Length 19 ft. 8 in.
Beam 85 in.
Seating capacity 8
Fuel capacity 28 gal.
Test prop Cutter 13×13 4-blade
Test engine MerCruiser 350 MPI, 315 HP
Top speed 47.6 mph 5,100 rpm
Accel. to 30 mph 4.6 sec. 113.1 ft.
Accel. to 36 mph 6.2 sec. 189.9 ft.
Noise levels (db) Neutral 62 D 73 R, 36 mph 91 D 93 R
have to admire Svfara’s pluck. Here’s a lone Canadian
company on the frontier, both literally and figuratively, of tow
boat manufacturing, and it’s really making its mark with the
model aims to appeal to skiers and wakeboarders alike, no matter
what country they’re from. With impressive tracking from its
specially designed hull channels and three fins, the SV609 holds
its own through the slalom course, even at short line lengths. The
wakes are small with moderate softness that will satisfy a wide
range of skiers. The fairly narrow boat can also kick up nice-size
wakes for boarding once it’s weighted down with ballast.
Intermediate to advanced riders especially will get a rise out of
the clean swells with nice transitions for a smaller inboard.
as Canadians are slightly different from Americans, so is the SV609
interior subtly set apart from the typical U.S. boat. Access to the
open bow is via a step-over, recessed armrests and grab rails
provide an automotive feel, and the three heater vents are
essential for cold-weather sets. The absence of a cooler also
reveals the boat’s northerly origin.
ride for passengers is smooth and solid because of the integrated
construction process that joins the hull, floor and stringers into
one unit. Other features match up well with the offerings of
longtime industry leaders in the United States, from
rack-and-pinion steering to Faria custom gauges to Clarion
directional speakers. It all adds up to a well-performing,
versatile water-sports machine with its own sense of style.
•Slalom wakes and wakeboarding swells are geared toward
core enthusiasts and beyond, who are ready to tackle shorter line
lengths and harder tricks.
•Canada’s one and only tow boat manufacturer succeeds
with a zippy model that has a “one and only” sort of
•Design allows for nice tracking and handling, whether in
the open water or through the course.
•Step-over bow access, recessed armrests and other touches
make it stand out from the pack.
•The optional Roswell tower, complete with DVD and LCD flat
screen, was a hit with our testers.