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Axis A242021Request Price
The A24 is the biggest boat in the Axis line and produces the best wakes and waves on the water so your summer just got a lot bigger and a lot more fun. The A24 leaves no one at the dock with a spacious pickle-fork bow, plush seating for 18 and an additional 4 inches of freeboard to create deep, increased storage for all their gear. The A24’s interior is pure function with cup holders, Soft Grip flooring, rear-facing Chill-Ax seating, a built-in trash can and high-end Wet Sounds audio. The helm combines the best of both worlds with an intuitive and streamlined user experience.More…8
Centurion Fi232021Request Price
World Class wakes for wakeboarding and wake surfing. The Opti-V hull also guarantees a great rough water ride. Create pro level wakes in as little as 90 seconds. QuickSurf enables two-second surf wake transfer from left to right. Center Stinger Plate deploys perfectly symmetrical wakeboarding wakes.More…6
Tige 23RZX2021Request Price
First-class style and first-in-class innovation are just two ways the award-winning 23RZX sets the bar. The 23RZX is recognized as one of the world’s best wakesurfing and wakeboarding boats on the market by the Wakeworld Riders Choice Awards. That’s because 23RZX goes big, not just in size, but in performance, versatility, luxury, storage, and freeboard. Simply put, the 23RZX is the best of the best in every aspect imaginable.More…13
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
Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV2021Request Price
The legendary 23 LSV is the best-selling towboat of all time because it undeniably delivers on everything a family needs for a memory making day on the water in a size class that perfectly balances performance, space and agility—all in a sleek traditional bow form that effortlessly cuts through chop in big water. The iconic 23 LSV is better than ever with design features like a transom walk-over, completely reconfigured interior, and jaw-dropping wakeboard, wakesurf and water ski performance.More…14
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
Axis A222021Request Price
The A22 is the best-selling boat in the Axis family because it walks the line between big and small in a stylish package that can throw out a top-tier wake and wave. Wake-view seating options include the Rear-Facing Sliding Skybox Seat, which converts from a standard bench seat to a wake stadium in seconds, as well as ChillAx pop-up seat backs. The deluxe lounge and oversized bow have everything you and 15 friends need for a long day on the water. A perfect blend of big wakes in a midsize package with style that’s all Axis—the legendary A22 is waiting to level up your fun this summer.More…6
Malibu Response TXi Closed Bow2021Request Price
The Malibu Response TXi is the ultimate course slayer. Buttery smooth wakes are barely there from long line to short line and the rock-solid tracking thanks to the tournament-approved Malibu T-Cut Diamond Hull™ will have you making your next PB in no time. 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. With 13 world records under its belt, there's a reason more professional skiers choose to ride behind the sleek, tournament-ready Response TXi.More…11
Supreme ZS2122021Request Price
It’s called the ZS212, but internally this 21-foot 2-inch boat is known as one of our Zeus boats. Named for the Z-shaped sheer line, we call them Zeus because you will feel like you are master of Worlds when you launch off the powerful surf wave or wakeboard wakes of the Tapered-V hull. With extra strength from our Vacuum Infusion and Unibody Construction, and powered by GM Marine, this boat embodies the mythical trinity of surf, strength and spirit.More…7
Axis T232021Request Price
The alpha of the T-Series, the T23 is a 23.5-foot traditional bow with picture-perfect wakes and waves that are clean no matter the conditions. Your entire 16-person crew rides in style with plenty of speakers, cup holders and storage in the bow and wraparound lounge. The T23’s wake spectating options include the Rear-Facing Sliding Axis Skybox Seat, an innovative convertible bench seat that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without.More…9
Axis T222021Request Price
The T22 features the latest and greatest modern comforts and technology to bring you perfectly shaped and customized wakes and waves for every member of your crew. If you’re looking for that classic wake boat look in a size that doesn’t break the bank, look no further than the T22.More…7
ATX Surf Boats 20 Type-S2021Request Price
The 20 Type-S can take on any sport, any water, and boats of any size. The 20 Type-S was designed and engineered to defy the perception of what a 20-footer can do. The remarkably spacious 20 Type-S delivers more value, versatility, and fun — just in a more compact package. When you’re ready to catch the perfect wave, ride rampy wakes or throw down a slalom set, just push GO and your boat will dial in your settings. Say goodbye to complicated instructions, confusing setups, and moving people around. Loaded with 2,750 lbs of ballast, the proven performance of the Convex V Hull, and the GO System powered by TAPS 3T, your day will be epic and effortless. 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…9
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
Regal LS2 SURF2021Request Price
Upgrade and rethink your wake with the Regal LS2 Surf. Designed to give water sports enthusiasts a ride of a lifetime – every time. Treat yourself to Regal’s exceptional luxury that allows you a smooth ride, and enjoy versatility and capability letting you experience the thrill for endless days out on the water.More…18
Malibu Wakesetter 22 LSV2021Request Price
The most compact of the LSV family, the 22 LSV shares all the same wake-making potential, comfort amenities and user-centric tech as its bigger brothers, but at just under 22 feet it’s more approachable for smaller families and first-time buyers. Choose between the Wake Plus Hull for surf or wakeboard enthusiast or the Diamond Multisport Hull for all-around performance with slalom wakes you’ll barely notice. Either way, the 22 LSV combines all the best aspects of the bigger LSVs into a more compact package that still packs a big punch.More…10
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…11
Ski and Wakeboard Boat
Ideal for watersports and day cruising these Ski and Wakeboard Boat vary in length from 18ft to 30ft and can carry 6 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 Malibu, Mastercraft and Nautique with 1,977 new and 1,075 used and an average price of $83,336 with boats ranging from as little as $9,997 and $256,134.
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.
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.
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.
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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