Here are the standout ski boat and wakeboard boat innovations from WaterSki magazine’s 2010 Boat Buyers Guide:
Malibu Boats Illusion G3 Tower
Besides its extremely solid design and sleek appearance that affords passengers rattle-free sessions and increased visibility, this new gas-spring-assisted wakeboard tower is extremely easy to fold down. How easy? Even with additional accessories like the Titan slide-off spinner board racks and the heavy-hitting Titan Alpha II speakers, it’s a simple, one-person effort.
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Touch-screen technology has made its way to the lake in the form of the inboard industry’s first multimedia display. The 6.5-inch, vivid, full-color screen — located to the right of the dash — controls and monitors everything in the boat while giving the dash a clean, switch-free look. Easily access your cruise control, ballast, customized rider settings, engine diagnostics, stereo controls and much more in one intuitive display.
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Ski Nautique 200 Hull
Skiing behind the brand-new Ski Nautique 200 (available in Closed and Open Bow models) will put you one step closer to your personal best. With the assistance of ski icon Andy Mapple’s R&D, Nautique engineers created one of the most advanced running surfaces in tournament skiing. Added width, acute chine lines and cutouts of the hull give the boat added lift and direct water flow more precisely to reduce trough size and to allow skiers a more gradual entry through the wakes. This rewards the skier with increased water contact, acceleration and stability. It’s a true three-event masterpiece!
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MasterCraft ProStar 214V’s Removable Pylon
As if the USA Water Ski record-approved hull wasn’t already a huge selling point for the MasterCraft ProStar 214V, consider the fact that you get a removable center-mounted pylon to make this sweet ride one of the industry’s predominate water-ski-oriented V-drives. The pylon’s forward position allows increased towing and tracking performance, making it easier for skiers to hold their edge and accelerate more efficiently without pulling the transom of the boat around.
Supra Boats’ new central processing unit, as we like to call it, really is the brain of its world-class ski boats. Accessed from a large, vivid LCD display on the dash, the ski boat’s fully integrated on-board network monitors engine diagnostics, adjusts ballast levels, tweaks wake plate and cruise control settings, allows custom rider presets and even has a GPS tracking device, among many more features.
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MB Sports’ Ballast System
No one likes to waste time on the water waiting for ballast to fill, and that’s why riders greatly appreciate MB Sports’ no-pump ballast system. With just the flip of a switch at the helm, twin 4-inch gate valves open and are gravity filled in one minute with 2,500 pounds of subfloor, hard-tank water weight. The system drains as quickly as it fills, and with fewer moving parts, the risk of problems is much less. This standard factory ballast system is available on any of MB Sports’ wakeboard boat.
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Moomba Mobius LSV
Thoughts of fun family wakeboard sessions can sometimes end abruptly when you consider the sticker price of a new wakeboard boat. Thankfully, Moomba Boats offers a complete, ready-to-ride wakeboarding boat for less than $42,000. The ever-popular Moomba Mobius LSV comes standard with a tower, a 400-pound ballast system and easy-to-use cruise control. Considering the advanced wakeboarding performance and the sporty look and feel of this ride, the Mobius LSV offers big-time value.
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