Our test riders were excited about getting behind this Calabria Boats Pro-V, fully outfitted as the Team Edition, and not just because the metal-flake gelcoat gave the boat a clean sparkle at the dock. The test session was underway quickly because this ballast system is one of the fastest to fill, working without pumps to have up to 1,100 pounds of water weight distributed through much of the wakeboard boat in just over a minute. Calabria isn't looking to have the most ballast, but to have the safest system. That's also why the company is proud of its NMMA certification for the construction of its wakeboard boats. In addition to all that, the Calabria Pro-V impressed us with its solid handling, great fit-and-finish and long list of features for wakeboarding.
Gravity simply sucks in water to fill the tanks that are built into the liner system of the Calabria Pro-V. They empty even faster than they fill.
It has both style, with the billet insert, and substance, with the Heads Up digital display that projects stats onto the windshield.
Our wakeboarders thought these wakes held their shape well to create ramps that were easy to launch off. The Calabria Pro-V has wakes the width we'd expect from an 8-foot-6-inch beam. Beginning to intermediate riders may want to shorten up the rope and let off a little on the throttle for softer, narrower wakes. Overall: Riders of a variety of skill levels will like these wakes — and the easy-to-use ballast.
Bow rise: 18.2-degree angle during typical wakeboard acceleration. The dash and the bow both have low profiles, promoting driver visibility. Tracking: We took the Pro-V up to higher speeds and found it didn't drift a bit thanks to nice holding capabilities. It held well while pulling a rider, too. Turns: Steering felt a little tight — just something we were aware of when maneuvering at low speeds to dock.
With standard 330 hp engine and OJ 13×17.5 four-blade prop
Recorded with driver and passenger turning through a double-up at the sport-specific speed.
Dry weight: 3,500 lb.
Draft: 23 in.
Storage: 58 cu. ft.
Load cap.: 2,025 lb.
Fuel cap.: 55 gal.
Bow: 14 sq. ft.
Floor to tower: 6 ft. 1 in.
Gunwale height: 2 ft. 2 in.
Main lounge: 64 sq. ft.
Sun pad: 27 sq. ft.
Platform: 11 sq. ft.
For more information, please visit www.calabriaboats.com.