200
Mastercraft XT23 23'4" 5,250 3,300 8,550 16 $128,995
Mastercraft XT24 24' 5,550 3,600 9,150 17 $133,995
Mastercraft XT25 25'3" 5,200 2,800 8,000 18 $139,995
Mastercraft X22 22'4" 5,500 3,550 9,050 16 $160,995
Mastercraft X24 24'2" 6,100 4,300 10,400 18 $175,995
Mastercraft X26 26'5" 6,900 4,150 11,050 18 $189,995
Mastercraft XStar 23' 5,800 4,100 9,900 16 $176,999
Mastercraft XStar S 23' 5,800 4,300 10,100 16 $179,900
Centurion Ri265 26'6" 6,400 5,850 12,250 $
Centurion Ri245 24'6" 5,700 5,650 11,350 16 $
Centurion Ri257 25'7" 6,150 5,550 11,650 18 $
Centurion Ri237 23'7" 5,450 5,100 10,550 16 $
Centurion Vi22 22' 5,150 4,600 9,750 12 $
Centurion Vi24 24' 5,250 4,800 10,050 14 $
Centurion Fi21 21' 5,100 4,750 9,850 12 $
Centurion Fi23 23' 5,300 4,850 10,150 14 $
Centurion Fi25 25' 5,850 5,050 10,900 16 $

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ballast Fat Sac's for wakeboard boat".
  2. ^ "Universal wakeboard tower".
  3. ^ "Super Air Nautique S23".
  4. ^ "Super Air Nautique G23 Paragon". Nautique Boats. Retrieved 2020-10-25.
  5. ^ nautique.com
  6. ^ "SR".
  7. ^ https://www.moomba.com/models/mojo
  8. ^ "The New MasterCraft XStar S | A Surf Boat for All Riders".
  9. ^ https://www.centurionboats.com/models/ri-series/ri237

External links[edit]

  • WakeBoatOwners An online community for Wakeboard Boat Owners to share their boats and discuss their hobby with other enthusiasts.
  • The Wakeboard Report A site that covers the boats used in the sport of wakeboarding and reviews new models and provides impressions of new and existing wakeboard boats.
  • Wakeboard San Diego An online community for San Diego and Southern California wakeboarders.