It’s a problem that dawned with the advent of wakeboarding. Dad wants to ski and the kids, well, they would rather go wakeboarding. The rub is that tow boats have become so specialized that you might think two boats are needed to solve this dilemma.
It can be difficult to find a boat that creates wakes flat and soft enough for skiing, yet with ballast added, can throw some monster swells with enough pop to please even the most fearless teenagers.
The task can be difficult, but it’s not impossible. Correct Craft’s Crossover Nautique 211 bridges the gap between old school and new cool.
Part of the reason it skis well is its size. The hull itself measures 20 feet 9 inches long, which is comparable to the company’s hard-core ski boats. In fact, the 211 Crossover is certified to pull ski tournaments. The smaller size invariably leads to smaller wakes, and less spray, which becomes more important as you begin shortening your line lengths. The fiberglass platform adds 2 feet 4 inches in length, and it’s plenty big for suiting up for ski runs.
Another reason the 211 Crossover is well suited to demanding skiers is its power-to-weight ratio. Consider that the boat weighs 3,500 pounds dry and the least powerful engine you can get is 275 horsepower. At 12.7 pounds per horsepower, the power-to-weight ratio is comparable to Correct Craft’s popular slalom boat, the Ski Nautique 206, at 10.2 pounds per horsepower. And if you want more oomph, you can opt for up to 343 horsepower, which puts it on equal footing at 10.2 pounds per pony.
Horsepower is just as useful when it’s time to go wakeboarding, particularly if you have all 625 pounds of water ballast on board. Just pull the helm-mounted lever to fill the tanks, and move the rope up to the tower-mounted pylon and you’re ready to go. The tower also includes rear-facing speakers and a design that lets it fold down for towing and for storage.
Of course, today’s marketplace requires creature comforts and amenities, and the Crossover 211 has them in good quantity. Take for example, the walk-through on the port side. It features stowage underneath and a convenient step molded right into the cockpit sole. On the other side of the sunpad, Correct Craft built a locker that can be accessed from the interior or the swim platform, which is covered with nonskid rubber matting etched with Nautique's logo.
To starboard, the inward-facing seat behind the driver features a self-draining cooler molded in gelcoated fiberglass. The helm is ergonomically accommodating, with all controls within easy reach, including the machined aluminum lever for the ballast system. The helm also features a two-tiered footwell, also finished in gelcoated fiberglass.
Up front, the bow area comes with grab rails and four cupholders. What’s more, the forward-most seat features an angled backrest so even a front passenger can turn around and comfortably watch the action behind the boat. Of course, there is ski stowage beneath the port-side observer’s seat, which is supported by a gas strut, and beneath the sole between the cowlings.
It can be difficult to build a boat that pleases all generations within a family, but Correct Craft appears to have hit the mark with the Crossover 211. Correct Craft doesn’t publish retail prices, so if you’re interested in its price or more information, you can either contact the company at 407-855-4141 or contact a dealer near you through the Correct Craft website.
Editor’s Note: Brett Becker is a freelance writer based in Ventura, Calif. He covers the marine, automotive and racing industries for various print and Web titles.
Length: 23'1" with platform
Max draft: 28"
Weight: 3,500 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 38 gal.