Ever wonder why slalom legend Andy Mapple skis behind the Ski Nautique 196? Find out in this exclusive tour of the Ski Nautique, the official towboat of the Cold 39 Contest at the 2007 Pro Slalom Shootout.
Dry weight: 2,640 lb.
Draft: 22 in.
Load capacity: 1,210 lb.
Fuel capacity: 29 gal.
Engine: PCM Excalibur 5.7 L, 330 hp
Cruise: PerfectPass or Zero Off
Prop: Acme 12.5 x 15.5 four-blade
Pylon: Hard coat anodized
Best Shootout Moment: Pulling Chris Parrish to 11/2 at 41 during the final heat of the Team Challenge.
It's no surprise that the Ski Nautique 196 is the official tow boat of the World Water Ski Championships. With a winning combination of the TSC3 (Total Surface Control) hull design, which employs reversed chines ending in a step aft of midships to provide increased lateral stability, and the Hydro-Gate, an adjustable metal plate which allows drivers to change the shape of the wake from jump and trick to slalom with the flip of a lever, the sleek, red sled is tough to beat for a top-notch pull. Maybe that's why it has pulled world records in men's overall and women's slalom, and Freddy Krueger's 2005 jump mark of 240 feet. And with a team that features Andy Mapple, Chris Parrish, Jason Seels, Kyle Eade and Aaron Larkin, this PCM Excalibur-powered, direct-drive machine performed brilliantly at the Shootout.
During the Correct Craft-sponsored Cold 39 contest, the 196's consistently flat and butter-soft wakes enabled iron-man skiers to attempt the muscle-straining 39½-off pass, including event-winner Marcus Brown, who completed an impressive six buoys with no warm-up passes. And when all was said and done, the 196 had pulled the Team Nautique boys into 39½ off a total of six times during the Open Men's round and in the Team Challenge, where Parrish completed 11/2 at 41 in the final round to tie Will Asher for the top score.
“When you've got a boat that's close to 3,000 pounds, it's going to displace water and create a wake — you can't do anything about that. Our wake doesn't look as clean, but it's softer. It's like skiing on a groomed ski slope, compared to skiing in powder. In powder you go through the snow; on a groomed slope, you go over it. And the tracking of the boat is one of its best characteristics.” — Andy Mapple
“I've been skiing Correct Crafts since the early 80s. I used to have the 2001 Series Nautique, which was good for wakeboarding and stuff, but when I seriously got into slalom, I switched to the newer hull design. It's just so easy to drive — the seating position, the steering, where the throttle is at — it's very easy for anybody to jump behind the wheel and give me a pull. And the wakes … what wakes?” — Glen Juback
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