It doesn’t seem like all that long ago that Nautique introduced its new Super Air Nautique G23 and G25 wakeboarding and wake surfing boats. That’s because it wasn’t all that long ago—it’s been barely more than two years. But Nautique has done it again, with new iterations of its no-holds-barred Super Air Nautique G23 and G25, and the company has used their debut as an excuse to showcase some outstanding new technology.
Of course, there’s nothing new about the internal combustion engine. But the new mills from Pleasurecraft Marine are a departure from past versions. For instance, the new H5 and H6 engines feature direct injection and variable valve timing. What that means to the end user is that throttle response is as crisp and precise as state of the art will allow, but also that the engine has a much broader, more usable torque curve, thanks to variable valve timing.
As important as power and torque are to this genre of boat, what seems to be increasingly important is technology. And the G23 and G25 have gobs of it. For example, the all-new Nautique Surf Select system takes wake control from the hands of the driver and puts it at the fingertips of the rider. You read that right.
With the Nautique Surf Switch, a rider can touch a button on a hand-held fob and the Nautique Surf Select system changes the surfing wake from one side to the other. As mind-blowing as that technology is, there’s also the Surf Select app for the Pebble watch. According to Nautique literature, the app and watch feature “the ability to display and control the boat speed, Nautique Surf Select, Nautique Configurable Running Surface, stereo volume settings, and allows surfers to transfer the wave to either side at the press of a button.” That’s total customization—from behind the boat!
Of course, the driver still has a command of the boat and its features through Nautique’s LINC system, which the company says is also all-new for the G23 and G25. It gives the driver touch-screen control over the wake settings, speed, preferences, and all of the boat’s powertrain functions.
The helm is set up in such a way that it places emphasis on the digital interface to the right of the steering wheel. Gone is the cluster of analog gauges centered behind the wheel. There’s just the LINC screen to the right, a stereo head to the left, a steering wheel, and a throttle which is drive-by-wire so there are no clunky cables to bind.
Nautique also has introduced new interior for the G23 and G25. The space is usable and open, with features such as SeaDek matting throughout, seating that can be configured to face front or rear, and a center walk-through to the swim platform. Press photos show the interior done in a light brown, but even a color like that gets hot in the sun. We’d like to see how it looks in a traditional white vinyl with color-matching accents.
When you look at the state of the art in the wakeboard boat market, it would have been difficult to imagine it coming to this point even just a few years ago. Now that Nautique has given the rider the ability to control the wakes and even some of the functions on the boat, it’s tough to imagine what comes next.
And we can’t wait to find out.
Other Choices: Interested shoppers will also want to take a look at the Malibu Wakesetter 24 MXZ, and the Mastercraft X46.
See Super Air Nautique G23 listings and G25 listings.
For more information, visit Nautique.
|Fuel capacity||65 gal.|