Lots of wakeboard and ski boats claim to be multisport-capable, but few live up to the challenge as well as the 21i. Families with both recreational wakeboarders and skiers to entertain will be happy to find that this boat is versatile enough to please them all, with the help of Tigé’s ConvexV hull design and TAPS2 technology. That flexibility–plus a 102-inch beam that makes it one of the most spacious 21-foot direct-drives on the market–should put the 21i on the radar of families who are interested in midsize inboards. The 21i really has a lot to offer in a variety of water sports, and it’s backed by Tigé’s reputation and solid construction.
The wide beam of the 21i does a lot to increase the space in the interior and make getting around the center-mounted engine box much more convenient. But when you’re not making your way through the cabin and find yourself positioned behind the wheel instead, you’ll appreciate those 102 inches of width even more. Although it isn’t quite as nimble as its sports-car-like little brother, the 20i, it tracks on a rail, requiring little effort from the driver to hold a straight path.
Because boards or skis work equally well behind this boat, open-water skiers and slalom-course novices will find crossable wakes at 15, 28 and 32 off, with the TAPS2 adjustable wake plate set to 1.5. Move it up to 7 for swells that build to lippy peaks and produce good pop, long transitions and very little trough that will keep riders plenty busy—and happy.
Dry weight: 3,880 lb.
Draft: 26 in.
Load capacity: 1,160 lb.
Fuel capacity: 36 gal.
Storage capacity: 36.1 cu. ft.
Bow: 25.7 cu. ft.
Rear: 10.4 cu. ft.
Platform: 10.1 sq. ft.
Interior gunwale height: 27 in.
Sun-pad area: 14.1 sq. ft.
Base price: $37,808
Engine: GM Vortec 5.7L, 315 hp
Prop: Acme 13 x 12 three-blade
Wake control: ConvexV and TAPS2
Driver’s seat: Swivel, bolster
Dash: Standard 21i design
Gauges: 4-inch Medallion
Gas fill: Port rear
Cooler: 29.5 qt., under observer’s seat
Cup holders: 10, plastic
Rub rail: Rubber
Platform: Removable, teak
Graphics: Limited, Riders, West Coast, Yellow Edge, Blue Edge
Colors: 15 exterior choices in four color ways; two base interior choices and one accent
Engine: GM Vortec 5.7L, 340 hp
Cruise: Tigé SpeedSet
Tower: Tigé E Series with quick-release pin
Stereo: Tower of Power system including AM/FM/CD Clarion deck with MP3 input, six Kicker speakers, amp, subwoofer, armrest remote, tower speakers
Rub rail: Stainless steel
Trailer: Tandem axle with disc brakes
Misc.: Heater, Lexan windscreen, bow filler cushion, Bimini top, EIDB (dual batteries)