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Tige 21ZX2021Request Price
The 21ZX is the perfect boat to serve up great days and even greater memories. Boasting a deep freeboard, tons of storage, and the largest bow and cockpit space in the segment, the 21ZX packs everything you love about big boats into a convenient 21' package.More…14
Four Winns HD8 Surf2021Request Price
The HD8 Surf is top-dog when you require first-class wake sports performance combined with a level of elegance that accommodates your V.I.P. status. Make sure you're the first in line for this one-of-a-kind beauty because all this luxury and versatility will surely soothe your desire for having it all.More…12
Malibu Wakesetter 21 VLX2021Request Price
Versatility and convenience are the hallmarks of the 21 VLX—making it the perfect entry point for Malibu’s Wakesetter line-up. Detailed Malibu fit and finish adorns the spacious wraparound lounge and classic traditional bow. The traditional bow gives the 21 VLX a sleek on-water profile that cuts through chop like butter while the Malibu Command Center with multiple touch screens alongside traditional controls helps you take charge of everything at the helm.More…12
Centurion Fi252021Request Price
The Centurion Fi25 is like a sports car on the water. Built on our crazy-efficient Opti-V hull, the Fi25 stretches the available room and comfort in its 25-foot hull. It can accommodate up to 16 people and their gear while still offering great fuel efficiency. Great for surfing as well as wakeboarding.More…9
Tige 22RZX2021Request Price
Surf, ski or wake? No problem. The 22RZX can pick up whatever you're throwing down, and out-perform every other boat on the water. Boasting the largest and most intuitive touch screen, the GO System powered by TAPS 3T, and intelligent Smart Wheel controls, the 22RZX is truly a complete innovation.More…10
Tige 20RZX2021Request Price
Confidence comes from many factors, but it comes alive in the 20RZX. Sleek yet spacious styling, the 20RZX boasts the deepest freeboard, the widest beam and more storage than any boat in the 20-foot segment. It's big on style even in its smallest details, staying true to Tige design.More…12
Malibu Wakesetter 24 MXZ2021Request Price
MXZ stands for maximized space, luxury and performance—and the 24 MXZ delivers all of that and more. Famous for its perfect wakes and waves, sharp styling mixed with cutting-edge technology, and the most spacious bow in the Malibu line, the 24 MXZ is bold and maximized. The 24 MXZ is the ultimate pickle-fork packed with innovations, a luxurious interior and the unbelievable performance behind the boat.More…13
Malibu Response TXi Open Bow2021Request Price
The Response TXi brings three-event performance like nothing else on the water today. Uniquely designed for the TXi, the T-Cut Diamond Hull™ has proved it's performance time after time including the 13 world records under its belt. With Malibu innovations such as the Advanced Rudder Control, the Response TXi produces the soft, barely-there wakes and rock-solid tracking to give the skier a consistent pull every time. The Malibu Open Edition includes a 7-inch touchscreen, Zero Off GPS speed control, and billet aluminum accents. The luxurious open bow allows for 2 extra passengers to join you on the water and witness what only the TXi can do in the course.More…13
Supreme S2112021Request Price
This small but mighty model measures just under 21 feet but packs the attitude of a much larger towboat. The S211 delivers world class performance and accommodation at great value. Like a scrapper who becomes a champion, the S211 is small but exceptionally stylish inside and out. The traditional modified v-bow offers big, wide-bow comfort. It also delivers premium performance capability with the wave-making deep-v hull, complemented by QuickFill ballast, Plug and Play ballast, center ballast tank, and the available QuickSurf system – all pushed by Supreme Power by GM Marine. Built with strength and longevity in mind, this boat calls for an attitude adjustment by delivering extreme fun and value.More…9
Malibu Wakesetter 20 VTX2021Request Price
The 20 VTX is Malibu's ultimate triple threat. VTX stands for versatility and it truly is the boat that makes everyone happy whether you want to ski, wakesurf, or wakeboard. Its unique Malibu Cut Diamond Hull™ is tournament approved—so you get pro-level slalom wakes—or you can fill the ballast, drop the Power Wedge III and deploy Surf Gate for a wave you’re not going to believe came off a 20-foot boat. Fun to drive, easy to store and simple to trailer, the 20 VTX is just what your multisport family has been looking for.More…12
Four Winns HD5 RS Surf2021Request Price
