DECADES AGO, competitive slalom waterskiers wanted the flat- test, smoothest wakes possible from their towboats. Companies like Correct Craft, Malibu Boats, and MasterCraft designed mid- engine, inboard-powered ski boats that ran flat, and threw up small wakes, to comply. But with the advent of wakeboarding in
the mid-‘90s, desires changed. Suddenly, a steep, sharp wake was better, along
with a high attachment point for the towrope, to provide extra lift during jumps,
and the acrobatic flips and twists that accompanied them. The wakeboarding
boat, marked by the high tower arching over the boat, was born. Now, just as
before, it’s still all about the wake, but the shape has changed again, as wakesurfing gains popularity.
The latest models can gulp down water ballast to change the size of their wakes, up to
two tons of water weight in some models, or can reshape their hulls with specialized tabs that
deploy at the push of a button and throw a surfable wake to one side or the other. Many of
these wake-shaping devices are computer controlled, offering individual riders the chance
to program their own profiles to suit their preferences. Or you can rely on preprogrammed
profiles that fit your skill level, be it novice or master. Just for kicks, a built-in camera on the
tower can record and play back your run for onboard instant replays. You can pretty much do
it all behind these new boats. The hardest part might be choosing what to do first.
SUper Air NAUtiqUe G23
There’s so much going on with the G23, it’s
hard to know where to start, but at the heart
of it all is the Nautique LINC system, the
computer-controlled nerve center of the boat.
Ballast, speed, and trim controls all interact
to shape the wake to each rider’s preferences,
which can be stored in a customizable profile.
There are also preset profiles for wakeboarding, wakeskating, or wakesurfing to starboard,
or port, if you’re a goofy foot. Up on the Flight
Control Tower (great name, right?), a camera
mounted in the towrope swivel beams video
down to the screen in the console, the same
one that lets you control the LINC system, so
you can record and play back your sessions.
And of course, the tower folds down, and the
trailer tongue swings away, should you want
to put the G23 in your garage. With all the
fun you’ll be having, you won’t want to put
it in there anytime soon. www.nautique.com
SPECS: LOA: 25’ 3” (w/ platform) Beam: 8’
6” Draft: 2’ 1” Weight: 5,400 lbs. Fuel: 62 gal.