Svfara’s goal of becoming the Porsche of the boating industry is evident in the SV609. Automotive-style appointments, such as the custom Faria gauges and Dino steering wheel, pepper the interior of this water-ski-specific direct-drive with subtle touches of luxury. But the SV609 offers more than just innovative styling. With a nimble 85-inch beam and a relatively flat running surface, its wake performance for hard-core ski sets is undeniable. This workhorse ski boat will get you to the slalom course quickly and will provide plenty of thrills with its agile handling.
The wakes at most line lengths are some of the softest available, although you can expect a slight firmness from the rooster tail at 22 off. Skiers at 15 off can really gain confidence behind this boat, working on their body position without worrying about a hard jolt from the wakes.
This hull does a nice job of directing the boat on a straight path during intense slalom pulls, and the impressive 5.2-second hole shot to 36 mph made this one of the fasted boats we tested. Combined with its nimble size, the SV609 works great in the confines of small lakes.
The SV609′s setup favors hard-core ski sets more than all-day family recreating. The boat’s interior space and storage are limited, although there’s plenty of room for three- to four-person early morning sets. The leather-like upholstery, a stylish dash and sleek lines make you feel like you’re riding in a sports car.
Base price: $40,670
Length: 19 ft. 8 in.
Beam: 85 in.
Seating capacity: 8
Fuel capacity: 28 gal.
Test Prop: Acme 13 x 13 4-blade
Test Engine: MerCruiser Black Scorpion 5.7L 330 hp
Top Speed: 48.1 mph 5,050 rpm
Accel. To 30 mph: 4.0 sec. 95.6 ft.
Accel. To 36 mph: 5.2 sec. 151.0 ft.
Noise Levels (db): Neutral 65 D 62 R, 36 mph 90 D 93 R