Supra Launch 21V
Supra's direct-drive Launch earned new fans last year with its 2004 redesign. Now for 2005, Supra builds on that success with a V-drive version, the Launch 21V.
Wakeboarders are going to love it, and not just because of the wakes billowing out the back. The rear-engine configuration opens up a wraparound lounge that is both wide and deep, nestled into the high freeboard. There's also the popular convertible bench that transforms into rear-facing seating to watch the wakeboarding action. Storage trunks alongside the engine compartment — all of which have easy access with the three-piece sun pad design and gas-assisted shocks — accommodate two bags in the standard three-bag ballast system. The 40-gallon gas tank is slightly larger than the Launch's, and the OJ CNC-machined prop is a four-blade.
Aside from that, the Launch 21V has what makes the Launch 21 so great — solid hand-laid fiberglass construction, abundant stainless steel and thoughtful touches like recessed storage lighting.
The Supra Launch 21V isn't one to give false hope of great skiing performance — it was designed with the wakeboarder in mind. Nonetheless, it can definitely entertain the occasional nonaggressive open-water slalom set, particularly at 15 off between 30 and 32 mph.
Our testers were eager to ride the V-drive version of Supra's legendary Launch 21 wakeboarding machine. They found the wakes to be a bit more rampy, with a thicker lip compared to those of the other Supras in the lineup. The 21V's wake size will entertain riders at intermediate to advanced skill levels, and we recommend pulling in the line to 60-65 feet for optimal performance.
• Supra's premier wakeboarding inboard gets outfitted as a V-drive for 2005.
• Riders of any level can tune the wakes with the wake plate and three-bag ballast.
• Seating includes double flip-up seat backs in the bow playpen and convertible bench in the rear.
• CD/MP3 stereo comes ready for Sirius satellite radio.
• Handrails are stainless steel in the bow and cockpit, as are the rub rail, the cup holders and more.
Top Speed 43.3 mph 4,750 rpm
Accel. to 30 mph 6.2 sec. 164 ft.
Accel. to 36 mph 8.5 sec. 278 ft.
Noise Levels (db) Neutral 59 D 61 R, 36 mph 85 D 92 R
Length 21 ft. 2 in. Beam 98 in.
Seating Capacity 13
Fuel Capacity 40 gal.
Test Prop OJ 13.7 x 17.5 4-blade
Test Engine Indmar Assault 5.7L, 325 HP