When a deck boat of this caliber takes on the versatility of a tow-boat you can't help but give a round of applause. With enough room for 13 members of your crew, a party on board is pretty much expected. With HD quality you've come to expect and the influence of the Four Winns Surf Package, the HD5 RS Surf is a boat you'll surely remember.More…20
Four Winns HD3 Surf2021Request Price
Designed for first-class luxury and equipped to relinquish beautiful wakes for all-day thrills. With the exclusive Volvo Penta® Forward Drive System and the Four Winns Surf Package to back it up, the HD3 Surf lives for comfort and welcomes all types of boarders and surfers.More…19
ATX Surf Boats 22 Type-S2021Request Price
The ATX 22 Type-S is the boat you've been looking for. It’s the boat that catches your eye across the water. It’s the boat that goes all out and unleashes some serious swells. It’s the boat that gives you more value, storage and all-around good times. The 22 Type-S is truly the next level. When you’re ready to surf, wakeboard, ski, or head home, just push 'GO' and the boat will take care of the work. No more dialing instructions, confusing set ups, or moving people around. Loaded with over 3,000 lb of ballast, the proven performance of the Convex V Hull, and TAPS 3T, your day will be epic and easy. When it comes to functional layouts, we became ingeniously inventive. Take a seat in our standard reverse facing seat, or give your transom a transformation with the walkthrough upgrade. No matter which you choose, you’ll be cruising in comfort.More…12
Cobalt CS23 Surf2021Request Price
The perfect wave has never been more accessible than with the CS23 Surf from Cobalt. Now offering one-touch wave-making capability at an entry-level price point, the CS23 Surf also delivers exceptional styling, proper weight for towing capacity and a redesigned layout that feels big enough for the whole family. Take part in the Cobalt experience, and make waves doing it.More…12
Cobalt R8 Surf2021Request Price
The Cobalt R8 Surf offers the most room and best ride in the Cobalt Surf Series. The perfect combination of excitement and elegance, the 27’ 10” R8 Surf offers a roomy interior with wrap-around, yacht-certified seating. The bow and cockpit of the R8 are larger fore to aft, and the head area is larger in both length and width. There’s plenty of room for passengers, their belongings and water sports gear. The newest Surf boat from Cobalt features the Cobalt Surf System (CSS) that delivers the world-class tournament-style waves the surf pros demand. The CSS includes 6 hard ballast tanks that can have as much as 2300 pounds of ballast, a specifically-designed surf hull, the Volvo forward drive engine and the best-in-class Surf Gate technology that shapes the perfect wave.More…9
Malibu M2202021Request Price
The M220 may be just under 23 feet, but it doesn’t sacrifice anything on the luxury, performance and innovative features of its bigger brother, the top-of-the-line M240. One look at the M220 and you’ll instantly recognize its bold M-Series profile, with a high freeboard that allows for more passengers (which means more fun), more ballast, more storage and a larger on-water presence than your average 22 foot towboat. And because this M is all Malibu, wakeboard wakes are crisp, clean and perfectly formed and surf waves are better than ever in nearly any conditions thanks to the M-Line Hull.More…17
Centurion Ri2652021Request Price
The Ri265 is here, all 26 feet of it. This model is not just big for the sake of being big, it has also been refined with an impressive fit and finish and innovative new technology such as the first real time fuel consumption feature built into the new software on the Revo Side by Side dash system. Furthermore, the world’s best waves, wakes and ride have stepped up to another level with the evolved running surface of the Opti-V Hull. Centurion engineers have also added a number of lake life-improving refinements to the Ri265 like Lay-flat Sun Pad Lounge Seats. With room to accommodate 18 people comfortably the Ri265 has all that you could want in a new wake boat, and all of that for a boat that manages to hold a reasonable price point.More…16
Ski and Wakeboard Boat
Ideal for watersports and day cruising these Ski and Wakeboard Boat vary in length from 16ft to 33ft and can carry 5 to 19 passengers. These powerboats use the following propulsion options: inboard engine, stern drive or jet. There are a wide range of Ski and Wakeboard Boat for sale from popular brands like Mastercraft, Malibu and Nautique with 1,026 new and 435 used and an average price of $79,588 with boats ranging from as little as $8,425 and $328,074.
