Tigé Switch CI
Tigé adds another horse to the Switch stable this year with the Switch ci, a direct-drive ski boat akin to the Switch i, except with a closed bow. It's meant as a tribute to Tigé tournament heritage, and it doesn't disappoint. Its small, agile body tracks very well and turns evenly to the left or right. The standard Tigé GM Vortec 5.7L punches fairly hard out of the hole, so getting skiers up fast and into their run quickly will never be a concern on small lakes.
Inside, the driver's seat is at optimal height, providing great visibility, and it's plenty comfortable. Minute speed adjustments are a breeze, with a perfectly placed throttle and armrest and Faria gauges. Die-hards will love the refined look of the traditional closed bow, a rarity in ski boats these days. Designed with one of the deepest freeboards in its size class, the boat has high gunwales welcomed by safety-conscious families. The engine box is low, small and simple.
For a 20-foot boat, it has plentiful storage. The closed bow hides some pretty substantial space. There's also a cavernous rear storage locker that accommodates a 69-inch ski and gobs of other gear.
Outside of its traditional closed-bow profile, the Switch ci isn't your usual tournament ski boat. With its deep design and spacious width you wouldn't expect it to pull skiers at world-record rope lengths. But it does! Its wakes are best at the shorter rope lengths — they're a little bigger at 15 off than those of other boats in its class. The bump is oh so faint, with just a little hint at 22 off. We recommend using the TAPS2 to your advantage, adjusting the wake to just the right size and hardness. It allows you to manipulate the rooster tail and wake density so they are not a concern at your rope length of choice. If you're a die-hard skier looking to get into the inboard market, the Switch ci is a great start.
• A chillin' closed bow for that old-school ski nostalgia you've been burning with over the years.
• Large storage space under the closed bow and in the rear, although gas shocks in the back would be a welcome addition.
• As it is Tige's price-point tow vehicle, you have to forgo some of the first-class features and conveniences found in its other boats.
• Perfect visibility for the driver, comfy seat, convenient gauge and throttle placement.
(We'd suggest a stereo upgrade to the Clarion CD audio system with four coaxial speakers.)
Top Speed 47.2 mph 5,000 rpm
Accel. to 30 mph 4.8 sec. 114.1 ft.
Accel. to 36 mph 6.3 sec. 182.2 ft.
Noise Levels (db) Neutral 64 D 64 R, 36 mph 91 D 94 R
Length 20 ft. Beam 96 in.
Seating Capacity 7
Fuel Capacity 30 gal.
Test Prop Acme 13 x 12 3-blade
Test Engine GM Marine Power 5.7L 335 HP