The new 2021 Super Air Nautique GS22E is a physics-defying surfing tow boat that uses an eco-friendly electric propulsion system. It’s notable for many reasons not the least of which is that nobody would have bet on a power-hungry, heavy boat like a water-pushing surfing machine to be able to run all electric and yet, here we are. Step aside Tesla, a new challenge has been addressed and it surfs.
Built on the popular 22-foot Super Air Nautique GS22 platform, the GS22E is billed as completely emissions free. Nautique’s sister company, Ingenity, developed a unique charging system that provides 2-3 hours of on-water fun before the boat needs to return to be plugged in at the dock. The automotive-grade Combined Charging System (CCS) inlet accommodates both AC and DC chargers and you can even use a car supercharger, which is built for electric vehicles. That means you can charge the boat while it’s on the trailer waiting to be taken to the launch ramp. There are even multiple charging levels from a 12-hour recharge to a 1.5-hour DC fast charge, both made possible by Ingenity’s high-density battery bank that’s stored in a compartment with extra waterproofness built in. Nautique’s tagline is “Quietly Taking Charge” and they hit the nail on the head.
Quick Fill Ballast: From Fast Ski Boat To Surfboat
Nautique’s Configurable Running Surface (NCRS) takes the GS22 from being a fast ski boat to a surf boat with a quick fill of 1,850 pounds of water ballast in the subfloor. (The whole boat comes in at 5,900 pounds dry weight.) Nautique’s Surf System (NSS) is integrated into the hull and includes their WAVEPLATE technology that engages at surf speeds on either side of the hull. The Surf System extends down and out of the hull to direct the flow of water thereby forming the wave shape of choice, which may be preset for length and height at the helm. Riders can also change which side the wave will be on and its steepness. Although these variables are controlled by the driver on the dash touchscreen, the rider can do so as well via a Garmin watch or Nautique’s fob. (No matter the preferences of the rider, the driver always retains control of the boat for safety.)
The LINC Panoray touchscreen is the brain of the onboard system. It’s incorporated into the GS22E’s asymmetrical dash, which has a separate space to the left of the driver for things like sunglasses, phones and hats. The throttle is to the right and just outboard of that, in the armrest, is the Helm Command rotary dial that navigates the menus, configurations and presets if you don’t want to use the touchscreen. The 12.4-inch screen also displays the battery percentage (or fuel level), the actual and set speeds, rider profiles, stereo and more.
"Smart Boat" Features: Monitor Remotely
Also available is MyNautique that lets you monitor your boat remotely via an app and provides real time information. Check on things like the state of the charge and the boat’s location so you always know if someone has “borrowed” your Nautique. The MyNautique telematics system also provides a conduit for remote diagnostics and software updates.
Nautique’s typical set of innovative features is included, of course. A pop-up pylon lets you ski when you want, or stow it and cover that part of the deck with a cushion for extra seating. The GS22E is rated for 11 seated people but with fewer guests aboard, you can really take advantage of the seating options like pop-up and tilt up backrests that create separate lounges and also the swiveling helm chair that allows the driver to get in and out of the seat without banging her knees.
Bells And Whistles: A Killer Sound System To Flight Control Tower
JL Audio’s M3 Series stereo is onboard with 4-6 cockpit speakers and a 10” subwoofer with a 6-channel amplifier in the premium pack. You can even get optional tower speakers and there’s a stereo remote control head near the swim platform so the rider can choose her playlist just before getting in.
Speaking of the Flight Control Tower (FCT), it folds down quickly when the boat has to get under bridges or is stowed in the garage. It holds rubberized, strapless board racks that won’t scuff your board and will swivel out of the way when loaded. The tower also holds a fold-out Bimini that provides maximum shade for onboard guests when deployed. Add in storage cubbies that can hold two full-sized water skis side-by-side, an integrated trash can and a removable cooler that you can load at home, and you have a features list as long as your arm.
Electric Propulsion: Amazing Innovations In Wakeboat Technology
Let’s not forget however, that the secret sauce for the GS22E is its unique electric propulsion system that still boggles the mind in that it can propel a fully water-ballasted boat, create an enormous wave, push a ton of water and still run for up to three hours without needing a charge. The fish will thank you too for not polluting. MSRP for the GS22E starts at $292,711.