22i Type R
Length 22 ft. 4 in.
Beam 102 in.
Seating capacity 10
Fuel capacity 47 gal.
Test prop Acme 13×12 3-blade
Test engine MerCruiser Vortec 6.2L MPI, HP
Top speed 45.8 mph 5,200 rpm
Accel. to 30 mph 5.6 sec. 130.3 ft.
Accel. to 36 mph 7.5 sec. 221.6 ft.
Noise levels (db) Neutral 68 D 66 R, 36 mph 92 D 97 R
you want to go big in wakeboarding, you’ve got to get big.
(By that, we don’t mean you should eat your way to 500 pounds
— though we’d love to see the hefty you try to land a
scarecrow.) When it comes to direct-drive wakeboarding boats,
square foot for square foot, there’s nothing bigger than the
Tigé 22i Type R.
a brand-new hull design for 2003 measuring out at 22 feet, 4 inches
and a width of 102 inches, this model aims to maximize the
trademark Tigé performance. It holds speed exceptionally
well with great tracking and responsiveness, the sort of handling
you hope for from a high-end inboard. For a larger boat, it even
rounds through power turns in a way that doesn’t disappoint.
Wakeboarding wakes feature steady transitions, good landing zones
and clean, crisp double-ups.
accomplish all that, the 22i puts Tigé’s innovations
to optimal use. The TAPS system works with the new ConvexV hull to
transform Dr. Jekyll wakes into Mr. Hyde monstrosities. The Triple
Threat ballast system, available as an extreme enhancer on
Tigé’s Type R and Riders Edition models, loads down
the boat with up to 600 pounds in semi-permanent carpeted ballast
and 1,000 pounds in four bags.
stuff, but don’t feel so overwhelmed that you can’t
appreciate another feature that sets the 22i apart: its unique
interior layout. Again, the seating makes the most of the
direct-drive configuration by turning the engine box into the primo
seat in the house. It’s perfectly situated for straight-on,
centered viewing of the wakeboarding show. The 22i forgoes a
traditional sun deck for seats up against the back edge to put you
in the show’s front row — and to better distribute
passenger weight. A welcome step-through notch over the transom
opens up much easier access to the expansive swim platform. And
rather than placement for one fat sack in the rear, as is the usual
case in direct-drives, this boat can accommodate two sacks there,
stowed in big corner compartments. For serious wakeboarders, this
boat is a very big deal.
•Direct-drive wakeboarding boats don’t come any
bigger than this, and neither do their wakes.
•The TAPS wake plate and ConvexV hull really show their
stuff in shifting wakes on the fly.
•Original seating arrangement from the engine box to the
stern offers great views of the action behind the boat.
•Holds speed and handles well for a large inboard.
•Back and front grab rails are everywhere you need them for
a safe, secure ride.
•Innovative gull-wing board lockers run along the outboard
sides of the deck to allow for a rear step-over transom entry.