A growing number of inboard builders are now targeting their premium products at the “general” boating market – especially their V-drives. Tigé became an early leader in this trend with the introduction of the TAPS system and the concept of “Precision Watersport Boats.”
Having pioneered the concept of the luxury tow boat/runabout, Tigé has now perfected it with what may become one of the most exciting and innovative new boats of 1999.
Its new 2100V is a wide-beam V-drive with a split personality. On the one hand, it is a well-appointed runabout, offering comfortable midship and bow seating for up to 11 persons, along with driver-controlled ride and trim adjustment in the tradition of rear-engine I/O runabouts. On the other hand, the 2100V is both a high-performance ski boat and an awesome air machine for wakeboard fanatics.
How can one boat please so many people? By utilizing a hull design that takes maximum advantage of Tigé’s proprietary TAPS system.
The boat’s extra width and volume allow it to carry a full load of passengers and gear without sinking deep in the water. When the driver desires a smooth ride in chop, he raises the hydraulically controlled trim plate of the TAPS system to allow the boat to ride high across the chop.
A slight on-the-fly adjustment to TAPS then allows the same hull to run level with minimum water disturbance, creating a competition-quality slalom wake or a beginner-friendly mid-speed wake. Another tweak of the TAPS button drops the stern of the 2100V and helps shape one of the best boarding wakes on the water today.
To take advantage of this world-class wake, riders can raise the integrated ski pylon to a height of 6 feet, a distance Tigé team riders determined to be optimum for the wake shape. And, thanks to an innovative diagonal bracing system, the extended pylon doesn’t interfere with cockpit seating.
For those who take their boarding very seriously, Tigé offers the 2100V in the Rider’s Edition. This package includes special graphics, a premium sound system and an optional ballast system, along with one of the most innovative tower designs on the market. Rather than an awkward add-on, the powder-coated, color-coordinated tower on the Rider’s Edition is a streamlined extension of the boat’s topside, and it offers the same 6-foot-high rope attachment point as the extended pylon, along with integrated board storage.
In any configuration, the 2100V provides an uncompromising combination of comfort and performance. It may well be the first true “crossover” inboard, since it delivers both the high-level towing performance boarders and skiers demand and the ride and room recreational buyers expect.