From the elevated intake valves on its bow to the Faria gauges glinting in its cockpit, Svfara’s new tournament-style ski boat, the SVONE, looks like a classic muscle car on the water. With its 5.7-liter, 330-horsepower standard engine, it’s no surprise that it drives like one too. But while it will satisfy even the most crazed acceleration addicts, this wakeboard and ski boat is about more than just speed. The hull, designed by legendary tow-boat designer Rob Shirley, gives drivers a ride that is as balanced and responsive as it is fast, and gives skiers wakes that are silky smooth at even the shortest line lengths.
If you miss the world-class slalom wakes behind the Infinity ZX-1, they’ve returned, but in a sportier package. With Shirley’s extensive ski-boat knowledge, we had high expectations for the SVONE, and we weren’t let down. Our testers skied 15, 22, 28 and 32 off and found wakes that were extremely small and soft.
This boat is fast — really, really fast. In fact, the SVONE posted the quickest acceleration scores of our tests and a top-end speed that was also really strong. This ride handles like a dream — the center-mounted V-drive configuration balances the weight of the engine, and the shorter prop shaft is set at a shallow angle so the prop is more centered and forward as well. The result? A boat that is balanced in turns and impressively responsive.
For a tournament boat designed for hard-core skiers, the SVONE offers impressive walk-around room. You also get a host of luxurious touches like Faria gauges, rear-facing speedometers for your ski partners and a billet aluminum “ONE” emblem in the step-through transom reminiscent of a luxury car’s hood ornament.
Base price: $43,200
Length: 20 ft. 9 in.
Beam: 91 in.
Seating capacity: 8
Fuel capacity: 30 gal.
Test Prop: OJ 13 x 16 4-blade
Test Engine: PCM HO 5.7L, 330 hp
Top Speed: 47.7 mph 5,150 rpm
Accel. To 30 mph: 3.3 sec. 78 ft.
Accel. To 36 mph: 4.4 sec. 133.5 ft.
Noise Levels (db): Neutral 60 D 65 R, 36 mph 90 D 96 R