The Tigé 20i has always been a prime choice for boaters looking for the crossover capability to suit a family of buoy chasers and wakeboarders alike. In fact, this USA Water Ski record-capable tow boat is the boat of choice for professional slalom skiers Jamie Beauchesne and Chris Rossi, so you can be sure the 20i’s reputation for clean, subtle wakes is no exaggeration.
But Tigé’s flagship course navigator has even more to offer in 2006. The new design focuses on creature comforts (such as a redesigned dash and Tigé-Plush interior) without sacrificing any of the performance the 20i is known for. The result is a ski boat worthy not only of professionals but families too.
The 20i is designed primarily for skiing, so you can expect good slalom course performance behind it. But that’s not to say it’s too hard-core for families to enjoy as well. In fact, after our test we’d recommend this boat to families who want a spacious 20-footer with the range to suit beginning to advanced skiers. Besides a bit of firmness at the usual 22-off mark, the wakes are soft, and our advanced testers thoroughly enjoyed their sets. The size of these wakes was also pleasing, with only a slight trough to overcome at really short line lengths. Overall, the 20i performs well on and off the course and should meet the needs of families looking for a high performance, spacious ski boat.
Not only does this boat offer impressive wake performance, it also provides reliable handling that skiers and their families will appreciate. When we tested it, we liked the solid tracking behind the 20i and were pleased to see how well it held out through choppy water, especially for a smaller direct-drive. It also scored high in our agility test, turning evenly to both sides. Its responsiveness was as good as you would expect from a high-performance ski boat, and with a 6.4-second 0-36 mph hole shot, the boat is excellent for small lakes with short setups. If Chris Rossi can depend on the 20i’s superb handling at his ski school in Orlando, Florida, rest assured that you can too.
The 20i is a classic in the Tigé line, and it remains so in 2006. There is nothing “in your face” about this slalom favorite. The lines are clean and straight, with a three-color gelcoat, and customers can choose from six graphics packages. This exceptionally deep boat with a roomy interior has been given a makeover with a newly redesigned dash that’s more convenient for the driver. It features deep-set gauges as well as stainless-steel hardware and fasteners. The traditional slalom boat setup provides plenty of room for passengers and ample storage space for skis, and although it’s a little upright, the elevated driver’s seat provides the incredible view we’re used to seeing when we’re behind the wheel of a Tigé.
Base price: $32,615
Length: 20 ft.
Beam: 96 in.
Seating capacity: 8
Fuel capacity: 30 gal.
Test Prop: Acme 13 x 12 3-blade
Test Engine: GM Vortec 5.7L, 340 hp
Top Speed: 43.5 mph 4,700 rpm
Accel. To 30 mph: 4.9 sec. 116.7 ft.
Accel. To 36 mph: 6.4 sec. 197.3 ft.
Noise Levels (db): Neutral 61 D 62 R, 36 mph 92 D 94 R