Wakeboard Boat Review
Just like its big brother, the Calabria Pro V, the Calabria Pro V2 is a fun and solid wakeboard boat that’s suited to wakeboarders of any skill level. With the Team Edition package, just about every wake feature you’d need is included, like a tower, wake shaper and one of the fastest-filling ballast systems we’ve tested.
Hull: Made with 100 percent hand-laid fiberglass, the Calabria Pro V2 is a machine made with care. The entire stringer and floor system in this boat, as well as the floor boards, are composite material and come with a lifetime warranty. Overall we really liked the fit-and-finish.
Ballast: The PureVert ballast system on the Calabria Pro V2, as well as the bigger Calabria Pro V, is pretty unique. The fiberglass tanks in the hull liner run across most of the length of the boat and are actually gravity-fed, making it super-fast. On our test, the entire 700 pounds was filled in about 45 seconds and drained again in 20 seconds.
Tower: The standard 2.25-inch stainless-steel tower is a Cal-Air. It is pretty solid and pretty much entirely rattle-free. And we dug the optional chromed wakeboard racks that clamped our boards down nice and tight. Add in the fact that the Team Edition adds four tower speakers onto this thing makes it an impressive tower indeed.
Wake shaper: The automated Dual-Ram wake shaper is yet another feature that’s included in the Team Package. Our testers prefer the ease of a wake shaper level that’s attached to the throttle and, unfortunately, the Calabria Pro V2 uses a dash switch, but in the end it’s all what you’re used to.
Highlight feature: The lounge seating was fantastic with its G-shaped design, complete with angled observer’s seat and comfortable cushions. The entire lounge has a very clean look due to the layout and upholstery design. It feels wide and roomy.
The wake: A little shallower and narrower than its big brother, the Calabria Pro V2’s wakes should be very inviting to beginners and advanced wakeboarders alike. The 700 pounds of ballast is a good amount for a wakeboard boat this size, and we found it weighted the boat evenly. At longer line lengths and higher speeds, the wake stayed pretty soft, which means novice wakeboarders can experiment a little without much fear.
What We Dig
-Great tracking for a V-drive this size
-The gelcoat graphics literally shine
-The 38-ounce-vinyl seating is French stitched
-Three people can easily fit in the single-tip bow
-The Team Edition is a must-have package
Length w/o platform: 20’6”
Dry weight: 3,200 lb.
Ballast: 700 lb. total (two center tanks, 350 lb. each)
Tower: Cal-Air wakeboard tower
Racks*: Fixed wakeboard racks
Wake shaper*: Dual-Ram
Main lounge: 54 sq. ft.
Stereo*: AM/FM/CD Sony deck, Boston Acoustic speakers, amp, subwoofer, remote, satellite radio ready
Cooler: 13 qt.
Fuel: 55 gal.
Trailer*: Single or tandem axle
Base MSRP: See local dealer
Standard: MerCruiser Black Scorpion 5.7L, 330 hp
Test: MerCruiser Black Scorpion 5.7L, 330 hp
Test prop: OJ 13×17.5 four-blade
Cruise: PerfectPass standard