Ski and Wakeboard Boats
You know you want a boat and you know that your family enjoys watersports so much that the usual bowrider or runabout is not going to be ideal, which brings you to the question that everyone in this market must ask themselves: what, exactly, do you want to do? Water skiing and wakeboarding are usually top answers to that question, and if your kids are old enough to know better, they’re going to be steering you toward dedicated watersports boats— for good reason.
Dedicated watersports boats often fill very specific niches, and when wakeboarding took the industry by storm, MasterCraft capitalized in a big way with its X Star line of tow boats.
Watersports boats are a bit different from runabouts, particularly in their powertrains. Whereas a runabout uses an outboard or a stern drive, watersports boats, or “tow boats” as they’re commonly called, use an inboard engine in either a direct-drive or V-drive configuration. We’ll come back to that in a bit.
The origin of all tow boats traces back to water skiing. The need to pull a skier — or skiers — from a deep-water start required significant low-end torque. The V-8 inboard powertrain delivered just that. Once the manufacturers had the powertrain figured out, the escalation of the sport began.
Tow boat builders began experimenting with bottom designs to try to create the flattest wakes possible, so competition skiers could cross them quickly and easily as they scamper around the buoys of a tournament slalom course. The boats were initially sparse by design, because they weren’t intended to accommodate more than three or four people. The engine was mounted amidships, with a one-speed transmission behind it followed by a driveshaft to the propeller, thus the term direct drive.
Introduced in 2009, Nautique’s Ski Nautique 200 closed-bow model is the pinnacle of what a dedicated tournament ski boat can be, but it’s still best suited to two or three people.
As skiers became more competitive and discerning, they learned that adding more people added weight, which made the wakes bigger and more difficult to manage. So, they were often closed bow models, with a driver seat and an observer seat large enough for two—but that was about it. Besides, the ski rope connected to the tow pylon in front of the engine “doghouse,” so no one could sit in the rear of the boat while someone was skiing anyway. Ski boats are more plush today, but competition ski boats are still designed primarily to create flat wakes, not to carry a lot of people, which is one reason why tournament inboards never sold in huge numbers, particularly as family boats.
But that changed with the advent of wakeboarding, a sport many credit with reinventing the tow boat industry—and in all candor, it did. When wakeboarding began to take off as a sport, tow boat manufacturers were in the catbird’s seat.
Unlike skiing, wakeboarding was better with a big wake behind the boat. These large wakes created launch ramps for all the tricks wakeboarders are famous for. By moving the engine to the stern and mounting it backward — flywheel facing the bow — they accomplished two goals: they created more room inside the boat, and the rearward weight bias created bigger wakes. The engine delivered power to the transmission, which directed power back underneath the engine to the propeller, which is located in the same place you’d find it on a direct drive. The power path forms the shape of a V, thus the name V drive.
You can probably guess what happened next. Yes, escalation. Huge ballast tanks filled with water to add weight and bigger wakes, and gobs of seating to bring more friends — which adds even more weight. Ski pylons became ski poles that stretched as high as six feet above the deck and were supported with cables to the bow eye. Those ski poles became towers, with racks to hold boards, speakers, and even video cameras.
From wakeboarding, the sport of wake skating evolved. Essentially a wakeboard without bindings, wake skating itself evolved into wakesurfing, which calls for even bigger wakes. Tow boat manufacturers, naturally, have answered the call.
Now that wake surfing is the latest trend, builders are striving to create ever-larger wakes, like Malibu has done with its Wakesetter 20 VTX.
Today’s tow boat market offers buyers whatever they want, from a Spartan tournament ski boat, to models geared toward wakeboarding and wake surfing. And for the family who does it all, each manufacturer offers at least one, if not two or three “all rounders” that let you ski, wakeboard or go wake surfing.
So when it comes to shopping for a tow boat, the question “what do I want to do with it?” becomes a bit more complicated. Fortunately, whatever your answer, there’s a watersports boat that’s perfect for the job.
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