Centurion’s Carbon Pro has been the company’s elite slalom mainstay for years, and it has many fans who have achieved personal bests on its feather wakes and consistent pull. The Carbon Pro is built by Centurion, one of the most respected and innovative names in towed watersports, so its pedigree precedes it.
There’s no denying the Carbon Pro is one of the major players in elite skiing. Direct-drive pull, a center-mounted pylon, consistent tracking, a sleek hull — all of the major performance characteristics of a true three-event machine are built into the Carbon Pro. Pro skier and Centurion athlete Corey Vaughn pulls students and trains behind the Carbon Pro at his ski school in Virginia, which gives him a unique perspective because he skis behind the boat as much as he drives it. “The Carbon Pro has the smallest, cleanest, most passable wakes in the industry,” says Vaughn. “I am able to get from side to side with the least amount of change in my body position, setting me up with better control as I approach each buoy. As a coach, I find that the minimal wakes help people to maintain their body position as they move cross-course. The wakes can be such a stumbling block to progress. Minimizing that hurdle builds confidence and reinforces good mechanics.” Vaughn says the Carbon Pro is the ideal ski-school boat. “It was built as a no-compromise ski boat, and that’s how it delivers,” he says. “It’s super-fast out of the hole and up to speed, which is important at my lake because one end has a short setup. Also, it is more fuel-efficient than some of the other top ski boats, which creates hundreds of dollars of savings over the course of a season.”
The Carbon Pro’s style is undeniable. Sleek lines and massive front air intakes with a closed bow and elongating graphics give it an alpha profile. The inside is no-nonsense, with marine-grade foam at step points, minimized vinyl accents and the wraparound windshield. The dash is low profile and understated, with the Zero Off interface built in alongside the other backlit instruments. Simple rocker switches finish out the dash.
“[The Carbon Pro] requires expert driving,” says Vaughn. “You don’t want your random weekend warrior to hop in and try to give you a tournament-quality pull. It won’t happen. The Carbon Pro is the most responsive boat in terms of handling, which means you really have to be handling it every moment in the course. On the flip side, a great driver can make the pull feel like an absolute dream in this boat.”
|Dry Weight||2800 lb.|
|Fuel Capacity||26 gal.|
|Passenger Side Ballast||150 lb.|
|Standard Power||370 ft-lb.|
|Maximum Power||409 ft-lb.|