We can't help but look at this D215 and think of the possibilities. Not only is it designed to easily cross over from ski performance to wakeboarding wakes, but the potential for everything from tubing to barefooting is terrific. The direct-drive engine keeps the tracking balanced, while the size promotes nimble turning and very easy stowing and trailering. The interior layout is perfect for those boat buyers who can't decide between direct-drive handling and a V-drive-style interior. The D215 has both. For family boaters looking for a full weekend of activities, it's hard to find something this boat can't do.
Every aspect of the D215's design applies to some on-the-water activity. This model debuted only last year, so it reflects the latest thinking as specialty ski machines have morphed into family water-sports boats. Take the V-bottom hull. It carves into the water to generate wakeboarding wakes, especially with the extra help of ballast. Passengers can improve wakes, too, by sitting far back in the rear wraparound lounge. The Wake Series package piles on all the great wakeboarding amenities to enhance the D215.
For skiing, the hull's lifting strakes serve to reduce the wake around 30 mph and above. And as a skier cuts back and forth, the triple tracking fins help keep the D215 on a true line, which really comes in handy when going through the boat guides of the slalom course. Barefooters also enjoy it, with Sanger promising deepwater starts to 40 mph in less than eight seconds. The world-record holder in speed barefooting is on the Sanger staff, so that certainly helps.
Dry Weight: 3,200 lb.
Draft: 26 in.
Load capacity: 2,350 lb.
Fuel capacity: 45 gal.
Storage capacity: 82 cu. ft.
Platform: 10 sq. ft.
Interior gunwale height: 28 in.
Base price: See local dealer
Engine: MerCruiser 5.7L, 270 hp
Prop: Acme 13 x 12 three-blade
Driver's seat: Adjustable
Dash: Soft-touch vinyl, tilt steering wheel
Gauges: 5-inch Borg Werner
Gas fill: Starboard rear
Cooler: 47 qt., under observer's seat
Cup holders: Stainless steel
Rub rail: Plastic
Platform: Removable, teak
Graphics: 5 in-gel choices, 4 sticker
Colors: 13 exterior choices, two base interior choices
Engine: MerCruiser 350 MAG 5.7L, 315 hp; Black Scorpion 5.7L, 330 hp; MX 6.2L, 340 hp; 8.1 LS High Output, 420 hp
Ballast: One 500 lb. forward bag
Wake shaper: Bennett wake plate
Tower: Proflight Swoop, Big Chubby
Racks: Swivel, clamp
Stereo: AM/FM/CD Sony deck, four Sony speakers, remote, amp, subwoofer, tower speakers, XM or Sirius satellite radio
Rub rail: Stainless steel
Platform: Removable, fiberglass with rubber
Trailer: Single or tandem axle with disc brakes
Misc.: Heater, shower, Bimini top
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This is a 20-foot-4-inch closed-bow direct-drive with an 88-inch beam tailored to barefooters, which is made clear by its resume as the official tow boat of the Barefoot World Championships.
This model provides much the same versatility the D215 does; only it comes in a slightly smaller package–20-foot-8-inch length, 90-inch beam–and with the traditional direct-drive interior.