Nautique has launched a bevy of new boats over the last couple of years, like the Super Air Nautique G23 and G25, so the company doesn’t have any new model debuts for 2017 even as the industry is poised for its annual spate of new-product introductions. That could change, but in the interim, the company does have a host of new features planned for 2017. Here’s a look at the most interesting of the bunch.
Bimini Top With Surfboard Pockets
Wakesurfing has consumed the tow boat industry over the last couple of years and every manufacturer is chasing that market. Here’s the thing. Surfboards are much larger than wakeboards and skis, and stowing them while underway can be a hassle. To get them up and out of the way, Nautique has introduced a new Bimini top that has pockets on either side to hold surfboards. That frees up interior space and allows the wakeboard racks to hold smaller boards, too.
Surf-Ready Board Racks
Remember how we said surfboards are so much larger than wakeboards? Yes, well, they’re thicker, too, and to accommodate surfboards on its regular racks, Nautique is introducing racks that will accept boards as thick as regular surfboards. The rack also has a new rotating mechanism.
New Helm With 12.4-inch LINC Screen
Tow boat instrument clusters have come a long way in the last 10 years. The advent of electronic displays for the boat’s vital signs and touch-screen controls for its functions set off an arms race of sorts, to see which builder can boast the best technology at the helm. Nautique is upping its game again with a new, redesigned helm on its Super Air Nautique G-Series boats and a new 12.4-inch LINC Panoray screen. The company has blended technology, form and function to give the driver total control.
Super Air Nautique G-Series Tower
The tow boat industry also has seem something of an arms race in towers on wakeboard boats. Speakers, lights, racks, action cameras, spring-loaded, and power-folding mechanisms are some of the more recent innovations. For 2017, the G-Series towers come with larger cast parts in a new, more aggressive-looking design.
Surf Select 2.0
Ok, you know the tow boat market has gone high-tech when it uses language like 2.0 to describe its features. Surf Select was one of the first systems to put the rider in control of the wakes. It gave the rider control of the speed, the Nautique Surf System, stereo volume, and allowed him or her to transfer the wave from one side of the boat to the other. Surf Select 2.0 adds to all that with the ability to shift ballast in the tanks, too.
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